Public to Rediscover one of the Lehigh Valley’s Greatest Treasures

Jennifer Gora
Marketing & PR Manager
610-432-4333, extension 125
jgora [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org

Allentown, Pa. – The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is preparing to reopen its doors to the public on October 16, 2011 after being closed for almost a year to undergo a major renovation and expansion.

“The excitement is building,” said President and CEO Brooks Joyner. “Our staff is working diligently to reopen all floors of the museum so that the full breadth of our magnificent renovation and expansion can be appreciated.”

The museum’s inaugural exhibition Shared Treasure: The Legacy of Samuel H. Kress celebrates the 50th anniversary of the gifting of the Kress Collection of Early European Art. It features 40 key selections from the museum’s permanent collection as well as 30 additional works borrowed from other museums and institutions such as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the National Gallery of Art.

Along with the Shared Treasure opening exhibition, the museum has an incredible schedule planned for the upcoming year. Filled with special events, lectures, and traveling exhibits, this promises to be an unforgettable season.

Shared Treasure: The Legacy of Samuel H. Kress
The Kress Collection owes its origins to a substantial gift of 51 works from the collector and philanthropist Samuel H. Kress, which came to the museum in 1960 and 1961. The Kress Collection is the centerpiece of the museum, serving as a unique cultural resource to the region. This group of works features a concise, balanced survey that reflects the spectrum of Renaissance and Baroque art, including a fine selection of Italian, Dutch, Flemish, and rare German paintings, as well as works of early European sculpture. Since the initial Kress gift, the museum has supplemented its strength in these areas by acquiring additional works of art, including an impressive selection of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish paintings. It can be said that the Kress Collection formed the museum’s collecting philosophy, leading it to pursue complementary collections of paintings, decorative arts, works on paper, and textiles.

Shared Treasure will run October 16, 2011 – January 15, 2012

Shared Treasure Sponsors
Special support and funding provided by: The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Presenting Sponsor: The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Major Exhibition Sponsor: The Leon C. and June W. Holt Endowment; M&T Bank; WDIY 88.1FM, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio

Sustaining Sponsor: Amaranth Foundation; The Audrey and Bernard Berman Endowment Fund; The Express-Times and LehighValleyLive.com; The Weiner Family Foundation

Supporting Sponsor: ICON

Upcoming Events
Shared Treasure Preview Party – Saturday, October 15th, 6-8pm  (members free, non-members $15)

Museum Reopening – Sunday, October 16th, 1-4pm (Free Sunday)

  • Guided Express Tours of Shared Treasure: The Legacy of Samuel H. Kress
  • Guided Express Tours of the new construction

Docent- or Educator-led tours of 20 to 25 minutes, describing the scope and highlights of the Kress Collection and the new construction.

Much Ado About Everything Family Festival – Sunday, October 23rd, 12-4pm
Gather your family and friends and join the medieval madness at our “Much Ado About Everything” family fall festival. Enjoy an afternoon full of inspired art activities, special performances, wandering minstrels, and much more! All ages are invited to wear and show off their unique Renaissance-inspired costumes. Discover something new and wonderful in our Shared Treasure exhibition, as well as all of the art treasures in our new and expanded galleries. Don’t be a court jester and miss all the revelry at the museum.

Noon Talk – Wednesday, November 2nd (Goodman Gallery)
Guests Jacquie Atkins and Starr Siegele will do a 60-minute gallery talk on two exhibitions: Heaven on Earth:  Textiles of the Renaissance and Baroque and Noble Impressions: Renaissance and Baroque Master Prints from the Permanent Collection.

Cocktails & Collecting – Saturday, November 5th, 6pm
Join us for the museum's fall fundraising event. Browse and purchase artwork from more than 20 accomplished artists from New York, Philadelphia, and the Lehigh Valley and see the world through their eyes. Museum curators will be on hand to walk you through the art and help you build your own collection.

Appetite for Art – Tuesday, November 8th, 12-1:30pm
Join museum President and CEO Brooks Joyner for lunch and lecture on Frans Snyder’s Game Stall at Market.

Shared Treasure: Conserving the Kress Collection
Join Dianne Modestini and Nica Gutman of NYU Conservation Center and learn how they conserve the Kress Collection and the Kress Foundation’s approach to conservation.

Art After Hours – Thursday, November 17th, 5:30-8pm
Renaissance Lights
During the Renaissance, life’s milestones were marked in celebrations and light. Help us celebrate our own renaissance with a bright evening of food, drink, and entertainment inspired by our Shared Treasure: The Legacy of Samuel H. Kress exhibition. Sample themed hors d’oeuvres and regional wines and catch a performance by a madrigal or two.