Museum Videos, Audio, Radio

Linda Ferber talk about Nature

On September 28, 2017, on the eve of the opening of the special exhibition The Poerty of Nature, Linda Ferber of the New-York Historical Society talked to Museum members about the Hudson River School painters and their works on display in the exhibition, which ran through December 31.



Video tease of The Poetry of Nature

Vast primal landscapes. Awe-inspiring vistas. Sunlight-infused rivers, forests, and rocky cliffs. See it all in the exhibition The Poetry of Nature, comprised of some forty paintings by twenty-five artists ranging in date from 1818 to 1886, all conceived in the style of the Hudson River School. Organized by the New-York Historical Society and presented at the Allentown Art Museum in honor of the art historian Dr. Martha Hutson-Saxton, the exhibition closes December 31, 2017.



Video tour of A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania

The Art Museum's summer 2017 exhibition (June 25-September 3, 2017) is so large and diverse that a little background adds to the enjoyment. A Collecting Spirit features one hundred and fifty pieces generously donated over the last twenty years by Philadelphia resident Paul Kania, who is guided in his collecting by a belief in art’s aesthetic, emotional, and spiritual valueand the importance of sharing it. Included in the exhibition, installed over four galleries, are works by thirty artists: Georges Rouault; Thomas Lias; Clare Leighton; Stanley William Hayter, including some of his copper plates; and contemporary lithographs from the renowned Tamarind Institute by David Row, Daniel Brice, and Linn Meyers; more.


The story behind Franz Kline's mural Lehighton

In the fall of 2016 the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley acquired a large mural painted by Franz Kline of his hometown, Lehighton, Pennsylvania, in 1945. This video shows how the mural became part of the fabric of the community—located just a half-hour north of Allentown—and how the Museum restored and displayed Lehighton, now preserved and accessible to a general audience.



Spotlight on: Artemisia by Giovanni Andrea Sirani

On November 2, 2016, art historian Christina Lamb Chakalova introduced Artemisia to visitors as part of our 50 MINUTES noontime program. The painting is a loan to the Museum from Wendy Sardinsky and is on display in Kress Gallery. Artemisia was painted ca. 1660, attributed to Giovanni Andrea Sirani (1610–1670). Christina is a graduate fellow and PhD candidate in art history at Rutgers University.


Museum Auxiliary visits Bertoia Studio, hears Harry's works sound off

Our Museum Auxiliary visited Bertoia Studio in Bally, PA, on April 7, 2016, and were treated to a tour by Val Bertoia, who keeps the legacy and the sounds of his father Harry's work alive. Click on the three images below to hear and see Val explain how different sounds can be coaxed from a Bertoia gong and Val play two airborne sculptures, and to hear a snippet from the concert the group enjoyed of Harry's works in the Bertoia Barn. The Museum has three Bertoia sounding sculptures on permanent display in Trexler Gallery. 



Meet the activists behind This Light of Ours

Several of the surviving photographers whose work comprises This Light of Ours converged on Allentown, Pennsylvania, for opening weekend of the exhibition. We talked with them after their participation on an opening-day panel (January 17, 2016), which doubled as a reunion for the group.


This Light of Ours photographers' panel discussion

On opening day (January 17, 2016) of the photography exhibition This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement at the Allentown Art Museum, several of the photographers recounted the day-to-day drama of participating in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s south. Here are the remarkable reminiscences of photographers Tamio Wakayama, Bob Fletcher, Matt Herron, Herbert Randall, and Maria Varela, along with historical context by fellow freedom fighter Leslie Kelen, who moderated the panel discussion before a capacity crowd of 130 in the Museum's auditorium. This Light of Ours was organized by the Center for Documentary Expression and Art.


This Light of Ours slideshow

See some of the images included in the photography exhibition (January 17–May 15, 2016) that presented the work of nine activists who didn't just document the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, they were part of it. Filling four galleries, This Light of Ours offered visitors a chance to relive this volatile period in our collective history and learn from it.


WOVEN WELCOME community-art project

Thanks to all the individuals, families, and community groups who participated in our community-art project Woven Welcome. In ten months more than ten thousand participants both inside and outside the Museum together weaved 310 rugs, which were unveiled in a ceremony in Arts Park, across from the Museum, on closing day of the exhibition (October 11, 2015). This video is a tribute to those who took the time to participate and engage with others in our community.


