All programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art unless otherwise noted.
Friday, January 29 at noon, via Zoom
Sustainability Showcase Series Lecture: Looking at the Land
Penn State’s Sustainability Institute and the Student Council of Sustainability Leaders host this introduction to Field Language: The Painting and Poetry of Warren and Jane Rohrer. Exhibition curators Julia Spicher Kasdorf and Christopher Reed will explore the exhibition’s implications for agricultural practice, soil conservation, agrarian heritage, and broader issues of land use and identity in Pennsylvania.
Click here to register for the lecture via the Sustainability Showcase website.
Sunday, January 31, 4:30 p.m., via Zoom
Museum Conversations: Words and Paint
Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Poet and Liberal Arts Professor of English and Christopher Reed, Distinguished Professor of English, Visual Culture, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Art History
Join Field Language guest curators Julia Spicher Kasdorf and Christopher Reed for an in-depth look at the paintings and poetry of Warren and Jane Rohrer as they share their personal and scholarly journeys creating the exhibition, its multi-author companion catalogue, and Jane’s latest collection of poems.
Registration link: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IQff5CyiQsWFGd1_SnT0Tg
Tuesday, February 16, 6:00 p.m., via Zoom
Lecture - Impossible Interviews: Artists Alma Thomas and Warren Rohrer in Conversation
Jonathan Frederick Walz, Ph.D., Director of Curatorial Affairs & Curator of American Art, The Columbus Museum
Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias's "Impossible Interviews" for Vanity Fair in the 1930s, this talk brings together the lives of two artists who were contemporaries but who never met in person. Walz will highlight the similarities and differences between Alma Thomas and Warren Rohrer, including their shared position on the margins of the 1970s art world. There will be ample time for questions and answers. Jonathan Frederick Walz, an expert on American modernism, is co-organizing a major traveling exhibition, Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful, which will open in 2021.
Registration link: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xymdv3m4RYaHknwJbPTTbg
Thursday, February 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., via Zoom
Art After Hours: Love Is Love
Enjoy an artistic exploration of love in all its forms and expressions--romantic, platonic, familial, gay, straight, and possibly even the “puppy” variety. Art After Hours is the Palmer’s popular evening program designed by students, for students, that features a variety of museum experiences, such as student-led discussions, innovative tours, art-related games, and creative making activities.
Stay tuned for Zoom access information.
Wednesday, February 24, 4:00 p.m., via Zoom
Museum Conversation: An Introduction to the Tavern Collection
Patrick McGrady, Charles V. Hallman Senior Curator
Enjoy historic views of central Pennsylvania and learn about a selection of prints from the extensive collection amassed by Ralph Yeager and John O’Connor, the original owners of The Tavern, one of State College’s iconic landmarks.
Registration link: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kddwbvOYTxiBTIsjrtw4Tw
Wednesday, March 3, 4:00 p.m., via Zoom
Museum Conversation: Mark Makers
Joyce Robinson, Assistant Director, with special guests artists Jo Margolis and Mary Judge
Join us for a lively discussion led by Assistant Director and curator Joyce Robinson of mid-20th-century “mark makers” whose work is currently on view at the Palmer. Joining in will be contemporary artists Jo Margolis and Mary Judge, who are also represented in Mark Makers: The Language of Abstraction.
Registration link: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AIJFssRWS4SBY7MTkoI3Nw
Monday, March 15, 6:00 p.m., via Zoom
Online Art Club Meetup: Recharge Your Creativity with the Palmer Museum
Take a brief, virtual tour of world-class art at the Palmer Museum, then dig into your art supplies and enjoy a simple art-making activity designed for all skill levels. Hosted by the Palmer’s education team of graduate assistants and undergraduate interns, this lively hangout will introduce a selection of artists from the permanent collection who use color to create a sense of movement and energy. The related activity will require paper/sketchbook, pencil, and color (crayons, markers, colored pencils, pastels – use what you have). This program is presented in partnership with the Penn State Alumni Association.
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Thursday, March 18, 6:00 p.m., via Zoom
Lecture: “Tracking the Amish Quilt”: Warren and Jane Rohrer’s Search for a Usable Past
Janneken Smucker, Professor of History, West Chester University
Quilt historian Janneken Smucker teaches history at West Chester University in Philadelphia and is the author of Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon. In this illustrated lecture she will examine the history of Amish quilts, their embrace by collectors and the art world, and the critical role they played in the painting and poetry of Warren and Jane Rohrer.
Registration link: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dSetSld1SFmh14tcPMIUNQ
Wednesday, March 24, 4:00 p.m., via Zoom
Museum Conversation: Warren Rohrer and Mark Making
Nancy Locke, Associate Professor of Art History and artist Christopher Campbell
Hosted by Christopher Reed, Distinguished Professor of English and Visual Culture, art historian Nancy Locke will discuss Warren Rohrer’s work in the context of modernist abstraction. Artist Christopher Campbell will join the conversation, providing insights about Rohrer’s quiet, painstaking approach to mark making and its rootedness in the agricultural landscape.
Registration Link: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rEw1pnnZR8qli3yps6kh2Q
Thursday, April 1, 4:30 p.m.
Museum Conversation and Poetry Reading: Truths of a Woman’s Life
Julia Spicher Kasdorf and Shara McCallum,a Poets and Liberal Arts Professors of English
Join Penn State English Professors Julia Spicher Kasdorf and Shara McCallum for an intimate look at the biography and craft of Jane Rohrer, the Field Language poet whose words often revealed complex relationships through everyday life.
Registration link: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XeGMLI4mTtO9hvxcMjSjOA
Thursday, April 8, 4:00 p.m.
Museum Conversation: The Wit and Whimsy of Lucille Corcos
Adam Thomas, Curator of American Art
Get a closer look at the distinctive work of painter, illustrator, and designer Lucille Corcos.
Registration link: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ul0bBZZ_TMmMIdHTP6tjVw
Thursday, April 15, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Art After Hours: Make Your Mark: A Celebration of Makery
Celebrate and discover the variety of creative makers at Penn State. Featured makers in the Palmer’s “Virtual Showcase of Design, Craft, and Makery” will give brief presentations about their projects, and Palmer interns will host related discussions, games, and activities.
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