The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
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Happenings: A Madonna, in her own time

Happenings: A Madonna, in her own time

Last Thursday evening, a hush fell over Vassar Chapel as a crowd of close to two hundred people heard the sound of a choir singing in the distance. The lights dimmed and a sculpture of a Madonna and Child was led down the central aisle surrounded by students holding flickering candles. This was not the...
Connections: Maria Mitchell and her Observatory

Connections: Maria Mitchell and her Observatory

Today’s post comes from Michael Reback, Vassar College class of 2011 and Art Center student docent. When I first arrived at Vassar College in the fall of 2007, the Maria Mitchell Observatory looked quite a bit different.  Though it has since been refurbished, the building struck me as a beautiful ruin — its metal dome, now...
Happenings: Gilmore Girls

Happenings: Gilmore Girls

Today’s post comes from Annie Massa, Vassar College class of 2013, and Art Center student docent. Yesterday I was late for English class.  I crept in quietly through the backdoor, slipped a binder and pencil out of my bag, and began taking notes as though I’d been there all along. All my efforts to be...
Connections: Foundations in Time

Connections: Foundations in Time

Often times when an art historian examines a building, he or she isolates the structure from its surroundings. Yesterday, Nicholas Adams, Mary Conover Mellon Professor in the History of Architecture, discussed the way buildings at Vassar speak to each other.
Happenings: Women's Work

Happenings: Women’s Work

Today’s post comes from Anna Rogulina, Vassar College class of 2011 and Art Center student docent. Art amateurs and aficionados alike often go great distances to see a work by a favorite artist, revisit a renowned permanent collection, rub shoulders with a “blockbuster” exhibition, or seek unique cultural and artistic experiences in more remote locations. It...
Connections: "Room J"

Connections: “Room J”

Today’s post comes from Michael Reback, Vassar College class of 2011 and Art Center student docent. I’ve always felt like the parlors on the second floor of Main Building feel a bit more like dioramas than like actual, inhabitable spaces.  They are beautiful, certainly, but more than that they feel mysterious, filled with 150 years of...
Off-Campus: Faded Symbols

Off-Campus: Faded Symbols

From September 27th through October 1st artist Aaron Fein, Vassar College class of 1993, will be on campus as part of the Vassar Artist in Residence Program, funded by the Mellon Foundation. We asked him a few questions about his work and how the community will be involved in his ongoing White Flags project. *...
Connections: Glass Illuminated

Connections: Glass Illuminated

Today’s post comes from Taylor Shoolery, Vassar College class of 2012 and Art Center student docent. “How does a chemist get interested in glass?” On Tuesday, this question launched the first of five weekly talks, Insights on Site. This series, open to the community, is focused on illuminating some of the hidden gems in architecture, design, and...
Connections: Lasting Vision

Connections: Lasting Vision

Today’s post comes from Carolyn Nims, Vassar College class of 2011 and Art Center student docent. Student art is everywhere on the Vassar campus. We weave through the crowded College Center beneath their towering sculpture.  We view it in the Palmer Gallery, and a performance piece can gather an impromptu audience on the Library lawn. ...
Connections: How to Video

Connections: How to Video

The twenty Laurentian green benches that line the path from Vassar’s Main Building to the All Campus Dining Center appear to have always been sitting and waiting for passersby to rest upon or to consider the text by Elizabeth Bishop inscribed on them. The site-specific installation by Jenny Holzer, For Elizabeth, has become part of...
Connections: Coincidence

Connections: Coincidence

Art historians love slide comparisons: two works of art juxtaposed so that something about each work is revealed in the pairing. So imagine our delight when we realized the inadvertent juxtaposition on our own blog. Did you see it? We know some of you did and we were pleased to hear from you. On August 11th,...
Connections: Forging a New Path

Connections: Forging a New Path

First-year students arrived on campus yesterday. New students could be seen wandering Main Building to find their mailboxes, the bookstore, and the Retreat. These new Vassar community members are getting to know their new home for the next four years. The paths that seem new today will soon enough be well-worn and familiar. Part of the...