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.

Past Exhibition

Pictures of Nothing: Abstract Art from the Permanent Collection

When: July 12 - September 8, 2013

About the Show

This exhibition, named after the now-famous lectures given by the late Kirk Varnedoe on the subject of abstract art, brings together key works in various media including painting, sculpture, photography, and prints in order to examine the evolution of abstract art in the twentieth century. While abstract art comes in many forms, it often shares a use of a particular visual language of form, color, and line to create imagery that is independent from visual references in the world.

The works in this exhibition showcases various types of abstraction that emerged during the last century including surrealism, abstract expressionism, color-field and hard-edge painting, geometric abstraction, and minimalism. Examples of these styles will be represented in the work of Josef Albers, Helen Frankenthaler, Nancy Graves, Peter Halley, Grace Hartigan, Ellsworth Kelly, Brice Marden, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Tom Nozkowski, Aaron Siskind, Frank Stella, Mark Tobey, Anne Truitt, and Terry Winters.

This exhibition is supported by the Evelyn Metzger Exhibition Fund.

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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