Insight: Museum Conversations – A Day in the Life of a Museum Director

Palmer Museum Director Erin Coe joins student interns for a discussion about what it’s like to lead a university art museum. From strategic planning and capital projects to collections development and exhibition planning, and so much more, gain insight into the breadth and depth of a museum director’s role, responsibilities, and expertise. 

Link to join: https://psu.zoom.us/j/93213335181 

Join Palmer Museum staff, Penn State students, and special guests live online for this series of lively conversations about the inner workings of an art museum. These webinars will feature questions and interviews of staff posed by museum interns and graduate assistants. Participants will also be able to join the conversation and gain more insight into museum practices. Program recordings will be posted for later viewing on the Palmer’s YouTube channel.

Insight: Museum Conversations – Discover the Palmer Museum of Art

Link to join: https://psu.zoom.us/j/98539154325

Looking for a Parents and Families weekend activity? – Discover the Palmer Museum of Art! Join museum staff, graduate assistants, and interns for an introduction to the Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State’s premiere visual arts resource for students, faculty, staff, and the local community. Discover the rich and varied ways that students work and learn at the museum, and enjoy a glimpse of the galleries, an introduction to the various collection areas, and an in-depth look at a few selected works of art.

Join Palmer Museum staff, Penn State students, and special guests live online for this series of lively conversations about the inner workings of an art museum. These webinars will feature questions and interviews of staff posed by museum interns and graduate assistants. Participants will also be able to join the conversation and gain more insight into museum practices. Program recordings will be posted for later viewing on the Palmer’s YouTube channel.

Lecture and Film Screening – The Catalogue of Speculative Translations

Abigail Celis, Marian Trygve Freed Early Career Professor in French and Francophone Studies and African Studies, Penn State

Dr. Celis will discuss and screen her experimental video project that creates an alternative sensorial world of African art objects held in museum collections, especially the Museum of Art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (MAAOA) in Marseille, France. Whether regarded as a temple or a forum, art museums tend to privilege sight as the primary mode for relating to the objects on display. The Catalogue of Speculative Translations (re)activates the textures, sounds, and affects that are muted in the museum space. Through this re-visioning, the film evokes histories of colonialism and conquest, but also community and care, that are part of the collection’s biography.

Sponsored by the Palmer Museum of Art. This event is part of the African Brilliance Lecture Series.

LECTURE Yoruba Masking at the Diasporic Crossroad

Wednesday, February 19, 5:30 p.m.

LECTURE

Yoruba Masking at the Diasporic Crossroad

Bolaji Campbell, Professor of African and African Diaspora Art, Department of Theory and History of Art and Design, RISD

Dr. Campbell will examine four contemporary African diaspora artists, Wole Lagunju, Moyo Okediji, Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, and Nick Cave, who have appropriated Egungun iconography as an abiding symbol of their artistic vision. The four artists exhibit the complexity of traits including ambivalence, novelty, and innovativeness that are consistent with the Yoruba notion and idiosyncratic representation of the artistic personality known as Are—the tendencies for itinerancy, discovery, boldness, and disruptiveness that have come to define artistic creativity within the Yoruba universe. Co-sponsored by the Palmer Museum of Art and the African Studies Program. This event is part of the African Brilliance Lecture Series.

Lecture – The Missionary as Collector: Dr. George W. Harley in Liberia

Christopher B. Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel ’22 Professor of Art History and Anthropology and Director of the Museum Studies Program, Connecticut College

Dr. Steiner will explore the history of African art collecting in Liberia by examining the work of American medical-missionary Dr. George W. Harley. By tracing his career in Liberia between 1925 and 1960, the lecture reveals how Dr. Harley shifted from ethnographic collecting in the 1930s and 1940s to marketing objects for a burgeoning African art market in America beginning in the 1950s. Steiner considers such issues as the ethics of field collecting, the cultural construction of authenticity, and the role of provenance in the contemporary market for “high end” African art. Co-sponsored by the Palmer Museum of Art, African Studies Program, and the Department of Art History. This event is part of the African Brilliance Lecture Series.

Insight: Museum Conversations – So, You Want to Buy a Print?

