Events

April 27 (Thursday)
Art @ Night: Free tour of the galleries
4-8 p.m.

Every Thursday the Museum’s galleries are open till 8 p.m., with free entry after 4 p.m. and a free tour of the mural Franz Kline’s Lehighton at 6 p.m..

April 27 (Thursday)
Fourth Thursday film series: Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerineon
5:30 p.m.


 

Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (97 minutes) is a cinematic journey inside the life and imagination of an icon of modern art. As a screen presence, Louise Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial, and emotionally raw. There is no separation between her life as an artist and the memories and emotions that affect her every day. Her process is on full display in this extraordinary documentary. As an artist, Louise Bourgeois has for six decades been at the forefront of successive new developments, but always on her own powerfully inventive and disquieting terms. In 1982, at the age of 71, she became the first woman to be honored with a major retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. In the decades since, she has created her most powerful and persuasive work that has been exhibited, studied, and lectured on worldwide. Filmed with unparalleled access between 1993 and 2007, Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine is a comprehensive and dramatic documentary of creativity and revelation. It is an intimate, human, and educational engagement with an artist’s world.

Watch trailer here.

 

 

 

April 30 (Sunday)
OPENING DAY of Francie Bishop Good’s COMUS SERIES

Artist Francie Bishop Good uses photographs from her 1967 and her mother’s 1942 Allentown High School Comus yearbooks as a departure point for imagination. She alters these images through digital manipulation, painting, drawing, and collage, creating interventions that explore the passage of time and the yearbook’s iconic status in American culture. The exhibition, COMUS SERIES, continues in Trexler Hall through June 11, 2017.

 

April 30 (Sunday)
FREE, Fun Sunday
noon–4 p.m.

Admission to the Museum is free every Sunday thanks to generous support from the Society of the Arts (SOTA), the Gadomski Foundation, and the Sylvia Perkin Charitable Trust.

12:30–3:30 p.m.
ArtVentures in Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery
Kids and families can create original works of art together under the direction of a Museum educator upstairs in our Crayola Classroom, free. This month's theme is Industrial Creations, and you can create art inspired by Made in America: Industrial Photography from the Ungar Collection and learn how industry and art collide.

12:30–2 p.m.
Artist-book workshop

Create a one-of-a-kind artist book with your kids that they can take home with them while you explore the aspects of the exhibitions Above the Fold: New Expression in Origami and Made in America: Industrial Photography from the Ungar Collection.

This afternoon’s workshop is geared toward children and families and will be led by Claire Marcus, who holds a BA in architecture, and BFA and MFA degrees in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. Born and raised in New York City, Marcus currently resides in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She received a Lackawanna Arts and Culture grant in support of her book art and collages inspired by industrial history. The series was shown at Steamtown National Historic Site in 2013 and the Lackawanna Historical Society in 2013 and 2014.

A similar workshop for children and families is being held at the Museum on May 28, with artist MaryAnn Miller.

These workshops are part of the Museum’s HeARThstone Project, supported through the generosity of the Harry C. Trexler Trust to help record the stories that make Allentown and its community unique. HeARThstone promotes literacy and creative thinking; develops critical thinking and 21st century skills; and encourages hands-on learning. It further demonstrates how artists make creative decisions while empowering participants as they create a handmade object that caries their personal voice into the world.

2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

 

 

May 3 (Wednesday)
Lunchtime tour of COMUS SERIES
noon–12:50 p.m.

Join us on the first Wednesday of each month at noon, when artists, curators, and guest speakers present brief gallery talks—about twenty fascinating minutes—related to special exhibitions. These casual talks are followed by a stop at the Museum Café for a speedy sampling of Karen Hunter’s lunch menu. Members $15, nonmembers $20. Please call 610-432-4333 ext 110 or reserve.

This month, artist Francie Bishop Good gives insight into her exhibition Comus Series, which uses photographs from her 1967 and her mother’s 1942 Allentown High School Comus yearbooks as a departure point for imagination.

 

May 4 (Thursday)
Art @ Night: Free tour of the galleries
4-8 p.m.

Every Thursday the Museum’s galleries are open till 8 p.m., with free entry after 4 p.m. and, tonight, a free guided tour through the mural Franz Kline’s Lehighton at 6 p.m..

 

May 6 (Saturday)
JazzFest @ the Art Museum
All Day

 

The Museum is partnering with Allentown JazzFest this year for a full day of big-name jazz acts and activities in the galleries. Click the JazzFest logo below for the lineup and tickets.

