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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Tod Lindenmuth

Wed, 09/02/2015 - Sun, 10/16/2016

Marine scenes in shades of blue and aqua by Tod Lindenmuth (1885-1976) are currently on view in the Decorative Arts Corridor, and one of the artist's paintings is on display in Trexler Gallery. The Allentown-born artist known as a founder of the Provincetown Printmakers created these color woodcuts and linocuts during time spent on the Cape Cod and Florida shores. The prints complement Arts and Crafts pottery from the collection, also on view.

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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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