Conversations across the Collection
January 7 - May 14, 2023
Snowiss Galleries, First Floor
As the Palmer Museum of Art began the transition to its future home at the Arboretum at Penn State, its second-floor galleries closed in January 2023.
This compelling reinstallation of the Benjamin and Lillian K. Snowiss Galleries on the first floor brought together a diverse roster of American artists from a range of eras. The new installation reshuffled the collection to explore formal and thematic connections rather than historical shifts in American art. The reorganization featured both visitor favorites and objects rarely on view to invite discussion through the juxtaposition of styles, viewpoints, and time periods.
The unexpected pairings of paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture were organized into multiple sections, including the American West, urban scenes, representations of mother and child, still lifes, domestic interiors, and abstraction. Conversations across the Collection included works by Richard Estes, Martin Johnson Heade, Julie Heffernan, Jeremy Lepisto, G. Daniel Massad, Richard Mayhew, Beverly McIver, Jenny Morgan, Georgia O'Keeffe, and David Teplica, among others.
The galleries on the first floor of the museum remained open until May 14, when the Palmer building on Curtin Road closed to the public.
Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art
Conversations across the Collection Virtual Tour
Experience the visitor-favorite permanent collection installation in a new digital format!
Conversations across the Collection was on view in the galleries at the Palmer Museum during spring 2023 and brought together diverse objects from a range of time periods to examine formal and thematic connections in American art. This virtual tour of the installation allows extended engagement with unexpected pairings of works that explore the American West, urban scenes, representations of mother and child, still lifes, domestic interiors, and abstraction. Enjoy a self-guided, digital version of Conversations across the Collection at the link below.Click here for the virtual tour