Events

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)
Monthly Thursday evening 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.

 

May 28 (Sunday)
CLOSING DAY of ABOVE THE FOLD

Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami has filled Scheller and Fowler Galleries since early March with bold and innovative folded-paper works that include sculpture, large-scale installations, and conceptual pieces. This popular exhibition closes today; entry is free.

 

May 28 (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.

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.
This afternoon’s workshop is geared toward children and families 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.

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 28 (Sunday)
CLOSING DAY of MADE IN AMERICA

This is the final day to view Made in America: Industrial Photography from the Ungar Collection. The exhibition, in Rodale Gallery, features dynamic photography celebrating machinery and industrial workers. These midcentury images were selected from the recent gift of 160 photographs donated to the Museum by Jon and Nicky Ungar. Together they build an heroic narrative of industry as a symbol of American progress and prosperity.

 

May 31 (Wednesday)
Stories of Home: A theater workshop @ The Creativity Lab
3–5:30 p.m.

What does home mean to you?” Explore, create, and imagine with theatremaker Suzana Berger! Participants in this free workshop will craft short stories that creatively and poetically express what "home" means to them, and what it could be. You are invited to perform your story at the end of Suzana's residency, on June 14.

This workshop is free and open to adults. Meet up with Suzana in the Museum lobby (check in at the front desk) for a tour through the galleries before heading as a group over to the Creativity Lab (515 Hamilton Street) for the rest of the workshop. Sign up by contacting Ananda at aholton [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org or 610-432-4333 ext 136.

Creativity Lab is a partnership between the Allentown Art Museum and City Center Lehigh Valley.

Artist residencies and Creativity Lab programing are part of the Museum’s HeARThstone Project and are supported by the generosity of the Harry C. Trexler Trust. TheHeARTHstone Project is rooted in the belief that art can and does change lives.

 

 

 

June 1 (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 guided tour through the galleries at 6 p.m..

June 2 (Friday)
PA Youth Ballet performs with the art of the Lehigh Valley

In partnership with the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, the Museum is bringing some of its most popular artworks to Zoellner Arts Center in Bethlehem as visual accompaniment to a performance by the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

Some half-dozen paintings will be projected onto the stage during an original dance routine choreographed by director Karen Kroninger Knerr. Music director Eugene Albulescu will perform the live music to accompany the dance.

Click here to learn more about the June 2 event at Zoellner Arts Center, and to purchase tickets.

 

June 4 (Sunday)
ASD Middle Schools community exhibition reception
1-3 p.m.

Every year our Communty Gallery features the work of outstanding young artists attending Lehigh Valley middle schools and high schools. This is not only an opportunity for students and their families to see their art on the walls 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.

Today we welcome the student artists of Allentown School District Middle Schools with a reception. Free and open to the public.

 

June 7 (Wednesday)
Art + Lunch: Celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday
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, curatorial assistant Claire McRee will give insight into the process of curating an effective period room and the development of the new FLW Library iPad interactive app.

 

June 14 (Wednesday)
Stories of Home workshop reading @ The Creativity Lab
3–5:30 p.m.

What does home mean to you?” Workshop participants explored that question throughout May with artist-in-residence Suzana Berger in the Museum's Creativity Lab at 515 Hamilton Street. Today, the short monologues that were created will be read for others to hear. Come on out and learn about your neighborsand maybe your own definition of "home."

This is a free event, everyone welcome. For more information contact Ananda at aholton [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org or 610-432-4333 ext 136.

Creativity Lab is a partnership between the Allentown Art Museum and City Center Lehigh Valley.

Artist residencies and Creativity Lab programing are part of the Museum’s HeARThstone Project and are supported by the generosity of the Harry C. Trexler Trust. TheHeARTHstone Project is rooted in the belief that art can and does change lives.

 

June 15 (Thursday)
Monthly Thursday evening film series: Call Her Applebroog
5:30 p.m.

This deeply personal portrait of acclaimed New York–based artist Ida Applebroog (70 minutes) was shot with mischievous reverence by her filmmaker daughter, Beth B (Exposed). Born in the Bronx to Orthodox Jewish émigrés from Poland, Applebroog, now in her eighties, looks back at how she expressed herself through decades of drawings and paintings as well as her private journals. With her daughter’s encouragement she investigates the stranger that is her former self, a woman who found psychological and sexual liberation through art. As Beth B finds a deeper understanding of her mother as a human being, Applebroog shares a newfound appreciation for her own provocative work.

Call Her Applebroog had its world premiere at MoMA’s Doc Fortnight on February 26, 2016. It opened at the Metrograph in New York on June 10, 2016.

Read about Ida Applebroog and Beth B in The New York Times and read an interview with Beth B about the film in Vogue.
 

Watch trailer here.
 

June 24 (Saturday)
Member preview of A COLLECTING SPIRIT
6-8 p.m.

Join Museum members for a first look at the big summer exhibition A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania. Admission is free for members plus a guest, with complementary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar in addition to access to the art.

 

 

 

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.

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.

November 11 (Saturday)
Cocktails & Collecting 2017
6 p.m.

The Museum's fall fundraiser offers art lovers the perfect mix of collectible artwork, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and nonstop socializing. Up-and-coming and established artists from across the Lehigh Valley and beyond will be on hand to showcase, talk about, and sell their works, even demonstrating their creative process live. This year’s event celebrates the renewed vibrancy in downtown Allentown, specifically in and around the Arts District, of which the Museum is an anchor. Monies raised through art sales and ticket sales help support the Museum and its mission to serve as a resource for artists, members, and the community.

The evening will feature live music, an open bar, and food courtesy of Catering by Karen Hunter.

 

 

DETAILS AND TICKET PRICES COMING SOON!