PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History Combo Ticket


Explore the hundreds of amazing purses of Ilene Hochberg Wood's signature private collection at all three sites: the Kemerer Museum, the Moravian Museum, and the exhibit pop-up at America On Wheels Museum for one price! Spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, ranging in style from folk art to contemporary designer to embroidered. Wood’s collection, which numbers into the thousands and is thought to be the largest private collection in the nation, is broken up into sub collections of 150 to ~ 300 purses grouped by material, aesthetic elements, and use. Explore a timeline of handbags, representing the trends of each decade, displayed alongside corresponding fashions and paired with life-sized graphics from fashion advertisements that visitors can pose alongside. The Combo Ticket grants you access to all 3 exhibit locations: The Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts 427 N. New Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 On display Oct. 11, 2019 - April 30, 2020 Displays at The Kemerer Museum will consider themes of design, innovation, materials, the personal stories of previous handbag owners and eccentric designers, and the local artist section will spotlight bags hand decorated by local artists invited to participate. Moravian Museum of Bethlehem 66 W. Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 On display Oct. 11, 2019 - April 30, 2020 The Moravian Museum displays will focus on a selection of needlepoint handbags displayed alongside examples of needlepoint from our collection. America On Wheels Museum 5 N. Front Street, Allentown 18102 On display NOW - April 30, 2020 In this display, you can see a variety of handbags inspired by the automotive industry. Some examples feature cars as subject matter, while others are "travel bags" design to accommodate the needs of the mobile fashionista. In addition, many bags in this display use materials typically found in cars such as metals, lucite, wood, and vinyl. The designs even mimic shapes found in auto details, such as headlights, tires, tailpipes, and vents.
Cost: $20