Fall 2016 exhibitions announced

August 31, 2016

                                          ART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES FALL 2016 EXHIBITONS
                         Photography, painting, election-themed shows showcase local and regional artists

Allentown, PA—The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley this fall will present several locally curated exhibitions that show off the range of creative activity happening across media across the region. From commissioned and amateur photographs of Allentown, to a 3-D mural by a Bethlehem-based architect and a rare grouping of abstract works by a renowned Philadelphia painter, there’s some new angle, some fresh perspective, some surprising visual experience for almost every artistic taste.

October 19–November 13, 2016
Hues of Red and Blue: The 2016 Presidential Election
Payne Hurd Gallery

The Museum has partnered with RE:find Gallery to challenge Lehigh Valley artists to respond to the upcoming presidential election and the issues surrounding it. Election-themed artworks that are submitted on October 1 and accepted by a jury will be shown in the Museum and the Gallery. For details go to AllentownArtMuseum.org.

October 23, 2016–January 22, 2017
Warren Rohrer: The Language of Mark Making
Rodale Gallery

One of Philadelphia’s leading abstract painters of the late twentieth century, Warren Rohrer (1927–1995) was profoundly inspired by the rural landscape of nearby Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. This Museum-curated exhibition will explore the mystery of the artist’s late work, bringing together a unique selection from institutions and private collections throughout the country. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition, with essays by art writer David Carrier and the Museum's vice-president of curatorial and education, Elaine Mehalakes.

November 2, 2016–March 26, 2017
Anthony Viscardi: Shadow Landings
Trexler Hall

Lehigh University professor, architect, and artist Anthony Viscardi has been attracting curious onlookers to his glass-walled studio at 515 Hamilton Street—the Creativity Lab, a joint venture of the Art Museum and City Center Lehigh Valley—since mid-summer, allowing passersby to witness his creative process firsthand. The monumental three-dimensional mural he’s constructing is the centerpiece of Shadow Landings, an immersive art installation that builds on his prior exploration of the shadow as a mapping of space and time. When it’s finished and installed in the Museum’s Trexler Hall in November, visitors will become part of the work as their own shadows mingle with those created by the installation. Till then, take your chances stopping by the Creativity Lab to see if the artist is in, or visit on Third Thursdays (September 15 and October 20) from 6:30 till 8 p.m. for an open studio.

November 13, 2016–February 5, 2017
Allentown X 7: Photographic Explorations
Scheller and Fowler Galleries

Work from seven area photographers was commissioned for this exhibition, the only guideline being that they needed to depict Allentown. The resulting body of work—ten images each—includes everything from sensitive portraits and intriguing cityscapes to graffiti painted with light, digitally collaged landscapes, and photography informed by psychics. Featured is new work by Theo Anderson, Vicki DaSilva, Rose DeSiano, Ed Eckstein, Larry Fink, Dan R. Talley, and Luke Wynne. While produced independently, the artists’ works address common themes, such as the city’s relationship to the past and future. This complex portrait of Allentown today reveals the city’s challenges, beauty, and ongoing transformation. Allentown X 7 is guest curated by Luke Wynne.

November 13, 2016 – February 5, 2017
Building Bridges
Fuller and Community Galleries

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.


Continuing into the fall:

Through October 23, 2016
Intersections: Dianne Smith
Fuller Gallery

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 portraits and oral histories captured on video were created during Dianne's summer residency, when she interviewed business owners and residents about their experiences moving to and living in Allentown, with a goal of fostering a deeper sense of understanding and trust between the community and the Museum.

Through October 23, 2016
Hiroshige: Views of Japan
Decorative Arts Corridor

Andō Hiroshige's (1797–1858) 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. These prints, a small selection of more than fourteen hundred Japanese prints in the Museum’s collection, are hung adjacent to the 1912–15 library designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, referencing the influence of Japanese aesthetics on Wright.

Transcultural: A Mural by Rigo Peralta
Museum Vestibule

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 with bursts of color inspired by the landscape of the Dominican Republic, Peralta’s birthplace.

ALSO : When you visit the Museum this fall, don’t miss these new features:

FLW Goes Digital!
Experience our Frank Lloyd Wright–designed library in a new way by interacting with an in-gallery iPad app. Explore the history of the room, learn about its furnishings, and discover Wright’s sources of inspiration for his architecture with this exciting new digital tool designed by curatorial assistant Claire McRee to bring technology into the Museum.

Steel-industry sculptures in Arts Park
Two towering bronze sculptures that were in storage for the past six years have been reunited in Allentown’s Arts Park. The pair, a masculine steelworker and a thoughtful female figure representing metallurgical science, were commissioned in 1902 by Charles Schwab and created by the preeminent French academic artist Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824–1904). They were gifted to the Museum in 1982 by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation and welcomed visitors in the Museum’s portico and on its terrace before being removed in 2010 in advance of the Museum’s most recent renovation. They are now back in Allentown and can be viewed day or night in Arts Park, across from the Museum.


The Allentown Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that participates in the cultural, educational, and economic life of the Lehigh Valley. Defined by a unique combination of tradition and innovation, our collections, educational partnerships, collaborative and community based programs, and exhibitions are dedicated to inspiring the broadest possible public engagement, access, and service. For more information please visit AllentownArtMuseum.org.


For more information contact: 
Chris Potash
(610) 432-4333 ext 125
cpotash [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org