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Special events enhance Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit

Published May 31. 2013 05:03PM

In support of the exhibition, the Allentown Art Museum will also offer several related events:

• Saturday, June 1 from 6-8 p.m. there will be an Exhibition Preview Party for Toulouse-Lautrec and His World. The party provides a first look at the exhibition and features cabaret-style performances at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.; live music; sketch artists; French-inspired hors d'oeuvres; and a cash bar complete with absinthe and French-style varietal wines from Blue Mountain Vineyards. Admission is free for museum members.

• Wednesday, June 5 there will be Noon Gallery Talk: "The Beautiful Bodice: Fashions from the 1890s." Kayla O'Connor, the museum's adjunct curator of textiles, leads a walk-through and talk about the Victorian-era fashions on display in Goodman Gallery. Free with museum admission.

• June 7 and every Friday through Aug. 30 will be French Fridays at the museum. Museum educators will provide insight into the works on display. Tours are free with admission every Friday at 2 p.m.

• Sunday, June 9 at 1 p.m., Lisa Norris presents "Toulouse-Lautrec and His Muse Paris during the Belle Époque." This talk will look at how Lautrec's art reflects the raucous, glittering world of Belle Époque Paris that inspired him. Norris is associate professor of art history at Kutztown University.

• Sunday, June 16 at 1 p.m.: In her book "Dispensing Beauty: The Triumphs and Tragedies of Harriet Hubbard Ayer," author and lecturer Annette Blaugrund tells the story of the first American woman to own and operate a cosmetics company. In this presentation Blaugrund will detail Ayer's association with the popular French performer and Lautrec model Yvette Guilbert.

• Sunday, July 14: Celebrate Bastille Day by sampling French-style wines created by Blue Mountain Vineyards. A presentation, "French/European Printmaking in the Late 19th Century," will be offered at 1 Christine Giviskos, associate curator of European Art at the Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University.

Unless noted otherwise, all events require registration through the museum or at

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