ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania — People collect all kinds of things, from the colorful to the coolest.
A prime example is Eclectic Collecting, a new exhibit at the Allentown Museum of Art, featuring 200 objects from the vault.
“It was really an opportunity to have fun and get out more unusual works. Works that aren’t shared with the public as often,” said associate curator Claire McRee.
Many objects, such as Chinese coromandel panels, are on display for the first time.
But the return stories of many items are just as interesting as the items themselves, from a hair wreath made as a token of affection to a playful set of dog pins collected by fashion writer and historian Ellie Laubner.
Or a set of Pompeian oil jars.
“According to the records we have, they belonged to the famous opera singer Enrico Caruso in the 1920s,” McRee said.
There are also Egyptian artifacts, including pieces of a sarcophagus depicting Anubis, the god of the dead.
There is also an abstract painting by regional artist Burton Wasserman.
But perhaps the coolest story has to do with a statue titled “Where are my slippers,” chosen by the public as an awesome favorite to include in the exhibit.
“It needed to be more playful and fun and also invited to really engage the audience and show that we really want to encourage dialogue and input from our community,” McRee said.
Eclectic Collecting: Curiosities from the Vault is on display until September 18.