Here are a few more photos of the newly-renovated Allentown Art Museum. Did you go to the festivities this weekend? Had you visited the museum before the renovation? Maybe you think you aren't the "museum type," but you are curious, and want to check it out in a social setting. If so, check out this event:
Art After Hours, "Celebrate the Renaissance," 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 17, museum-wide event. $20; $10, members. During the Renaissance, life's milestones were marked in celebrations and light. Celebrate the museum's renaissance with an evening inspired by the "Shared Treasure: The Legacy of Samuel H. Kress" exhibition. Sample themed hors d'oeuvres, regional wines and catch a performance by a madrigal or two.
A view from the arts plaza
New glass facade and a brand new tree on North Fifth Street.
Heaven on Earth: Textiles of the Renaissance and Baroque, Goodman Gallery, through Jan. 15
An accompanying exhibition to "Shared Treasures," "Heaven on Earth" provides a further introduction to the arts of the Renaissance and Baroque through a group of dramatic textiles drawn from the museum's extensive textile and costume collection. Included is a selection of textiles that includes flat and cut velvets, tapestries and embroideries that reflect the important modes of textile production from the 15th to 18th centuries.
Salvatore Grippi: Invented Terrains, Rodale Gallery, through Jan. 15
Salvatore Grippi (b. 1921) uses everyday prosaic objects to convey an impressive sense of mystery, intensity and surrealism in a display of 29 drawings, collages and paintings from the mid-1970s through the early 1980s. The black and white drawings capture light and dark, hovering between still life and landscape, the physical and metaphysical, while the brilliant red paintings shout for a different kind of attention, presenting similar objects as both confrontational and remote.
No visit to the museum would be complete without a visit Artie in the Art Ways area for kids. Here, the museum's Chief Curator Diane Fischer checks on him before the museum opens to the public.
The Art of India and Tibet from the Permanent Collection, Fowler Gallery
Facing Fifth Street with lots of window light, the Linny and Beal Fowler Gallery is an ideal exhibition space for sculpture. The exhibit of sculpture and textiles dating from the sixth to early 20th centuries combines the Asian Indian and Tibetan works from the museum's Goodman Gallery with the recently gifted pieces from the vast collection of Drs. Peter and Caroline Koblenzer of Philadelphia.