MARILYN: capturing a legend

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Marilyn Monroe is the headliner at The Warhol this season, while the Carnegie looked deep into its collection and found that "the everyday is laced with the mad, uncanny, and surreal." Other fall highlights include a female Victorian photographer at the Frick, an exploration of Cuban race and racism at Mattress Factory and DIY artists at the Society for Contemporary Craft.

Culture Club (Carnegie), Dialogue (Pittsburgh Center for the Arts) and Gallery Crawls (Pittsburgh Cultural Trust) continue to grow community.

The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Centennial Year remains active with openings at Fallingwater (Saturday), the University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Sept. 25), and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, among venues. The Centennial Annual continues through Sept. 19 at the Carnegie.

Following are other season highlights.

-- Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: mthomas@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1925

CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART: Continuing are "Forum 65: Jones, Koester, Nashashibi/Skaer: Reanimation," through Oct. 3, and the "Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Centennial Annual Exhibition" through Sept. 19. "The Art of Structure," leading 20th-century engineers explore innovative bridges and concrete shell structures, arrives Sept. 25 and continues through Jan. 17 at the Heinz Architectural Center (curator's lecture is 6 p.m. Sept. 23; free). "Ordinary Madness," works in a variety of media from the collection that suggest everyday life is anything but ordinary, opens with a free 7 p.m. Oct. 14 preview and one-time screening of the proto-psychedelic film "Heaven and Earth Magic" by avant-garde artist Harry Smith (through Jan. 9). "Andre Kertesz: On Reading," images from the 1920s to 1970s of people reading by the late Hungarian photographer, opens Oct. 23 and continues through Feb. 13. The Neapolitan Presepio rings in the holiday season Nov. 26, followed by the Annual Christmas Trees, in the Hall of Architecture (through Jan. 6). Events include new series, "What Are Museums For?," beginning Sept. 30, and "Seniors in the Morning," beginning Oct. 5, and the return of the popular Culture Clubs starting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 with curator of fine arts Louise Lippincott talking about "Striking a Pose: Body Language in Art" ($10 includes two drink tickets). The film "Samuel Rosenberg: Pittsburgh's Painter Laureate" screens at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Lunch and Learns begin today with topics including mythology's relevance, contemporary glass, rule-breaking artists and holiday traditions. (412-622-3131)

THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM: "Twisted Pair: Marcel Duchamp/Andy Warhol" continues only through Sunday. A related symposium is being held Saturday and Sunday; seating is limited, call the museum to reserve ($50/day; $80 for both). "Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar" will be screened at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 with director James Rasin and producer Jeremiah Newton in person ($10). A small accompanying exhibition remains through Dec. 31. "Marilyn Monroe: Life as a Legend," represented in more than 300 photographs and other artworks, has a 24-hour opening 10 a.m. Oct. 23 to 10 a.m. Oct. 24. "Film, Fame & Fifteen Minutes: The Andy Warhol Museum's 15th Anniversary Gala" happens from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Oct. 30 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center ($500, Dinner & Dance Party; $75, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dance Party). A Monroe film series begins Nov. 12. (412-237-8300)

THE FRICK ART MUSEUM: "For My Best Beloved Sister Mia: An Album of Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron," one of the best-known photographers of the Victorian era, opens Oct. 23 (continuing through Jan. 2). At noon Oct. 1 Elisabeth Roark, associate professor of art, Chatham University, will speak on "Exquisite Death: the Art of Victorian Mourning" (free). "Conversations & Cocktails," 7-9 p.m. Oct. 27, will feature Linda Benedict-Jones, curatorial chair, exhibitions & curator of photography, Carnegie Museum of Art, speaking on "Silver Worlds -- Photography's Wet Plate Era" ($25, $20 members). At noon Dec. 3 Ellen Fleurov, executive director, Silver Eye Center for Photography, speaks on "Julia Margaret Cameron's Women" (free). (412-371-0600).

MATTRESS FACTORY: "Queloides/Keloids, Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art," art challenging official silence, opens Oct. 15 (through Feb. 27). (412-231-3169).

