Editor’s Note: This is the last edition of “Things to Do at Penn State” for the fall semester. “Things to do” will return with the start of classes for the spring semester 2022.
What’s going on at Penn State? Here’s a look at some of the cultural events – in-person and virtual – taking place across the University during the remainder of the fall semester:
“A Midsummer Night’s dream” – Until December 9, Pavilion Theater, University Park campus. Penn Stage Center Stage presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare, directed by Sam Osheroff.
Penn State Behrend Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert – 8 p.m., December 9, Reed Building, Penn State Behrend. Behrend’s jazz band will perform music from Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Parker and more. To free.
Penn State Altoona University Jazz Band – 2:30 p.m., December 11, Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, Penn State Altoona. The Altoona Campus Jazz Orchestra will perform a variety of contemporary big band styles. To free.
“caps” – 7 p.m., December 11, auditorium, Penn State Beaver. The campus presents Jen Silverman’s play. To free.
EMC Presents: Holiday Celebration 2021 – 4 p.m., December 12, Pullo Center, Penn State York. The EMC Performing Arts Studio presents its celebration of the holidays.
Circus Dreams Holidaze – 7:30 p.m., December 16, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus. This annual tradition envelops a whimsical Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus art.
“Meet the moment with Michael Mwenso” – Until noon, December 10, online. Host Michael Mwenso will welcome trombonist and conductor Delfeayo Marsalis in this pre-recorded virtual chat. To free.
“The mystery of the Christmas star” – 1 p.m., December 11, Yahn Planetarium, Penn State Behrend. This planetarium vacation show is designed for people ages 9 and up.
“A star for the Santa Claus tree” – 2:30 p.m., December 11, Yahn Planetarium, Penn State Behrend. This planetarium vacation show is designed for kids.
Relaxation party – Until December 17, University Park campus. Penn State University Libraries offer games and stress reduction activities to help students relax as they study for finals and complete end-of-semester assignments and projects. To free.
“The World According to Doyle: Editorial Cartoons from The Jerry Doyle Papers at Penn State” – This digital exhibit from the libraries of Penn State University examines Jerry Doyle, one of the greatest editorial cartoonists of the 20th century. To free.
“African brilliance and the purpose of art” – This interactive virtual tour accompanied the Palmer Museum of Art’s special Spring 2020 exhibition “African Brilliance: A Diplomat’s Sixty Years of Collecting” and will remain available throughout the current academic year. Explore the exhibition installation, images of selected works, videos for a guided tour and suggestions for related artistic activities. To free.
“Celebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights and Lived Experiences at Penn State” – The University Libraries Virtual Exhibit explores the first 100 years of national disability rights law and the movement’s impact on the Pennsylvania state community. To free.
“Global Asians: Contemporary Asian and American Art of Asian Origin from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundations” – This interactive online program from the Palmer Museum of Art offers guided video tours of selected artists of the exhibition in addition to an introductory overview by the curator. Discover the “Global Asias” concept of personal and cultural identity in a contemporary world. The featured artists are: Jacob Hashimoto, Dinh Q. Lê, Hung Liu, Takashi Murakami, Roger Shimomura, Do Ho Suh and Rirkrit Tiranvanija. To free.
“Pandemic spaces (1918 edition)” – The virtual exhibition of university libraries explores the architecture linked to the devastating flu epidemic of 1918. Free.
“Who am I? Art and identity” – This self-directed and interactive online tour presents a selection of objects from various areas of the Palmer Museum of Art’s collection, linked through a common exploration of personal or cultural identity. To free.
“Women in Art: Activism + Resistance” – This self-directed and interactive online tour of the Palmer Museum of Art is intended for college-level courses and features a selection of objects by female artists from the museum’s collection. To celebrate the centenary of the 19th Amendment, this tour highlights artists working in various mediums during the 20th and 21st centuries who have contributed to political, social and cultural change. To free.
“Blackout Poetry” – Through December 10, Campus Library, Penn State Fayette. “Blackout Poetry” is a creative way to bring new meaning to any written text and to personalize it. Write words to create a unique piece. All entries will be posted in the campus library. To free.
