The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
From 2D to 3D: 19th-century French Fashion

From 2D to 3D: 19th-century French Fashion

Today’s post comes from Olivia Feltus, class of 2021 and Art Center Student Docent On Wednesday, February 21, the Art Center hosted a talk by Susan Hiner of the French and Francophone Studies department at Vassar about the Focus Gallery exhibition Accessorizing Paris: Fashion and Art in the Nineteenth Century. The...
Looking at Loving

Looking at Loving

Today’s post comes from Gianna Samms, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent. Looking at Al Loving’s art in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is an active and intense experience. Strips of painted cardboard overlay each other, forming a brilliant collage of vibrant color and form. The work is...
Sonnet for Billy Name

Sonnet for Billy Name

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. andy warhol met billy name at a haircutting party and when andy died, billy was poor for a while sweet world, my god, now what’s a name for me? Billy, it was the word you called me with. paint it...
Guide to a Guilt Free Visit to the Museum

Guide to a Guilt Free Visit to the Museum

Today’s post comes from Isa Pengskul, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent “Okay, so I’ve set aside an hour and now I’m prepared to experience everything on display in the museum.” This is the deluded thought (I hate to admit) I sometimes have when I visit other medium sized...
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Music to My Eyes: Indian Ragamala Paintings

Music to My Eyes: Indian Ragamala Paintings

Today’s post comes from Andi Ramsay, class of 2018 and Art Center student docent. The current exhibition in the Art Center’s Focus Gallery is India in Miniature, a collection of small, opaque watercolor paintings, mostly album leaves, from India. The album leaves show a variety of subjects and are painted in different styles, but one genre...
The Art of Devastation: World War I Medals and Posters Exhibition

The Art of Devastation: World War I Medals and Posters Exhibition

Today’s post comes from Hannah Cho, class of 2018 and Art Center multimedia assistant. The Art Center’s most recent exhibition features beautiful medals and posters from the Great War. The 100+ medals in the exhibition come from The American Numismatic Society in New York City, along with war posters on loan from the Museum of Fine...
My Friends at the Museum – Art that Speaks

My Friends at the Museum – Art that Speaks

Today’s post comes from Bella Dalton-Fenkl, class of 2020 and Art Center Student Docent. I remember one day last term when I arrived at the Art Center and was met with a surprise—I had to give a tour to fifty people. Unsurprisingly, I felt panic. As I led them through the 20th century gallery, I turned...
Anne Truitt and Her “Signature” Allusions

Anne Truitt and Her “Signature” Allusions

Today’s post comes from Curtis Eckley, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent. This past month, the Dia Art Foundation announced its recent acquisition of six Anne Truitt sculptures that will go on long-term view at their Dia:Beacon gallery space, starting on May 5, 2017. In addition to these sculptures, which include White: One (1962),...
Poetree Update

Poetree Update

Today’s post comes from Delphine Douglas, class of 2018 and Art Center Multimedia Student Assistant. Barbara Beisinghoff, a German graphic artist, recently completed her residency at Vassar College. From September 29-October 16, Beisinghoff worked with the Creative Arts Across Disciplines (CAAD) on a series of programming related to her practice as an artist, and the CAAD’s theme...
An Unexpected Adventure

An Unexpected Adventure

Today’s post comes from Isa Pengskul, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent.   I have always walked past the painting Night Mirror by William Baziotes with a sense of indifference and a splash of contempt. The painting has been displayed on the wall adjacent to a doorway for as long as I’ve been a docent,...
Histoire Naturelle

Histoire Naturelle

Today’s post comes from Curtis Eckley, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent.     Last week’s “Artful Dodger” with Professor James F. Challey saw an exploration of the underlying intersections between science, technology and society within the Art Center’s exhibition Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project, and how these intersections inform us about Vassar College’s beginnings....
Barbara Beisinghoff's Poetree

Barbara Beisinghoff’s Poetree

Today’s post comes from Delphine Douglas, class of 2018 and Art Center Multimedia Student Assistant. Barbara Beisinghoff, a German graphic artist, recently completed her residency at Vassar College. From September 29-October 16, Beisinghoff worked with the Creative Arts Across Disciplines (CAAD) on a series of programming related to her practice as an artist, and the CAAD’s theme...
Tanya Marcuse: Recycling Time

Tanya Marcuse: Recycling Time

Today’s post comes from G.J. Bettman, class of 2017 and Art Center Student Docent. Tanya Marcuse makes photographs through an ongoing process of gathering and framing. The artist, based in the Hudson Valley town of Red Hook, had a small exhibition of photographs in the Project Gallery at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The photographs...
The Installation Process of "Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project"

The Installation Process of “Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project”

Today’s post comes from Lydia Wood, class of 2017 and Art Center Summer Pindyck Intern. This spring the Environmental Studies and American Studies programs offered a course called From the Natural History Museum to Ecotourism: The Collection of Nature. Taught by anthropology professor Anne Pike-Tay and artist Mark Dion, the class was half museum studies and...
Observatory Night at the Art Center

Observatory Night at the Art Center

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. In honor of Touch the Sky, a temporary exhibition that explores intersections of art and astronomy, the Art Center offered live music, space-themed children’s activities, and a trip to Vassar’s observatory on June 23 for our Late Night programming. The night was...
Storytime at the Museum

Storytime at the Museum

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. A group of young art appreciators joined us at the Art Center on June 3 for Storytime at the Museum to read about and explore the theme, “Lines and Shapes in Art.” This was the third Storytime the Frances Lehman Loeb Art...