Reflections: Portrayals of and by African Americans, will be on view April 10–August 19, 2018, in the Focus Gallery of The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College. On display are select works by African American artists from Vassar’s permanent collection.
In recent decades, the Art Center collection has been enhanced through the acquisition of works by artists from the African diaspora with a focus on works by African American artists of the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. In the past 150 years, the campus art museum has branched out from its original model that encompassed primarily European masters and Hudson River School affiliates, with the aim of continually enriching the collection with compelling works relevant to the Vassar community and the general public alike.
This Focus Gallery exhibition is part of Buildings and Belonging: Mapping the African American Experience at Vassar College since 1861, a campus-wide project initiated by the African American Alumnae/i of Vassar College (AAAVC) to illuminate the enduring contributions and presence of African Americans on campus.
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 an art museum as a part of its original plans, 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 21,000 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 fllac.vassar.edu.
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