The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is now open to all visitors six days per week from 10am to 5pm (except on Mondays) and on Thursdays until 7pm. For more information about access to the Vassar campus please consult VassarTogether.

Current Exhibition

Changing Forms: Metamorphosis in Myth, Art, and Nature, 1650–1700

When: September 28–December 19, 2021

About the Show

This Focus Gallery exhibition explores the rich concept of metamorphosis—with links to art, myth, science, and the exchange of knowledge—in the late seventeenth-century Netherlands. The paintings, drawings, prints, and illustrated books on view include artists’ renderings of Ovid’s Metamorphoses from around 1600 by Virgil Solis, Abraham Bloemaert, and Hendrick Goudt. This tradition contributed to a dynamic moment later in the 1600s, when painters such as Godefridus Schalcken, Willem van Mieris, and Samuel van Hoogstraten created their own mythological imagery. Meanwhile, the book market for Ovid kept pace and contemporaries explored biological metamorphosis in lavishly illustrated insect studies like those by Johannes Goedaert, Jan Swammerdam, and Maria Sibylla Merian. Works in the exhibition come from Vassar collections and include significant loans from Cornell University, Bard College, Lehigh University, and The Leiden Collection—the preeminent private collection of Dutch art in the United States.

Changing Forms: Metamorphosis in Myth, Art, and Nature, 1650–1700 was made possible by generous support provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. This project has received funding through a grant from the Netherland-America Foundation.

Public Hours

Tuesday 10am–5pm
Wednesday 10am–5pm
Thursday 10am–7pm
Friday 10am–5pm
Saturday 10am–5pm
Sunday 10am–5pm

Covid-19

Please note that all visitors are asked to wear masks in the galleries.

Admission

Admission is free and open to all. All galleries are wheelchair accessible.


Parking/Entrance

Parking is on Raymond Avenue only. Please enter via the Pavilion immediately inside the Archway entrance to the campus.

Students

Late Thursdays for students only from 7pm to 9pm.

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The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

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