Events

March 26 (Sunday)
CLOSING DAY of Anthony Viscardi’s SHADOW LANDINGS
Trexler Hall

Today is the last day to see the three-dimensional mural Shadow Landings in Trexler Hall. Commissioned by the Museum from artist and Lehigh University architecture professor Anthony Viscardi, the site-specific fifty-five foot installation features cutout and projecting elements calculated to create particular shadows.

 

March 26 (Sunday)
FREE, Fun Sunday
noon–4 p.m.

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.

12:30–2 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. Free

This afternoon’s workshop is geared toward children and families and will be led by Maryann Riker, a mixed-media artist whose works incorporate digital images, Victorian iconography, and other symbols to convey a sense of memory and time as one opens and unfolds the work. They have been exhibited internationally and are in the special collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Art Institute of Chicago, Mills College, the Rhode Island School of Design, Lafayette College, Rutgers University, Newark Art Museum, and many other private and public collections.

Similar workshops for children and families are being held at the Museum on April 30, with artist Claire Marcus, and 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.

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 Light and Shadow, exploring the natural balance between the two.

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.

 

March 26 (Sunday)
Women’s History Month film: Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel
1 p.m.

 

The Art Museum is proud to present a series of documentary films in March focused on the lives of four extraordinary women who have had global impact and whose legacies live on today: Nina Simone, Grace Lee Boggs, Eva Hesse, and Diana Vreeland.

Today’s film, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (86 minutes),profiles the "Empress of Fashion," who launched Twiggy, advised Jackie Onassis, and established countless trends that have withstood the test of time. Vreeland was the fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar, where she worked for twenty-five years before becoming editor-in-chief of Vogue, followed by a remarkable stint at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, where she helped popularize its historical collections. The Eye Has to Travel is an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the twentieth century, an enduring icon who has had a strong influence on the course of fashion, beauty, publishing and culture.

This film also screens at the Museum on Thursday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m.

 

March 26 (Sunday)
Origami: The Art of Math
1 p.m.

Origami and math come together in this presentation and folding demonstration by professor Ethan Berkove and his Lafayette College students that exlores the interrelatedness of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (aka STEAM). Berkove demonstrates using specific math applications that can be made into three-dimentional origami models. Using these applications, Lafayette students have produced a large origami sculpture that is currently exhibited in a student gallery (shown below right). Free
 

 

 

March 27 (Monday)
Civic Theatre film: BETWEEN THE FOLDS
7 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 are 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 Between the Folds (2008), an award-winning documentary that chronicles the stories of ten fine artists and theoretical scientists who have abandoned careers to forge unconventional lives as modernday paperfolders. Together these offbeat and provocative minds demonstrate the innumerable ways that art and science come to bear as we struggle to understand and honor the world around us—as artists, scientists, creators, collaborators, preservers, and simply curious beings. "Luminously photographed" with a "haunting" original score featuring the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the film paints an arresting portrait of the mysterious creative threads that bind us all, fusing science and sculpture, form and function, ancient and new.

March 30 (Thursday)
Women’s History Month film: Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel
5:30 p.m.

The Art Museum is proud to present a series of documentary films in March focused on the lives of four extraordinary women who have had global impact and whose legacies live on today: Nina Simone, Grace Lee Boggs, Eva Hesse, and Diana Vreeland.

Tonight’s film, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (86 minutes), profiles the "Empress of Fashion," who launched Twiggy, advised Jackie Onassis, and established countless trends that have withstood the test of time. Vreeland was the fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar, where she worked for twenty-five years before becoming editor-in-chief of Vogue, followed by a remarkable stint at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, where she helped popularize its historical collections. The Eye Has to Travel is an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the twentieth century, an enduring icon who has had a strong influence on the course of fashion, beauty, publishing and culture.


 

 

March 30 (Thursday)
Civic Theatre film: RASHOMON
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 Rashomon (1950), a critically acclaimed psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice. Rashomon is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accounts of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa presents with striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema—and a commanding new star by the name of Toshiro Mifune—to the Western world.

 

March 30 (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 at 6 p.m. through the exhibition Made in America: Industrial Photography from the Ungar Collection

 

 

CLOSING DAY of Dieruff High School exhibition
Today is the final day to see works bythe student artists of Dieruff High School with a reception, including refreshments. Free and open to the public.

April 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 aMuseum 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.

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.

The next free folding session with Mark and Arlene is Sunday, May 7, at 1 p.m

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.

April 5 (Wednesday)
Lunchtime tour of ABOVE THE FOLD
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, vice president of curatorial affairs Elaine Mehalakes gives insight into the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami, which presents bold and provocative, small and large works of folded-paper art from around the world.

