Town Hall: The Big Reveal @ The Art Museum


October 19 (Third Thursday)
Town Hall: The Big Reveal
5-9 p.m.

Join us at 5 p.m. for a groundbreaking announcement. The Museum is moving in a new direction, focusing on bringing real and transformative change to our community. Your presence will help launch this bold new journey that we'll take TOGETHER. Let us know you are coming by registering here.


Then, starting at 5:30, you’ll experience art, music, dance, poetry, discussions, and more—the Museum will come alive. Admission is free, as it is every Third Thursday starting at 4 p.m., with a full schedule of free activities and events planned throughout the evening; see below for the complete lineup. For other Third Thursday art happenings, visit


5:30-7 p.m.
Free adult workshop on mosaics

Local artist Kim Hogan will help adults explore the theme “How do you see nature?” through the medium of mosaic. The workshop will encourage participants to gain a new appreciation of the creative process inherent in art-making. With a focus on tactile engineering and collaboration, the works created will become a community installation that allows each participant to contribute a lasting piece of work to the Museum. Free, and all materials will be provided.


5:30 p.m.
Movie: Regarding Susan Sontag

From her early infatuation with books to her first experience in a gay bar, and from her early marriage to her fifteen-year relationship with legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, Regarding Susan Sontag (100 mins) is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism continue to resonate today. This beautifully constructed documentary tracks Sontag’s life through evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words as read by Patricia Clarkson.


5:30–7 p.m.
Creative explosion of talent

Poets Matt Wolf and Cleveland Wall perform to the free jazz and improvised music created by drummer and bassist Jared C. Balogh; guitarists Edmond Cho and Joel Kromer; saxophonist Jack Wright; and sounds by Url Kunkel.

Jared C. Balogh is a musician/composer from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  His music has appeared in national ads, short films, Hollywood/independent movies, animations, documentaries, educational videos, web commercials, performing arts, radio, podcast, video games, phone applications, and more.

Pink Hex jam, including Jared Balogh


6. p.m.
Free tour through the exhibitionsThe Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society and American Vistas
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902), Autumn Woods, 1886. Oil on linen. The New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mrs. Albert Bierstadt, 1910.11

6:30–9 p.m.
Spanish Poetry Night w/ Allentown Public Theatre

This month’s Theatre Café features readings of Spanish-language poetry from well-loved and new sources alike. Directed by Louise Howard.

Robert Henri (1865-1929), Isolina Maldonado, Spanish Dancer, 1921, oil on canvas. Allentown Art Museum, gift of Dr. and Mrs. John Altobelli, 1996


7-8 p.m.
Listen Up! An introduction to Harry Bertoia

Composer and percussionist Doug Ovens introduces and plays several of the Harry Bertoia sounding sculptures on display in Trexler Gallery as prelude to the world-premiere performance of his composition Visible Music with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra on November 4 and 5, and the opening of the exhibition Reverberations: Sound Sculptures by Harry Bertoia in the Museum on November 19. Symphony conductor Diane Wittry will talk about the sculptures as instruments and Ovens's composition.

Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), Tonal, ca. 1969, copper and brass. Allentown Art Museum, gift of Brigitta Bertoia, 1981


7–8:30 p.m.
Frame 37 Visual Dialogue Series: Dialogue #1

Visual Dialogues is a series of three conversations hosted by the Allentown Art Museum between visitors and Frame 37. Frame 37 consists of photographers Theo Anderson, Ed Eckstein, and Luke Wynne and photo historian Chris Karfakis.

Did You See That? is the first Dialogue of the series, a serious conversation about photography and seeing for photographers and nonphotographers alike. With insight and humor we’ll explore together how seeing intersects with all aspects of our lives.

To get the conversation started you are encouraged to bring images to the Museum that please you, confound you, or that you have created.

Details on additional Dialogues will follow.

Frame 37 (l to r): Luke Wynne, Theo Anderson, Chris Karfakis, and Ed Eckstein