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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 for my own work. Fortunately,...
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 period of time. For this...
Virtual Tour: Kobayashi Kiyochika

Virtual Tour: Kobayashi Kiyochika

Today’s post comes from Bella Dalton-Fenkl, Vassar College class of 2020 and Art Center student docent. Rather than a written entry, this post is a virtual tour in the form of a presentation, which can be accessed by clicking the link below. The virtual tour focuses on the works of Meiji-era artist Kobayashi Kiyochika. Virtual Tour-...
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...
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...
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.
Wangechi Mutu: Histology of the Different Classes of Uterine Tumors

Wangechi Mutu: Histology of the Different Classes of Uterine Tumors

Today’s post comes from Claudia Ashworth,  Class of 2019, and Art Center Docent. When I first entered the Art Center’s new exhibition The Secret of Girls, I was surprised. Being a relatively new docent, I hadn’t yet encountered works from the collection that were created with a political message in mind. I quickly discovered that the Loeb...
On Moore's Standing Figures

On Moore’s Standing Figures

Today’s post comes from Polly Ellman, Arlington Highschool ’18 and Art Center Student Docent. A main focus of the modern and contemporary galleries at the Loeb is the tension between abstract and representational or figurative artwork. Few works embody this tension more effectively than English artist Henry Moore’s 1950 bronze sculpture, Double Standing Figure. This seven-foot tall...
Searching for Sherman

Searching for Sherman

Today’s post comes from Julian Ireland, Oberlin class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent. It is hard to pinpoint what makes Cindy Sherman’s 1994 photograph Untitled #304 so unsettling – whether it’s the two figures who draw an ambiguous line between human and doll, or the eerie red carpeted space that they lie in. There’s...
Caro in the Garden

Caro in the Garden

Today’s post comes from Claudia Ashworth, Class of 2019, and Art Center Student Docent. After a brief period of conservation, Anthony Caro’s work Slap (1976) returned to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s sculpture garden last week. It now rests on its original spot in front of an ivy wall immediately visible upon entering the space. Like many...