Current Exhibitions

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

Sun, 01/17/2016 - Sun, 05/15/2016

This Light of Ours presents the Southern Freedom Movement through the visions and voices of eight men and one woman who lived and worked in the South between 1963 and 1967. Unlike images produced by photojournalists, who covered breaking news events, these nine photographers lived within the movement—primarily within the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) framework—and documented its activities by focusing on the local people and student activists who together made it happen.

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Tod Lindenmuth

Wed, 09/02/2015 - Sun, 10/16/2016

Marine scenes in shades of blue and aqua by Tod Lindenmuth (1885-1976) are currently on view in the Decorative Arts Corridor, and one of the artist's paintings is on display in Trexler Gallery. The Allentown-born artist known as a founder of the Provincetown Printmakers created these color woodcuts and linocuts during time spent on the Cape Cod and Florida shores. The prints complement Arts and Crafts pottery from the collection, also on view.

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The Plain and Ornamental Branches: A Sampling of Pennsylvania’s Girlhood Embroideries

Wed, 12/30/2015 - Sun, 05/29/2016

A century after the establishment of William Penn’s “Holy Experiment” in British America, Pennsylvania was home to ethnically and religiously diverse groups of settlers who had already begun to develop the distinctive artistic styles that would characterize the region for the next hundred years. Nowhere are these styles more in evidence than in the needlework accomplishments of Pennsylvania’s daughters.

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Transcultural: A Mural by Rigo Peralta

Wed, 01/06/2016 - Sun, 01/14/2018

The Museum commissioned Dominican-born, Allentown-based artist Rigo Peralta to create the first-ever mural in the vestibule at the entrance to the Museum. Incorporating imagery from Taino and Mayan architecture and building on the tradition of heroic figures in mural painting, Peralta’s work addresses both personal and regional identity and history. The dynamism of his human forms belies their subservience to technology, as they meld into an industrial tableau of gears and cogs.

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