 

 

May 6 (Saturday)
GenART: For Teens!
Noon

Attention teens! Come and explore the wild paper creations in our exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami. Take a tour led by teenage guides and learn to create your own folded work of art. Meet other teens and together create a folded work that will be displayed in our Art Ways Interactive Gallery. This event is free and open to all teens 13+ with a middle or high school ID. No RSVP, just show up!

 

May 7 (Sunday)
New Member Tour
1 p.m.

Attention all new (and newish) members! Join us for an informative tour through the galleries to learn about key works in the collection, Lehigh Valley businesses where you can enjoy discounts or special offers, and more. To reserve your spot call at least two days in advance: 610-432-4333 ext 110.

 

May 7 (Sunday)
FREE, Fun Sunday
noon–4 p.m.

 

Admission to the Museum is free every Sunday thanks to generous support from the Society of the Arts (SOTA), the Gadomski Foundation, and the Sylvia Perkin Charitable Trust.

12:30–3:30 p.m.
ArtVentures in Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery
Kids and families can create original works of art together under the direction of a Museum educator upstairs in our Crayola Classroom, free. This month's theme is Exploring Origami, and you can create works of art inspired by our newest exhibition Above the Fold.

 

1–3 p.m.
Folding fun at the Museum!

Bring the family to learn origami! On special Sundays throughout the run of the exhibition Above the Fold, Mark Kennedy and Arlene Gorchov from Lehigh Valley Origami Enthusiasts will lead free, walk-in folding sessions with folding projects for all experience levels, from novice through expert, with different projects for each of three Sundays.

 

2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

May 11 (Thursday)
Art @ Night: Free tour of the galleries
4-8 p.m.

Every Thursday the Museum’s galleries are open till 8 p.m., with free entry after 4 p.m. and, tonight, a free guided tour through the exhibition Made in America: Industrial Photography from the Ungar Collection at 6 p.m..

 

May 11 (Thursday)
Mussorgsky at the Museum
6 p.m.

In partnership with the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, get a preview of the upcoming performance of composer Mosest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition by the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (June 2 at Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University). See the works from the Museum’s collection that will be featured in the performance and hear director Karen Kroninger Knerr, music director Eugene Albulescu, and several dancers talk about the performance. Free

 

May 14 (Sunday)
FREE, Fun Sunday
noon–4 p.m.

Admission to the Museum is free every Sunday thanks to generous support from the Society of the Arts (SOTA), the Gadomski Foundation, and the Sylvia Perkin Charitable Trust.

12:30–3:30 p.m.
ArtVentures in Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery
Kids and families can create original works of art together under the direction of a Museum educator upstairs in our Crayola Classroom, free. This month's theme is Exploring Origami,    and you can create works of art inspired by our newest exhibition Above the Fold.

 

2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the exhibition Made in America: Industrial Photography from the Ungar Collection
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

 

 

May 16 (Tuesday)
Academy of the Arts Gala reception
1-3 p.m.

Every year our Communty Gallery hosts the William Allen High School Academy of the Arts Gala exhibition/performance of the work of outstanding young visual and performing artists. This is not only an opportunity for students and their families to celebrate student works but a chance for our members and general visitors to see the wealth of talent among our young people and the dedication of our area art teachers. Free and open to the public.

 

May 18 (Third Thursday)
THIRD THURSDAY in downtown Allentown—Destination: Arts

Every Third Thursday the Museum joins with other downtown arts organizations, restaurants, and retailers to fill your evening with fun things to do and see, from after-work drink specials to gallery tours, artist receptions, live music, and more; visit DowntownAllentown.com for a complete list of Third Thursday activities. Admission to the Museum is free every Thursday evening starting at 4 p.m.

Tonight at the Museum:

5:30–7 p.m.
Artist-book workshop

Create a one-of-a-kind artist book that you can take home with you while you explore the engineering and visual components of the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expression in Origami.

Tonight’s workshop is geared toward adults and will be led by printmaker, book artist, and poet MaryAnn Miller, who has been the resident book artist at the Experimental Printmaking Institute at Lafayette College, Easton, since 2001. Miller’s artist’s books are in the National Museum of Women in the Arts among other special collections. Her serigraphs are in the corporate portfolio at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. Miller continues working on a group of monotypes on the themes of genetics and science and a new manuscript of poems about misdiagnoses.