In dialogue with Above Zero photographer Sam Krisch

The exhibition ABOVE ZERO: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE POLAR REGIONS (June 14-October 11, 2015) captured the monumentality of ice formations, the starkness of polar landscapes, and the beauty of nature at its most awe inspiring as seen through the eyes of photographer Sam Krisch. In this sit-down interview recorded on opening night of the exhibition, Sam offers insight into his photographic practice, advice to young photographers, and more. (photo by Joshua Holko)


WOVEN WELCOME community art project connects individuals

From February 1 through October 11, 2015, artist Jill Odegaard and Museum representatives were out in the community with portable looms, engaging individuals and groups to weave rug segments together as part of a collaborative art project known as WOVEN WELCOME. For the ideals behind the project, watch this WFMZ-TV69 feature with Jill, which aired in spring 2015.



Muhlenberg Dance Group responds to PAST PRESENT

The founder and chair of Muhlenberg College's dance program, Karen Dearborn, directed the Muhlenberg Dance Group in their exploration of the Museum's exhibition PAST PRESENT: CONVERSATIONS ACROSS TIME (Feb 22-May 17, 2015). Here are some highlights.


Meet the PAST PRESENT artists (contemporary)

Click on the individual thumbnails below to hear from the artists themselves about their choices of Kress paintings and their approaches in creating new works for the exhibition PAST PRESENT (February 22-May 17, 2015).



PAST PRESENT sparks conversations in Spring 2015

The exhibition PAST PRESENT: CONVERSATIONS ACROSS TIME, curated by Scott Sherk and Pat Badt of the Third Barn, opened on February 22, 2015, and continued at the Museum through May 17, 2015. All nine of the participating contemporary artists attended the members-only preview party on February 21 and a panel discussion on February 22. (Video by Post Sputnik)


Curator Daniel Haxall on African American women printmakers

WDIY's Lehigh Valley Arts Salon host Kenn Michael speaks with Daniel Haxall, Associate Professor of Art History at Kutztown University, about the exhibition Interventions in Printmaking: Three Generations of African American Women, at the Museum from January 25 through April 12, 2015. Air date January 19.


AMERICAN POP and ROBERT INDIANA exhibitions featured on morning TV 

Robert Indiana is well known for his LOVE and HOPE designs, and Pop prints from the Museum's collection complemented this fall 2014 exhibition. WFMZ's morning reporter Melanie Falcon had fun with this one.


RISE TOGETHER ALLENTOWN ladder project builds community

In the fall of 2014 the Museum presented a community-based sculptural project coordinated and executed by artist Charlie Brouwer. Residents, businesses, and organizations lent ladders for an installation in Arts Park, located across from the Museum. The sculpture was on display from September 13 through October 12. Here is the story of the project.


500 YEARS OF ITALIAN PAINTING is FREE for summer 2014

Thanks to a generous grant from the Society of the Arts (SOTA), the Museum was able to open our doors free all smmer to Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums, a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition that embodied the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art from the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the secular paintings of the nineteenth century.


Art Museum featured on PEAK TV

In this PEAK TV segment, which first aired in March 2014, CEO and president, David Mickenberg, and our Community and Family Programs Coordinator, Jessica Gauthier-Simpson, give an overview of our efforts to inspire and nurture creative thinking in the Lehigh Valley.


ESSENCE OF NATURE promo video (extended version)

This "monumental, modern" exhibition of contemporary art filled all three upstairs galleries and included paintings, sculpture, videos, and musical compositions by Paul Harryn, who grew up in the Valley but has exhibited nationally and internationally.



WDIY hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle hosted artist Paul Harryn for a talk about his work, his influences, and his exhibition Essence of Nature, which ran through May 18, 2014. (Air-date: January 13, 2014).


AMERICAN WILDLIFE ART television commercial

The Museum's fall 2013 special exhibition American Wildlife Art appealed to artists, children, conservationists, educators, and sportsmen alike.



AMERICAN WILDLIFE ART on "Lehigh Valley Arts Salon"

WDIY host Bill Dautremont-Smith discusses American Wildlife Art and related programs on the edition of Lehigh Valley Arts Salon that aired on October 7, 2013. Guests include Lehigh Valley Audubon Society vice-president Barbara Malt, Dr. Diane Husic representing the Nurture Nature Center (NNC) in Easton, and John Pepper, Adult Programs Coordinator at the Museum.  Click here to listen to the program.




