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Several special events planned for summer exhibition at the Art Center, including a screening and a garden party

Several events will be held to mark this summer’s special exhibition at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The show, Punctuating Space: The Prints and Multiples of Richard Artschwager, will be on view June 26-September 6.

Artschwager was a groundbreaking artist who radically upset the conventional norms of art in the 1960s, inserting his signature blp (an oblong form) into unexpected sites and settings, triggering a new path in contemporary art. Consisting of fifty-nine prints and multiples, this exhibition is the first study of the editioned work of Artschwager. It has been curated by Wendy Weitman, who served as a curator in the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at the Museum of Modern Art until 2007. Weitman knew Artschwager and helped to organize his body of prints, drawings, and posters at his studio in the last years of his life. Read more about the exhibition here.

Events planned in celebration of this exhibition include a gallery talk; a screening of Shut Up and Look, a documentary about Artschwager’s life and work; a family-friendly garden party in the Art Center’s sculpture garden, where blps will be strategically placed; and a lecture and closing reception. Details are below and all events are free and open to the public.

“Artschwager’s work calls out for the viewer to have fun and we want visitors to the museum to experience that whimsy through the garden party,” says Patricia Phagan, the Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Center. “On the other hand, the documentary Shut Up and Look is an insightful study of Artschwager’s  life, work, and inspirations. This screening is a perfect opportunity for those who want to learn more about the man behind the work.”

Exhibition Events

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
12:00 pm
Curator’s Gallery Talk: Punctuating Space: The Prints and Multiples of Richard Artschwager with Patricia Phagan, the Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings.

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Taylor Hall, room 203
7:30pm
A screening of Shut Up and Look (Long Tail Films, 2012), a documentary about the private world and personal life of Richard Artschwager. Curator Patricia Phagan will introduce the film, which was produced by Morning Slayter and Maryte Kavaliauskas (who also directed).

Sunday, August 16, 2015
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Sculpture Garden
2:00-4:00pm
Garden Party: Punctuating Space: The Prints and Multiples of Richard Artschwager
Sip lemonade in garden party attire inspired by the work of this contemporary artist. Families welcome. Includes guided tour of the exhibition.

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Taylor Hall, room 102
5:30pm
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Exhibition Special Event: Lecture & Reception
“From Ink to Formica: The Prints and Multiples of Richard Artschwager,” a lecture by Wendy Weitman, guest curator of Punctuating Space. A reception will follow in the Art Center Atrium.

About the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. The current 36,400-square-foot facility, designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building's primary donor, opened in 1993. Vassar was the first U.S. college founded with a permanent art collection and gallery, and at any given time, the Permanent Collection Galleries of the Art Center feature approximately 350 works from Vassar's extensive collections. The Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 19,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares.  Notable holdings include the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints, an important group of Hudson River School paintings given by Matthew Vassar at the college's inception, and a wide range of works by major European and American 20th-century painters.

Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free and all galleries are wheelchair accessible.  The Art Center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am–9:00pm; and Sunday, 1:00–5:00pm.  Located at the entrance to the historic Vassar College campus, the Art Center can be reached within minutes from other Mid-Hudson cultural attractions, such as Dia:Beacon, the Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt national historic sites and homes, and the Vanderbilt mansion.  For additional information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit fllac.vassar.edu.

Directions to the Vassar campus, located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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