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Scarf of Main shown above.  This original 100% red silk scarf was designed by Dyne Benner Onoue, '64, for the 40th Reunion, from her original art.  The border signifies the class ring, VC 100th Class; and the drawing of Main, where we lived as seniors, symbolizes our tradition and class spirit. 
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Vassar Class of 1964 Mini-Reunion

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Monday, April 6, 2020

Dear Classmates,

I am so sorry that we are unable to be together at The Metropolitan Museum again. We will have to go virtual and look forward to another event in the future. This exhibition completes a Vassar circle for me. I first saw Kent Monkman’s work at Sargent’s Daughters, the downtown gallery of Allegra LaViola, the daughter of 64’s Louisa LaViola Pagels.

For help in approaching this monumental commission for the Great Hall, I have included a link to the curator Randall Griffey’s blog about the Great Hall installation. This is an excellent overview and guide to finding some of the paintings within the collection. The paintings that he has referenced appear on the map in red. On the Met Museum page for this exhibition, you will also find a video of an Artist Interview that will lead you to additional information on YouTube – all fascinating.                                                                           

In addition, I have attached a Power Point presentation (with the maps) including 4 additional paintings at The Metropolitan that Monkman has used in his other work. These are tagged with green.

There are also five varied examples of crossdressing in the collection. None are nearly as fabulous as the dramatically draped Miss Chief Eagle Testickle but add some fun to the proceedings. They are titled and on the map in blue. Best seen in Slide View (bottom left).

As we consider the gender fluid alter ego with such a clever name, it is interesting to remember one of his punning predecessors. Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamps (July 28, 1887, Blainville-Crevon, France  - October 2, 1968Neuilly-sur-Seine, France),  was a French-American painter, sculptor, chess player and writer. His alter ego, Rrose Selavy (Eros, c’est la vie – Sex, that’s life), personified everything about Duchamp’s art, from its wit and its ersatz aesthetic to its erotic undertones and showed off his penchant for wordplay. After all, Duchamp remade the Mona Lisa as a man when he drew a moustache and beard on a postcard of da Vinci’s painting and titled it L.H.O.O.Q.( Elle a chaud au cul – She has a hot ass). He was also dealing with ideas about identity and self-representation that were irreverent, and subversive.

Salve, Alice Harper

P.S. Please contact me if you have any problems accessing this information and I will try to help.

Click here to see an interactive view of Mark Fink's bell-ringing imagery from atop Main.

Class of 1964, Vassar College
Archive of Selected Materials

Vassar maintains archives for each class. There may, however, be materials that our classmates have that go beyond the College's institutional archive.  It is to such items that this archive is devoted. Linked files are password protected, all with the same password that is available from the Web Master or from a Class Officer.

Gail Becker suggests using your smart phone to take photos of older material and then just send them, via email, to the Web Master.
Please contribute names for captions, corrections, and so forth.  We need help to get the information correct!

Click here to see an interactive view of Mark Fink's bell-ringing imagery from atop Main.

1964 Yearbook
A Time of Transition
Class Officers
Memories:  40th Reunion
Class Officers
Memories: 45th Reunion
Class book
Memories:  50th Reunion
Class book
Distribution of Classmates by House (Dorm) as of 2014
Flyer of Architectural Tours
Creative Works Exhibition Photo Survey
Memories:  55th Reunion
Outgoing and Incoming Presidents
Group and Candid Photos
Memories:  Mini Reunions
Group and Candid Photos
All of these links went to Picasa, which no longer exists.  Thus, we no longer have access to these collections; however, we do have a number of the images that were housed in these collections (from backup and from other urls if they saw use elsewhere (as for example embedded in a Google Earth file).  If the owners still do have these collections, and wish to share them once again, that act would be much appreciated.  Then the two sets of holdings could be compared and remaining gaps filled in. In the meantime the process of retrieval from elsewhere is ongoing.  Please contact the webmaster (Sandy).
  • Alice Harper's Building Photos collection:  from Picasa, Link
  • Margie Mueller's collection:  from Picasa Dropbox, Link.
  • Lynn Thomson Scott's collections
    • From 45th reunion:  Link.
    • From Picasa Dropbox:  Link
    • From mini-reunions:  Link
Timelines:  Contemporary Campus Context
Based on much work previously available on the website of Elizabeth Daniels, '41, Vassar College Historian.
Freshman year | Sophomore year | Junior year | Senior year

Tech Fun
Find your '64 dormitory mates!  Look at a Google Earth display of the distribution of responding classmates by dormitory (no names of individuals). Link to the full-sized fixed animation; link to movie file (you control the time-spacing between successive animation frames); link to Google Earth file (drive around in the free download of Google Earth to see the full globe).  Zoom in to look at streets...find your own home!

Photos linked to this page were donated (to date) by:  Margaret Appelbaum Levine, Gail Becker, Alice Harper, Lynn Scott Thompson, Margie Mueller, Anne Youngclaus Stratton, Sandy Lach Arlinghaus.
Please feel free to donate more and let us know if you already donated and your name does not appear here (so we can add you)!

Note:  in the past, others have kindly donated photos, as well.  A number of those were housed in Picasa; when that storage 'vanished' so too did some of those photos.  There are backups; as they are found, they will be posted here.  In the meantime, feel free to donate again if you wish (after contacting the webmaster to attempt to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort.

Website design and maintenance:  Sandra Lach Arlinghaus, Web Master, Class of 1964.