Events

July 24 (Sunday)
Family Fun Sundays
Noon–4 p.m.

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

Noon–3 p.m.
Story Station in Rodale Classroom

Every American family has its own unique story about immigration and/or assimilation in this country. Why not take a half hour to contribute your family’s story to an archive of local histories? Stop in any Sunday during Our America and allow one of our staff to record you at our Story Station, where you can share photographs too that document your family’s movement to and through America. Each week at least one story will be shared on the Museum’s social media networks. Free

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 in our Crayola Classroom in Art Ways, free. This month celebrate our multicultural history in connection with Our America through the theme “America the Beautiful.”

2 p.m.
Free tour of OUR AMERICA (in English)

No reservation is needed to join the docent-guided tour of our new exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, just check in at the front desk. Bring the family!

2:15 p.m.
Excursión gratuita de NUESTRA AMÉRICA (Free tour of OUR AMERICA in Spanish)

Obtener un tour gratuito en Español de nuestra nueva exposición Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense. Sin reserva es necesario, solo registrarse en la recepción. ¡Traer a la familia!

Viva! Summer Children’s Workshops (Ages 6-12)

                                     
PARA ESPAÑOL, haga clic aqu
í

July 1–August 20 • Thursday–Saturday • 12:30– 3 p.m.

Your child aged 6 to 12 can dive in and experience art and culture up close this summer by exploring Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, the traveling Smithsonian exhibition here at the Museum. Each session includes a gallery tour and hands-on art project, and each week we'll explore a different theme.

Themes by week:
Week 1: Then and Now

View Latino American history and American identity from the perspectives of different artists.

Week 2: Migrating through History
See how some artists use layered or dreamlike imagery to explore themes of displacement, exile, and hope.

Week 3: Visual Boom
Try your hand at graphic design and printmaking, thriving modes of Latino artistic and activist expression.

Week 4: Moment of Truth
Find out how words and images can mean more than meets the eye.

Week 5: Street Life
Discover how artists transform the cities in which they live, and learn how you can make your mark on your own community!

Week 6: POP!
Explore how some artists in Our America put everyday objects or cultural traditions into a new context.

Week 7: What is Normal?
Beyond straight forward portraits, learn how artworks in Our America reflect on and react to cultural stereotypes.

Week 8: We Interrupt This Message
Investigate mass culture around the mid-twentieth century, and see how it impacted artists at the time.

Adults enter free with the purchase of a child’s Viva! pass: $5 members, $10 nonmembers per class. Kidspass allows admission to all workshops: $35 members, $50 nonmembers. Preregistration recommended: 610-432-4333 ext. 138.

Viva! has been supported by a generous grant from the Art Museum Auxiliary.

 

July 28 (Thursday)
Art @ Night—Free tour of OUR STRENGTH IS OUR PEOPLE
6 p.m.

Every Thursday the Museum’s galleries are open till 8 p.m., with free entry after 4 p.m. Stop in this evening for a free guided tour at 6 p.m. of our exhibition Our Strength Is Our People: The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine


Two Connectors on a Girder, Empire State Building, 1930,
gelatin silver print. Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg,
courtesy of art2art Circulating Exhibitions

Other Our Strength is Our People tours will be held on August 7, September 4, and October 2 at 1PM

 

Resident Artist: Lisa Facciponti
July 7, 14, 21, 6-7:45 p.m.; July 28, 6-7 p.m.

Through the timeless art of storytelling, oral histories are developed and cherished by multiple generations. Join us in preserving our community’s heritage by learning to write and perform a story about your family’s personal journey. Share the triumphs and struggles of creating identity, moving to a new place, and honoring your culture. Using the Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, artist Lisa Facciponti will guide participants through the fundamentals of constructing a story arc and preparing the vocal and physical aspects of performance. After practicing these skills in four creative and interactive workshops, these personal narratives will become part of a storytelling performance in the Museum on July 28 at 7 p.m. To sign up for the workshops please contact John Pepper at JPepper [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org or call (610) 432-4333 x133.

