The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is open on a revised schedule. Read more about hours and visiting and see VassarTogether for the College’s Spring 2021 plans and policies.

Ludger tom Ring, the Younger (attributed to), The Open Missal, mid-sixteenth century


Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu

Exhibition: April 13 - June 17, 2012
44 page soft-cover book
Price: $17.50

About the publication

Julie Mehretu is one of the most prominent artists working today. This retrospective exhibition, organized by Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, showcases her engagement with printmaking, which stands at the heart of her art. The galleries feature an evolution of her personal language of lines and marks in twenty prints made since 2000 with publishers in the United States and Europe. Best known for large-scale abstract paintings, Mehretu has experimented with prints since graduate school at the Rhode Island School of Design where she was enrolled in the painting and printmaking program in the mid-1990s. The thoughtful approach that etching demands changed Mehretu’s way of working and proved a breakthrough for her. She says that after making these early etchings, she changed course with her other work and “approached drawing like etching.” Aerial space is also an essential element in all of Mehretu’s work. Her aerial layers signify the overlapping systems we experience every day—home, community, society, nature, weather, and the world at large, and our place within this order and chaos.

This softcover book is 44 pages with 27 color and black and white illustrations. It is published by Highpoint Editions. (2009) $17.50

Cole Rogers is Artistic Director and Master Printer at Highpoint Editions.

Siri Engberg, guest curator, is senior curator at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ordering Information:

Make checks payable to Vassar College.

All orders are sent book rate unless otherwise requested. On orders totaling over $10, please include $3 for postage.

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The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
124 Raymond Ave
Vassar College
Box 703
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-00703

(845) 437-5237

Public Hours

Saturday 10am–5pm
Sunday 1pm–5pm
The Loeb will be closed the weekend of Dec 26–27 and will re-open on weekends starting Jan. 2.


Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, we cannot accommodate group tours at this time, and capacity in the galleries is limited. All visitors are required to wear masks.


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


Parking is on Raymond Avenue only. Entrance to the galleries is via the Raymond Ave. gate through the sculpture garden.

Students & Faculty

Consult the Teaching & Learning section of the VassarTogether page for information about visiting the Loeb during the week.

Please note that weekend hours are restricted to the general public only.


The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

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