This exhibition features seven works by photographer Tanya Marcuse including three new acquisitions. It is the first exhibition to showcase three recent bodies of work all taken in the Hudson Valley; Fruitless, black-and-white images of fruit trees captured in different seasons; Fallen, vividly colored images of fallen fruit among carefully arranged plant materials in various states of decay; and Woven, Marcuse’s newest series of large-scale color images of densely packed detritus from the natural world. For Fruitless, Marcuse traveled throughout the region seeking orchards that are in danger of vanishing as the area becomes more developed—many of those she photographed no longer exist. The resulting images depict single trees in the stark landscape bringing attention to both their grandeur and their vulnerability at once. The artist’s more recent works are created in her back yard where she spends days, sometimes weeks, collecting and arranging fruit, plants, insects, animal carcasses, and other materials to create tapestry-like patterns revealing the lush colors and textures of growth, entropy, and decay. The artist states, “I try to create photographs perched between decay and new life, randomness and order, flatness and depth, the natural and the fantastical.”
The exhibition has been extended through September 11, 2016. On Thursday, July 7th at 5pm there will be a gallery talk with curator Mary-Kay Lombino in conversation with the artist.
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 20,000 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.
Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (http://www.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.