POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – From August 28 through October 16, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center will present a free, weekly, outdoor film series, as well as a Berlin-inspired cabaret, on Thursday evenings — in conjunction with both the museum’s new exhibition Impassioned Images: German Expressionist Prints, and with its weekly “Late Night at the Lehman Loeb” program.
The film series kicks off on Thursday, August 28, with the 1920 film Der Golem by Carol Boese and Paul Wegner. The seven German films in the series date from the 1920s and 30s, including Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920, Robert Wiene); Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922, F. W. Murnau); Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler (1922, Fritz Lang); Der Letzte Mann (The Last Laugh) (1924, F. W. Murnau); M (1931, Fritz Lang); and Das Testament de Dr. Mabuse (1933, Fritz Lang). The screenings will begin at 7:30 on the campus lawn alongside the Art Center, or in Taylor Hall room 203 during inclement weather.
In addition, on Thursday, October 2, at 7:00 pm, the atrium and galleries of the Art Center, will resound with a Berlin-inspired cabaret: songs of decadence, exile, corruption, revolution, crime, and experiment, featuring bass-baritone Robert Osborne, adjunct artist in music at Vassar, and pianist Richard Gordon. This program was recently presented as part of the Carnegie Hall “Berlin in Lights Program” and will feature songs in both German and English by Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, Franz Waxman, Friedrich Hollander, Paul Lincke, Mischa Spoliansky, Arnold Schoenberg, Jean Wiener, and Cole Porter.
“Late Night at the Lehman Loeb” extends the museum’s hours every Thursday until 9:00 pm, for the public to tour the galleries, attend special performances, and enjoy refreshments. Admission to the museum is always free.
Complete Rundown of Impassioned Images Film Series
All films will begin at 7:30 pm on the Chapel Lawn
In case of inclement weather, screenings will be held indoors, in Taylor Hall, room 203
August 28, 2008
Der Golem, 1920
Directed by Carl Boese and Paul Wegener
In medieval Prague, a rabbi endowed with magical powers conjures to life a mystical clay monster, the Golem, to save his congregation following an imperial decree threatening to expel the city’s Jewish population. In a battle between Knight Florian and the rabbi’s assistant, Famulus, for the love of the rabbi’s daughter, the Golem is reactivated and wreaks havoc on the city.
September 4, 2008
Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, 1920
Directed by Robert Wiene
In this influential silent-era film, Werner Krauss plays Dr. Caligari, a sinister hypnotist traveling the carnival circuit with a psychic sleepwalker named Cesare. When a series of murders coincides with Caligari’s visit to a small German town and the predicted murder of his best friend comes true, Francis, a venturesome village citizen, sets out to solve the crime. As he tracks every move of the carnival men, Caligari and his accomplice seem to be the obvious culprits, yet the plot concludes with an unexpected finale.
September 11, 2008
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror), 1922
Directed by F. W. Murnau
The German revision of Irishman Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu follows the journey of the blood-sucking nobleman from the Carpathian Mountains to Bremen, where a string of mysterious deaths arises. Ellen, a realtor’s wife knowledgeable in matters of vampire vanquishment, offers herself to save the village.
September 18, 2008
Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler (Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler), 1922
Directed by Fritz Lang
Considered perhaps the first film noir, Dr. Mabuse tells the story of a sinister psychiatrist and trickster in his games to corner the stock market. The master villain’s hypnotic charm and ingenious plan are challenged, however, when put up against the methodical police detective Wrenk.
September 25, 2008
Der Letzte Mann (The Last Laugh), 1924
Directed by F. W. Murnau
The world of an esteemed doorman for a stylish Berlin hotel collapses when an insensitive new manager demotes him to washroom duty, but good men always have the last laugh. A forerunner of the “German invasion” in Hollywood during the mid-to late- 1920s, the film is easily regarded as a classic of German silent cinema.
October 9, 2008
Directed by Fritz Lang
When the police round up every criminal in town to capture an elusive child murderer, the underworld leaders decide to take matters into their own hands to catch the killer and place him in their own kangaroo court. Branded with a guilty M on his back, the murderer is recaptured by the police, and again put on trial.
October 16, 2008
Das Testament de Dr. Mabuse, 1933
Directed by Fritz Lang
Driven to madness after being attacked by a group of criminal conspirators, Detective Hofmeister is placed in the institution of Professor Baum with fellow patient and criminal mastermind, Dr. Mabuse. A slew of psychoanalysts and detectives discover the connections between Mabuse’s writings and criminal activities outside of the institution. Car chases, factory fires, and shootouts ensue, but the plot concludes with an unexpected twist of character.
About the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. The current 36,400-square-foot facility, designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building’s primary donor, opened in 1993. The Lehman Loeb Art Center’s collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 16,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares. Notable holdings include the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints, an important group of Hudson River School paintings given by Matthew Vassar at the college’s inception, and a wide range of works by major European and American twentieth century painters. Vassar was the first U.S. college founded with a permanent art collection and gallery, and at any given time, the Permanent Collection Galleries of the Art Center feature approximately 350 works from Vassar’s extensive collections.
Museum Hours and Further Information
Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free. The Art Center is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Sunday. 1:00 –5:00 p.m. Located at the entrance to the historic Vassar College campus, the Art Center can be reached within minutes from other Mid-Hudson cultural attractions, such as Dia: Beacon, the Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt national historic sites and homes, and the Culinary Institute of America. The Art Center is wheelchair accessible. For more information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit http://fllac.vassar.edu.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities, (845) 437–5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.