Current Exhibitions

The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society

Fri, 09/29/2017 - Sun, 12/31/2017

Vast primal landscapes. Awe-inspiring vistas. Sunlight-infused rivers, forests, and rocky cliffs. The nineteenth century brought a new art movement to America—one that was uniquely its own, celebrating the young nation’s stunning natural beauty and emerging identity.

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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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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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Collage, Assemblage, and Appropriation

Sun, 06/25/2017 - Sun, 10/29/2017

This installation highlights imaginative work that artists have created from readymade materials. In collage and assemblage, artists bring together two- or three-dimensional objects ranging from traditional art supplies to random everyday objects. In appropriation art, on the other hand, an artist borrows or imitates the work of another artist to create a new work of art. Eleven selections from the collection, including works by Larry Rivers, Ilse Getz, and Claes Oldenburg, explore the important role that these three processes have played in twentieth-century and contemporary art.

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

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