About DP

Daniel S. Palmer is currently an Associate Curator at the Public Art Fund where he has curated exhibitions including Liz Glynn's Open House (2017), and Commercial Break (2017), an exhibition of digital video and photography by 23 artists exhibited on advertising screens in all five boroughs. Most recently, Palmer assisted Director and Chief Curator Nicholas Baume on Ai Weiwei's citywide exhibition Good Fences Make Good Neighbors (2017), a 300+ work exhibition that responded to the global migration crisis. Previously, as the Leon Levy Assistant Curator at the Jewish Museum, New York, Palmer assisted Esther Da Costa Meyer on Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design (2016), co-curated exhibitions including Unorthodox (2015) and Repetition and Difference (2015), and curated Masterpieces & Curiosities: Diane Arbus's Jewish Giant (2014), as well as overseeing the Masterpieces & Curiosities series and public events. Independently, Palmer has curated exhibitions including Scarlet Street at Lucien Terras, New York (2016), Lucas Samaras Pastels at Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York (2013), and co-curated Decenter: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show with Andrianna Campbell at Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Arts Center (2013).

He is a contributor to numerous exhibition catalogues and publications, among them The Whitney Museum of American Art's Hopper Drawing an exhibition for which he also conducted research (2013); the Kunstmuseum Bonn's New York Painting (2015); as well as numerous media outlets including ARTnews, Mousse, Kaleidoscope, the Exhibitionist, and Guernica, among others. He has taught the history of art at a Rutgers University program in Paris; York College in Queens, NY; as well as at the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College, NY. He undertook doctoral studies in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he earned his M.Phil in 2012, and also holds a BA with Highest Honors in Art History and English from Rutgers University. While there, he completed a Henry Rutgers Honors Thesis on the public art of contemporary British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy and received the Morse Scholarship, as well as Aresty and Bzdak travel grants. He is also the recipient of the Graduate Center Dissertation Writing Fellowship, a New Jersey Historical Commission grant, the Marlene Park Memorial Fellowship, and was a 2011 Holocaust Educational Foundation Fellow at Northwestern University.



Ai Weiwei, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, Public Art Fund

Liz Glynn, Open House, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Public Art Fund

Commercial Break, Citywide Exhibition, Public Art Fund

Lecture at Pace University, April 6, 2017

Lecture at Yale University School of Art MFA Sculpture Department, March 7, 2017

Lecture at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Curatorial Practices, February 21, 2017

Selection committee for The Lighthouse Works' Fellowship Program


"The Big Picture: A Talk With Douglas Crimp On The Changing Role Of The Curator, The State Of The Art World, And His New Memoir," ArtNews, Winter 2016-17

Conversation with Douglas Melini and Brian Alfred at 11R, November 6, 2016

Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, The Jewish Museum, New York

Indigenous New York, Curatorially Speaking, Curatorial Colloquium at Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, October 15, 2016

Selection committee for Artis' Grant Program

Scarlet Street, Lucien Terras

Profile of Davide Balula, Cura, No. 23

"Public Art Fund Appoints Daniel S. Palmer Associate Curator," Artforum

"Public Art Fund Names Daniel S. Palmer Associate Curator," ARTnews

Martin Creed "The Back Door" Curatorial Talk, Park Avenue Armory, June 18, 2016

"Future Vision: 10 Young Curators to Watch" by Antwaun Sargent, Cultured Magazine, Summer 2016

School of the Visual Arts (SVA) BFA Fine Arts Department 20/20 Catalogue

New York Arts Practicum, conversation with Michael Mandiberg on the hyper-professionalization of the emerging artist, Tuesday June 14, 2016

Conversation with Naama Tsabar, co-hosted by Whitewall Magazine and Thomas Rom, May 5th, 2016

"Nira Pereg in conversation with Daniel S. Palmer" Braverman Gallery at On Stellar Rays, Sunday May 8, 2016