 

April 6 (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 at 6 p.m. through the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami.

6 p.m.
FOLDING: A dance performance by Muhlenberg Dance Group

Come be thrilled by an original in-gallery dance performance inspired by the works on view in our exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami. Karen Dearborn, director of dance for Muhlenberg College,choreographs Folding to show off the talents of some of the area’s most promiosing dancers while exploring the theme of folding.

Karen Dearborn has choreographed more than eighty works in concert dance, theatre, and musical theatre, including National Tours of the Tony Award-winning National Theatre of the Deaf and Equity theatre companies. Her research interests include performance studies, disability studies, and dance pedagogy, and her writing has been published in the Journal of Dance Education and the book Performing Magic on the Western Stage. She has presented papers at numerous conferences including National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO), Congress on Research in Dance, and the National Dance Association. Currently she is Treasurer of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) a member of CORPS de Ballet International, NDEO, Society of Dance History Scholars and AEA.  Distinguished teaching awards include the Limback and the Spira.

 

Gala Dinner Dance and Auction 2017
April 8 (Saturday)
6:30 p.m.-?

Join us for a black-tie celebration in support of the Museum's mission and this year's honorees, Jill and Alfred E. Douglass II. As longtime patrons of the Museum, Jill and Al have been instrumental in helping the Museum maintain its distinction as a valuable cultural and educational resource to the Lehigh Valley. Jill has been a Society of the Arts (SOTA) member for more than four decades, having served on the SOTA Board and as Chair of SOTA’s first Show House. Al served on the Board of Trustees and the Endowment Campaign Committee. Most importantly, he established the Kress Society.

Tickets are $250 per person, or $350 to be listed as a Gala Patron in the program. (Your contribution less $100 per person is tax deductible.) RSVP by March 31. Call 610-432-4333 ext 154 to purchase tickets by phone.

If you are interested in attending or supporting as a sponsor and being acknowledged in our Gala program, contact Michelle Rittler at ext 152.

 

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April 9 (Sunday)
Spring Art Hunt!
Noon

Come to the Museum for an artful alternative to the traditional hunt. Roam the select areas inside the Museum with the family looking for eggs filled with prizes that will inspire creativity in your child. Afterward, there’s more fun to be had with hands-on artmaking projects in Artways Interactive Family Gallery. All free!

 

April 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 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.

 

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.

The next free folding session with Mark and Arlene is Sunday, May 7, at 1 p.m

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.


 

April 13 (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 through the mural Franz Kline’s Lehighton at 6 p.m..
 

 

April 13 (Thursday)
Civic Theatre film: GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
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 Grave of the Fireflies (1988), a critically acclaimed Japanese animated war drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semiautobiographical short story Grave of the Fireflies by Akiyuki Nosaka. Set in the city of Kobe, Japan, the film tells the story of two siblings, Seita and Setsuko, and their desperate struggle to survive during the final months of the Second World War. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times considered it to be one of the best and most powerful war films and, in 2000, included it on his Great Movies list.

April 16 (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.

 

2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the mural Franz Kline’s Lehighton
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

 

 

April 20 (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:

5–8 p.m.
In the Museum Store: Jewelrymaker Svetlana Howells

Svetlana Howells crafts elegant jewelry in sterling silver using ancient and modern techniques. Tonight, meet the artist, talk to her about her latest work, and maybe take home a one of her highly textured, sculptural pieces for yourself.

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 exhibitions Above the Fold: New Expression in Origami and Made in America: Industrial Photography from the Ungar Collection.

Tonight’s workshop is geared toward adults 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 adults is being held at the Museum on May 18, 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.

 

6 p.m.
Free guided tour of the mural Franz Kline’s Lehighton.

6–8 p.m.
This Jazz performance in the galleries serves as a taste of things to come, as Allentown JazzFest will hold major concerts in the Museum on May 6. Get a preview of one of the artists from the line-up of national and international performers as we celebrate one of America's greatest art forms.

6:30–9 p.m.
Drama @ the Art Museum: PAGE TO STAGE

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 program of readings delivered by Allentown middle school students is called Page to Stage.

 

 

April 22 (Saturday)
Members-only artist talk: Mary Putman on Self-Portrait at 65
1 p.m.

Mary Tobias Putman, a Delaware-based artist known for her unconventional landscapes, often works on a grand scale. Self-Portrait is just such a painting, more than nine feet in length and an expansive presentation of harvested fields that dwarf yet highlight the tiny figure of the artist at its core.

April 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 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.

2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the mural Franz Kline’s Lehighton
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk