Current Exhibitions

Our Strength Is Our People: The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine

Sat, 06/04/2016 - Sun, 10/02/2016

Photographer Lewis Hine (18741940) saw his work as both art and a tool for social change. Beginning in 1905 he photographed immigrants at Ellis Island, hoping his sympathetic images would combat xenophobia. His interest in the lives of working class Americans led him to photograph immigrant steel workers and subsequently join the crusade against child labor. He smuggled his camera into textile mills and glassworks, capturing sobering images of kids at work that eventually led to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

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Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

Sun, 06/26/2016 - Sun, 10/02/2016

This exhibition presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-twentieth century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. It presents works in all media by seventy-one leading modern and contemporary artists. Artists featured reflect the diversity of Latino communities in the United States, showcasing artists of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican descent, as well as other Latin American groups with deep roots here. Our America is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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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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Hiroshige: Views of Japan

Wed, 07/20/2016 - Sun, 10/23/2016

Depicted with attention to time of day, weather, and season, Andō Hiroshige's (17971858) landscapes demonstrate sensitivity to the beauty of Japan’s natural topography, as well as to the human influence on it. On view are woodblock prints from his celebrated series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road, along with impressions from Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji and One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.

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Intersections: Dianne Smith

Thu, 08/25/2016 - Sun, 10/23/2016

Using the Langston Hughes poem I, Too as a point of departure, Harlem-based artist Dianne Smith showcases a series of reflections by Allentown residents on the lived experience of “I, too, sing America.” The photographic portaits and oral histories on display in Fuller Gallery were created during Dianne's spring–summer residency with a goal of fostering a deeper sense of understanding and trust between the community and the Museum.

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