Panel discussion about the current state of the contemporary art world with Daniel S. Palmer, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Diane Simpson, and Jayne Johnson, moderated by ARTnews magazine editor M.H. Miller, at NADA

BABYLONE - U.S.A.: Selected Works by Second-Year Fine Arts MFA Candidates from Pratt Institute, at Pierogi's The Boiler

"Go Pro: The Hyper-Professionalization of the Emerging Artist," ArtNews, Spring 2016

Profile of Julie Bena, Kaleidoscope Magazine, Spring 2016

International Residency Curatorial Committee for Griffin Gallery, London and Residency Unlimited, New York


Unorthodox, The Jewish Museum, New York

"99 Objects: Daniel S. Palmer on The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti by Ben Shahn," Whitney Museum of American Art

"Amy Feldman: Popular Mantra" in Christoph Schreier, ed. New York Painting, (Kunstmuseum Bonn: Hirmer Verlag, 2015)

"Cloud Based Institutional Critique with Mike Pepi, Zachary Kaplan, and Orit Gat with special guests Barry Hoggard, Hannah Stamler, Daniel S. Palmer," at NADA

"Park McArthur: Against Accommodation," Mousse Magazine, no47, February 15, 2015

Repetition and Difference, The Jewish Museum, New York


"Daniel Palmer - Young Curators You Should Know About"

Masterpieces & Curiosities: Diane Arbus's Jewish Giant, The Jewish Museum. New York

Leon Levy Assistant Curator at The Jewish Museum, New York

"Share and Share Alike (Part II): Sharing and Liking and Lacking," The Exhibitionist, February 4, 2014

"Share and Share Alike (Part I): Museums and the Digital Image Explosion," The Exhibitionist, January 6, 2014


"Curating the Curatorial: An International Summit," The Exhibitionist, November 14, 2013

Andrianna Campbell and Daniel S. Palmer, Decenter NY/DC: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show (Washington, D.C.: The George Washington University Press, 2013)

Njideka Akunyili and Doron Langberg: Domestic Experiences / Foreign Interiors, Sensei Exchange

Daniel S. Palmer, Lucas Samaras Pastels (New York: Craig F. Starr Gallery, 2013)

Exhibition text for Fabio Marco Pirovino: FMPFMPFMPFMPFMPFMPFMP, Milieu Galerie, Bern

"A View from the Bridge: Edward Hopper and 'The Architecture of a Painting'" in Carter E. Foster, ed., Hopper Drawing (New York: Yale University Press, 2013). (Recipient of Furthermore Foundation 2014 "The Alice" Award, and AAMC 2013 Award of Excellence for Exhibition Catalogues)

"Jewish Identity in Architecture and the Poetics of Louis Kahn" Review of Gavriel Rosenfeld, Building After Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust, in Journal of Jewish Identities, January 2013

"Non-Jewish Architecture for Jews: the Jersey Homesteads after Auschwitz" on panel Making Inroads, Paving the Way: Postwar Architecture, Design, and the Formation of Jewish American Identity, College Art Association Annual Conference, New York

Decenter: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show at Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Arts Center


Leonard Ross: Photographs of Social Change at Peddie School's Mariboe Gallery

"Hoovervilles: An Architectural and Cultural Analysis of Squatter Housing in the 1930s" Public Lecture at NurtureArt's Lawn School, New York, NY


"Artist Shepherds: New York City Jewish Garment Workers' Flight to Nature" American Art During the Great Depression, South Eastern College Art Conference. Savannah, GA

"Ray and Charles Eames" Public Lecture at Open Air Modern Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

"Norman Rockwell and the Ruckenfigur" Exploring Illustration: Essays in Visual Studies, Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, March 2011


"'S.O.S. Means Save on Sugar' - The Campaign Against Sugar in the U.S," Exploring Illustration: Essays in Visual Studies, Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, October 2010

"The Genesis and Impact of New York's 1916 Zoning Resolution" Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations, St. Louis, MO