Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
Designed by Frank Gehry, the Fisher Center is the first of his buildings to be constructed in the Northeast. Gehry makes use of the region’s light in his design by cladding the building in stainless steel that undulates to mimic the Hudson Valley’s rolling landscape. The building’s design was intended to spark risk-taking creativity. The Fisher Center features state-of-the-art performance spaces for students, as well as two theaters: a Black Box for experimental works and a lyre-shaped concert hall. The simplicity of the concert hall is enlivened by the whimsical Douglas fir “doodles” attached to the walls. More than aesthetic, Gehry’s wooden curlicues aid acoustics. The center is home of the college’s annual SummerScape arts festival and the Bard Music Festival.