David J. Wagner, guest curator of our fall 2013 exhibition American Wildlife Art, speaks in advance of the exhibit on Wisconsin public radio.  




Toulouse-Lautrec & His World was our big summer 2013 exhibition, running June 2 through September 1 and including iconic prints, posters, and works on paper by the famous French Post-Impressionist who captured Parisian life during the Belle Epoch. Allentown was the closest location to Philly, NYC, D.C, and Baltimore to host this traveling exhibition from Athens, Greece.



Fashions in the 1920s were influenced by the flapper's desire to express herself, to move, to dance. It was an era of energy and excitement. Flapper dresses and accessories were featured in the exhibition FABULOUS FLAPPERS: FASHION FROM THE ELLIE LAUBNER COLLECTION, which ran through April 14, 2013.



Two colorful exhibits brought the 1920s to life and showcased the artistic talent and rich imagination native to Haiti. Both exhibits ran from February 3 through April 14, 2013.


FRANZ KLINE: COAL AND STEEL and fall 2012 exhibitions TV spot

Our fall 2012 trio of special exhibits connected a legend to his roots (Kline: Coal and Steel), the past to the present (Walker Evans), and a collecting couple's passion to the celebration of a kaleidoscopic medium just 50 years old (Lerner Contemporary Glass).



Antonio Carreno discusses SEQUENCE OF THOUGHTS

Artist Antonio Carreno discusses his Sequence of Thoughts series on RCN TV's Nuestro Valle, which is hosted by Jose-Antonio Ortiz. Aired in August 2012.  Carreno's Sequence of Thoughts was on exhibit through Feb 3, 2013.


Victor Stabin discusses DAEDAL DOODLE

Author Victor Stabin discusses his art book for children, Daedal Doodle, on RCN TV's Nuestro Valle, which is hosted by Jose-Antonio Ortiz. Aired in August 2012.


America the Beautiful was displayed at the Museum through August 26, 2012. Here, Rita Stanton of  LVEGA discusses this beautiful tapestry and other pieces showcased in the exhibition Flora and Fauna: Needlework Landscapes.


Interview with AT THE EDGE curator Patrick Wilshire
Guest curator of AT THE EDGE: ART OF THE FANTASTIC, Patrick Wilshire, discusses the exhibition on the WDIY, 88.1 Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio show Lehigh Valley Arts Salon

  AT THE EDGE interview with Patrick Wilshire (Part 1)

  AT THE EDGE interview with Patrick Wilshire (Part 2)


AT THE EDGE opened to Museum members at a preview party on June 2, 2012. Video produced by the Association of Fantastic Art with footage shot by Ben Mazur of Mazur Media.


RCN Connex features summer 2012 education programs
Jessica Gauthier, Family and Community Programs Coordinator, appears on RCN's show Connex in July 2012 to highlight summer workshops, activities, and camps for children.


AT THE EDGE commercial
From June 3 to September 9, 2012, the Museum was home to the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of fantastic art to date in the United States. This television commercial was produced by Vertical Creative Group.


Museum CEO Brooks Joyner and guest curator of Patrick Wilshire take viewers on a quick tour of their favorite pieces featured in the special exhibition At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic.


Museum educational programing highlighted on ISSUES TODAY
Jane Kintzer, the Museum's director of education, discusses our education programs on an April 2012 edition of Issues Today, hosted by Bob Gourley on Lehigh Valley radio stations WODE, WWYY, and WEEX.


Museum featured on THE BROWNE REPORT
Senator Pat Browne visited the Museum in March 2012 for a segment of his show, The Browne Report.  Museum President and CEO Brooks Joyner gave Senator Browne a tour of the newly renovated galleries and a look into the special exhibition Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present.
The Browne Report (Part 1)
The Browne Report (Part 2)


WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL commercial
The Museum hosted the traveling special exhibition Who Shot Rock & Roll: A  Photographic History, 1955 to the Present from February 11, 2012, through May 13, 2012. This television commercial was produced by BambuBarn.


The Lehigh Valley Mirror shot this preview of the special exhibition Who Shot Rock & Roll, which opened February 2012.