Border Stories Film Screening: Simón del desierto
When: Thursday, October 1, 7:00pm
Where: Chapel Lawn
(Open to Vassar students and employees only) The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and the Vassar Film Department present "Border Stories: A Latin American Film Series," free screenings complementing the current exhibition Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States. The screenings start at 7pm on the Chapel Lawn. There will be 20 seats available, within social distancing circles. Advance tickets are required; register here.
This wek's screening is Simón del desierto, the 1965 film directed by Luis Buñuel. The film, which has a run time of 43 minutes, was selected for this series by students in FILM 280: Exhibitions and Festivals. It will be accompanied by the short film Armageddon (2012), directed by Emilio Ramos.
The Big Read: Anna Atkins and the Photographic Specimen
When: Friday, October 9, 2:00pm
Where: Virtual Loeb (see link below)
British botanist and photographer Anna Atkins (1799–1871) was among the first scientists to use photography as a means of recording and sharing visual data. In 1843 Atkins published images of plant specimens in one of the first books of photography ever made. Her cyanotype photographs are as unique as the plant specimens used to create them. She placed the specimens onto light-sensitive paper to create direct, lasting impressions when they were exposed to the sun. Her photograph Ptelea trifoliata [Wafer ash], made ca. 1850s, is a highlight of the permanent collection of the Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. Join Jessica Brier, Deknatel Curatorial Fellow in Photography, for a close look at this photograph and the woman who made it.
Please register here to attend this free program. This talk is one of dozens of programs related to women and science as part of this year's NEA-funded "Big Read" program, organized locally by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. This year's community reading book is Hope Jahren's Lab Girl. Visit the PPLD website for more information and an event calendar.