Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center to exhibit The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation, surveying four decades of Polaroid’s influence in fine art photography, 4/12-6/30
The exhibit is the first of its kind since the founding of the Polaroid Corporation by scientist and inventor Edwin H. Land some 75 years ago, and will highlight milestones in Polaroid’s history.
Pictures of Nothing: Abstract Art from the Permanent Collection will be shown at the Art Center, 7/12-9/8,
“Pictures of Nothing” will trace the evolution and development of abstract art from nine decades of the twentieth century, through close to fifty artworks in such media as painting, sculpture, photography, and prints. The exhibition divides the art into three sections -- focusing on gesture, geometry, and pattern -- in order to highlight the different formal characteristics among these groups of works.
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- “High Art” Inspiring a Reinterpretation of a Children’s Story Today’s blog post comes from Angela Brown, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. Upon learning that this year’s Founder’s Day theme would be Alice in Wonderland, I couldn’t help but consider how stories from childhood remain with us throughout our lives. I wanted to explore the way the significance and meaning of these stories shift according to new experiences and perceptions of the world and our selves. Fortunately, the collection at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center offered me an opportunity to explore this from an artistic and art historical perspective. Vassar owns a special edition of Alice in Wonderland illustrated by Salvador Dalí and I wondered how this merging of “high art” with a familiar children’s story would affect my interpretation of the illustrations. The book is copy 1,090 out of only 2,500 copies printed by Maecenas Press—a division of Random House—in 1969. It includes one color etching and twelve photolithographs of Dalí’s original illustrations. The originals were made with vivid watercolor, gouache, and ink and often included cut-outs of butterflies, caterpillars, cards, and other images. Interestingly, each printed illustration contains a different lithographic remarque, making the signature itself an area of aesthetic interest within the compositions. The illustrations allude to the text while utilizing a juxtaposition of spontaneity and premeditation that adds a [...]
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