Current Exhibitions

Shared Treasure: The Legacy of Samuel H. Kress

Sun, 10/16/2011 - Sun, 01/15/2012

The museum reopened its galleries by welcoming the return of art from the Kress Collection to its walls with Shared Treasure: The Legacy of Samuel H. Kress, a special exhibition which celebrates the 50th anniversary of this important gift. The exhibition honors the vision and philanthropy of Samuel Kress and his desire to enrich the cultural life of the nation by presenting almost 3,000 works of European art to museums, universities, and other institutions across the United States.

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Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present

Sat, 02/11/2012 - Sun, 05/13/2012

 Learn more about the exhibit by watching Who Shot Rock & Roll here!

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At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic

Sun, 06/03/2012 - Sun, 09/09/2012

“All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.  What right have we then to depreciate imagination?”  --Carl Jung

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Walker Evans & The American Social Landscape Photographers

Sun, 10/07/2012 - Sun, 01/13/2013

Walker Evans’s landmark photographs of Easton, Bethlehem, and other nearby locations were part of his work that changed the course of photographic history, especially in America.  In the 1930s, Evans created these and other images as part of federally sponsored programs that hired photographers to document America during the Great Depression. However, unlike earlier documentary photographers, Evans rejected Victorian notions of sentimentality and narrow-mindedness. Instead, his photographs are objective and open-minded.

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Fabulous Flappers: Fashion from the Ellie Laubner Collection

Sun, 02/03/2013 - Sun, 04/21/2013

EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 21!

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Haitian Art from The Rodale Family Collection

Sun, 02/03/2013 - Sun, 04/21/2013

The Museum is honored to exhibit approximately forty paintings by artists of Haiti. The exhibition is on display in the Rodale Gallery, an appropriate location given that the entire collection was acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rodale in 1986 from Jacques Lauriac, the founder of Partners for Development in Washington, D.C.

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Toulouse-Lautrec and His World

Sun, 06/02/2013 - Sun, 09/01/2013

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is thrilled to be one of the first venues outside of Europe—and the closest to Philadelphia and New York—to host Toulouse-Lautrec and His World. This popular exhibition is on loan from the collection of the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece, and focuses on the art and life of one of the most fascinating artists and personalities of the Belle Époque (Beautiful Era) in France, which dates from the late nineteenth century through World War I.

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Destinations in Paintings: The Kasten Collection

Sun, 05/18/2014 - Sun, 08/17/2014

The paintings in the exhibition Destinations in Paintings: Kasten Collection depict scenes from artists’ travels. Viewing them is like being transported to another time—from the 1860s through the 1920s—and to other places including Europe and Asia. During the second half of the nineteenth century, new modes of transportation (trains and luxury ships) made it possible for middle-class artists to study, live, and travel abroad.

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OF HEAVEN AND EARTH: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums

Sun, 06/08/2014 - Sun, 09/07/2014
With works by some of the greatest names in European art, Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums examines the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art, from the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the nineteenth century.
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Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos

Sun, 06/08/2014 - Sun, 09/07/2014

Los Caprichos, a set of eighty etchings by Spanish artist Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828), is one of the most influential series of graphic images in the history of Western art. Enigmatic and controversial, Los Caprichos—meaning “follies” or “caprices”―was created during a time of social repression and economic crisis in Spain. Influenced by Enlightenment thinking, Goya made a groundbreaking analysis of the human condition, denouncing superstitions and social abuses.

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Platinum Visions: Photographs by Thomas John Shillea

Wed, 07/02/2014 - Sun, 09/28/2014

Thomas Shillea’s photographs capture a full range of human feeling, from the poetic and spiritual to the dramatic and sensual. What is most striking is his consistency of vision: in portraits of ordinary people, studio nudes, drag queens, or celebrities, including Sissy Spacek and Coretta Scott King. Currently the Director of Art Programs at Northampton Community College, Shillea has an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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