Events

January 19 (Thursday)
Third Thursday in downtown Allentown—Destination: Arts
4-9 p.m.

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; click here for a complete list of Third Thursday activities.

 

TONIGHT IN THE MUSEUM:

4-9 p.m.
Free admission to the galleries

Bring a date or visit solo to see the photography exhibitions Allentown X 7 and Building Bridges before they close on February 5.

 
Photo by Victor Alicea, from Building Bridges

 

 

6 p.m.
Free guided tour of special exhibitions 

Tonight get the background story on Anthony Viscardi: Shadow Landings and, in the final Thursday tour before the show closes this Sunday, Warren Rohrer: The Language of Mark Making.


From The Language of Mark Making

 

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

Make history by attending the first-ever Theatre Café reading in the Museum Café, in partnership with Allentown Public Theatre. Tonight's Café showcases the playwrighting and performance talents of local high schoolers at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, and in particular recent graduate Willow Reichard-Flynn's recent work Regret. Surreal in style, Regret focusses on the story of a lesbian couple with a disturbing past they can’t escape. Free, and the Museum Cafe will be open for snacks and refreshments.

To audition for upcoming Theater Café performances, actors and playwrights can contact Allentown Public Theatre here.

January 22 (Sunday)
Free 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 in our Crayola Classroom in Art Ways, free. This month's theme New Year, New Art, learn about some recently created artworks!

2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the exhibitions Anthony Viscardi: Shadow Landings and Warren Rohrer:  The Language of Mark Making.

No reservation is needed to join the docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

January 25 & 26 (Wednesday & Thursday)
Conservators work on Franz Kline mural in Trexler Gallery

Art conservator Luca Bonetti and his team will be working on the Franz Kline mural in advance of its unveiling on Sunday, January 29, fully conserved. (For the full backstory of the mural coming to Allentown click here.) Work to be done includes stretching the canvas, removing the facing from the front of the mural, filling, and inpainting. Public is welcome to observe, but it is recommended that you call ahead to make sure work has not been completed: 610-432-4333 ext 110.


Art conservators Beth Nunan (left) and Meghan McCandless, part of Luca Bonetti's team, scrape pieces of plaster from the back of the Kline mural during the second phase of the restoration process, which took place in November in the Creativity Lab on Hamilton Street. The final cleaning and inpainting of the face of the mural will take place inside the Museum; the public is welcome to watch.

 

January 26 (Thursday)
Art @ Night—Free tour of the galleries
6 p.m.

Every Thursday the Museum’s galleries are open till 8 p.m., with free entry after 4 p.m. Tonight tour the exhibition Allentown X7.

 

January 29 (Sunday)
Free 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 in our Crayola Classroom in Art Ways, free. This month's theme New Year, New Art, learn about some recently created artworks!

2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the exhibition Allentown X7.
No reservation is needed to join the docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

 

After seven decades hanging in American Legion Post 314 in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, artist Franz Kline's large and expressive mural of his hometown will be welcomed today to its new and permanent home in the Museum's Trexler Gallery. A schedule of free events is planned to help celebrate—stop in to be a part of this historic happening.

Kline mural Lehighton

1 p.m.
Auditorium
Robert Mattison
, professor of fine arts at Lafayette College, will present a slideshow on artist Franz Kline and the history and significance of the Lehighton mural. Dr. Mattison is the author of Franz Kline: Coal and Steel (2012). Then, New York-based art conservator Luca Bonetti will speak on his experience cleaning, repairing, and restoring the 1946 mural. He will detail the discoveries that lead him to understand how the mural had been painted and installed. His assistant, Beth Nunan, will elaborate on some novel aspects of the conservation process. (Snow date: Sunday, February 5)

2 p.m.
Trexler Gallery

Lehighton historian Ronald Rabenold will stand near the mural to answer visitor questions about landmarks and town features depicted in the mural.


Above (l to r): Author and professor Bob Mattison; art conservators Luca Bonetti, Meghan McCandless, and Beth Nunan in the Legion with the rolled-up mural; below: historian Ronald Rabenold

 

February 1 (Wednesday)
50 Minutes Allentown X7 with Luke Wynne
12 - 12:50 p.m.

Join us on the first Wednesday of the month at noon, when artists, curators, and guest speakers present brief (about twenty fascinating minutes) gallery talks 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 at Ticketleap. This month, Luke Wynne talks about the exhibition Allentown X7.  Luke Wynne has been an editorial, advertising, and portrait photographer working on both coasts for more than thirty years. He’s been published in Andy Warhol’s Interview, Cosmopolitan, and New York magazines. In January 2011 he was awarded an NEA grant for his urban landscape photographs in Art in the Urban Environment.

February 2 (Thursday)
Poetry Out Loud 2017

Experience the passion of poetry and the beauty of the spoken word on Thursday evening, February 2, when area high school students compete in the regional finals of the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Competition at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley. Admission is free to all.

Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Allentown Art Museum, Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

Students from schools in Carbon, Northampton, Lehigh, Monroe, and Southeastern Pike Counties will compete in the Museum’s regional competition. The winner will advance to the state competition on Monday, March 6, 2017, in Harrisburg. State champions will advance to the National Finals, to take place in May 2017 in Washington, D.C.




 

 

February 5 (Sunday)
Cherish: A Photography Workshop with Dan Talley and Nicki Stager
12:30-3:30 p.m.

Dan Talley, photographer and faculty at Kutztown University, and Nicki Stager, photographer and faculty at Nazareth High School, invite the public to participate in a collaborative project that focuses on objects, people, and their stories. Inspired by Dan Talley’s work in Allentown X 7, participants are asked to bring a cherished object to be photographed by the photographers, described by the objects’ owners, and filmed as part of an online project. Objects should be able to be comfortably carried and no larger than a shopping bag.  Call the Museum, 610-432-4333 or reserve at Ticketleap. Members $20, nonmembers $30

Gala 2017
April 8 (Saturday)
6:30 p.m.-midnight

Join us for a black-tie celebration in support of the Museum 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.