“A change inside” – Until December 10, Patterson Gallery, Patterson Building, University Park campus. The work of Art 430: Advanced Sculpture students details the physical, mental or emotional change resulting from COVID-19. To free.
“Patchwork Voices Community Collection” – Until December 10, Coal and Coke Heritage Center, Campus Library, Penn State Fayette. The Patchwork Voices Community Collection is one of the Coal and Coke Heritage Center’s untreated collections. Unprocessed means that a traditional finding aid has not been created for researchers to access the documents. The collection consists of small family collections. Visitors will find documents such as photographs, letters, recipes, mining certificates, newspapers, magazines, union documents, clothing and mining tools. To free.
“Righting a mistake: Japanese Americans and World War II” – Through December 10, Campus Library, Penn State Fayette. The exhibit examines the complicated history and impact of Executive Order 9066 that led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor. To free.
“Tree celebration” – Until December 12, Henry Gallery, Penn State Great Valley. The presentation hosts photographs, prints, paintings and multimedia works. All artists are inspired by the architecture of the trees themselves, formative memories, the experience of being in nature and environmentalism. To support improved environmental policies and draw attention to climate change, they demonstrate a connection to the land and an understanding of the importance of forests. To free.
“Global Asians: Contemporary Asian and American Art of Asian Origin from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation” – Until December 12, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. This interactive web-based program offers guided video tours of selected artists of the exhibition in addition to an introductory overview by the curator. Discover the “Global Asias” concept of personal and cultural identity in a contemporary world. To free.
“Place to Place: Recent Donations of American Drawings and Watercolors, 1900-1950” – Until December 12, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. “Place to Place” offers a getaway around America in the first half of the 20th century. From New York to New Mexico via New Orleans, a range of sites in several different media are brought together to explore the notions of place. International regions represented include Belgium, England, France, Germany and Morocco. To free.
“Documenting the moment: a visual journal” – Until December 17, Ronald K. DeLong Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley. The exhibition features a collection of ink and graphite drawings by artist Jason Travers that capture what he sees in real time at a particular moment. The gallery also features student work illustrating important moments presented from various angles. To free.
“OPENINGS: Highlights from the Eberly Family Special Collections Library” – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays until January 14, 2022, Eberly Family Special Collections, Paterno Library, University Park Campus. A selection of rare, unique and distinctive items from the special collections of the Eberly family of university libraries. To free.
“Design for life” – 10 Nov-Jan 26, 2022, Art Alley, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. Work by faculty and students at Stuckeman School illustrating the influence of design on a wide range of social issues will be on display. To free.
“Lost Bird Project” – Until January 26, 2022, exhibition windows, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. The “Lost Bird Project” consists of five sculptural monuments dedicated to extinct bird species. Designed by artist Todd McGrain, the “Lost Bird Project” recognizes the tragedy of modern extinction by immortalizing the five most recently extinct North American birds. To free.
“Why biodiversity matters” – Until January 26, 2022, exhibition windows, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. “Why Biodiversity Matters” includes research and education materials on birds from Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center and Penn State’s Wildlife and Fisheries Program. To free.
“Altar” – Until January 30, 2022, exhibition windows, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. Kiana Honarmand’s installation in the display cases uses text from Iranian feminist poet Forough Farrokhzad’s poem “Gift” to pay homage to the history of the concealment of critical commentary in Persian poetry and visual arts.
Rosemarie Fiore – Until January 30, 2022, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. Smoke paint murals by artist Rosemarie Fiore celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity. To free.
“COSTS” – Until May 17, 2022, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. “FRESH” invites viewers to research what makes someone unique and to celebrate each person’s journey, and features work by Harrison Boden, Emily Furr and Sydney Lee. To free.
“Inside the frames” – Until May 17, 2022, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. The exhibit discusses the intricacies of body image and eating disorders, and promotes body positivity and acceptance. To free.
Zombie Ant Experiment – Until May 2022, School of Science Complex, Penn State Behrend. An interactive sculpture combining art and science models the interactions between spores and ants. To free.