The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Fred Wilson's "X": Subverting the Technological Biases of Photography

Fred Wilson’s “X”: Subverting the Technological Biases of Photography

Today’s post comes from Cecily Rea, Vassar class of 2023 and Art Center student docent. In light of Black Lives Matter’s amplification and the spread of an international anti-racist movement over the past few months, many museums and art institutions have made increased efforts towards the representation of Black artists and...
Drawing from Life: Teaching Studio Art During a Pandemic

Drawing from Life: Teaching Studio Art During a Pandemic

The following is an interview between Loeb Post-Baccalaureate Fellow Cassie Jain and Art Department professors Gina Ruggeri and Laura Newman. By devising and implementing social distancing protocol and hybrid teaching programs, Vassar College was able to welcome students back to campus for the fall 2020 semester. However, campus life still looked...
Inspiration from Hiroshige: Making an Enamel Fox

Inspiration from Hiroshige: Making an Enamel Fox

Today’s blog post comes from Olivia Feltus, Art Center student docent and Vassar class of ’21. As a Japanese and Art History double major, I am always looking out for connections between my fields of study. Also, as someone with a background in studio art, I am always looking for inspiration...
Contemplative Practice in the Museum

Contemplative Practice in the Museum

The following is an interview between Loeb docent Magdalena Ramos Mullane ’22 and Religion/Cognitive Science major Benjamin Haffey ’22.  Benjamin Haffey, enrolled in a course on contemplative practices (CLCS 151, taught by Associate Professor of Psychological Science Carolyn Palmer) is tasked with beholding a piece in the Loeb for an extended...
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Learning to See

Learning to See

Today’s post comes from Magdalena Ramos Mullane, class of 2022 and Art Center Student Docent. Raquel Rabinovich: The Reading Room was on view in the Thompson Memorial Library at Vassar College from October 25 through December 20, 2018, and was funded by the Virginia Herrick Deknatel Fund.     Libraries, at their core, are buildings held together by the...
My Time with "Past Time: Geology in European and American Art"

My Time with “Past Time: Geology in European and American Art”

Today’s post comes from Kirk Testa, class of 2019 and Art Center Docent During my sophomore year, I assisted Dr. Patricia Phagan, the Loeb’s curator of prints and drawings, with research for the currently on view exhibition, Past Time: Geology in European and American Art. Researching for this exhibition and its accompanying catalogue was an invaluable...
Sitting with Stella

Sitting with Stella

Today’s post comes from Ruby Mayer, class of 2020 and Art Center Summer Docent After a morning in the galleries of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, I cross campus to eat lunch in the grass. I choose a place in the sun to lose the AC-chill of the museum, and slowly survey the same tree-trunks and rooftops,...
Beyond the Veil

Beyond the Veil

Today’s post comes from Isabel Long, Art Center Summer Docent and Skidmore ‘21.   The question I was most frequently asked while giving tours this summer was “Can you tell us about the bust of the woman with the veil?”  Now, after some research, I can. Located in the middle of the floor of the nineteenth century...
Seeing is Believing?

Seeing is Believing?

Today’s post comes from Caylea Barone, Colgate University class of 2021 and Art Center Student Docent. This summer, a playful new exhibition decorates the walls of the Project Gallery at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The display consists of nine works from the permanent collection that engage the theme of trompe l’oeil, or “deceive the...
Soundpainting: An Interview with Max Reuben

Soundpainting: An Interview with Max Reuben

Today’s post comes from Ruby Mayer, class of 2020 and Art Center Summer Docent Every Thursday evening in July, at 6:00 pm, the Powerhouse Theater Training Company will present “I’m Trying to Tell You Something Important,” a Soundpainting performance in the Art Center galleries. Spontaneously composed and directed by Brooklyn-based playwright, director, and teacher, Max Reuben,...
Column Like You See 'Em

Column Like You See ‘Em

Today’s post comes from Isabel Long, Art Center Summer Docent and Skidmore College class of ’21. Before this summer I had only ever been to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center as a visitor, but with more experience and education I have made new fascinating connections about, and with, the collection. When I walked into the...
A New Acquisition, Allegory in Rococo

A New Acquisition, Allegory in Rococo

Today’s post comes from Sergio Lozano, class of 2021 and Art Center Student Docent One of our most recent acquisitions at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is an eighteenth-century painting by French artist Jean-François de Troy (1679-1752) titled Allegory of Sculpture. De Troy was the son of portraitist François de Troy, whose connections allowed his...
Rural Landscape goes to the Whitney

Rural Landscape goes to the Whitney

Today’s post comes from Claudia Ashworth, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent From March 2-June 10, the Art Center’s painting Rural Landscape (1931) by Grant Wood will be on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of their retrospective, Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables. The exhibition consists of an...
Writing Box

Writing Box

Today’s post comes from Bella Dalton-Fenkl, class of 2020 and Art Center Student Docent The following poem should be read from bottom to top.
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 exhibition, co-curated by Hiner and...
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 not encased in a distracting...