The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is open to the public on weekends only as of August 8. Read more details about visiting. Please visit VassarTogether for the College’s Fall 2020 plans and policies.

Past Exhibition

Eirik Johnson: Sawdust Mountain

When: September 7 - December 9, 2012

About the Show

Sawdust Mountain is the product of Eirik Johnson’s three-year project photographing Washington, Oregon, and Northern California, focusing on the region’s tenuous relationship between industries reliant upon natural resources—logging and fishing—and the communities they support. Johnson’s exploration of the contemporary Pacific Northwest uncovers a landscape imbued with an uncertain future, no longer the region of boomtowns built upon riches of massive old-growth forests. The environmental impact of the logging industry is often at odds with the modern ideal of a sustainable timber harvest. As the industry declines and mills shut down, the surrounding communities must adapt and turn to improvised means of support.

Johnson describes his photographs as a “melancholy love letter of sorts, my own personal ramblings about a region with which I still very much identify.” Despite his personal, artistic approach, the pictures serve the documentary mission to record a specific time and place, a particular set of conditions endemic to the fraught relationship we have with the environment today, and the way communities are affected by these historic economic complexities.

Sawdust Mountain was organized by Aperture Foundation, New York, and curated by Elizabeth A. Brown, formerly Chief Curator, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle. The exhibition is sponsored by the Friends of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Exhibition Fund.

Public Hours

Sat 10am–5pm
Sun 1pm–5pm

HOURS FOR VASSAR STUDENTS & FACULTY

Wed 10am–5pm
Thu 10am–8pm
Fri 10am–5pm

Covid-19

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

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


Parking/Entrance

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.

Contact

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

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