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Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Reopens

This month—on January 20th, at 5:00pm, to be precise—the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center (FLLAC) reopens after being closed since May 2010 for roof repairs. FLLAC is celebrating the reopening in style, by bringing back a Vassar- and community-favorite event, “Late Night at the Lehman Loeb.” The Art Center stays open late, until 9:00pm, for the weekly Thursday night event, during which it offers refreshments and hosts what the center calls a “creative happening,” often a performance by a student group.

“People will be able to witness the transformation of the galleries,” says Nicole Roylance, FLLAC’s Coordinator of Public Education and Information. During the roof repair, the center removed all works of art from its main galleries, including the permanent collection that boasts pieces by Frederic Church, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jackson Pollock. The result was an opportunity for the “first total reconfiguration and reinstallation of the permanent collection since the Art Center opened” in 1993 noted James Mundy '74, the Anne Hendricks Bass Director of FLLAC.

The reopening of FLLAC this month also includes a nod to Vassar’s Sesquicentennial with a new exhibition, 150 Years Later: New Photographs by Tina Barney, Tim Davis, and Katherine Newbegin. Scheduled to run January 28 through March 27, it is the first exhibition of 2011. The center commissioned the trio of photographers to capture the campus and student life, often with a focus on the idiosyncratic, ironic, or hidden aspects of campus life. The exhibit includes approximately 40 new works, and will be accompanied by an optional, for-purchase hardcover exhibition catalog that features a reproduction of every work and a curatorial essay. – Peter Bronski

January 2011

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