Saturday, June 1, 6-8 p.m.
Lautrec Preview Party—An Evening for Feeling French!
Join the Lehigh Valley's art, design, and fashion crowds on Saturday, June 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., for the kick-off of our big summer exhibition, Toulouse-Lautrec and His World. As always, themed hors d'oeuvres by Karen Hunter Catering, live music, and a cash bar will fuel the evening's festivities. For this special exhibit, a special treat: strolling ladies dressed in French-cabaret style! Come help us recreate the feeling of a turn-of-the-century Parisian soiree and get a first look at the exhibit. Can-canning encouraged! Members FREE, nonmembers $15. Call 610-432-4333, Ext. 129 to make a reservation or visit ticketleap. Click here for more information about this preview party.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), Jane Avril, 1895, color lithograph
Wednesday, June 5, 12 p.m.
Noon Gallery Talk: The Beautiful Bodice: Fashions from the 1890s
Kayla O’Connor, the Museum’s adjunct curator of textiles, leads a walk-through and talk about this Victorian-era textile exhibit in Goodman Gallery. These casual talks run approximately forty-five minutes and are free to members or with Museum admission.
French Fridays! June 7 - August 30
Grab your beret and join us for a French-themed afternoon at the Museum every Friday this summer! Museum educators will offer free tours of the elegant and provocative works of the special exhibit Toulouse-Lautrec and His World every Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., through August 30. Free with admission. Plan to arrive for lunch before the tour and enjoy the gastronomical treat of a French-themed menu by caterer Karen Hunter in the sunny Museum Café. The Café will feature changing menu items all summer, such as French mussel soup, goat-cheese tart, caramelized onion, anchovy-and-tomato pissaladiere, and, of course, filled croissant. Delicieux!
Sunday, June 9, 1 p.m.
Lisa Norris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Muse: Paris during the Belle Epoque
Despite his ancient aristocratic lineage, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec chose to live among men and women of all classes and professions, including flaneurs, fellow artists, nightclub performers, and prostitutes. Lautrec was a well-known fixture in the dancehalls, cabarets, and brothels of Belle Epoque Paris--venues for the most modern forms of entertainment as well as the world's oldest profession. This talk will look at how Lautrec's art reflects the raucous, glittering world that inspired him. Lisa Norris is Associate Professor of Art History at Kutztown University. $5 members, $15 nonmembers. To register call 610-432-4333, ext 110, or go to ticketleap.
Friday, June 14, 1 p.m.
It’s a monthly get-together for the fifty-and-over crowd! Meet at the museum on every second Friday of the month at 1 p.m. to enjoy an afternoon guided tour of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. Led by Museum docents, the informal art appreciation sessions are designed to appeal to everyone. Each month’s tour will focus on a different aspect of the exhibitions so you can attend them all. Come discover the world of art for the first time or build on your understanding of art and art history. Meet in the SOTA Foyer. Registration recommended. For more information or to register please call 610-432-4333, ext. 132, or email education [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org. Free to members; nonmembers are free with Museum admission.
Sunday, June 16, 1 p.m.
Annette Blaugrund: Dispensing Beauty
In her book Dispensing Beauty: The Triumphs and Tragedies of Harriet Hubbard Ayer, author and lecturer Annette Blaugrund tells the amazing story of the first American woman to own and operate a cosmetics company. As a Victorian-era entrepreneur, Ayer triumphed over divorce, kidnapping, madness, seduction, and betrayal to help generations of women look and feel good about themselves, first with her creams and balms and then with her writing for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World. In this presentation Dr. Blaugrund will detail Ayer's association with the popular French performer and Lautrec model Yvette Guilbert. $5 members, $15 nonmembers. To register call 610-432-4333, ext 110, or go to ticketleap.
Wednesday, June 19, 12 p.m.
