Current Exhibitions

Warren Rohrer: The Language of Mark Making

Sun, 10/23/2016 - Sun, 01/22/2017

One of Philadelphia’s leading abstract painters of the late twentieth century, Warren Rohrer (19271995) was profoundly inspired by the rural landscape of nearby Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The language of his painting and drawing of the early 1990s is poetic in its ambiguity, an ambiguity filled with field and furrow, pictograph and palimpsest, rhythm, nature, and abstraction.

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Anthony Viscardi: Shadow Landings

Fri, 11/04/2016 - Sun, 03/26/2017

Lehigh University architecture professor and artist Anthony Viscardi worked throughout the summer of 2016 in a glass-walled studio, the Creativity Lab on Hamilton Street in downtown Allentown, that allowed passersby to witness the creative process firsthand. The monumental three-dimensional mural that resulted is the centerpiece of Shadow Landings, an immersive art installation that builds on the artist’s prior exploration of the shadow as a mapping of space and time. Visitors become part of the work as their own shadows mingle with those created by the installation.

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Allentown X 7: Photographic Explorations

Sun, 11/13/2016 - Sun, 02/05/2017

Work from seven area photographers was commissioned for this exhibition, the only guideline being that their art needed to represent Allentown. The resulting body of work includes everything from sensitive portraits and intriguing cityscapes to graffiti painted with light, digitally collaged landscapes, and photography informed by psychics.

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Greetings: Holiday Cards by Artists

Wed, 11/23/2016 - Sun, 02/05/2017

Celebrate the season by stopping in to see this exhibition of hand-printed holiday cards made by fine artists! Spanning the 1920s to the 1970s, these works on paper were imbued with personal meaning and inscribed to friends. Twenty rarely seen pieces from the Museum's collection and others on loan provide a intimate look into the lives of such artists as Blanche Lazzell, Stanley William Hayter, Dorothy Dehner, Tod Lindenmuth, and Sue Fuller.

Special thanks to Susan Teller Gallery, New York, and collector John Rossetti.

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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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American Fiber Art: Selections from the Collection

Wed, 07/20/2016 - Sun, 12/11/2016

This installation draws on the Museum’s important textile holdings to offer a glimpse into the exciting world of fiber art. Its six works complement the paintings, sculptures, and prints also on view in Butz Gallery, offering a fuller understanding of American art since World War II. The featured artists employ embroidery, weaving, and quilting in both traditional and unexpected ways. By challenging the typically functional role of textiles, they comment on issues such as sexism, industrialization, and the boundary between craft and art.

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The Arts and Crafts Movement in the American West

Wed, 10/26/2016 - Sun, 01/29/2017

Featuring a selection of color relief prints and pottery made in California and the western United States between 1910 and 1930, this new installation of recent acquisitions and loans from private collections complements the harmonious ideals of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Little Library, on permanent view at the Museum. With a beauty and simplicity that reflects respect for natural forms and materials as well as the value of the handmade, these pieces by Gustave Baumann, Frances Gearhart, Pedro J. Lemos, William S.

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Building Bridges

Sun, 11/13/2016 - Sun, 02/05/2017

Building Bridges features photographs submitted by the community in response to an open call to “Show Us Your Allentown.” Each image has a distinct voice and illuminates social issues, community needs, or concerns that are central to the city. This exhibition is part of the Building Bridges Project, a collaboration between seven Allentown not-for-profit organizations, with the goal of effecting social change.

Buiding Bridges is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Provident Bank Foundation.

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