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

Mastering Light: From the Natural to the Artificial

When: April 11 - June 29, 2014

About the Show

Lanterns, candles, gaslights, electric lights, moonlight, and brilliant sun all attract us with their singular magnetism. Artists throughout the centuries have understood this. They have turned the eyes and attentions of viewers with these devices, and, in effect, have left us with not only arresting works of art but also an aesthetic, social, and technological history of lighting. From the old masters through the early twentieth century, this exhibition explores the engagement of European and American artists with lighting through a selection of paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, and photographs.

In these works, natural light glazing a room carries particular meaning as do moonlight clothing a narrative scene or lampposts beckoning the night. The exhibition’s galleries are devoted to the natural, nocturnal, and artificial, with works selected from the permanent collection and additional loans. Artists represented include Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco de Goya, James Gillray, Anna Atkins, Max Klinger, Edvard Munch, Robert Henri, and Edward Hopper, among numerous others.

The exhibition is sponsored 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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