The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
"The Great Wonder: Violet Oakley and the Gothic Revival at Vassar," The Evolution of an Exhibition

“The Great Wonder: Violet Oakley and the Gothic Revival at Vassar,” The Evolution of an Exhibition

Today’s blog post comes from Chloe Richards, Art Center student docent and Vassar class of ’22. Spring semester of 2020, I became interested in learning more about the curatorial side of museum work, after having been a Student Docent at the Loeb since the previous year. This led me to take...
An Anti-Colonial Glance at Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Camels at the Watering Place

An Anti-Colonial Glance at Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Camels at the Watering Place

Today’s post comes from Ian Shelley, Vassar class of 2022 and Art Center student docent. One of the most conspicuous expressions of colonialism in Western art has been Orientalism, a nineteenth-century movement broadly characterized by exoticized portrayals of Asian and North African subjects by European artists. In terms of art historical...
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...
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Oscar Wergeland’s Time to Shine

Oscar Wergeland’s Time to Shine

Today’s post comes from Bella Dalton-Fenkl, Vassar College class of 2020 and Art Center student docent. Sometimes a work of art in our collection must wait to be put on display in the galleries due to requiring conservation. However, even works that need to stay in storage for this and other reasons can help to illuminate...
An Inside Look at Outsider Art

An Inside Look at Outsider Art

Today’s post comes from Kelly Vinett, Vassar College class of 2020   The Loeb opened its first major exhibition of the 2019 calendar year on Friday, February 1, with Freehand: Drawings by Inez Nathaniel Walker. Exhibition curator Mary-Kay Lombino commenced the night with a lecture encompassing the artist’s unconventional entrance into the art world, including the Vassar...
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.