GALLERY TALK – Drawing on a Legacy

Friday, January 24, 12:10 p.m.

GALLERY TALK

Drawing on a Legacy: Highlights from the John Driscoll American Drawings Collection

Adam Thomas, Curator of American Art

Join us on Friday afternoons at 12:10 p.m. for gallery talks on current exhibitions and selected works from the permanent collection. Gallery talks for Pop Up Exhibitions are held in the Print Study Room.

FAMILY DAY – Textiles+African Brilliance

Saturday, February 22, Noon to 3:00 p.m.

FAMILY DAY

Textiles and African Brilliance

Explore the woven, embroidered, and beaded textiles in African Brilliance and create your own raffia weaving. Don’t miss a performance at noon by the community ensemble group Roots of Life. Visitors to Family Day events at the Palmer can enjoy brief, family-friendly guided tours and art activities designed for all ages.

GALLERY TALK – African Brilliance

Friday, February 14, 12:10 p.m.

GALLERY TALK

African Brilliance: A Diplomat’s Sixty Years of Collecting

William Dewey, Associate Professor of Art History

Join us on Friday afternoons at 12:10 p.m. for gallery talks on current exhibitions and selected works from the permanent collection. Gallery talks for Pop Up Exhibitions are held in the Print Study Room.

EXHIBITION OPENING – Drawing on a Legacy

Tuesday, January 21

EXHIBITION OPENING

Drawing on a Legacy: Highlights from the John Driscoll American Drawings Collection

The gift of 140 works on paper from Penn State alumnus Dr. John P. Driscoll in 2018 dramatically reshaped the Palmer Museum of Art’s holdings of American art. Drawing on a Legacy is the first exhibition to showcase selections from this significant collection of watercolors and drawings and will feature some thirty works by a diverse group of nineteenth-century American artists.

Early landscape views and botanical sketches, animal scenes and still lifes, and portraits and preparatory figure studies are among the subjects highlighted in the exhibition. Artists represented include many well-known luminaries of the period—John Vanderlyn, William Trost Richards, and Edwin Howland Blashfield—along with lesser-known figures whose work deserves further study. Drawing on a Legacy surveys an array of techniques and media, including graphite, charcoal, ink, and watercolor, and explores the changing cultural importance of drawing during the so-called “long” nineteenth century.

Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art.

EXHIBITION OPENING – Grounded: Environments in Flux

Tuesday, January 21

EXHIBITION OPENING

Grounded: Environments in Flux
To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day this spring, Grounded: Environments in Flux invites us to consider the impact of humankind on the planet, past, present, and future. This select group of works by contemporary artists celebrates the poetry and power of nature as well as the prosaic reality of environmental degradation resulting from modern interventions. Artists featured include Nancy Azara, Betsy Damon, Mark Dion, Steve McCurry, Ana Mendieta, Catherine Opie, Rachelle Puryear, Jerry Uelsmann, and Carrie Mae Weems.

EXHIBITION OPENING African Brilliance: A Diplomat’s Sixty Years of Collecting-

Saturday, February 8

EXHIBITION OPENING

African Brilliance: A Diplomat’s Sixty Years of Collecting

African Brilliance: A Diplomat’s Sixty Years of Collecting presents a wide-ranging selection of African art from the notable collection amassed by Ambassador Allen Davis. His long career with the U.S. State Department afforded him the opportunity to build an outstanding collection representing many of the key cultures of East, Central, and West Africa. The exhibition features eighty-seven objects by twentieth-century African artists from a variety of cultures across the continent, including the Dan people of Liberia, the Mossi and Lobi peoples of Burkina Faso, the Dogon and Bamana peoples of Mali, the Akan peoples of Ghana, and the Kuba peoples of Democratic Republic of the Congo, among others. The works include carved and decorated wooden sculptures, natural fiber and beaded textiles, metalwork, and ceramic pots that represent household, community, and ritual practices.

African Brilliance will feature works from the Palmer’s permanent collection as well as loans from Allen and Barbara Davis, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of African Art, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. An online catalogue will feature interviews with Davis and local residents who have had firsthand experience with the types of objects on view, as well as essays by scholars William Dewey, Janet Purdy, and Mary Jo Arnoldi, curator emerita of African ethnology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art.

Exhibition – Grounded: Environments in Flux

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day this spring, Grounded: Environments in Flux invites us to consider the impact of humankind on the planet, past, present, and future. This select group of works by contemporary artists celebrates the poetry and power of nature as well as the prosaic reality of environmental degradation resulting from modern interventions. Artists featured include Nancy Azara, Betsy Damon, Mark Dion, Steve McCurry, Ana Mendieta, Catherine Opie, Rachelle Puryear, Jerry Uelsmann, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Exhibition – Drawing on a Legacy

The gift of 140 works on paper from Penn State alumnus Dr. John P. Driscoll in 2018 dramatically reshaped the Palmer Museum of Art’s holdings of American art. Drawing on a Legacy: Highlights from the John Driscoll American Drawings Collection is the first exhibition to showcase selections from this significant collection of watercolors and drawings and will feature some thirty works by a diverse group of nineteenth-century American artists.

Early landscape views and botanical sketches, animal scenes and still lifes, and portraits and preparatory figure studies are among the subjects highlighted in the exhibition. Artists represented include many well-known luminaries of the period—John Vanderlyn, William Trost Richards, and Edwin Howland Blashfield—along with lesser-known figures whose work deserves further study. Drawing on a Legacy surveys an array of techniques and media, including graphite, charcoal, ink, and watercolor, and explores the changing cultural importance of drawing during the so-called “long” nineteenth century.

Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art.