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Making and Meaning

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center of Vassar College

Reveals the stories behind Vassar’s art museum and the depth of its collection.
Making and Meaning features select works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center of Vassar College, located in Poughkeepsie, New York. Through illustrated essays and entries, as well as poetry and a timeline, this book reveals the profound richness of a collection that spans from antiquity to the present day.

Showcasing a wide variety of artistic works and contributions, the volume explores paintings, prints, photographs, decorative arts, and sculptures from this stunning collection. Written by Vassar curators, faculty, community partners, students, and art historians, the texts demonstrate how the art museum at Vassar originated in 1864 and now stands, like many American academic museums, at the forefront of the rapidly evolving museum field.

244 pages | 208 color plates | 9 x 10

Art: American Art, Art--General Studies

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Table of Contents

Director’s Foreword
T. Barton Thurber

Elizabeth Nogrady and Alyx Raz

Making and Meaning at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Elizabeth Nogrady

Loeb Art Center Timeline
Elizabeth Nogrady with Anna Molloy and Emily Lesorogol

At the Loeb

Vassar’s Founding Collection: Landscape Painting of the Hudson Valley
William L. Coleman

Catalogue Entries, 1300s BCE–1500s CE

Prints from the Felix M. Warburg Collection
Elizabeth Nogrady

Catalogue Entries, 1600s–1804

Japanese Prints
John P. Murphy

Catalogue Entries, 1829–1886

Nineteenth-Century Photography
Jessica D. Brier

Catalogue Entries, 1888–1899

French Modern Art
Cora Michael

Catalogue Entries, 1921–1927

The Stieglitz Circle
John P. Murphy

Catalogue Entries, 1930–1950

Building Vassar’s Modern Art Collection
Mary-Kay Lombino

Catalogue Entries, 1951–1975

Work by Self-Taught Artists
Mary-Kay Lombino

Catalogue Entries, 1975–1994

Works on Paper by Inuit Artists
Molly S. McGlennen

Catalogue Entries, 1994–2006

Contemporary Photography
Jessica D. Brier

Catalogue Entries, 2014–Present

Modern and Contemporary Art in the Hudson Valley
John P. Murphy


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