Current Exhibitions

Revolutionizing Design: Progressive Home Decorating at the Turn of the Century

Wed, 05/31/2017 - Sun, 02/04/2018

In the late nineteenth century, artists and designers demanded a radical break with the mass-produced, “more is more” aesthetic of the Victorian era. Revolutionizing Design unites textiles and furnishings by these European and American design reformers who laid the foundation for modern design.

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A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania

Sun, 06/25/2017 - Sun, 09/03/2017

With a belief in art’s aesthetic, emotional, and spiritual value, and the importance of sharing it, Philadelphia resident Paul Kania has generously donated more than two hundred and fifty works to the Museum since 1996. A Collecting Spirit celebrates these gifts, featuring one hundred and fifty pieces by thirty artists, including Georges Rouault, Thomas Lias, and Clare Leighton.

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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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Designing for the Loom: Drawings by William Geskes

Fri, 03/31/2017 - Thu, 11/02/2017

For more than forty years, William Geskes (1877-1962) created designs for Paterson, New Jersey, silk manufacturers. This exhibition features a selection of his drawings, which silk factories would have translated into repeated patterns to be woven as fabric. Geskes’ striking designs, which range from graceful floral motifs to wildly colored abstractions, provide a fascinating glimpse into the textile industry in the first half of the twentieth century.

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Wed, 08/09/2017 - Sun, 12/03/2017

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