Forming the Maslow Collection

Hey everyone! This week I wanted to let you all know about the Maslow Collection’s new show hanging at the Everhart Museum in Scranton, PA. It will be on display from Friday, February 6th to Monday, May 25th, 2020. The Maslow Collection is a contemporary art collection featuring works from the 80s and 90s. For a brief history of the collection, visit

I’m currently doing an internship with the curator of the Everhart Museum, Francesca Saldan, so I had the chance to view the exhibit by myself and really take my time walking around and viewing the work. It’s sectioned off into four halls: pop art, neo-expressionism, abstraction, and minimalism/conceptualism/documentary photography.

My personal favorites included works from the Minimalist and Neo-Expressionist halls. Peter Halley’s “Prison” (conceptualist/minimalist) and David Salle’s “Until Photographs Could be Taken from Earth Satellites” (neo-expressionist) caught my eye for different reasons.

I was immediately drawn towards the bright yellow used for “Prison” and further research of Halley’s work showed that he tends to used brightly colored geometric shapes and as puts it, “Developing his own visual lexicon, Halley engages in a play of relationships between what he calls “prisons” and “cells”—composed of rectangular shapes and vertical bars—evocative of geometric networks from the urban grid to high-rise apartment buildings to electromagnetic conduits.” ( On the opposite end of the color spectrum, I loved the rich black paper used with the white etching of the figures in the piece “Until Photographs Could be Taken from Earth Satellites” (

This is a great opportunity to view some works by really well known artists from the 80s and 90s as well as get a glimpse into the history of the expansive contemporary art collection that is the Maslow Collection. It’s certainly near and dear to my heart because I interned with the curator of the Maslow Collection, Ryan Ward, last semester and had the privilege of learning about the works housed at Marywood University. I hope you all have a great week and try to stop by the Everhart if you have a chance!

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