This fall, see the world without leaving the Lehigh Valley

 

With a public opening day of Sunday, September 9, 2018, our fall exhibitions will bring art to the Lehigh Valley that spans centuries and geographies.

Our entire second floor will feature art from the Caribbean and Central America. Three must-see exhibitions will showcase the vitality of the region’s artistic traditions and explore themes of spirituality, cultural exchange, trade, and colonization. The diverse works on display will include religious art from the Spanish and Portuguese colonies of the Americas; a contemporary installation by Puerto Rican-born, Easton-based artist Angel Suarez-Rosado; and colorful textile panels made by the Guna indigenous people of Panama.

Also new during our fall season are two exhibitions that examine differing definitions of art. The Soviet Lens highlights images by Soviet photojournalists who worked under a government that censored and denied photographers the status of artists. In Trexler Hall the Museum will be installing Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #793A. Since the late 1960s, LeWitt’s abstract wall drawings have challenged traditional ideas about what art could be. We invite our community to watch the installation process from August 17 through September 6 and then return to see the completed wall drawing on September 9.

The five exhibitions opening at the Museum this fall explore the perspectives of artists working both in and far away from the Lehigh Valley. Join us this season to be dazzled, intrigued, and moved by the experience of seeing the world through their eyes.

 

Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art
August 26–December 9, 2018

Power and Piety will present exquisite paintings, sculpture, silver pieces, furniture, and decorative devotional objects made in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies of the Americas from the late 17th to the early 19th centuries. Designed for use in churches, convents, monasteries and private homes, these objects were made by artisans from the Americas but based on the iconographies, styles and methods of the European Renaissance. They attest to the tremendous interchange of cultures that occurred in the colonies. In addition to the beauty and cultural significance of each piece, Power and Piety provides the Museum an opportunity to show masterpieces from artists such as Jose Campeche, generally considered the most accomplished painter active in Puerto Rico during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The exhibition is drawn from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and is co-organized by the Museum of Biblical Art, New York, and Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

 

Angel Suarez-Rosado: Talisman
September 9–December 16, 2018

Puerto Rican-born, Easton-based artist Angel Suarez-Rosado will create a site-specific installation in the Museum’s Rodale Gallery. Suarez-Rosado transforms ordinary objects, imbuing them with power, in a practice related to Espiritismo (Spiritism) and Santería, which combine elements of Yoruba religion with Catholicism. Conceived of as an offering to the community and comprised of paintings, sculptures, found and natural objects, Talisman mixes ritual and artistic traditions. As stated by fellow artist Raquelín Mendieta, “Spirituality and art are one and the same. Works of art are prayers on the altar of life.”

 

Molas: Social Fabric
August 26–December 9, 2018

Molas are colorful reverse-appliqué panels made by the Guna, an indigenous people who live in Panama. Since the 1600s, the Guna have maintained trade and diplomatic relations with Western countries. Guna women began using foreign trade cloth to create bold mola panels for their blouses around the turn of the 20th century.  Today they are an important symbol of Guna pride and political independence, as well as a key source of income for many Guna families. Molas: Social Fabric presents a selection of works that reflect the vitality of Guna culture, with imagery ranging from Central American wildlife to Elvis Presley.