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

Through the Looking Glass: Daguerreotype Masterworks from the Dawn of Photography

When: April 10 - June 14, 2015

About the Show

Through the Looking Glass brings together a comprehensive collection of daguerreotypes from America, France, England, and the Mideast featuring subject matter as diverse as landscapes, architectural studies, occupations, post-mortem images, and portraiture. The daguerreotype, the earliest successful photographic technique, was introduced in France in 1839 by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, and was exported to the United States later that year. Featured in the exhibition are such rarities as a previously unpublished image of a female gold-rush miner, one of the earliest photos of Jerusalem, whole plates of Boston’s upper crust by Southworth & Hawes, and an archeological whole plate by Girault de Prangery, one of the medium’s masters. The exhibition offers a window into history as captured by the cutting-edge imaging technology of the day.

Through the Looking Glass, organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions, includes more than one hundred works, all generously lent from the collection of Judith Hochberg and Michael Mattis. It is supported by the Horace Goldsmith Exhibition Fund and the Friends of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center 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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