Charles Loring Elliott, Portrait of Matthew Vassar, 1861

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Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar celebrates third anniversary of Late Night at the Lehman Loeb, February 11, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—In celebration of the third anniversary of the highly successful and popular “Late Night at the Lehman Loeb” program, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center will offer a special evening centered around "reasons why I love the Lehman Loeb," on Thursday, February 11, from 5:00 to 9:00pm. The Art Center will provide disposable cameras and visitors are encouraged to take pictures of what they love most about the Art Center. The pictures will then be assembled and shared on the Art Center Facebook® page the following day. In addition, there will be performances by six Vassar student a cappella groups in the galleries, as well as birthday cake and refreshments in the atrium.

“Late Night at the Lehman Loeb,” is a popular series that has extended the public hours of the Art Center, so the galleries are now open every Thursday evening until 9:00pm. The Poughkeepsie Journal cited the Art Center as the “most accessible museum for 9-to-5ers.” Every “Late Night” program offers unique entertainment, including music, docent tours, performances, and refreshments, in addition to the chance to view the collection and exhibitions in a relaxed setting.
“We’ve been thrilled with the response to our Late Night events that we've received from both the Vassar and Hudson Valley community, so we want to continue to note its success,” said James Mundy, the Anne Hendricks Bass Director of the museum. “These extended hours have given very busy people a chance to appreciate all that the Art Center normally has to offer during the week, after their working day.”

On April 1, in conjunction with “Late Night” the Art Center will present a symposium and reception that inaugurates a new series, “Kaleidoscope: Interdisciplinary Views on Art,” coordinated by Diane Butler, the Andrew W. Mellon Coordinator of Academic Affairs. The focus of this symposium will be artist Adéle Romany and female accomplishments in 19th-century France. (Note: This event was originally scheduled for February 25, but has been postponed.)
The Art Center’s painting, Portrait of the Artist’s Family in Front of the Château de Juilly, Îsle de France, 1804, by Romany has served as the inspiration for this program. Vassar College faculty, including Mita Choudhury (history), Susan Hiner (French), Holly Hummel (drama), Kathryn Libin (music), Susan Zlotnick (English), and Diane Butler (Andrew W. Mellon Coordinator of Academic Affairs), will consider the recently acquired painting and the social and historical aspects of the work. The painting was a gift of alumna Mary Bridges Boynton ’36. In addition to the symposium, there will be a performance of period music featuring vocalists Maria Brosgol '12, Sarah Cantor '10,  Charles O'Malley '11, and Michael Hofmann, '13, harpist Jeanmarie Chenette, and pianist Nicholas Roca '11. The music was selected and prepared by Robert Osborne, adjunct artist in music. A reception in the atrium will follow. (April 1, Taylor Hall, room 203, 6:00pm; reception, atrium, 7:30pm)

Beginning in April, the very popular noontime concert series, “Notes on Art” will commence on Tuesday, April 6, and continue weekly through April 27. These free concerts held in the galleries of the Art Center will present student and faculty performers from the Department of Music at Vassar. Last year, this program was instituted by Nicole Roylance, coordinator of public education and information at the Art Center, and was a highly popular mid-day event. Note that there is only limited seating. (April 6. 13, 20, and 27 at noon.)
For up-to-date information on specific “Late Night at the Lehman Loeb” programs as well as the schedule of performers for “Notes on Art,” please check the Art Center website at Late Night at the Lehman Loeb is made possible by the generous support of the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust. All events are open to the public without charge.

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. The Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 18,000 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. 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.

Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free. 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. The Art Center is wheelchair accessible. Please note that the Art Center will be temporarily closed for roof repairs from May 18, 2010, through January 2011. For additional information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit

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

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, February 2, 2010


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