Current Exhibitions

Japonisme: Landscapes

Wed, 02/01/2017 - Thu, 04/20/2017

Western artists and designers alike drew inspiration from Japanese art in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This stunning selection of landscape woodcuts and decorative arts objects captures the Japonisme aesthetic so popular in the West during this era and complements Frank Lloyd Wright’s Little Library, on permanent view at the Museum.

Special thanks to lender John Rossetti.

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Made in America: Industrial Photography from the Ungar Collection

Sun, 02/05/2017 - Sun, 05/14/2017

This exhibition features dynamic photography celebrating machinery and industrial workers. Exciting and heroic, these mid-century images build a narrative of industry as a symbol of American progress and prosperity. Made in America showcases selections from the recent gift of 160 photographs donated to the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley by Jon and Nicky Ungar.

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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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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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Building Bridges

Sun, 11/13/2016 - Sun, 03/05/2017

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.

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Silk for an Industrial Age

Wed, 02/15/2017 - Sun, 05/21/2017

This exhibition showcases printed silk fabrics that celebrate the modern lifestyle made possible by science and industry. During the 1920s, Americans marveled at technologies like electricity, cars, and radios that transformed daily life. This enthusiasm continued in the 1930s but was colored by the Depression—many hoped that science and industry could solve problems like poverty and unemployment.

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