Charles Loring Elliott, Portrait of Matthew Vassar, 1861

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The Art Center presents a variety of programs this fall at various locations on the Vassar campus, September 2 - December 2, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY--The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center will present a variety of programs this fall at various locations on the Vassar campus, while the Art Center is closed for repairs. All events are free and open to the public without charge.

The ever-popular Late Night series will be held the first Thursday of every month from 6:00 - 9:00pm (9/2 - 12/2). Each month “Late Night Leaves the Lehman Loeb” will meet in a new location on the Vassar campus and will feature performances, lectures by artists, readings, and more. A reception will accompany each presentation. These “Late Night” programs are made possible with the generous support of the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust. 

  • On Thursday, September 2, at 6:00pm, join the Art Center docents and gather around artist Jenny Holzer’s permanent installation For Elizabeth, a series of benches that stretch from Main Building to the Students’ Building that are inscribed with poems from poet and alumna Elizabeth Bishop ’34. Visitors will be able to make their own rubbings of the benches and selected poems will be recited by members of the Powerhouse Apprentice Company. (Participants should meet at Main Pathway.)
  • On Thursday, October 7, at 6:00pm, join the Art Center for an evening with the artist, Kate Gilmore, who will present and discuss a new work that will be performed throughout the day in Noyes Circle. Gilmore’s most recent work includes Walk the Walk, staged in New York City’s Bryant Park that was sponsored by the  Public Art Fund as part of its "In the Public Realm" program. Roberta Smith in the New York Times noted that this was “a kind of ephemeral monument to city workers and urban energy.” Gilmore was selected by Time magazine as one of the “Stars of the Arts: Three Artists to Watch at the Whitney Biennial” for her installation Standing Here in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. (Participants should meet at Noyes Circle for the performance and lecture.) 
  • On Thursday, November 4, at 6:00pm, enjoy an art-filled “Game Night.” Visitors of all ages can play games that were favored by artists who are represented in the Art Center’s permanent collection. Some of the games will include the Exquisite Corpse (a drawing game enjoyed by surrealists Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí) and chess (enjoyed by many artists including Marcel Duchamp). Art-lovers will be encouraged to test their knowledge of art history in a trivia contest that begins at 7:00pm. (Participants should meet Taylor Hall's Jade Room.)
  • On Thursday, December 2 at 5:00pm, take a break from the end of the semester madness and enjoy an artful study break in the Rose Parlor. There will be limited edition Art Center coloring books and cookies.

“Insights on Site” is a new noontime lecture series that will be offered by the Art Center, each Tuesday for five weeks this fall (9/14 - 10/14). Each lecture will offer a chance for a Vassar professor to elucidate specific places and space on the Vassar campus in approximately half an hour. These presentations will be held rain or shine.

  • On Tuesday, September 14, at 12:00pm, Vassar chemistry professor and alumnus Christopher Smart ’83 will discuss the stained glass windows, designed by Robert Leftwich Dodge, John La Farge, and Louis Comfort Tiffany, in the Vassar College Chapel. (Participants should meet at the Chapel.)
  • On Tuesday, September 21, at 12:00pm, Vassar anthropology professor Martha Kaplan, who is director of Asian Studies, along with Vassar senior and 2010 Ford Scholar Adhira Mangalagiri ’11 will discuss the design and furnishing of the Jade Parlor, located on the second floor of Vassar’s historic Main Building. (Participants should meet in the Jade Parlor.)
  • On Tuesday, September 28, at 12:00pm, James Mundy, the Anne Hendricks Bass Director of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, will discuss the exterior sculpture of Taylor Hall. (Participants should meet at the entrance of Taylor Hall.) 
  • On Tuesday, October 5, at 12:00pm, Nicholas Adams, the Mary Conover Mellon Professor in the History of Architecture, will discuss the intersection of five buildings on the Vassar campus: Chicago Hall, the Martha Rivers and E. Bronson Ingram and Helen D. Lockwood additions to the Library, Raymond House, and Rockefeller Hall. (Participants should meet at the steps of Rockefeller Hall.)
  • The “Insights on Site” series will conclude on Tuesday, October 12, at 12:00pm as Colton Johnson, Dean Emeritus of the College and Professor Emeritus of English, will discuss the history of the Maria Mitchell Observatory, a National Historic Landmark. (Participants should meet at the Judith Loeb Chiara ’49 Center at the Maria Mitchell Observatory.)

The symposium series, “Kaleidoscope: Interdisciplinary Views on Art,” will offer the chance to learn more about a work chosen from the permanent collection of the Art Center with professors from a variety of disciplines discussing their respective research.

  • The program entitled, “Piety and Pilgrimage: Life and Times of a 13th-century Madonna and Child,” will begin at 6:00pm on Thursday, October 28, in the Vassar College Chapel. Five Vassar professors - Nancy Bisaha (history), Dorothy Kim (English), Andrew Tallow (art), Joseph Tanski (chemistry), and Tyler Rowland (art) - will consider this medieval Spanish sculpture of the Madonna and Child from the permanent collection of the Art Center. The evening will include a performance of sacred music by student ensemble, the Vassar Camerata.

Please visit the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center website ( for program updates or call (845) 437-5632.

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. Please note that the Art Center will be temporarily closed for roof repairs through January 2011.

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

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, August 27, 2010


Mon Closed
Tue 10am-5pm
Wed 10am-5pm
Thu 10am-9pm
Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 1pm-5pm

Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, and from Dec. 22 through Jan. 15.

Print Room - Students & Public

Wed 3pm-5pm
Fri 2pm-4pm

Otherwise by appointment.

Late Nights

The Art Center stays open late Thursdays 5-9pm. Enjoy extended gallery hours in an enlivened atmosphere with creative happenings every week.


Admission is free and open to the public. All galleries are wheelchair accessible.

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