WESTMORELAND MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART: "Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts From the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum" and "Cutting Our Own Paths: Contemporary Works by Paper Artists" continue through Sept. 19. Museum curator Barbara Jones gives a gallery talk on the quilt show at 7 tonight (free). "Associated Artists of Pittsburgh: Celebrating a Century of Art," samplings of artists who exhibited in the first AAP Annuals in 1910 and 1911, and "REMNANTS: Paintings by Joyce Werwie Perry," open from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9 with a free public reception (through Jan. 9; visit the website for events listing). The Westmoreland Women's Committee 50th Anniversary Gala is Oct. 15 (tickets $100). A release party for the new permanent collection catalog will be held from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 29 with tours, book signing. (221 N. Main St., Greensburg; 724-837-1500)

PITTSBURGH FILMMAKERS: "Divided Sky," photographs and video by Michael Sherwin, continues through Oct. 17. "Work by Kerry Skarbakka has an opening reception Nov. 5 (through Dec. 5), with a Senior thesis photo show opening Dec. 10. (412-681-5449).

PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Opening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday are "Touch Me, Please," Group A; "Pour," PCA Ceramics Access members; "Outbreak," Patricia Villalobos Echeverria; "Five Women, Five Men, One Child. April 1st 2010," Lenka Clayton; "Paintings and Works on Paper," Maxo Vanka; and "Context Ingeminate," Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia. (Through Nov. 7; reception $5 donation, members free). Oct. 14 Dr. Sylvia Rhor of Carlow University speaks on "Political Expression through Art" (free). Opening Nov. 19 (through Jan. 23) are 2010 Artist of the Year Brian Dean Richmond; 2010 Emerging Artist of the Year Gregory Witt; "Recycle.fiber," Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh; and the Holiday Shop which will continue through Dec. 31. (412-361-0873).

SOCIETY FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT: "DIY: A Revolution in Handicrafts" opens from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday and stays through March 26. Some of the 15 exhibiting artists will be in the gallery for casual conversation from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Exhibition-related events include a bamboo bike workshop Oct. 23-24, and a screening of the documentary "Handmade Nation" at 2 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Harris Theater, co-sponsored by Pittsburgh Filmmakers. "Stuffed Full," an installation by Lauren Venell of "Sweet Meats," is in the alternative exhibition space, EAT: An Art Space About Food. At the One Mellon Center satellite gallery, "My Walden: New Works by Atticus Adams" continues through Sept. 26, followed by "Shelter," exploring the concept of shelter literally and metaphorically with an opening reception 7-9 p.m. Oct. 1 (through Nov. 28). (412-261-7003).

WOOD STREET GALLERIES: "Outer Body/Inner Experiences" closes Sunday. "Audio Space," sound installations by Jem Finer and by David Rokeby, open Oct. 1 (through Dec. 31). (412-471-5605).

SPACE: "Paper Politics," contemporary print works addressing social justice and global equity, continues through Oct. 24. "SCALE," artists and designers consider sustainable living, guest curated by Ally Reeves, opens Nov. 19 (through Feb. 6).?(412-325-7723).

707-709 PENN GALLERIES: These Pittsburgh Cultural Trust galleries offer a full exhibition schedule, including "TXT," an exploration of the multifaceted nature of text by Eric Stern, Dan Waber, Holland Williams and Glenn Wonsettler, opening from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 17 at 707. "Nature in Glass," steel and glass by Gary Guydosh, continues through Oct. 24 at 709. Associated Artists of Pittsburgh present a centennial show at 707 Nov. 26 - Dec. 31, and Deanna Mance & Maria Mangano, Three Rivers Arts Festival Best in Show winners, exhibit Nov. 5 to Jan. 2 at 709. (412-325-7017).

CRAWL: The fall Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District is Oct. 1.

SILVER EYE CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY: "SPECTRA: New Abstract Photography," recent work by Christopher Bucklow, Ellen Carey, Jonathan Lewis, Mariah Robertson and Jason Salavon, opens with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and continues through Nov. 13. "Fellowship 2010" returns, with a reception Dec. 4 (through Jan. 15). (412-431-1810).