Appetite for Art: Double-Branched Gongs, Harry Bertoia, 1970/71
After an engaging gallery talk, the discussion continues over a catered lunch in the Rodale Education Center overlooking Allentown’s Arts Park. $20 members, $25 nonmembers (Cost includes lunch). Advance ticketing required and available at the Museum front desk, or call 610-432-4333, ext. 110. All reservations must be paid 48 hours ahead of program date.
The 14th Annual CITY ARTS Allentown Cultural Camp for Kids
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Ages 8–12
Do your children have an enjoyment of the arts? Boundless enthusiasm? A sense of creative adventure? Give them a magical summer experience interacting with visual and performing arts professionals from the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown Symphony, The Baum School of Art, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Community Music School, and Repertory Dance Theatre. Enrollment is limited. Advanced registration is required. For more information and registration please call the Baum School of Art at 610-433-0032.
Sunday, July 14, 1 p.m.
Bastille Day! Christine Giviskos: French/European Printmaking in the Late 19th Century
Celebrate Bastille Day by taking in the LAUTREC exhibit in the Museum’s upstairs galleries, sampling French-style wines created by Blue Mountain Vineyards, and then attending this fascinating presentation on the technology of lithography in the time of Toulouse-Lautrec. Christine Giviskos is Associate Curator of European Art at the Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. $5 for Museum members, $15 nonmembers. To register call 610-432-4333, ext 110 or visit ticketleap.
Wednesdays, July 24 - August 21 OR Fridays, July 26 - August 23
Young At Art Preschool Program
Experience the world-class wonders of the Allentown Art Museum with your three- to five-year-old child. Each session encourages thoughtful interaction with original works of art and is designed to promote visual literacy, language development, and socialization skills as well as art-making activities that are based on early childhood learning standards. The final session includes a Celebration Reception for our young artists and guests.
Two 5-week session options:
Wednesdays, July 24–August 21, 10–11:30 a.m.
Fridays, July 26–August 23, 10–11:30 a.m.
Member: $70, one child and one adult (one additional child is $15); nonmember: $85, one child and one adult (one additional child is $20). Class size is limited. Please call 610-432-4333, ext. 132, to register by July 17.
July 25, August 1, and August 8
Super Summer Series Children’s Workshops
Check out our new half-day children’s workshops at the Museum for ages 8 to 13! Choose one, two, or all three workshops in our Super Summer Series. Each workshop will focus on a different part of our special exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec and His World and will include art making, gallery activities, and a whole lot of fun up in Art Ways! Please register your child by July 15. Ages 8–13; each workshop is limited to 20 children. Cost for Museum members: $35 per workshop OR $95 if you register for all three workshops; nonmembers: $40 per workshop OR $110 if you register for all three workshops.
Thursday, July 25, 9 a.m. to noon
Your child will visit late-nineteenth-century Paris as he or she explores what inspired Lautrec’s expressive posters through the use of line and color. In the classroom we’ll do basic printmaking and stamping to complete a poster with designs that inspired your child during the day.
French Flair, Food, and Fun!
Thursday, August 1, 9 a.m. to noon
Your child will experience French culture…in Allentown! After taking in the art of Toulouse-Lautrec, we’ll be joined by a surprise guest artist to draw some fabulous fashions inspired by the exhibition. Have fun enjoying some yummy pastries before you head home from your trip abroad!
Thursday, August 8, 9 a.m. to noon
As a Post-Impressionist artist, Toulouse-Lautrec excelled at capturing the character of his subjects with long brushstrokes of color. After taking a look at some of his artwork and sketching in the galleries, we’ll paint on canvas in the style of Lautrec! A special behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum will leave a unique impression on your child.
Friday, August 2, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Teaching the Arts to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshop
Workshop Opportunity: Teaching the Arts to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Friday, August 2, 2013
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $25
Breakfast and lunch included
Fee is due to the Museum upon registration. Deadline to register is July 22. For more detailed information, click HERE.
Every Sunday, 2 p.m.
Sunday Public Guided Visits
Deepen your understanding of our exhibitions by participating in a FREE guided visit, lasting approximately 45 minutes. Please meet in the SOTA Foyer.