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Vassar's Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center to host first-ever Family Day. Saturday, November 3, 2007

POUGHKEEPSIE — Have you ever wanted to travel through time? Now's your chance!

You can see everything from ancient Roman statues to 19th-century Hudson River School paintings at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. And on Saturday, November 3, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, young and old are invited to visit the Art Center and take part in its first-ever Family Day.

Student docents will lead interactive tours through the Art Center's different collections and exhibitions. Along the way, enjoy exciting activities and surprises, as well as refreshments. As with all events at the Art Center, Family Day is free and open to the public.

Of particular interest is the Art Center's world-renowned collection of Hudson River School paintings. At Family Day, take the time to look for vistas you may have seen in real life throughout the Hudson Valley. And don't forget to ask a docent to show you the current exhibition of drawings by The New Yorker magazine cartoonist Saul Steinberg. Then, like the artist, try to draw your own family, or make your own mask! Also, try to figure out where Steinberg started and ended his drawings. Then, use an Etch A Sketch to recreate the same image. You can also draw your own cartoon images of anything you'd like – and then share them with the group!


The major new retrospective exhibition Saul Steinberg: Illuminations, was organized by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. The exhibition is the first full-scale review of Steinberg's career, spanning the 1930s to the 1990s.

While Steinberg is best known for his artistic work in The New Yorker, the exhibition also brings to light the prolific and diverse activity for which Steinberg was celebrated from the time he arrived in New York in 1942. It features more than one hundred drawings, collages, and sculptural assemblages by the artist whom many regard as not only a comic genius but among the greatest draftsmen of the modern era.

Saul Steinberg: Illuminations has received wide praise during its national tour, which began in December 2006 and will have its final showing November 2, 2007-February 24, 2008 at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. [Earlier, the exhibition was seen at the Morgan Library and Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Cincinnati Art Museum.]


The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. The current 36,400-square-foot facility, designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building's primary donor, opened in 1993. The Lehman Loeb Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 16,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares. Notable holdings include the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints, an important group of Hudson River School paintings given by Matthew Vassar at the college's inception, and a wide range of works by major European and American twentieth century painters. Vassar was the first U.S. college founded with a permanent art collection and gallery, and at any given time, the Permanent Collection Galleries of the Art Center feature approximately 350 works from Vassar's extensive collections. For more information, visit

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, October 25, 2007