On July 28, workshop participants will share their stories. Free for Museum members, $5 for museum nonmembers or free with a canned good donation to benefit a local food pantry. This project was made possible through the AIE Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Juan Sánchez, Para Don Pedro, 1992

Juan Sánchez, Para Don Pedro, 1992, lithograph, photolithograph and collage with additions in oil stick and pencil, Smithsonian American Art Museum,
Museum purchase through the Julia D. Strong Endowment © 1991, Juan Sánchez

 

July 28 (Thursday)
"Our America, Our Stories" storytelling performance
7 p.m.

Throughout the month of July and using the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art as inspiration, artist Lisa Facciponti has guided participants in a workshop of the fundamentals of constructing a story arc and preparing the vocal and physical aspects of performance. Tonight at 7 p.m., these personal narratives will become part of a storytelling performance in the Museum. 

The performance is free for Museum members, $5 for museum nonmembers or free with a canned good donation to benefit a local food pantry. This project was made possible through the AIE Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Juan Sánchez, Para Don Pedro, 1992
Juan Sánchez, Para Don Pedro, 1992, lithograph, photolithograph and collage with additions
in oil stick and pencil, Smithsonian American Art Museum,Museum purchase through the
Julia D. Strong Endowment © 1991, Juan Sánchez

For more events related to Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art please visit the Our America Events Page

Viva! Summer Children’s Workshops (Ages 6-12)

                                     
PARA ESPAÑOL, haga clic aqu
í

July 1–August 20 • Thursday–Saturday • 12:30– 3 p.m.

Your child aged 6 to 12 can dive in and experience art and culture up close this summer by exploring Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, the traveling Smithsonian exhibition here at the Museum. Each session includes a gallery tour and hands-on art project, and each week we'll explore a different theme.

Themes by week:
Week 1: Then and Now

View Latino American history and American identity from the perspectives of different artists.

Week 2: Migrating through History
See how some artists use layered or dreamlike imagery to explore themes of displacement, exile, and hope.

Week 3: Visual Boom
Try your hand at graphic design and printmaking, thriving modes of Latino artistic and activist expression.

Week 4: Moment of Truth
Find out how words and images can mean more than meets the eye.

Week 5: Street Life
Discover how artists transform the cities in which they live, and learn how you can make your mark on your own community!

Week 6: POP!
Explore how some artists in Our America put everyday objects or cultural traditions into a new context.

Week 7: What is Normal?
Beyond straight forward portraits, learn how artworks in Our America reflect on and react to cultural stereotypes.

Week 8: We Interrupt This Message
Investigate mass culture around the mid-twentieth century, and see how it impacted artists at the time.

Adults enter free with the purchase of a child’s Viva! pass: $5 members, $10 nonmembers per class. Kidspass allows admission to all workshops: $35 members, $50 nonmembers. Preregistration recommended: 610-432-4333 ext. 138.

Viva! has been supported by a generous grant from the Art Museum Auxiliary.

 

Viva! Summer Children’s Workshops (Ages 6-12)

                                     
PARA ESPAÑOL, haga clic aqu
í

July 1–August 20 • Thursday–Saturday • 12:30– 3 p.m.

Your child aged 6 to 12 can dive in and experience art and culture up close this summer by exploring Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, the traveling Smithsonian exhibition here at the Museum. Each session includes a gallery tour and hands-on art project, and each week we'll explore a different theme.

Themes by week:
Week 1: Then and Now

View Latino American history and American identity from the perspectives of different artists.

Week 2: Migrating through History
See how some artists use layered or dreamlike imagery to explore themes of displacement, exile, and hope.

Week 3: Visual Boom
Try your hand at graphic design and printmaking, thriving modes of Latino artistic and activist expression.

Week 4: Moment of Truth
Find out how words and images can mean more than meets the eye.

Week 5: Street Life
Discover how artists transform the cities in which they live, and learn how you can make your mark on your own community!

Week 6: POP!
Explore how some artists in Our America put everyday objects or cultural traditions into a new context.

Week 7: What is Normal?
Beyond straight forward portraits, learn how artworks in Our America reflect on and react to cultural stereotypes.

