Curator Patrick McGrady to give gallery talk June 13

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Patrick McGrady, Charles V. Hallman Curator, will give a gallery talk in the exhibition "Mining the Store: American Prints from the Permanent Collection" at 12:10 p.m. Friday, June 13, at the Palmer Museum of Art on the University Park campus of Penn State.

"Mining the Store: American Prints from the Permanent Collection" is currently on view at the museum through Aug. 24. Like many museums, the Palmer Museum of Art displays only a portion of its collection at any given time. The remainder of its holdings is relegated to storerooms. The hiatus is often temporary for paintings and sculpture, many of which find their way back on view with regular reinstallations of the permanent galleries. For works on paper, however, the tenure in storage can seem almost interminable. Because of their sensitivity to light, prints, drawings, watercolors and photographs can spend years, even decades, tucked safely away in darkness. Unless granted temporary parole for a special exhibition, class visit, or scholarly study, they remain out of sight and, far too frequently, out of mind.

For "Mining the Store," the museum has dug deep into the permanent collection to unearth a number of lithographs and intaglios by American artists that have not been on view in recent years. It will be interesting to learn from inveterate visitors when they last recall seeing Peter Milton’s enigmatic "Daylilies," Daniel Garber’s etching of the oft-painted "Stover’s Mill" or the untitled drypoint by Robert Rohm that was acquired by the University in 1968 — which is to say, four years before the museum first opened its doors.

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, and will be closed Friday, July 4.

Last Updated June 10, 2014