“Late Night at the Lehman Loeb” offers a variety of events, including a film screening, blues & jazz performances, and a celebration of female artistic voices, April 23-May14, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY-In April and May "Late Night at the Lehman Loeb"-the popular Thursday evening series at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College-will feature a screening of Make, with filmmakers Scott Ogden and Malcom Hearn (4/23); a celebration of the variety and power of female artistic vision with a presentation by alumnae of Mill Street Loft's PASWORD program and performance by The Night Owls; and musical guests including a jazz trio (5/7) and Willa McCarthy and the Hudson Valley Blues Collective (5/14). All events are free and open to the public.

Each "Late Night at the Lehman Loeb" 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.

"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," noted Jennifer Cole, coordinator of membership, special events, and volunteer services at the Art Center.

Every Thursday, "Late Night" provides extended public hours, with the Art Center open until 9pm. This prompted the Poughkeepsie Journal to cite the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center as the "most accessible museum for 9-to-5ers."

"Late Night at the Lehman Loeb" is made possible by the generous supported of the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust.


April 23
The documentary film Make, an intimate journey into the lives of four American self-taught artists (Prophet Royal Robertson, Hawkins Bolden, Judith Scott, and Ike Morgan), will be screened on April 23 at 7pm in Room 203 of Taylor Hall. Filmmakers Scott Ogden and Malcolm Hearn, will discuss the film and answer audience questions after the screening. The artists interwoven stories bring together individuals whose worlds are as unique as their creations and explore why they are each consumed by their obsessive art making. Artwork by Prophet Royal Robertson is included in the current Art Center exhibition, Faith and Fantasy in Outsider Art from the Permanent Collection (on view through Sunday, April 26).

April 30
"Late Night at the Lehman Loeb" will celebrate the variety and power of female artistic vision in the community on April 30. "Views From Within: Community Impressions Through Teen Eyes," a multimedia presentation and conversation, will honor the year-long partnership between the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and young women from Mill Street Loft's PASWORD (Program for Adolescent Student Women of Real Direction) program (directed by Joan Henry).

Working with students from the Vassar Education Department, members of PASWORD painted four-part panels about their visions of the community, which will be shown during "Late Night." In addition, "View from Within" will present some of the correspondence between members of PASWORD and students from the Zuni High School in New Mexico. The evening will also include a performance by the Vassar all-female student a cappella group, The Night Owls. For additional information about the PASWORD program and Mill Street Loft, see

May 7
Jazz will be in the air during "Late Night" on May 7, with a performance of standards by Vassar students Jonathan Kanen on alto saxophone, Bren Cavallo on keys, and Dan Salton on bass. They've been playing together for almost two years and also perform with the Vassar Jazz Combos and the Vassar Jazz Ensemble.

May 14
Willa McCarthy and the Hudson Valley Blues Collective will be on hand for "Late Night" on Thursday, May 14, with a performance beginning at 6:30pm. The group brings together some of the best blues performers in the Hudson Valley, including McCarthy on vocals; Chris Vitarello on guitar and vocals; Pete Levin on keys, Eric Winter on bass, and Sean McCarthy on drums.

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, 10:00am-5:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am-9:00pm; and Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm. 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

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

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, April 17, 2009