Week 8: We Interrupt This Message
Investigate mass culture around the mid-twentieth century, and see how it impacted artists at the time.

Adults enter free with the purchase of a child’s Viva! pass: $5 members, $10 nonmembers per class. Kidspass allows admission to all workshops: $35 members, $50 nonmembers. Preregistration recommended: 610-432-4333 ext. 138.

Viva! has been supported by a generous grant from the Art Museum Auxiliary.

 

July 30 (Saturday)
Mini Explorers
1 p.m.

Focused on using their senses throughout a half-hour tour, youngsters ages 3–5 will explore works of art using touch, sound, and sight in the company of other art-loving families. Free

                                                               

July 31(Sunday)
Puerto Rican Day Parade tours
9 a.m.–noon

Are you and your family attending the parade? Then stop by the Art Museum to culture up before heading down to the festivities. The parade route passes directly in front of our doors and we’ll be open early so paradegoers can see the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art with artworks by eleven self-identified Puerto Rican artists on display: ADÁL, Olga Albizu, Myrna Báez, Marcos Dimas, Carlos Irizarry, Miguel Luciano, Antonio Martorell, Juan Sánchez, Jorge Soto Sánchez, Pepón Osorio, and Sophie Rivera. Free admission, free tours in English and Spanish all morning, and complementary cool beverages in our Café for paradegoers.

For more events related to Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art please visit the Our America Events Page

 

July 31 (Sunday)
Family Fun Sundays
Noon–4 p.m.

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

Noon–3 p.m.
Story Station in Rodale Classroom

Every American family has its own unique story about immigration and/or assimilation in this country. Why not take a half hour to contribute your family’s story to an archive of local histories? Stop in any Sunday during Our America and allow one of our staff to record you at our Story Station, where you can share photographs too that document your family’s movement to and through America. Each week at least one story will be shared on the Museum’s social media networks. Free

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 in our Crayola Classroom in Art Ways, free. This month celebrate our multicultural history in connection with Our America through the theme “America the Beautiful.”

2 p.m.
Free tour of OUR AMERICA (in English)

No reservation is needed to join the docent-guided tour of our new exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, just check in at the front desk. Bring the family!

2:15 p.m.
Excursión gratuita de NUESTRA AMÉRICA (Free tour of OUR AMERICA in Spanish)

Obtener un tour gratuito en Español de nuestra nueva exposición Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense. Sin reserva es necesario, solo registrarse en la recepción. ¡Traer a la familia!

August 2 (Tuesday)
Screening of Contracorriente @ Civic Theatre
7:30 p.m.

The Museum continues its partnership with Civic Theatre of Allentown to bring you this series of films from Latin American filmmakers in conjunction with our summer exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.

Tonight’s movie is Contracorriente (Undertow, Peru, 2009). In this unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside, a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town's rigid traditions.

The movie is screened at Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 North Nineteenth Street, Allentown. Tickets are $8 for Museum and Civic members with ID, $10 general admission. Advanced purchase available at www.CivicTheatre.com.

For more events related to Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art please visit the Our America Events Page

 

 

August 3 (Wednesday)
50 Minutes (Tour + Lunch)—Our America
Noon

Take a guided tour of the major summer exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art with Elaine Mehalakes, the Museum’s vice president for curatorial and education. 50 Minutes talks include lunch in the Museum Café following the program. Members $15, nonmembers $20. Call 610-432-4333 ext 110 to reserve.


Carlos Almaraz, Night Magic (Blue Jester), 1988, oil.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of GloriaWerner. ©
1988, Carlos Almaraz Estate 

For more events related to Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art please visit the Our America Events Page

 

 

Viva! Summer Children’s Workshops (Ages 6-12)

                                     
PARA ESPAÑOL, haga clic aqu
í

July 1–August 20 • Thursday–Saturday • 12:30– 3 p.m.

Your child aged 6 to 12 can dive in and experience art and culture up close this summer by exploring Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, the traveling Smithsonian exhibition here at the Museum. Each session includes a gallery tour and hands-on art project, and each week we'll explore a different theme.

