From Vassar’s Miscellany News . . . an article by Matt Stein.
Bettelheim to shed light on Latin-American Loeb art


Lurking in the basement of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center are dozens upon dozens of artistic works that have not seen the light of day in years. Yes, there’s more to the Loeb than Picasso and cheese plates. In anticipation of an exhibit opening in January, Latin-American Art: Fluid Ecologies, former San Francisco University and UCLA Professor Judith Bettelheim will be giving a lecture on Oct. 1 in Taylor Hall at 5:30 p.m. In the lecture, she will discuss several pieces of artwork that will be some of the highlights in the exhibit.

Discussing two pieces by renowned Cuban surrealist José Bedia and one piece by Wifredo Lam, considered a grandfather figure to Latin American art, Bettelheim will shed light on how these works fit into their artists’ collect­ed works and Latin American art as a whole.

Curator of the Fluid Ecologies exhibit, Lisa Paravisini-Gebert, who is also a Professor of Hispanic Studies and the organizer of this lecture, expressed her excitement in having Bettelheim give the lecture, saying, “We have these pieces at Vassar and we don’t know very much about them. Here is perhaps the best person in the world at this moment to actu­ally help us understand something that we own, that is part of our collection. Because Latin-American art has not been a central as­pect of the mission of the Gallery, although we want to make it one, it is not a piece that has been extensively studied. So what I see about her visit to Vassar is this opportunity to hear from the expert about something we own and know very little about so we collectively can learn about it.”

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