Daniel S. Palmer

Curator, Art Historian

Daniel S. Palmer

Daniel S. Palmer is currently an Associate Curator at the Public Art Fund where he has curated exhibitions including Liz Glynn's Open House, and Commercial Break. Previously, as the Leon Levy Assistant Curator at the Jewish Museum, New York, Palmer co-curated exhibitions including Unorthodox and Repetition and Difference, and curated Masterpieces & Curiosities: Diane Arbus's Jewish Giant, as well as overseeing the Masterpieces & Curiosities series of intimate exhibitions curated around a single work from the museum's permanent collection. He also helped organize public programs for the museum including AM at the JM, a breakfast salon featuring significant contemporary artists. Independently, Palmer has curated exhibitions including 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 (2013), an exhibition for which he also conducted research; 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 is currently a doctoral candidate 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 undertook 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.


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

Commercial Break, 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

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



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.


Portrait: Carey Denniston, January, 2016. Courtesy the artist.

Background Video: Rodney Graham, Vexation Island, 1997. Courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery.

Contact DP