Allentown Art Museum’s fall exhibits showcase revolutionary fashion, activism and ceramic sculpture

Three new fall exhibitions featuring vintage fashion, political activism and experimental ceramics are set to open this weekend at Allentown Art Museum.

Each display showcases works from the museum’s permanent collection. All three exhibits challenge the status quo in different ways. Gender roles are examined, social causes are championed and fresh creations defy artistic conventions.

Preview day is Saturday, October 31 for museum members, while opening day for the public is Sunday, November 1. Admission is free Sunday, thanks to museum sponsors. Visitors are encouraged to reserve a timed ticket on the museum’s website

New Century, New Woman

November 1, 2020 through January 24, 2021

On the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, clothing and accessories from 1890 to 1920 offer historical perspective on issues such as gender roles, fashion, and professional self-presentation that resonate to this day. Included are vintage dresses donated to the museum by Allentown collector Ellie Laubner, a published author on fashions of the 1920s and 1930s.

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Prints & Protest, 1960-1970

Through January 24, 2021

Looking back at a more recent era of activism, these powerful works on paper show how artists responded to causes including Civil Rights and antiwar movements. The pieces document injustice and call for political change— a social stance being echoed by many today. On display are prints by pop artist Larry Rivers, cartoonish caricatures by May Stevens, a series by Bruce Carter that references the 1968 incident at My Lai, and declarations about the power of love by artist and nun Corita Kent.

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Intuition & Reflection: The Ceramics of Toshiko Takaezu

Through January 2022

A collection of porcelain vessels completely sealed (except for a tiny pinhole at the top) invite visitors to change their mindsets and ponder the poetry of form. In addition to these signature creations by artist Toshiko Takaezu — who settled later in life in Hunterdon County, NJ — other works on view include tea bowls, a two-spouted vessel from the 1950s, and a large bullet-shaped glazed porcelain.

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