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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Reverberations: Sound Sculptures by Harry Bertoia

Sun, 11/19/2017 - Sun, 01/07/2018

Harry Bertoia spent more than a decade creating works of art that were also musical instruments. These innovative sculptures explore the relationship between form and sound. Reverberations presents a selection of Bertoia’s sound sculptures that were premiered at the Allentown Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Visible Music on November 4 and 5 by composer Doug Ovens. This newly commissioned musical composition will be included in the exhibition.

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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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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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Rhythm and Movement

Wed, 11/22/2017 - Sun, 03/25/2018

This installation features contemporary art that addresses themes of pattern and motion. These topics have proved fruitful for contemporary artists looking to capture the dynamic world around them; the works in this rotation dive into concepts as varied as optical illusion and the Underground Railroad. From the pulsing figures of Keith Haring to the tricks that Jésus Rafael Soto’s sculptures play on the eyes, these pieces offer diverse perspectives on the ideas of rhythm and movement.

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