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Chairs from the Collection of The State Museum:
This exhibit features a variety of chairs from the museum’s collection including large and small, plain and fancy and practical and whimsical. It mirrors the depth of other collections in the museum’s holdings, and represents the diversity of Pennsylvania, its artisans and cultures over the past 300 years. On exhibit through Sunday, April 27.
The Doshi Gallery at The State Museum of Pennsylvania:
The Susquehanna Art Museum presents its latest Doshi Gallery exhibit at The State Museum, “Lost World/Found World.” Artists have long delighted in the “lost and found” whether it is through a line, color or a concept. Both abstract and representational, this body of work can be associated with exodus and arrival, searching and awakening and beholding a new reality. Visitors are invited to seek out the lost and show what they’ve found. On exhibit through Sunday, June 1.
The Doshi Gallery at The State Museum of Pennsylvania Exhibitions on Screen:
The Susquehanna Art Museum (SAM) presents Exhibitions on Screen, a film series by award-winning documentarian Phil Grabsky. This ground-breaking trio of films seamlessly connects three major exhibitions from around the world. World-renowned art historian Tim Marlow guides viewers through each extraordinary exhibition utilizing cutting-edge digital cinema technology, giving the viewer access to the exhibition in stunning detail. Viewers can see exclusive behind-the-scenes moments of the exhibition’s preparation, which normally go unseen by the public. It includes interviews with the curators and exhibition designers. This fascinating series, taking place over a series of Sundays, begins with an introduction by Troy M. Thomas, associate professor of art history and humanities at Penn State Harrisburg. Featured artists and museums include: Sunday, Feb. 16, “Manet: Portraying Life from the Royal Academy of Arts,” LondonSunday, Feb. 23, “Munch 150: From the Munch Museum and National Museum,” OsloSunday, March 2, “Vermeer and Music: the Art of Love and Leisure from the National Gallery,” London Programs begin at 2 p.m. Admission for a single show with State Museum or SAM membership is $10; single show without membership, $12; complete series with membership is $25; complete series without membership, $30.
The State Planetarium: Bigger, Brighter, Bolder! The State Museum presents its Planetarium XD, featuring the latest in projection technology.
Shows offered through Feb. 23 include:
“Star Stories of the Native Americans” (grade 2 and up): Explore the night sky legends of the Native Americans. Hear the stories of the great sky bear, the frog sisters and the pathway of souls. Take a close-up view of these amazing celestial sights and learn about the modern astronomy behind the legends. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.
“We are Astronomers” (grade 4 and up): An amazing look at the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. Explore how astronomers use the electromagnetic spectrum to study the Universe and hear from these scientists about the challenges they face in sharing and storing data. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, noon; Saturday, noon and 2 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Planetarium shows are $2 per person in addition to general admission; free to State Museum Affiliate Members.
The Fine Art Of Giving: Gifts Of Art To The State Museum Of Pennsylvania 1998-2008
A selection of 85 paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, and crafts, selected from the more than 400 gifts of art received between 1998 and 2008, is exhibited at The State Museum. Donations of are reviewed and approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's Collections Committee and the Executive Director before acceptance into the permanent collection. Considerations include, but are not limited to: aesthetic and historic importance, relationship to Pennsylvania history, storage availability, physical condition, conservation cost, and/or anticipated future exhibition or educational use.
A tradition of giving by ordinary citizens, begun more than 150 years ago, has formed a collection of important Pennsylvania art. By 1850, donated paintings, prints and sculptures were being displayed in the then new State Capitol in Harrisburg. In 1905, when The State Museum was created, those early gifts of art became the core of the Museum's art collection. Although The State Museum does not receive a state allocation for the purchase of fine art, today the collection includes 7000 works, dating from 1650 to the present.
The mission of the Art Collection at The State Museum of Pennsylvania is: to collect, interpret and preserve art, created by Pennsylvania artists, or artists who greatly influence the arts in Pennsylvania, or of which the subject has a direct connection to the State's history and culture.
Through this exhibition, The State Museum gratefully recognizes the donors of the past decade, whose gifts will benefit generations to come.
Located in the 1st Floor Gallery space