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Summer Art, New Public Hours Announced at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College

Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center will present a summer of art with exhibitions ranging from Robert Rauschenberg’s news-inspired screen prints and a related photo display to drawings by sculptor Harry Roseman and a poignant commemoration of Juneteenth.

The Loeb Art Center will also return to regular public hours, every day (except Monday) from 11am to 5pm.  As always, admission is free.  (Please note that we are asking all visitors to wear masks indoors.)

“Although we’ve been open to the general public on weekends since last August,” noted Bart Thurber, the Anne Hendricks Bass Director, “we are delighted that all visitors will be welcome six days per week to see our special exhibitions and the rest of the Loeb’s galleries.”

Summer exhibitions include:

Time Capsule, 1970: Rauschenberg's Currents, an in-depth look at avant-garde artist Robert Rauschenberg’s famous 1970 series of politically charged screen prints, will be on view from June 26 – September 19, 2021.  In 1970 Rauschenberg superimposed stories, headlines, advertisements, and images clipped from newspapers and tabloids to produce Surface Series from Currents: eighteen large-scale screen prints that reflected the strident social and political change of the period. The series is both a technical feat of modernist printmaking and a chance to peer inside Rauschenberg’s time capsule and witness the cacophony of violence, warfare, and political backlash that defined world events of the time.

Organized by guest curator Calvin Brown, the exhibition will also feature two original collages on loan from the Rauschenberg Foundation as well as sixteen related works from The Loeb’s collection by artists such as Kurt Schwitters, Lee Friedlander, Walker Evans, Ray Johnson, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol.

Photo Currents: Media, Circulation, Spectacle, will be on view upstairs in the Hoene Hoy Photography Gallery from July 10 – October 10, 2021. In light of the radical transformation of popular media with the rise of the internet, citizen journalism, and social media, this exhibition considers photography’s role as a mediator of collective experiences and memories of historical events. Ever since its invention almost two centuries ago, photography has turned newsworthy events into consumable spectacles. This exhibition considers how photographs create and circulate media spectacles. As we witness the ever-increasing power of images to verify and manufacture truth, we are challenged to consider our relationship to modern media as consumers, citizens, and humans. Included are works by Burton Berinsky, Billy Name, Andy Warhol, and Garry Winogrand, among others. The Hoene Hoy Photography Gallery was established through an endowment given by Anne Hoene Hoy, Vassar alumna, class of 1963. This space is dedicated to showing selected works from the Loeb’s collection of almost 5,000 photographs. 

Tilled Fields, a solo show by New York sculptor Harry Roseman, who taught at Vassar for 40 years, will be featured in the Project and Focus galleries from July 3 – September 12, 2021. The exhibition engages viewers with eighteen striking drawings on paper and cloth by New York sculptor Harry Roseman. Completely independent from being made in preparation for other works of art, the drawings provide surfaces onto which Roseman cultivates his fantastic, patterned arenas of line. The exhibition features recent works as well as earlier drawings and “sculpture-drawings” made since the 1980s when he began teaching studio art at Vassar.

Hudson Valley History Reimagined: Vinnie Bagwell's Portraits of Enslaved Youth, a commemoration of Juneteenth and a celebration of the emancipation of those who were enslaved in the United States, will be on view in the Loeb’s new In the Spotlight space from (June 5 – September 5, 2021). In an effort “to raise consciousness, to spark intrigue, to foster dialogue,” Yonkers-based artist Vinnie Bagwell’s bronze statues of African youth pay tribute to people separated from their families and their homes and sold into slavery in a foreign land. A slide show of a local family album reminds us that Black families not only worked the land but were owners of farmland nearby. Works on paper from the Loeb collection are included as a backdrop for the often-untold stories of African families and their descendants.

The In the Spotlight space is dedicated to special projects that show how the Loeb is expanding beyond its traditional practices of research, display, and interpretation. Support for In the Spotlight is provided by Mary Ellen Weisl Rudolph ’61, P ’98 and James N. Rudolph P ’98.

Time Capsule, 1970: Rauschenberg's Currents is supported by the Milton R. Bellin Estate Fund.

Tilled Fields is sponsored by the Evelyn B. Metzger Exhibition Fund.

Contact: Alison Hendrie,, (914) 450-3340 

PHOTO: Download high-resolution images from the Vassar College Media Relations' Flickr site.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, June 14, 2021