- Allentown Art Museum
name= Allentown Art Museum
imagesize = 200
location= 31 N. 5th Street
director= Greg Perry
website= [http://www.allentownartmuseum.org/ Official website] The Allentown Art Museum is an
art museumlocated in the city of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It was founded in 1934 by a group organized by noted Pennsylvania impressionist painter, Walter Emerson Baum. With its collection of over 13,000 works of art, the Allentown Art Museum is a major regional art institution. In addition, its library and archives of more than 16,000 titles and 40 current periodicals make it an important cultural resource in the Lehigh Valleyregion.
Founding of the museum
The "Allentown Art Gallery" was organized by Baum and opened in Allentown's Hunsicker School on
March 17 1934. With seventy canvases by local Pennsylvania impressionist artists on display, the gallery attracted major attention from the local and regional art communities. During the Great Depression, Baum was able to grow the collection through the Public Works of Art Projectand through acquisitions and gifts. In June of 1936, the City of Allentown granted the museum a permanent home in a Federal-style house located in the Rose Garden in Allentown's Cedar Park. The museum's first curator was local artist John E. Berninger, who lived with his wife on the museum's second floor.
The Kress endowment and expansion
In 1959, a gift of fifty-three
Renaissanceand Baroquepaintings and sculptures from Samuel H. Kress(a native of nearby Cherryville, Pennsylvania) brought the museum to a new level. The Kress gift stimulated community visionaries and museum friends to purchase and refurbish a building, the Allentown Art Museum's current location, suitable to house the new collection. In 1975, an expansion to the building was completed to enhance the museum's programs and collecting plans. At that time, the Museum installed a room designed by Frank Lloyd Wrightas part of its permanent collection: the library from the second Francis W. Little House. Another room from that house can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Allentown Art Museum's collection, still largely defined by European paintings in 1975, expanded with a large collection of textiles and another gift of works on paper. The 1978 acquisition of Gilbert Stuart's beguiling portrait of Ann Penn Allen (granddaughter of William Allen, the founder of the museum's native Allentown), set the benchmark for the qualitative standards of the collection.
* "Game Stall at Market", Studio of
* "Saint Jerome Penitent",
* "Portrait of Henrica Ploost van Amstel",
* Central Panel of an Altarpiece "Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine",
Giovanni del Biondo(1379)
* "Ann Penn Allen",
* "Niagara Falls",
Gustav Johann Grunewald(1834)
* "Floriform Vase", Tiffany Studios (1905)
* "Bed Curtain (Palampore)", India, Coromandel Coast (1775)
* "Table Cover",
Prints and drawings
* "Diogenes after Parmigiano",
Ugo da Carpi(after 1525)
* "Il Perdono (Vision of Saint Francis of Assisi)",
* [http://www.allentownartmuseum.org/ Allentown Art Museum Official Web Site] .
* [http://www.allentownartmuseum.org/gallery/wright/home.html Frank Lloyd Wright library images, from the Allentown Art Museum Web Site] .
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?oi=map&q=31+N+5th+St,+Allentown,+PA+18101 Google Map location for the museum] .
* [http://www.pacouncilonthearts.org/ Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Web Site] .
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
James A. Michener Art Museum — Coordinates: 40°18′31″N 75°07′35″W / 40.3085°N 75.1265°W / 40.3085; 75.1265 … Wikipedia
Allentown, Pennsylvania — Infobox Settlement name = Allentown settlement type=City official name = City of Allentown nickname = The Queen City [Citation |last=Whelan | first=Frank | title= Cement City Moniker Is A Mystery American Heritage Says Label Was Allentown s. |… … Wikipedia
Art school — 1881 painting by Marie Bashkirtseff, In the Studio, depicts an art school life drawing session, Dnipropetrovsk State Art Museum, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine Art school is a general term for any educational institution with a primary focus on the… … Wikipedia
Culture of Allentown, Pennsylvania — Allentown, Pennsylvania, 2010 The culture of Allentown dates back to its settlement in the 18th century. Religious groups, such as the Moravians, wanted to escape persecution in Europe and settle in the newly discovered land. Lenape Native… … Wikipedia
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh — The original Children s Museum facility in the former Allegheny Post Office building Location … Wikipedia
Drake Well Museum — Coordinates: 41°36.7′N 79°39.5′W / 41.61167°N 79.65833°W / 41.61167; 79.65833 … Wikipedia
National Museum of American Jewish History — Established 1976 (1976) Location Philadelphia President Michael Rosenzweig Website http … Wikipedia
Comfort Suites Allentown (Allentown) — Comfort Suites Allentown country: United States, city: Allentown (Allentown) Comfort Suites Allentown The Comfort Suites Allentown hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Lehigh Valley, directly across Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom. The… … International hotels
List of people from Allentown, Pennsylvania — The following is a list of notable people who were born, or who have lived a significant portion of their lives, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the United States.Athletics*Jim Booros, professional golfer, former PGA Tour player *Francesco Caruso … Wikipedia
Super 8 Kutztown/ Allentown — (Kutztown,США) Категория отеля: 2 звездочный отель Адрес: 2160 Golden Key Road … Каталог отелей