Events

June 29 (Thursday)
Art @ Night: Free entry after 4!
4-8 p.m.

This Thursday the Museum’s galleries are open till 8 p.m., with free entry after 4 p.m. and a free guided tour through the exhibition Designing for the Loom: Drawings by William Geskes at 6 p.m..


William Geskes (1877-1962), Untitled Jacquard Design, between 1895 and 1940, paint and pencil on paper. Gift of Karin Geskes Erny, 1993

 

July 2 (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 Be a Collector, inspired by the exhibition A Collecting Spirit. How does a person know what to collect, and how can you start your own collection? Find out!


Linn Meyers,Untitled,2006, Chine colle lithograph. Gift of Paul K. Kania, 2006

2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the exhibition A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.


Thomas Lias, Objects in Space, 1946, engraving, aquatint, gauffrage, and viscosity, proof. Gift of Paul K. Kania, 2013

July 5 (Wednesday)
Lunchtime tour of A COLLECTING SPIRIT
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. 

This month, Elaine Mehalakes, Vice President of Curatorial Affairs at the Art Museum, leads a tour through the big summer exhibition A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania. Members $15, nonmembers $20. Please call 610-432-4333 ext 110 to reserve your place. Register now on Ticket Leap.

July 9 (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 Be a Collector, inspired by the exhibition A Collecting Spirit. How does a person know what to collect, and how can you start your own collection? Find out!

2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the exhibition A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

July 11 (Tuesday)
Civic Theatre film: HERB AND DOROTHY 50X50

The Museum continues its partnership with Civic Theatre with this series of screenings in conjunction with A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania. Included are films about collectors and artists who have impacted the art world in different ways. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. at Civic Theatre, 527 North Nineteenth Street, Allentown. Tickets are $8 for Museum members and Civic members with ID, $10 general admission. Advanced sale available at CivicTheatre.com.

 

Tonight’s filmis Herb & Dorothy 50X50(2014), a follow-up film to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary that moved millions of art-lovers worldwide. This film captures the last chapter of the Vogels’ extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art and what it takes to support art in today’s society. This came sixteen years after the Vogel’s had transferred their entire collection to the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, D.C., the majority as a gift, making headlines in 1992. During those years at the NGA, the collection had grown to nearly five thousand pieces, too large for any one museum to contain.

 

 

July 15 (Saturday)
For Member’s Only: Explore a printmaker’s studio
1 p.m.

We see a broad range of prints in the exhibition A Collector’s Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania, but how does an artist go about making a print? Through this visit to a printmaker Evan Summer’s Kutztown studio, members get a firsthand look at the printmaking process and a one-on-one experience with the artist. Free to members, call 610-432-4333 ext 110 to reserve your spot. Register now on Ticket Leap.Not yet a member? Join today and enjoy this exclusive benefit.

 

 

Evan Summer has been making prints for more than thirty-five years. He graduated with an M.F.A. from Yale in 1975 and his work (including drawings and collages as well as prints) has been exhibited around the world with many solo exhibitions, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art (1999–2000), the Reading Public Museum (2001 and 2005–2006), the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice (2007), and the Guanlan International Printmaking Workshop in Guanlan, China (2010). Evan has received many awards, including the Tai-he Masterpiece Award in the Beijing International Print Biennial and the Chambliss Award for outstanding research at Kutztown University. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others.

 

 

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 Be a Collector, inspired by the exhibition A Collecting Spirit. How does a person know what to collect, and how can you start your own collection? Find out!

2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the exhibition A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

 

 

July 20 (Third Thursday)
Third Thursdays—Destination Arts
 

Every Third Thursday the Museum partners 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. The Museum has a full schedule of Third Thursday events, all free, see below; for other art happenings these nights visit DowntownAllentown.com.

The Museum Cafe is open on Third Thursdays till 6 p.m.

6–7:30 p.m.
Poetry Howl: The
Unbearable Beatniks of Light
Since the mid-1980s the Unbearables have been together as writers, poets, and artists in New York City's underground literary scene. Tonight, Unbearables Ron Kolm, Steve Dalachinsky, Carol Wierzbicki, Jim Feast, and Shalom Neuman bring their rowdy wordsmithing to the galleries.