Themes by week:
Week 1: Then and Now

View Latino American history and American identity from the perspectives of different artists.

Week 2: Migrating through History
See how some artists use layered or dreamlike imagery to explore themes of displacement, exile, and hope.

Week 3: Visual Boom
Try your hand at graphic design and printmaking, thriving modes of Latino artistic and activist expression.

Week 4: Moment of Truth
Find out how words and images can mean more than meets the eye.

Week 5: Street Life
Discover how artists transform the cities in which they live, and learn how you can make your mark on your own community!

Week 6: POP!
Explore how some artists in Our America put everyday objects or cultural traditions into a new context.

Week 7: What is Normal?
Beyond straight forward portraits, learn how artworks in Our America reflect on and react to cultural stereotypes.

Week 8: We Interrupt This Message
Investigate mass culture around the mid-twentieth century, and see how it impacted artists at the time.

Adults enter free with the purchase of a child’s Viva! pass: $5 members, $10 nonmembers per class. Kidspass allows admission to all workshops: $35 members, $50 nonmembers. Preregistration recommended: 610-432-4333 ext. 138.

Viva! has been supported by a generous grant from the Art Museum Auxiliary.

 

August 4 (Thursday)
Art @ Night—Free tour of OUR AMERICA
6 p.m.

Every Thursday the Museum’s galleries are open till 8 p.m. Stop in this evening for a free guided tour at 6 p.m. of our new exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. Free


Carlos Almaraz, Night Magic (Blue Jester),
1988, oil. Smithsonian American Art Museum,
gift of GloriaWerner. © 1988, Carlos Almaraz Estate 

For more events related to Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art please visit the Our America Events Page

 

August 4 (Thursday)
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Library goes digital
5–8 p.m.

Experience our Frank Lloyd Wright–designed library in a new way with the launch of an in-gallery interactive iPad app. Explore the history of the room, learn about its furnishings, and discover Wright’s sources of inspiration for his architecture with this exciting new digital tool. Curatorial assistant Claire McRee will be at the event to answer questions and discuss the role of technology in museums today. Free

                    

 

 

Viva! Summer Children’s Workshops (Ages 6-12)

                                     
PARA ESPAÑOL, haga clic aqu
í

July 1–August 20 • Thursday–Saturday • 12:30– 3 p.m.

Your child aged 6 to 12 can dive in and experience art and culture up close this summer by exploring Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, the traveling Smithsonian exhibition here at the Museum. Each session includes a gallery tour and hands-on art project, and each week we'll explore a different theme.

Themes by week:
Week 1: Then and Now

View Latino American history and American identity from the perspectives of different artists.

Week 2: Migrating through History
See how some artists use layered or dreamlike imagery to explore themes of displacement, exile, and hope.

Week 3: Visual Boom
Try your hand at graphic design and printmaking, thriving modes of Latino artistic and activist expression.

Week 4: Moment of Truth
Find out how words and images can mean more than meets the eye.

Week 5: Street Life
Discover how artists transform the cities in which they live, and learn how you can make your mark on your own community!

Week 6: POP!
Explore how some artists in Our America put everyday objects or cultural traditions into a new context.

Week 7: What is Normal?
Beyond straight forward portraits, learn how artworks in Our America reflect on and react to cultural stereotypes.

Week 8: We Interrupt This Message
Investigate mass culture around the mid-twentieth century, and see how it impacted artists at the time.

Adults enter free with the purchase of a child’s Viva! pass: $5 members, $10 nonmembers per class. Kidspass allows admission to all workshops: $35 members, $50 nonmembers. Preregistration recommended: 610-432-4333 ext. 138.

Viva! has been supported by a generous grant from the Art Museum Auxiliary.

 

August 6 (Saturday)
Closing day of Crazy Quilters Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Exhibition
Community Gallery

The Crazy Quilters Quilt Guild, based in Emmaus, will mark a quarter century of artistry with a members' exhibition running from July 10 through August 6. At the opening reception on July 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. you can meet the quilters and see quilting demonstrations, enjoy refreshments, vote for your Viewer's Choice, and even enter a raffle to win one of the quilts on display. The show and reception are free to the public. Come on out to see these wonderfully colorful and skillful works!

