Things to Do at Penn State: April 29-May 7

April 28, 2021

Editor's Note: This is the final edition of "Things to Do at Penn State" for the spring semester. The weekly column will return with the start of fall semester classes. Penn State Today will continue to announce and highlight campus events throughout the summer.

What's happening at Penn State? Here's a look at some of the cultural events — both in-person and virtual — taking place at the University this weekend and next week:


"Two Rooms" — April 29-May 1, via livestream. Penn State Altoona will offer a virtual production of Lee Blessing's "Two Rooms." After each performance, the cast and crew will discuss the performance and answer audience questions. Free, but registration required.

"Moving Forward" 7:30 p.m., April 30, via livestream. Penn State Centre Stage Virtual will present a spring dance concert.


"Small Island Big Song: An Oceanic Songline" — April 23-30, via livestream. More than 100 artists representing 16 island nations in the Pacific and Indian oceans unite for a musical cinematographic event. Free.

De-Stress Fest April 26-May 7, via livestream. The University Libraries is offering its semesterly virtual De-Stress Fest with activities to help students relax, take a break from study and even learn a new hobby, all while preparing for finals. Free.


Women in Leadership Seminar Series: Lorraine Goffe — 1 p.m., April 29, via livestream. Lorraine Goffe, Penn State's vice president for Human Resources and chief human resources officer, will be featured. Free, but registration required.

2021 William D. Minter Lectureship in Conservation: Cathleen Baker — 2 p.m., April 29, via livestream. Cathleen A. Baker, paper and book conservator, publisher of the Legacy Press and conservation librarian emerita at the University of Michigan Library, will be featured. Free.


"Field Language: The Painting and Poetry of Warren and Jane Rohrer"  Through June 6, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. This major loan exhibition examines the art of Warren Rohrer as it evolved in conversation with poet Jane Turner Rohrer, his partner of nearly 50 years. Free.

"The Wit and Whimsy of Lucille Corcos" — Through May 9, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. A prolific painter and illustrator, Lucille Corcos depicted American life with an incomparable verve during the mid-20h century. Free.

THON logo exhibition — Online. The THON website is featuring a virtual gallery showcasing logos from previous events, as well as profiles of each student designer. Free.

"Celebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights and Lived Experience at Penn State"  Online. The University Libraries virtual exhibit explores the first 100 years of national disability rights legislation and the movement's impact on the Penn State community. Free.

"African Brilliance: A Diplomat's Sixty Years of Collecting" Online Catalog — Online. A digital catalog of African works collected by retired U.S. ambassador Allen C. Davis, including text entries, high-resolution 360-degree images and contextual videos at the Palmer Museum of Art. Free.

"African Brilliance" Virtual Tour — Online. Explore an interactive tour created with teachers, students and families in mind. The tour includes installation images, pictures of selected works, videos for guided viewing and related art-making activity suggestions. Free.

"Drawing on a Legacy: Highlights from the John Driscoll American Drawings Collection" — Online. High-resolution images, text selections and a photo gallery of works on paper donated by Penn State alumnus John P. Driscoll, including early landscape views and botanical sketches, animal scenes and still lives, and portraits and preparatory figure studies. The works include a number of well-known 19th-century American artists. Free.

"Photography=Abstraction" — Online. The Palmer Museum of Art's virtual pop-up exhibition is an interactive gallery with images, text and informational videos for selected works. Free, Google Chrome browser recommended.

Snowiss Gallery of American Art — Online. Tour the Palmer Museum of Art's first-floor Snowiss Gallery. Free.

"Women in Art: Activism and Resistance" virtual tour — Online. This self-directed, interactive online tour features a selection of objects by female artists in the Palmer Museum of Art's collection. In celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, this tour highlights artists working in a variety of media during the 20th and 21st centuries who have contributed to political, social and cultural change. Free.

"Human Expectations II" — Through June 20, Display Cases, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus, and online. The work of five artists embody a search for expression and experience through material. Free.

"When the Bough Breaks" — Through April 30, Art Alley, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. Nine different artists address the issue of climate change through a unique representation of trees. Free.

"Something Means Something Else" — Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. This three-part mural by artist Tamara Gayer focuses on the intricacies of the current moment in sexual and gender identity. Free.

"Small Planet" — Through January 2022, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. The HUB-Robeson Center has commissioned a site-specific wall painting located in the first-floor eateries by artist Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann titled "Small Planet." Free.

Last Updated April 28, 2021