 

The Unbearables recently published a collection of no-holds-barred thrashings of classics like Joyce’s Ulysses and contemporary writers like David Sedaris. The anthology is entitled The Worst Book I Ever Read and can be found in bookstores, sharing shelf space with the very authors they critique and claim to dislike. The Unbearables’ publications may also be found in the archives at the University of Rochester Library, the Avant Writing Collection at Ohio State University (John M. Bennett, librarian/curator), SUNY–Buffalo (Michael Basinski, curator), the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the main branch of the New York Public Library, and Poets House in New York City.Rock AllentownAt School of Rock Allentown, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Allentown students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun. At School of Rock Allentown, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Allentown students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun. At School of Rock Allentown, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Allentown students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

 

6 p.m.
Free guided tour through A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania

 

6:30–9 p.m.
Theatre Café with Allentown Public Theatre

Enjoy a dramatic reading in the Museum Café, in partnership with Allentown Public Theatre. Tonight's Theatre Café showcases Roberto Aguirre Sacasa’s Rough Magic, an adaptation of The Tempest that places Shakespeare’s classic characters in present-day New York. This action-adventure-fantasy in the tradition of Harry Potter and the X-Men conjures a mythical, magical metauniverse.

 

July 20 (Thursday)
Thursday evening film series: Presenting Princess Shaw
5:30 p.m.


 

With the Internet awash in millions of videos by musicians seeking notice, few such artists have much success. This is the extraordinary true story (83 minutes) of an aspiring musician down on her luck, who inspired internationally famous YouTube artist Kutiman to create a magical collaboration that would bring her music to a whole new audience.

Watch trailer here.

July 23 (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 Be a Collector, inspired by the exhibition A Collecting Spirit. How does a person know what to collect, and how can you start your own collection? Find out!

2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the exhibition A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

 

July 25 (Tuesday)
Civic Theatre film: THE ART OF THE STEAL
 

The Museum continues its partnership with Civic Theatre with this series of screenings in conjunction with A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania. Included are films about collectors and artists who have impacted the art world in different ways. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. at Civic Theatre, 527 North Nineteenth Street, Allentown. Tickets are $8 for Museum members and Civic members with ID, $10 general admission. Advanced sale available at CivicTheatre.com.

 

Tonight’s film isThe Art of the Steal (2009), a documentary that follows Dr. Albert C. Barnes as he educates himself about art and builds an immense art collection complete with approximately $30 billion worth of art by some of the world's most eminent painters. The legal articles of incorporation for the Barnes Foundation made it very clear that this was a private, educational institution. Art students were encouraged to sign-up for classes or a visit. The next part of the documentary is about what happens to the Barnes Collection after the doctor’s death in 1951

 

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July 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 Be a Collector, inspired by the exhibition A Collecting Spirit. How does a person know what to collect, and how can you start your own collection? Find out!

2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the exhibition A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

 

August 2 (Wednesday)
Lunchtime tour of DESIGNING FOR THE LOOM
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.

This month, curatorial assistant Claire McRee leads a tour through the exhibition Designing for the Loom: Drawings by William Geskes. Members $15, nonmembers $20. Please call 610-432-4333 ext 110 to reserve your place. Register now on Ticket Leap.                                     

 

                                                                                                                Claire McRee

August 6 (Sunday)
Closing day of WHITE-LINE COLOR WOODCUTS
Noon–4 p.m.
 

Today is the final day to see the exhibition White-Line Color Woodcuts in the Decorative Arts Corridor on the Museum’s first floor. The white-line color woodcut was an early twentieth-century innovation that allowed artists to print multiple colors from a single carved woodblock. Originating with the Provincetown Printers in Massachusetts, the technique offered simplicity of execution as well as a painterly result. Featuring beautiful examples of white-line woodcuts ranging in subject, style, and complexity, this installation, along with a display of Arts and Crafts decorative arts, complements the harmonious ideals of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Little Library, on permanent view at the Museum.Special thanks to John Rossetti.

 

 

August 6 (Sunday)
FREE Fun Sunday
Noon–4 p.m.
 

