On View: An American Place


Art Collections On View: “An American Place”
University Park, Pennsylvania
Through April 24, 2022

Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975), "Shallow Creek"
Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975), “Shallow Creek,” 1938–39, oil and egg tempera on canvas mounted on board, 36 x 25 in., bequest of James R. and Barbara R. Palmer, 2019.31 © 2021 T.H. and R.P. Benton Trusts / licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

At Pennsylvania State University, the Palmer Museum of Art is rapidly approaching its 50th anniversary. Its leaders are busy constructing an impressive new building, but that won’t prevent them from using the current one to host a year-long series of celebratory projects.

They will kick it off with the exhibition “An American Place,” which presents highlights from the superb collection of American art bequeathed by the museum’s lead philanthropist, Barbara Palmer (1926–2019).

Assembled over three decades with her husband, James, this trove contains paintings, works on paper, and sculpture dating from the 1870s through the 1970s.

Among the artists represented are Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Burchfield, Paul Cadmus, Mary Cassatt, Frederic Edwin Church, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, and George Tooker.

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