Charles Loring Elliott, Portrait of Matthew Vassar, 1861

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The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center presents a lecture by photographer Tina Barney, February 15, 2011.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—In conjunction with the exhibition 150 Years Later: New Photography by Tina Barney, Tim Davis, and Katherine Newbegin, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center will present a lecture on Tuesday, February 15, by photographer Tina Barney, best known for her ongoing documentation of the lifestyles and relationships of her family and close friends, many of whom belong to the social elite of New York and New England. The program, “Past, Present, Future: A Lecture by Tina Barney,” will begin at 5:00pm in Taylor Hall, room 102, and is free and open to the public.  

Tina Barney’s style is part candid, part tableau; her subject matter raises in equal measure issues of privilege and the interaction of family members. While striving for the candidness of a snapshot, Barney became one of the first artists working in the 1980s to explore a “directorial” mode of making pictures.  Her direction ranges from careful lighting and posing her subjects to simply asking them to repeat a spontaneous gesture. The effect is an unexpectedly intimate access to her subjects. In the course of a decade, Barney has brought her camera closer and closer to her subjects. Barney’s work continues to explore relationships between individuals, focusing on personal connection and disconnection, heritage, and self-presentation.

Monographic publications on her work include: 
Friends and Relations: Photographs by Tina Barney (Smithsonian 1991), Tina Barney Photographs: Theater of Manners (Scalo 1997), Tina Barney: The Europeans (Steidl 2005) and Players (Steidl 2010). Her work is in such collections as the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York; Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut; Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

150 Years Later: New Photography by Tina Barney, Tim Davis, and Katherine Newbegin will be on view at the Art Center through March 27, 2011.

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.
The Art Center will present four special exhibitions in 2011. From January 28 – March 27, 150 Years Later: New Photography by Tina Barney, Tim Davis, and Katherine Newbegin, curated by Mary-Kay Lombino, will be on view. Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England, curated by Patricia Phagan, is the first major exhibition in the United States on this artist’s work in twenty years and will be on view at the Art Center from April 8 – June 12. From June 24 – September 4, gifts to the Art Center’s permanent collection from three Vassar alumnae will be highlighted in A Taste for the Modern: Gifts from Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller, Edna Bryner Schwab, and Virginia Herrick Deknatel, which will also be curated by Phagan. On view September 16 – December 11 at the Art Center, will be the exhibition A Pioneering Collection: Master Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum.
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. 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 Friday, February 11, 2011


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