James Mullen linocuts now on view at the Palmer Museum of Art

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Palmer Museum of Art is pleased to present "Lit with Piercing Glances: Linocuts by James Mullen," an exhibition on view through May 19.

In the summer of 1963, Mullen elected to take a break from his master of fine arts studies at Penn State to take a drive up to Boston. Stopping along the way in Oneonta, N.Y., he chanced upon the head of the art department from the town’s State University of New York campus. In need of a faculty member for the fall, she offered Mullen a position on the spot, and the rest, as they say, is history. Mullen went on to teach at Oneonta for more than 30 years, offering a variety of courses in art and art history, and excelling in his own work as a printmaker.

This exhibition offers a retrospective look at Mullen’s preferred medium, the linoleum block print, or linocut, which he has found particularly suitable for his linearly reductive approach to the still life. The 18 prints on view range from his earlier experiments in black and white to the more richly illuminated sheets he developed later in his career, which can feature as many as 34 distinct colors.

The title of the exhibition is drawn from Marianne Moore’s 1921 poem, “When I Buy Pictures,” in which she sets the parameters for the art she appreciates. Whatever kind of art it is, she concludes, it must be “lit with piercing glances into the life of things.”

Patrick McGrady, Charles V. Hallman Curator, will give a gallery talk titled "Linocuts by James Mullen" at 12:10 p.m. April 12.

All gallery talks begin in the galleries unless otherwise noted. A greeter will be available in the lobby to direct visitors to the appropriate gallery for all noontime events. The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is located on Curtin Road and admission is free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and some holidays. Reduced hours over spring break are noon to 4 p.m. March 2 to 10. The museum will be closed Monday, March 4, and Sunday, March 31.

The Palmer Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The Chevron Corp. is proud to be the Palmer Museum of Art’s major corporate sponsor.

Children’s and family programs are partially funded by the James E. Hess and Suzanne Scurfield Hess Endowment for Art Education in the Palmer Museum of Art, and the Ruth Anne and Ralph Papa Endowment. All other programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art, unless otherwise noted.

Also on view at the Palmer Museum of Art this spring are “Varied and Untried”: Early Twentieth–Century American Paintings from the James and Barbara Palmer Collection," continuing through May 5; and "Drawn to Paint: The Art of Jerome Witkin," on view Feb. 26 through May 5.

For more information or to request images, please contact Jennifer Feehan, coordinator of membership and public relations, at 814-863-9182 or jenfeehan@psu.edu.

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Last Updated February 07, 2013