The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Posts tagged "photography"
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 subjects. The Loeb’s current photography...
Vernacular Photography: Framing the Seen and Unseen

Vernacular Photography: Framing the Seen and Unseen

Today’s post comes from Sofía Benitez, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. Recently, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center acquired two series of vernacular photographs from the Peter J. Cohen collection. There has been a growing interest among museums in integrating vernacular photographs into their collecting missions and exploring how this medium became a...

Photography and the Editorial Process

Today’s post comes from Isa Pengskul, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent. Daily we see thousands of images, and with the aid of technology, most of these photos have been manipulated to enhance certain qualities. We have also become the editors of our own stories through our posts on social media. The stories that...
A Legacy of Snapshots: The Lasting Influence of Polaroid

A Legacy of Snapshots: The Lasting Influence of Polaroid

Today’s post comes from Pilar Jefferson, class of 2015 and Art Center Summer Docent. As a member of the Millennial generation I’ve always thought of Polaroids as a passing curiosity. Of course I am not unique in this. With the rise of digital photography and the simultaneous decline of the Polaroid Corporation, which declared bankruptcy in...
Connections: A New Way of Seeing

Connections: A New Way of Seeing

Today’s post comes from Taylor Shoolery, class of 2012 and Art Center student docent. “Where there is light, one can photograph,” said the legendary photographer and owner of Gallery 291, Alfred Stieglitz.  At a time when many people in the art world discounted and ignored photographs, Stieglitz saw something so special, something so fresh and...
Sesquicentennial Snapshots: Early Work

Sesquicentennial Snapshots: Early Work

Along with Vassar College, the Art Center is celebrating the sesquicentennial anniversary of our founding. In this weekly feature, we will look back on the rich 150-year history of the collection. Today’s post comes from Michael Reback and Sadie Burzan, members of the class of 2011 and Art Center student docents. When photographer Paul Strand was...
Connections: Looking Out

Connections: Looking Out

On February 15, 2011, photographer Tina Barney spoke on campus about her career and her experience photographing Vassar for the exhibition, 150 Years Later: New Photography by Tina Barney, Tim Davis, and Katherine Newbegin. Here is an excerpt from the question and answer portion of the evening. An excerpt of Barney’s lecture will be in...
From the Vault: Snow Day

From the Vault: Snow Day

As the snow falls on the Northeast, enjoy this view of Central Park from American writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten.
Happenings: Campus Lecture

Happenings: Campus Lecture

Today’s post comes from Anna Rogulina, Vassar College class of 2011 and Art Center student docent. One of the cornerstones of the Student Docent program here at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is our weekly training session. Typically, it is an opportunity for us to learn more about the collection, hear from the curators,...
Off-Campus: Heading South for the Winter

Off-Campus: Heading South for the Winter

In this weekly feature, we will share our ideas for what you can do “off-campus” while the museum is closed. Today’s post comes from Nicole M. Roylance, Coordinator of Public Education and Information. As the weather gets colder here in the Hudson Valley, a portion of the population relocates to the warmer climes of Florida for...
Connections: Three Men and a Photograph

Connections: Three Men and a Photograph

On August 22, 1908 Henri Cartier-Bresson was born in the village of Chanteloup, near Paris. His work has recently been featured in an exhibition at the MoMA and is currently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Both exhibitions have ignited a renewed interest in the work of this photographer who had the uncanny ability...
Behind Closed Doors: Making Connections

Behind Closed Doors: Making Connections

Our post for today comes from Diane Butler, the Andrew W. Mellon Coordinator of Academic Affairs. She shares with us what she has been working on while the museum is closed. I confess that I agree with the many who claim that I have a seriously cool job. It is my task to make connections...