november 2019

10nov12:00 pm4:00 pmThe Darker Side of Hollywood on Free Fun Sunday


Event Details

12:30–3:30 p.m.
Sundays at the Art Museum are full of free family fun. Visit our Crayola Classroom to make your own masterpiece inspired by our collection. Then go on a Treasure Hunt through the galleries together—and stop by the Museum Store afterward to collect your prize. In Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery, explore our Curiosity Wall, express yourself on the chalk wall, and make an art project to take home.

Admission to the Museum and all exhibitions and programs is free every Sunday thanks to generous support from the Society of the Arts (SOTA), City Center Allentown, the Gadomski Foundation, the Ruth P. Seruga Trust, and the Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust.

Today our guest panelists probe issues related to the Golden Age of Hollywood.

2–3:30 p.m.
Dynamic Conversation: The Darker Side of Hollywood: Breaking the Mold of Gender and Race in the Golden Age of Hollywood

The Golden age of Hollywood is celebrated as a time in cinema history that was glamorous and iconic, bringing us such films as The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, and Citizen Kane. Underneath the glitz, though, lies a history of discrimination. People of color, women, and many other communities faced regular exclusion and degradation of identity and culture, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. This dichotomy in the film industry was indicative of larger cultural issues facing the United States. However, although great barriers existed for many, there were people who broke the mold and rose to excellence despite the odds. This complex history continues to shape fashion, costume, theater, and the arts even today.

Join us for a Dynamic Conversation exploring these themes with designer Niiamar Felder and film historian Amy Corbin.

Amy Corbin specializes in the representation of race and cultural difference in American film, and is specifically interested in how racial and cultural issues are symbolized by places and geographical relationships like travel. Her book Cinematic Geographies and Multicultural Spectatorship in America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) demonstrates the way that iconic American places–Indian Country, the inner city, the South, and the suburbs–were used in popular film to express a growing interest in multiculturalism during the post-civil rights era. It also theorizes the way that cinematic narrative and form offer viewers a sense of travel between on-screen places and of dwelling in place. Other published work on race and geography includes “Geographies of Identity and Belonging in Sherman Alexie’s The Business of Fancydancing” (published in Native Americans on Film: Conversations, Teaching, and Theory, The University Press of Kentucky, 2013) and “Charles Burnett’s Dialogic Aesthetics: My Brother’s Wedding as a Bridge between Killer of Sheep and To Sleep with Anger” (published in the journal Black Camera in Fall 2014). Her published work that theorizes film viewing as a virtual experience of travel and mapping includes “Map-Making through Multi-thread Urban Film and Television Narratives” (published in Studies in the Humanities in December 2015) and “Traveling through Cinema Space: The Film Spectator as Tourist” (published in Continuum: A Journal of Media and Cultural Studies in Spring 2014). Dr. Corbin’s courses include Introduction to Film Analysis, Film History: 1950-Present, African American Cinema, Melodrama, the Film Studies Senior Seminar, Travel and Cultural Encounters in Film, and Introduction to American Studies. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Africana Studies and American Studies programs and advisor to the Muhlenberg Film Association.

Niiamar Felder, noted fashion and costume designer designer earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in design from Florida A&M University (FAMU).  He is a contributor to The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance, an outstanding collection of specially written essays that charts the emergence, development, and diversity of African American Theatre and Performance—from the nineteenth-century African Grove Theatre to Afro-futurism.  He is currently the Head of Costumes and Adjunct Professor at Pace University School of Performing Arts in New York City.


12:30–3:30 p.m.
ArtVentures for families
Kids and families can create original works of art together under the direction of a Museum educator in our Crayola Classroom, freeArtists displayed throughout our galleries have taken their inspiration from film. Explore costume design, experimental filmmaking, and drama within the Museum this month.

noon–3 p.m.: Drop-in fashion draping with New York–based fashion designer Fan Wu. He will start in the Designing Hollywood galleries and then move into Rodale Classroom to lead the workshop in fashion illustration.

1 p.m.
Guided tour of
Designing Hollywood
No reservation is needed to join this free tour of our special fall exhibition—just drop in!


(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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