Franz Kline mural unveiled!

Date

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.

Today, 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 to its new and permanent home in the Museum's Trexler Gallery. A day full of free events is planned to help celebrate—stop in to be a part of this historic happening.


Franz Kline, 1960, photograph by Bert Stern. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

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: coal-region historian Ronald Rabenold

 

ALSO HAPPENING TODAY

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 needed, just check in at the front desk.

Luke Wynne's Yellow Post