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Master Class: Northern European Art 1500-1650 from the Permanent Collection Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center April 26 - September 2, 2018.

Featured works include those by Dürer, Cranach, Joos van Cleve, Lucas van Leyden, Rembrandt, and Jan Lievens. The exhibition is organized in honor of the 43-year-long teaching career of Susan Donahue Kuretsky, Professor of Art on the Sarah Gibson Blanding Chair.


Surveys and Souvenirs: American Worlds Fairs 1876-1939. Vassar Art Library Reading Room March 28- May 29, 2018. An exhibit of various publications, photographs, poster stamps and other memorabilia in Vassar Collections from the first American Centenniel Exhibition of 1876 held in Philadelphia to the New York World's Fair held in Flushing Meadow in 1939.

To hear an interview with art historian//exhibit curator Prof. Emily Warner on the Library Cafe, click HERE.

To view an online introduction via the Library's Gargoyle Bulletin, click HERE.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to the Future: The New Vassar College Art Library

The Vassar College Art Library is a rare example of a complete modernist interior from the pre-World War II period in the United States.  Built in 1937, the interior was designed by John McAndrew, an architect as well as educator, who taught architectural history and drafting in the Vassar College Department of Art from 1931 to 1937. 

The clarity, openness, and textured warmth of the space is in keeping with the American or what McAndrew termed a "naturalized" version of the machine aesthetic, which he would go on to promote in his role as Curator of the Department of Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art between 1937 and 1942. The design also shares elements of the streamline style of Raymond Loewy and Norman Bel Geddes. McAndrew's Art Department colleagues referred to this dynamic and forward-looking space as the expression of a new functionalism in architecture.  

As a learning environment it was exactly that, an elegantly-crafted machine in which every surface, volume, and design element was shaped and illuminated for the efficient appropriation of a knowledge of the history of art through group and individual study.  McAndrew's space has now been carefully renovated to recover its original function through a restoration of the original interior on designs by another architect/educator, the late Paul Spencer Byard, and his partner Charles A. Platt, of the New York-based firm of Platt Byard Dovell White.  To view a slideshow of the original space as it appeared in 1937, follow this link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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