The Crazy Quilters Quilt Guild meets the first Tuesday of every month (except November) at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 South Cedar Crest Boulevard, Emmaus, PA 18049. Meeting begin at 7 p.m. and feature a show-and-tell session and nationally known or local quilters, quilt teachers, or other speakers on topics relating to quilting. The Guild also boasts a lending library of more than 380 books pertaining to quilting. For information on joining the Guild visit CrazyQuilters.org.


One of the quilts on display during a previous Crazy Quilters exhibition.
 

 

Viva! Summer Children’s Workshops (Ages 6-12)

                                     
PARA ESPAÑOL, haga clic aqu
í

July 1–August 20 • Thursday–Saturday • 12:30– 3 p.m.

Your child aged 6 to 12 can dive in and experience art and culture up close this summer by exploring Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, the traveling Smithsonian exhibition here at the Museum. Each session includes a gallery tour and hands-on art project, and each week we'll explore a different theme.

Themes by week:
Week 1: Then and Now

View Latino American history and American identity from the perspectives of different artists.

Week 2: Migrating through History
See how some artists use layered or dreamlike imagery to explore themes of displacement, exile, and hope.

Week 3: Visual Boom
Try your hand at graphic design and printmaking, thriving modes of Latino artistic and activist expression.

Week 4: Moment of Truth
Find out how words and images can mean more than meets the eye.

Week 5: Street Life
Discover how artists transform the cities in which they live, and learn how you can make your mark on your own community!

Week 6: POP!
Explore how some artists in Our America put everyday objects or cultural traditions into a new context.

Week 7: What is Normal?
Beyond straight forward portraits, learn how artworks in Our America reflect on and react to cultural stereotypes.

Week 8: We Interrupt This Message
Investigate mass culture around the mid-twentieth century, and see how it impacted artists at the time.

Adults enter free with the purchase of a child’s Viva! pass: $5 members, $10 nonmembers per class. Kidspass allows admission to all workshops: $35 members, $50 nonmembers. Preregistration recommended: 610-432-4333 ext. 138.

Viva! has been supported by a generous grant from the Art Museum Auxiliary.

 

August 6 (Saturday)
Mini Explorers
1 p.m.

Focused on using their senses throughout a half-hour tour, youngsters ages 3–5 will explore works of art using touch, sound, and sight in the company of other art-loving families. Free

                                                               

August 7 (Sunday)
Family Fun Sundays
Noon–4 p.m.

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

Noon–4 p.m.
Register to vote
Make your voice heard! Exercise your right to vote this fall by registering in advance. Representatives from the League of Women Voters of the Lehigh Valley will be in our lobby to help you through the process. Free

Noon–3 p.m.
Story Station in Rodale Classroom
Every American family has its own unique story about immigration and/or assimilation in this country. Why not take a half hour to contribute your family’s story to an archive of local histories? Stop in any Sunday during Our America and allow one of our staff to record you at our Story Station, where you can share photographs too that document your family’s movement to and through America. Each week at least one story will be shared on the Museum’s social media networks. Free

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 in our Crayola Classroom in Art Ways, free. This month celebrate our multicultural history in connection with Our America through the theme “Heatwave.”

1 p.m.
Free tour of OUR STRENGTH IS OUR PEOPLE

No reservation is needed to join the docent-guided tour of our new exhibition Our Strength Is Our People: The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine, just check in at the front desk.

2 p.m.
Free tour of OUR AMERICA (in English)
No reservation is needed to join the docent-guided tour of our new exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, just check in at the front desk. Bring the family!

2:15 p.m.
Excursión gratuita de NUESTRA AMÉRICA (Free tour of OUR AMERICA in Spanish)

Obtener un tour gratuito en Español de nuestra nueva exposición Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense. Sin reserva es necesario, solo registrarse en la recepción. ¡Traer a la familia!