The Conversation Tree

Help the Conversation Tree in the Harry Krug gallery grow!  Come by Porter Hall to describe the feeling or feelings expressed by one of the works or art created in Pittsburg State University’s Permanent Collection Exhibition.  The conversation tree is inspired by the Piet Mondrian’s, The Gray Tree, 1912.  To learn more about Piet Mondrian, visit the Piet Mondrian Trust Website.

Take a close look at the artwork on display with the Gallery Guide located in the Harry Krug Gallery.  Find components of certain works and tell us what your collection would be if you were a curator.

Also, check out the video I Could Do That by The Art Assignment.  “So you look at a work of art and think to yourself, I could have done that. And maybe you really could have, but the issue here is more complex than that — why didn’t you? Why did the artist? And why does it have an audience?  You might find it’s not quite as simple as you think (The Art Assignment).”

Highlights from the PSU Permanent Collection

Come see pieces from the Permanent Collection in the Harry Krug Gallery!  This exhibit will be up until January 8, 2016.

“The Pittsburg Museum of Art is excited to present a new exhibition featuring two distinctive styles of American art—abstraction and pop art—chosen from its permanent collection.  Over years, the Museum has vigorously developed and expanded its collection from 251 to 445 artworks, most of which were donated by local collectors, contemporary artists, and faculty members.  For the first time in the history of the Museum, these select works are on display in the Harry Krug Gallery.  Most of the works featured were completed in the 1960s and the 1970s, a period when American abstract expressionism and pop art rapidly flourished.  Celebrating the choices made by collectors within our own community, PSU is able to view and enjoy a unique sample of the new aesthetics of that era.  Abstraction has been understood as “the language of freedom,” not obliged to follow any rules at all.  American abstraction is particularly famous for its highly charged human emotions, a direct expression of the artists’ inner lives.  This distinctive style was soon followed by the rise of pop art in the 1960s, which focused on American consumer culture.  The pop artists used culture as the source of art, highlighting signs and symbols of modern commercial life.  Abstraction and pop images captured the post-war spirit of America.  With this exhibition, the Museum of Art is pleased to introduce this significant collection of American abstraction and pop art to the wider community in Pittsburg and beyond.”

Dr. Li-Lin Tseng Curator’s Statement

Gallery Hours:

University Gallery
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Harry Krug Gallery
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m, Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.