Admission to the Allentown Art Museum, 31 N. 5th Street, is free every day this summer, thanks to a grant from the Society of the Arts—SOTA—whose members have supported the Museum for 50 years . Here are some of the special exhibits on display in Summer 2014.
June 21st and 2nd is the final weekend to see the special exhibit British Pop Prints at the museum.
Destinations in Painting: The Kasten Collection, now through August 17, 2014.
The paintings in the exhibition Destinations in Paintings: Kasten Collection depict scenes from artists’ travels. Viewing them is like being transported to another time—from the 1860s through the 1920s—and to other places including Europe and Asia. During the second half of the nineteenth century, new modes of transportation (trains and luxury ships) made it possible for middle-class artists to study, live, and travel abroad. These realist painters who illustrated their journeys belonged to a new international art world, marked by transnational exhibitions and world’s fairs.
Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums now through September 7, 2014.
With works by some of the greatest names in European art, Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museumsexamines the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art, from the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the nineteenth century. The exhibition’s summer 2014 stop at the Allentown Art Museum is its only appearance on the East Coast.
The Allentown Art Museum, 31 North 5th Street, Allentown, is open Wed – Sat, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.