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Asher B. Durand: To Begin Again opens September 5 at the Palmer Museum of Art

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Asher B. Durand, Boonton Falls, New Jersey, 1833, oil on canvas. Purchased       with funds from the Terra Art Enrichment Fund,

Asher B. Durand: To Begin Again, a new exhibition on view September 5 through December 10 at the Palmer Museum of Art, focuses on the early career of this leading artist of the Hudson River School. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Durand’s first commissioned landscape painting, Boonton Falls, New Jersey, which the museum recently acquired.

Durand, who worked primarily as an engraver and an occasional portraitist in the 1820s, pursued landscape painting in earnest in the 1830s, gaining prominence by midcentury. This exhibition investigates Durand’s transition from engraver to landscape painter in light of this rediscovered—and newly cleaned—picture, addressing its critical reception, the circumstances of the commission, and the rising cultural relevance of landscape painting in nineteenth-century America. The exhibition also includes more than two dozen paintings and engravings by Durand from both public and private collections.

Adam Thomas, curator of American Art, will lead a Gallery Talk titled Asher B. Durand: To Begin Again at 12:10 p.m. on Friday, September 22, in the exhibition gallery located on the museum’s first floor.

All programs are held at the Palmer Museum of Art and are sponsored by the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art unless otherwise noted.

Also on view at the Palmer Museum of Art this fall are New Acquisitions: Minna Citron after Atelier 17, September 5 through December 10; and BIG Deal: Sizeable Paintings from the Permanent Collection, September 5 through December 17.

The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is located on Curtin Road and admission is free. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and some holidays. Reduced hours: Saturday, November 18, through Sunday, November 26; and Saturday, December 16, through Thursday, December 21, noon to 4:00 p.m. Closed: Thursday, November 23; Friday, November 24; and Friday, December 22, 2017, through Monday, January 1, 2018.

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.