FABULOUS FLAPPERS and HAITIAN ART Exhibits Extended

For Immediate Release
March 26, 2013
Media Contact:
Chris Potash
(610) 432-4333 ext. 125

 

 

“FABULOUS FLAPPERS” AND “HAITIAN ART” EXHIBITS EXTENDED

Summer exhibit “Toulouse-Lautrec and His World” opening June 2   

Allentown, PA—The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is extending the run of its two current special exhibitions. Originally scheduled to close on April 14, Fabulous Flappers: Fashion from the Ellie Laubner Collectionand Haitian Art from the Rodale Family Collection will be open to the public an extra week, through Sunday, April 21.

Fabulous Flappers, in the Museum’s Scheller Gallery, transports visitors back in time to the fascinating decade of the 1920s with a stunning display of approximately 150 items worn by Flappers and their beaus to beaches, football games, tea dances, weddings, night clubs, and speakeasies. Bead-encrusted evening gowns, figure-flattening lingerie, bridal wear, sportswear, shoes, and jewelry defined the Flappers fashion sense. All of the pieces in the exhibit come from the collection of Allentown resident and author Ellie Laubner.

Haitian Art from the Rodale Family Collection includes painting and sculpture by select artists of Haiti on display in the Museum’s Rodale Gallery, an appropriate location given that most of the collection was acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rodale. The works are surprisingly expressive, colorful, and dynamic and feature animals, lush landscapes both real and imagined, wedding ceremonies, colorful city scenes, and Vodou (Voodoo) imagery, which is prevalent in Haiti.

Two upcoming lectures at the Museum will give visitors even greater insight into Haitian Art and our exhibit. On Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m., Randall Morris of the Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York will talk “On Haitian Art” as well as tribal art. Then on Sunday, April 14, at 1 p.m. poster artist Michael Thompson will talk on The Poster, the Creative Activist, and Positive Change.” Thompson, from the island of Jamaica but now based near Easton, Pennsylvania, goes by the artist name of Freestylee and has gained worldwide recognition for his moving visuals inspired by world events such as the Occupy Movement and Haitian earthquake relief. Admission to each talk is $5 for members, $15 for nonmembers. For more info call the Museum at 610-432-4333. Hi-res image to illustrate April 14 lecture is attached.

And following these exhibits,the Museum is thrilled to announce that this summer it will be one of the first venues outside of Europe—and the closest to Philadelphia and New York—to host Toulouse-Lautrec and His World.This traveling exhibition is on loan from the collection of the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece, and focuses on the art and life of one of the most fascinating artists and personalities of the Belle Époque (Beautiful Era) in France: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Lautrec lived in Paris during this colorful time of cabarets and cafés, and he captured its famous singers, actors, and other characters in his highly celebrated posters, prints, caricatures, and sketches. At the center of this crowd-pleasing exhibition—which will fill the Scheller and Rodale galleries on the Museum’s second floor from June 2 to September 1, 2013, with a preview party on June 1—is a rare collection of original works on paper, including the color lithographs used for such famous Lautrec posters as Mademoiselle Eglantine’s Troupe—depicting four women dancing the Can-Can. Hi-res image of this work is attached to email  (as Toulouse-Lautrec) for promotional use; please include caption below if you run the photo.

 

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901), Mademoiselle Eglantine’s Troupe, 1896, color lithograph. From the collection of Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece

 

 

For more images to illustrate events and exhibitions, contact Chris Potash, Manager of Marketing and PR,(610) 432-4333, ext 125, cpotash [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org

 

The Allentown Art Museum would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support:

 

Season Sponsors 2012–2013

Amaranth Foundation

The Nolan P. Benner Jr. Family

The Century Fund

William and Phyllis Grube

Knoll

Rodale

 

Media Sponsors

Adams Outdoor Advertising

The Morning Call

Viamedia

 

 

Exhibition Sponsors

 

Fabulous Flappers: Fashion from the Ellie Laubner Collection

Major Sponsors

The Leon C. and June W. Holt Endowment

The Harry C. Trexler Trust

 

Sustaining Sponsors

Allentown Art Museum Auxiliary

The Audrey and Bernard Berman Endowment Fund

Lehigh Valley Style

RCN of Pennsylvania

 

Supporting Sponsors

Ellie Laubner

The Express-Times

ICON

Lehigh Valley Woman

Senior Style

WDIY 88.1 FM—Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio

 

Haitian Art from the Rodale Family Collection

Major Sponsor

The Leon C. and June W. Holt Endowment

 

Sustaining Sponsor

The Audrey and Bernard Berman Endowment Fund

 

Supporting Sponsors

The Express-Times

ICON

Lehigh Valley Woman

Senior Style

WDIY 88.1 FM—Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio

 

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