New Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center project gallery installation looks at depiction of playing cards in art

Playing Cards is a special themed installation now on view in the project gallery of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. This display will be open through August 28.

Luck, chance, and skill come together for one to play cards successfully, just as these ingredients play into the larger, vastly more complicated game of life itself. This display of thirteen works from the Art Center’s permanent collection demonstrates that artists have found playing cards to be an appealing theme and subject through the ages. On view are works from the 17th to 20th centuries, including paintings, prints, and photographs. Artists George Grosz, Jack Levine, Rosalie McKenna, Charles Green Shaw, Bartolomeo Manfredi (attrib.), and Salvador Dalí are all represented.

About the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

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. 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. The Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 19,000 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.

Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free and all galleries are wheelchair accessible.  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.  For additional information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit

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

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, June 18, 2014