“Late Night at the Lehman Loeb” celebrates its second anniversary and reinstallation of permanent collection works, February 5, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY-Last March selected works from the permanent collection of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, including Mark Rothko's No. 1 (no. 18, 1948) and Jackson Pollock's drip painting from 1950, were sent on a ten month, five-museum tour of Japan in the exhibition, Paris-New York: Modernist Painting in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Masterworks from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College. On Thursday, February 5, during "Late Night at the Lehman Loeb," the Art Center will celebrate their return and reinstallation.

Coinciding with the reinstallation will be the second anniversary celebration of the highly successful "Late Night at the Lehman Loeb" program. The extended public hours, with the Art Center open every Thursday evening until 9pm, prompted the Poughkeepsie Journal to cite it as the "most accessible museum for 9-to-5ers." Every "Late Night" program offers unique entertainment, including music, docent tours, performances, and refreshments, in addition to the chance to view the collection and exhibitions in a relaxed setting.

"We've been thrilled with the response to our Late Night event that we've received from both the Vassar and Hudson Valley community, so we wanted to continue to note its success," said James Mundy, the Anne Hendricks Bass Director of the museum. "These extended hours have given busy people a chance to appreciate all that the Art Center normally has to offer during the week, after their working day."

Visitors to the second anniversary celebration of "Late Night at the Lehman Loeb," may participate in a student docent-created scavenger hunt through the permanent collection. Prizes will be awarded for the most correct answers. In addition to the scavenger hunt, refreshments will be served during the festivities.

"The scavenger hunt is a really interactive and exciting way to learn more about the collection," explained Jennifer Cole, coordinator of membership, special events, and volunteer services at the Art Center. "Late Night continuously provides us with an opportunity to offer the community something new and different to do on a Thursday night.  It's really growing into a wonderful place for people to meet after work."

Both the Art Center and the "Late Night at the Lehman Loeb" program are open to the public without charge.

Organized under the auspices of Tokyo's Art Project International and the sponsorship of the Sankei Shimbun, Japan's national financial newspaper chain, the exhibition, Paris-New York: Modernist Painting in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Masterworks from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, was seen at five museums in Japan: the Shimane Art Museum and the Yamagata Museum of Art on the island of Honshu, the Ishibashi Museum of Art on the island of Kyushu, the Fuchu Art Museum in a Toyko suburb, and the Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum on Kyushu. The exhibition featured a number of masterworks from the Art Center including a Mark Rothko and a Jackson Pollock as well as prints and drawings and lesser-known works by Jules Olitski, Theodore Stamos, and Grace Hartigan. Curators from the Yamagata Museum of Art, one of Japan's oldest and largest municipal art museums, along with curators from the Art Center determined the theme of the exhibition and the selection of works.
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 almost 18,000 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 20th- 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.

Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free. The art center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Thursday, 10:00 am-9:00 pm; and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 pm. Located at the entrance to the historic Vassar College campus, the Art Center can be reached within minutes from other Mid-Hudson cultural attractions, such as Dia:Beacon, the Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt national historic sites and homes, and the Vanderbilt mansion. The Art Center is wheelchair accessible. For more information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities, (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available.

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

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, January 9, 2009