Insight: Museum Conversations – So, You Want to Buy a Print?

Thursday, November 12, 4:00 p.m.

Link to join: https://psu.zoom.us/j/99504256964

Enjoy this introduction to assessing and evaluating prints presented by Patrick McGrady, the Palmer’s Charles V. Hallman Senior Curator. Discover details about different printmaking techniques that experts look for when considering prints for the museum’s collection.

Join Palmer Museum staff, Penn State students, and special guests live online for this series of lively conversations about the inner workings of an art museum. These webinars will feature questions and interviews of staff posed by museum interns and graduate assistants. Participants will also be able to join the conversation and gain more insight into museum practices. Program recordings will be posted for later viewing on the Palmer’s YouTube channel.

Insight: Museum Conversations – How Exhibitions Are Made

Insight: Museum Conversations – How Exhibitions Are Made
Thursday, December 3, 4:00 p.m.
Link to join: https://psu.zoom.us/j/92103082947

Ever wonder about the process of curating an exhibition? Join the Palmer’s assistant director, Joyce Robinson, and museum educator Brandi Breslin as they discuss key elements of exhibition planning such as defining goals, developing checklists, creating programs, and managing installations.

Join Palmer Museum staff, Penn State students, and special guests live online for this series of lively conversations about the inner workings of an art museum. These webinars will feature questions and interviews of staff posed by museum interns and graduate assistants. Participants will also be able to join the conversation and gain more insight into museum practices. Program recordings will be posted for later viewing on the Palmer’s YouTube channel.

Insight: Museum Conversations – Museums and the Myth of Neutrality

Join museum educator Brandi Breslin and Keri Mongelluzzo, a doctoral candidate in art history, for an introduction on how museums support systems of power and oppression within the broader culture. Learn about steps the Palmer is taking to reflect on this history and take action toward anti-oppressive practices.

 Join Palmer Museum staff, Penn State students, and special guests live online for this series of lively conversations about the inner workings of an art museum. These webinars will feature questions and interviews of staff posed by museum interns and graduate assistants. Participants will also be able to join the conversation and gain more insight into museum practices. Program recordings will be posted for later viewing on the Palmer’s YouTube channel.

Link to join: https://psu.zoom.us/j/98533967506

Insight: Museum Conversations – Tales from the Museum Crypt (aka Strange Discoveries in Art Storage)

Insight: Museum Conversations – Tales from the Museum Crypt (aka Strange Discoveries in Art Storage)

Thursday, October 29, 6:00 p.m.
Link to join: https://psu.zoom.us/j/92172330290

Celebrate Halloween at home and enjoy a peek into the dark recesses of art storage at the Palmer with museum registrar Beverly Sutley and longtime graduate assistant Keri Mongelluzzo. Find out what odd, creepy, or surprising objects can be found in the museum’s collection and storage facilities. This event is a part of Art After Hours: Halloween from Home.

Join Palmer Museum staff, Penn State students, and special guests live online for this series of lively conversations about the inner workings of an art museum. These webinars will feature questions and interviews of staff posed by museum interns and graduate assistants. Participants will also be able to join the conversation and gain more insight into museum practices. Program recordings will be posted for later viewing on the Palmer’s YouTube channel.

Impact: A Virtual Gathering in Support of Diversity

IMPACT: A VIRTUAL GATHERING IN SUPPORT OF DIVERSITY
Sunday, November 15, 4:30 p.m.
Please plan to join us for a very impactful virtual gathering as we renew our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. College of Arts and Architecture Dean Stephen Carpenter will welcome attendees and introduce our special guest, Penn State alumna Beverly McIver (MFA, ’92). McIver is widely acknowledged as a significant presence in contemporary American art, and her work can be found in numerous public and private collections. Critically acclaimed for her brilliant use of color and “the sheer vitality of her painting style”; McIver is committed to producing art that examines racial, gender, and social identity. Her talk will focus on recent work, notably her compelling self-portraits that invite us to ponder the power of art in the midst of a pandemic. Director Erin Coe will also share her goals around diversity and invite members and other friends to join us in making an impact as we look to the future. Look for an electronic invitation with Zoom details prior to the event. Sponsored by the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art.