These workshops are part of the Museum’s HeARThstone Project, supported through the generosity of the Harry C. Trexler Trust to help record the stories that make Allentown and its community unique. HeARThstone promotes literacy and creative thinking; develops critical thinking and 21st century skills; and encourages hands-on learning. It further demonstrates how artists make creative decisions while empowering participants as they create a handmade object that caries their personal voice into the world. |
 

6–7:30 p.m.
Mommalogues: A play by Sharon Glassman
There’s something to be said about the relationship between Moms and their daughters. Four actors from Civic Theatre do selected readings in the gallery on the theme of mothers.

 

 

6:30–9 p.m.
Drama @ the Art Museum: EURIDICE

In partnership with the Allentown Public Theatre, dramatic readings occur in the Museum Café every Third Thursday through 2017. Admission is free; for more information call (888) 895-5645 or visit AllentownPublicTheatre.com.

Tonight’s play is Euridice by Sarah Ruhl, amodern and moving adaptation of the Greek myth that explores the relationship between those alive and dead.

 

 

 

May 21 (Sunday)
FREE, Fun Sunday
noon–4 p.m.

Admission to the Museum is free every Sunday thanks to generous support from the Society of the Arts (SOTA), the Gadomski Foundation, and the Sylvia Perkin Charitable Trust.

CLOSING DAY of William Allen High School exhibition
This is your last chance to celebrate the wealth of talent among our student artists and the dedication of our area art teachers. Free and open to the public.

12:30–3:30 p.m.
ArtVentures in Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery
Kids and families can create original works of art together under the direction of a Museum educator upstairs in our Crayola Classroom, free. This month's theme is Exploring Origami, and you can create works of art inspired by our newest exhibition Above the Fold.

2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

 

May 21 (Sunday)
Textile talks on CLOSING DAY of SILK FOR AN INDUSTRIAL AGE

1 p.m.
A Celebration of Silk: Industry and Design

In the 1920s, the rise of consumer culture and the increasing presence of technology in daily life fostered optimism that machines were the way of progress. Patterned dress silks like those included in Silk for an Industrial Age allowed women to playfully reference this important cultural phenomena in their clothing. Madelyn Shaw, a curator at the National Museum of American History, will present on the influence of the American silk industry on the development of American design in the twentieth century.

Madelyn Shaw
 

2:15 p.m.
Silk in the Lehigh Valley

When talking about past prominent industries in the Lehigh Valley, most people bring up the steel industry. What is less known is the region's rich silk-making history. The Lehigh Valley was once the world's second-largest producer of silk, with the industry becoming Allentown's largest employer in the late 1920s. The silk-mill jobs helped to make up for the loss of jobs from closing iron mills. Area business leaders sought out silk producers, promoting the region's cheap, abundant, nonunionized labor, its good railroads, and its availability of coal power. At one time there were twenty-three silk establishments in the Lehigh Valley, making Pennsylvania second only to New Jersey in silk production. Martha Capwell Fox, the archives and museum coordinator of the National Canal Museum, will deliver a presentation on the history of silk production in the Lehigh Valley, including the details of the last producing silk mill in Allentown.

Both presenters will be available for questions following the presentation.

May 23 (Tuesday)
Civic Theatre film: JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI
7:30 p.m.
 

The Museum continues its partnership with Civic Theatre with this series of films in conjunction with Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami. The series includes films about artists who fold, artists who slice, and Japanese culture both real and imagined. Screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. at Civic Theatre, 527 North Nineteenth Street. Tickets are $8 for Museum members and Civic members with ID, $10 general admission. Advanced sale available at CivicTheatre.com.Tonight’s film is Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012), the story of eighty-five-year-old Jiro Ono, who is considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a ten-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, sushi lovers from around the globe make pilgrimages, calling months in advance and paying top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. Jiro is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and as a loving yet complicated father.

 

May 25 (Thursday)
Art @ Night: Free tour of the galleries
4-8 p.m.

Every Thursday the Museum’s galleries are open till 8 p.m., with free entry after 4 p.m. and, tonight, a free guided tour through the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami at 6 p.m..

 

May 25 (Thursday)
Fourth Thursday film series: The First Monday in May
5:30 p.m.

An unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of New York's premier cultural events, The First Monday in May (90 minutes) follows the creation of China: Through the Looking Glass, the most attended fashion exhibition in the history of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the 2015 Met Gala, the star-studded fundraiser. Follow Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and Met Gala chair, and Andrew Bolton, the curator who conceived the groundbreaking show, as they prepare for an unforgettable evening.

Watch trailer here.