Shifting Forms

shifting forms at susquehanna art museum

Shifting Forms: 5 Decades of Abstraction

Susquehanna Art Museum1401 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102

September 30, 2023-January 21, 2024


Since the early 20th century, abstraction has been an essential component of modern art. Rather than relying on recognizable subject matter, abstract art pulls away from realism and embraces shape, form, color, and line as foundational and emotive elements. Though the abstract art movement is thought to have reached its peak sometime in the mid-20th century with the rise of Abstract Expressionism, artists persist in developing new forms of abstraction to the present day.

Shifting Forms: 5 Decades of Abstraction, traces radical shifts made by abstract artists over the last 50 years. The artists featured in this exhibition employ innovative approaches to mark making and the experimental use of fine art and everyday materials that expand the language and legacy of abstraction.


Chakaia Booker                                 Tim McFarlane

Bruce Conner                                    Beatrice Riese

Helen Frankenthaler                        Benjamin Lee Sperry

Nancy Graves.                                   Alice Trumbull Mason

Sol Lewitt                                            Jonathan VanDyke