THE PITTSBURGH GLASS CENTER: "Hot Stuff," oversized blown glass works by John Miller, remains through Sept. 26, followed by "The Way of the Samsara" by Fumino Hora Nov. 5 through January. The "Art on Fire" gala is Oct. 15 (RSVP by Oct. 1, $95, $125 at door).?(412-365-2145).

MANCHESTER CRAFTSMEN?S GUILD: "Documentary and Divergence," solo exhibitions by Phil Borges and LaToya Ruby Frazier, opens Oct. 15 and continues through March 11. Borges will lecture on his documentation of indiginous and tribal cultures Oct. 21, followed by a reception. Frazier will speak March 3. (412-322-1773).

AMERICAN JEWISH MUSEUM: "SOS @ 75," by the Society of Sculptors, continues through Sept. 29. (At the Squirrel Hill JCC; 412-521-8011).

REGINA GOUGER MILLER GALLERY: "Whatever It Takes: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions" opens with a 5 p.m. Tour of the Steelers Room by Denny DeLuca and 6 - 8 p.m. "The Immaculate Reception" tomorrow (through Jan. 30. (At CMU, 412-268-3618)

HUNT INSTITUTE FOR BOTANICAL DOCUMENTATION: The "13th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration," 110 watercolors, drawings and prints by 72 artists from 15 countries, opens Sept. 24 and continues through Dec. 17. (At CMU, 412-268-2434).

SOUTHERN ALLEGHENIES MUSEUM OF ART: "Challenge VII: dysFUNctional," from The Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, continues at SAMA Loretto through Nov. 6. Wildlife artist George LaVanish exhibits 60 works through Jan. 22, and "Pegi Houck: Seven Decades" features paintings by the 85-year old Cambria County artist. The juried "Biennial 2010" opens from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 20 ($25, members $20). (814-472-3920). SAMA Ligonier Valley hosts its second annual Plein Air Paint Out wherein artists paint outdoors Friday and Saturday, culminating in an exhibition and art sale Sunday. The "Southwestern Pennsylvania Council on the Arts 15th Regional Juried Art Exhibition" opens from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 (free but reservations required), through Feb. 12 (724-238-6015). The "Allied Artists of Johnstown 78th Annual Juried Art Exhibition" holds an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept 24. at SAMA Johnstown (814-269-7234). "S. Scott Steberger: This Land Is Your Land" continues through Jan. 15 at SAMA Altoona, followed Sept. 3 through Dec. 4 by "Artists in Our Midst: Art in Common Annual Juried Exhibition." (1-814-946-4464).

THE BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART: "Holger Kiefel: World Trade Center," photographs of workers at Ground Zero in the aftermath of Sept. 11, continues through Oct. 3. "Ronnie Wood: Paintings, Drawings and Prints," by the singer, guitarist and songwriter who's worked with The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and The Faces, opens with an artist reception from 8-10 p.m. Sept. 21. Free, but invitations must be requested by calling the museum. The reinstallation of the Pierre Soulages mural, formerly of One Oliver Plaza, at the Butler's Trumbull branch will be celebrated with an opening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10. Butler director Louis Zona will talk about the artist at 2 p.m. Other exhibitions include American women artists portraying the figure, organized by the Portrait Society of America (opening 1-3 p.m. Sept. 12), and "Frank Gehry: Prints" (Oct. 3). (Youngstown, Ohio; 1-330-743-1711)

McDONOUGH MUSEUM OF ART: "CINDER," works by CMU faculty member Susanne Slavick made "as our country approaches a decade of war," opens from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17, through Nov. 12. An artist lecture will be given at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29. (YSU, Youngstown, Ohio; 330-941-1400).

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART: The annual Chalk Festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 and noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 19. "Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe," more than 100 works of art designed to hold sacred Christian relics, opens Oct. 17 (through Jan. 17). (216-421-7340).



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