Film, Photography, Music, Dialogue During Women’s History Month at the Allentown Art Museum


Woman to Woman (A Convening) on March 24 on a Free Saturday

Allentown, PA Vivian Maier, Shirley Chisholm and Wangari Maathi are three women you should know. They are among the amazing, fabulous, courageous and important women who will be honored during Women’s History Month at the Allentown Art Museum.

Come witness their contributions, their life accomplishments and their vision in a special documentary film series. During the month of March, the Museum celebrates the important roles women have played in the arts, culture and society. 

Sunday, March 4 at 1pm


Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present

This feature-length documentary follows the artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major retrospective of her work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. For Marina it is the chance to finally answer the question she has been hearing over and over again for four decades: “But why is this art?”

Sunday, March 11 at 1pm; Thursday, March 15th at 6pm


Finding Vivian Maier

This documentary follows the life of Vivian Maier, an American street photographer

born in New York City, who spent most of her youth in France and returned to the U.S. to work as a nanny and care-giver for the rest of her life. She would ultimately leave more than 100,000

negatives, homemade films, recordings and collections, assembling one of the most fascinating windows into American life in the second half of the twentieth century.


Sunday, March 18th at 1pm



In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress. In 1972, she was the first black woman to run for president. Shunned by the political establishment, she’s supported by a motley crew of blacks, feminists and young voters. In this documentary, see how their campaign-trail adventures are frenzied, fierce and fundamentally right on.

Sunday, March 25th at 1pm


Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathi

This documentary tells the story of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement, a grassroots organization encouraging rural women and families to plant trees in community groups, and follows Wangari Maathai, the movement’s founder and the first environmentalist and African woman to win the Nobel Prize.

Third Thursday on March 15th features a fascinating conversation among nine award-winning photographers—five visionary women, four visionary men–who will delve into their unique perspectives on the art of photography. The audience will take part in the discussion, which coincides with the Museum’s exhibition Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment. The 6:30pm dialogue is presented by Frame 37, a Lehigh Valley consortium of extraordinary accomplished photographers.

Also, on Third Thursday, March 15:

  • 5:30pm Cheers, Allentown! Wine tasting with Franklin Hill Vineyards
  • 5:30pm Artists workshop with textile artist Mallory Zontag
  • 5:30pm Music with DJ CherishTheLuv
  • 6:00pm Tour of the permanent collection honoring Women’s History Month
  • 6:00pm Film: Finding Vivian Maier
  • 6:30pm Arts and culture trivia
  • 6:30pm Frame 37 Series: Women in Photography


The highlight of Women’s History Month will be on March 24th during a daylong symposium, Woman to Woman (A Convening). The symposium begins at 11:15am with opening remarks and tours of the Women of Vision exhibit. Click here for details about the symposium.

 11:30pm Bradbury Sullivan Center’s Liz Bradbury and Kim Ketterer talk about the LGBT programs and support services their organization provides and their roles as activists in the LGBT community

 12 noon Lawyer and entrepreneur Nicole Valentine will speak about her business savvy and her app, Winly

 12:30pm Photographer and professor Phyllis Galembo speaks about her work examining traditions and cultures of the Caribbean and Africa

 1:00pm Guided tours of Women of Vision exhibit



Information and image provided to TVL by:
Angela Zanelli
VP Development and Communications
Allentown Art Museum