Events

March 10 (Saturday)
Artist talk: Yinka Shonibare
3 p.m.

The Allentown Art Museum is one of two destinations in the United States where internationally acclaimed artist Yinka Shonibare MBE will speak in March. Shonibare will be here in Allentown to discuss his work upon the unveiling of his new sculpture Girl Balancing Knowledge III that was commissioned by the Museum.

The sculpture will be on temporary view in Trexler Gallery on Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11. The Museum will stay open until 7 p.m. on Saturday following Shonibare’s presentation, which begins at 3 p.m. Admission to Shonibare’s presentation is free with Museum admission, but seating is limited and available on a first-come basis only. To reserve your seat, click here now. For those unable to attend the talk on Saturday, the presentation will be recorded and played on Sunday in the Museum's auditorium.


Yinka Shonibare in his studio

 

This weekend represents a special opportunity to see the new commission ahead of the planned reinstallation of the Museum’s permanent collection, which is expected to be completed in 2019. Purchase of the unique sculpture was made possible by the Priscilla Payne Hurd Endowment Fund.


Yinka Shonibare MBE (British, born 1962), Girl Balancing Knowledge III, 2017, fiberglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile,
books, globe, leather, steel baseplate. Allentown Art Museum, purchase: Priscilla Payne Hurd Endowment Fund, 2018
 

About the Sculpture
In a series of sculptures entitled Balancing Knowledge, Yinka Shonibare addresses questions of identity in a complex, globalized society. This seminal acquisition is key for the Museum’s goal to engage the public with art that highlights varied cultural narratives and sparks discussion about contemporary issues like race and identity, issues that are compelling and thought-provoking.

Shonibare’s sculptures feature life-size child mannequins carrying teetering piles of books. Their dynamic poses suggest the challenges of obtaining an education, but also evoke energetic play and childish joy in learning and discovery. Each fiberglass mannequin has a globe for a head, a choice that Shonibare commonly makes in his work that lends itself to varying interpretations: a reference to globalization, a thirst for all-encompassing knowledge, or a way to avoid any racial markers of identity. He deliberately gives the mannequins in all of his works light brown skin in order to create racial ambiguity.

March 11 (Sunday)
FREE Fun Sunday
noon–4 p.m.

Admission to the Museum is free every Sunday thanks to generous support from City Center Allentown, the Gadomski Foundation and the Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust.

Today is the final day to see the Museum's newly commissioned sculpture by artist Yinka Shonibare this year. Click here for details.

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.
Explore the exhibition Women of Vision and then visit the Crayola Classroom to make your own masterpiece inspired by women artists.

1 p.m.
Documentary film series: Finding Vivian Maier
In honor of Women’s History Month, this documentary (83 mins) tells the story of Vivian Maier (1926–2009), who in 1951 took up work as a nanny and caregiver. In her leisure time, however, she had begun to venture into the art of photography. She would ultimately leave more than 100,000 negatives behind, assembling one of the most fascinating windows into American life in the second half of the 20th century.

 

2 p.m.
Free guided tour
No reservation is needed to join this guided tour of the special exhibition
Women of Vision: On Assignment with National Geographic Photographers, just check in at the front desk.

 

 

 

March 15 (Thursday)
Frame 37 photography discussion plus more on Third Thursday
4-8 p.m.

Stop by the Museum every Third Thursday for free admission to the galleries from 4 till 8 p.m. Enjoy the exhibitions, collection and following free activities. For a complete listing of all Third Thursday happenings downtown visit www.downtownallentown.com.

FEATURED TONIGHT

6:30 p.m.
Frame 37: Visual Dialogue Series, “Women in Photography”

This is the second in a series of conversations hosted by the Allentown Art Museum between its audience and Frame 37. Frame 37 consists of photographers Theo Anderson, Ed Eckstein and Luke Wynne and photo historian Chris Karfakis. Joining the group this time are photographers/artists Judith Ross, Susan Bank, Lydia Panas, Tracie Van Auken and Sharon Wohlmuth. Together the group will delve into the perspective that women bring to the image-making process, coinciding with the exhibition Women of Vision. You are encouraged to bring images to the Museum that you treasure or that you have made to spur discussion.


