Summer shows in Allentown feature textiles, furniture

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Bedcovers and American design explored starting May 16 

Allentown, Pa. – Two special exhibitions inspired by the Allentown Art Museum’s own collection will highlight textiles from around the world and the roots of American design. Both exhibitions open on Sunday, May 16, and continue through September 12, 2021.

Sleep Tight! Bedcovers and Hangings from Around the World uses the bedroom as a starting place to tell stories about daily life, labor, kinship, and migration across four continents and four centuries. Historically, people invested hours in decorating bedcovers, bed tents, and bed curtains with designs that show family and community ties along with cultural identity. Their large scale demanded hours of work but also offered a canvas for remarkable creativity. Sleep Tight! brings together textile masterpieces such as embroidered suzanis from Central Asia, hand-painted Japanese futon covers, and Pennsylvania-German quilts to illuminate global traditions.

The exhibition program at the Museum is supported through the generosity of the Bernard and Audrey Berman Foundation and the Leon C. and June W. Holt Endowment. 



The Allentown Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to use the arts and culture as a catalyst to drive interaction, experimentation, and social change for everyone. By collecting, preserving, studying, exhibiting, interpreting, and teaching visual art, the Museum enlightens, engages, energizes, and empowers people—transforming the community one person and one idea at a time. For more information please visit

Information and image provided to TVL by:
Chris Potash
Manager of Marketing and Public Relations
Allentown Art Museum