Admission to the Museum is free every Sunday thanks to generous support from 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 Perspectives in Printmaking.  Explore the different methods of printmaking and create your own unique print.

Thomas Lias, Forms In Space, 1946, engraving, etching and gauffrage. Gift of Paul K. Kania, 2013 (2013.014.007)

2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the exhibition A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

 

 

August 8 (Tuesday)
Civic Theatre film: CUTIE AND THE BOXER
 

The Museum continues its partnership with Civic Theatre with this series of screenings in conjunction with A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania. Included are films about collectors and artists who have impacted the art world in different ways. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. at Civic Theatre, 527 North Nineteenth Street, Allentown. Tickets are $8 for Museum members and Civic members with ID, $10 general admission. Advanced sale available at CivicTheatre.com.

 

Tonight’s film is Cutie and the Boxer (2015), a documentary is about the difficult forty-year relationship between Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, Japanese-born husband and wife artists who live in New York. Ushio is a small player in the contemporary art world, known for painting with a pair of paint-soaked boxing gloves. Their family has struggled financially for many years. Noriko, who is more than twenty years younger than Ushio, set aside her own career to raise their son Alex and serve as Ushio’s unpaid assistant, receptionist, and chef. Noriko has also worked on her own art, a character she created named Cutie. Cutie's story is told in a comic-book narrative. By the end of the movie, Ushio has begun to recognize that he’s not the only artist in the family. They hold a joint art opening at a SoHo gallery.

 

August 9 (Wednesday)
Opening day of FLORAL
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
 

This exhibition, Floral, in the Museum’s Decorative Arts Corridor includes prints of petunias and poppies, with examples both subtle and bright. These color woodcuts of the early twentieth century celebrate blooms and complement the display of our recent acquisition Seven-Light Lily Lamp by Tiffany Studios.

 

                                              
Edna Bois Hopkins (American, 1872–1937), Petunia, ca.1907/08, woodcut. Collection of John Rossetti

 

August 13 (Sunday)
FREE Fun Sunday
Noon–4 p.m
 

Admission to the Museum is free every Sunday thanks to generous support 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 Perspectives in Printmaking.Explore the different methods of printmaking and create your own unique print.

2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the exhibition A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

 

 

 

Every Third Thursday the Museum partners 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. The Museum has a full schedule of Third Thursday events, all free, see below; for other art happenings these nights visit DowntownAllentown.com.

The Museum Cafe is open on Third Thursdays till 6 p.m.

5:30–6:30 p.m.
Peter Pan in Arts Park

This Peter Pan is an original play written and performed by community actors who reside in the Old Fairgrounds and Jordan Heights sections of Allentown, guided by the pros at Allentown Public Theatre. As the first artist-in-residence program of the new Cultural Coalition of Allentown, the play was created in workshops that involved  residents in acting and writing exercises (in Spanish and English), with each participant creating their character in Neverland and personally exploring the themes of youth, imagination, and growing up. Craft activities allowed students to create their costumes and help decorate the set. This is the final performance of the play, bringing together a huge cast from all of the workshops.

6 p.m.
Free guided tour through A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania

 

6:30–9pm
Theatre Café with Allentown Public Theatre

Enjoy a dramatic reading in the Museum Café, in partnership with Allentown Public Theatre. Tonight's Theatre Café showcases Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz. A 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Anna in the Tropics portrays the surprising effects that a reading of Anna Karenina has among a community of Cuban immigrants in Tampa, Florida.


 

7 p.m.
A gallery walk with collector Paul Kania through A Collecting Spirit
Collector Paul Kania and Elaine Mehalakes, curator of A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania, will lead a gallery walk together of the exhibition, commenting on the prints and artists.

                                     

Paul Kania                                                                         Elaine Mehalakes

August 17 (Thursday)
Monthly Thursday evening film series: Requiem for the American Dream
5:30 p.m.

 

Requiem for the American Dream (72 minutes) is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky on the defining characteristic of our time: the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few. Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality, tracing a half century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation. Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time, the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy. A potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, Requiem is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future. Written by Jared P. Scott.

Watch trailer here.