 

ALSO HAPPENING TONIGHT

5:30 p.m.
Cheers, Allentown! Wine tasting with Franklin Hill Vineyards

Start your evening at the Museum with a wine tasting and friends. Franklin Hill Vineyards will be providing samples of some of their many varieties of wine. You must be at least 21 years of age.

5:30 p.m.
Be Inspired! art workshop

Celebrate Women’s History Month with local artist Mallory Zontag for a hands-on textile workshop in our Crayola Classroom.

6 p.m.
Guided gallery tour

Hear about highlights of our permanent collection, including works related to Women’s History Month.

6 p.m.
Celebrate Women’s History Month with DJ Cherish

DJ CherishTheLuv is an international mobile audio and video DJ who’s played events in NYC, DC, PA, LA, Chicago, Hawaii, Canada and Europe. Tonight she’s providing the soundtrack for Third Thursday @ The Art Museum. You’ll also see and hear her DJing the Blue Bird Party Bus riding around in New York City.

 

6 p.m.
Documentary film series:
Finding Vivian Maier
In honor of Women’s History Month, this documentary (83 mins) tells the story of Vivian Maier (1926–2009), who in 1951 took up work as a nanny and caregiver. In her leisure time, however, she had begun to venture into the art of photography. She would ultimately leave more than 100,000 negatives behind, assembling one of the most fascinating windows into American life in the second half of the 20th century.

 

6:30 p.m.
Trivia: How much do you know?

Test your knowledge every Third Thursday at our Arts and Culture Trivia, with questions ranging from 16-century art to contemporary culture.

Closing day of NEW GEOGRAPHY
noon-4 p.m.

Today is the final day to see the exhibition New Geography: Photographs by Marilyn Bridges.


Marilyn Bridges, Circles along the Hudson, New York City, 1985, Gelatin silver print.
 

March 18 (Sunday)
FREE Fun Sunday
noon–4 p.m.

Admission to the Museum is free every Sunday thanks to generous support from City Center Allentown, the Gadomski Foundation and the Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust.

Today is opening day of an exhibition of photographs taken by participants of the Museum’s teen photography workshop earlier this month that explored photojournalism through the lens of the exhibition Women of Vision.

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.
Explore the exhibition Women of Vision and then visit the Crayola Classroom to make your own masterpiece inspired by women artists. 

1 p.m.
Documentary film series: Chisholm ’72
Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman elected to Congress, in 1968, and in 1972 she became the first black woman to run for president. Shunned by the political establishment, she was supported by African Americans, feminists and young voters. In honor of Women’s History Month, this documentary (75 mins) captures her supporters’ campaign-trail adventures: frenzied, fierce and fundamentally right on!

 

 

2 p.m.
Free guided tour
No reservation is needed to join this guided tour of the special exhibition
Women of Vision: On Assignment with National Geographic Photographers, just check in at the front desk.


Jodi Cobb: A woman in Florence, Italy, savors the message on a large greeting card, This Thing Called Love, February 2006, Florence, Italy.From the exhibition Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment, organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society.

 

 

March 20 (Tuesday)
Yoga Tuesdays with Easton Yoga
12:30-1:20 p.m.

Join us for Yoga Tuesdays that will help you relax, renew and refresh your inner peace. In our Kress Gallery you will be transported through the sounds of music and voice to relaxation and serenity. Yoga has been found to have countless benefits, and no prior experience is needed. A practiced instructor from Easton Yoga will guide the class through traditional yoga movements and poses that will both strengthen your body and calm your mind.
 

Reserve your spot now by clicking here. Register for four sessions and get the fifth one free. If you have questions, contact Abby at asimmons [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org.

Also offered (same time) on April 17 and May 1 & 15.