Fall Arts Preview: Art


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Mark your calendars for a lively and invigorating fall with exhibitions ranging from elegant to racy and, in this election year, political.

Carnegie Museum of Art launches "Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939," and the Frick Art & Historical Center presents "Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay," reminders of a more formal era.

The Andy Warhol Museum and Mattress Factory break that bubble with "Warhol: Headlines," works derived from Warhol's infatuation with tabloid headlines, and "Feminist and ...," a multivocal, multigenerational, multicultural consideration of feminism. CMU's Miller Gallery takes on topical health care, and Silver Eye Center for Photography the changing American Dream, while the Society for Contemporary Craft provides humor-filled release.

Following are other season highlights. Watch the Weekend Mag calendar for a complete listing of new shows as they're announced.

CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART: "Natural History," contemporary art from the museum's collection that features engagement with nature, landscape and the built environment, continues through Oct. 14. Curator Dan Byers and Carnegie Museum of Natural History scientists will talk about the show's ideas at the Sept. 27 Culture Club ($10 includes museum admission, discussion and one drink ticket).

"Whistler and Rebellion in the Art World," comprising prints by James Abbott McNeill Whistler from the Carnegie's collection, continues through Dec. 2. Author and Whistler scholar Linda Merrill will discuss the at-times contentious artist at 6 p.m. Nov. 10.

"Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939" debuts with a black-tie gala with cocktail reception and dinner Oct. 12 (continuing through Feb. 24). A related symposium, "The Art of Science: Invention and Innovation at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939," with presentations by a half-dozen scholars, will be Oct. 13.

"White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes" visits six global sites that illustrate how museums are beginning to morph into hybrids of architecture, art and nature. It opens with a lecture by Iwan Baan, who photographed the sites for the exhibition and catalog, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21; continuing through Jan. 13 in the Heinz Architectural Center.

"Cory Arcangel: Masters" opens at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 with a performance by the New York-based artist who employs ready-made digital technology as his primary medium. A reception follows. The exhibition runs through Jan. 27 (412-622-3131).

THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM: This is the last week to see "Factory Direct: Pittsburgh," 14 international artists who created work while in residence at local businesses (also at Guardian Self-Storage, 2839 Liberty Ave., Strip District), and "Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein," a comprehensive survey of two decades of art-making by the activist artist and founding member of Gran Fury (through Sept. 9).

"Warhol: Headlines" brings together 80 works by the artist, known for his obsession with sensation, and the cheesy headlines that inspired them (Oct. 14-Jan. 6). "Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After," a major mid-career retrospective of 75 paintings, photographs and sculpture by the New York artist made over her three-decade career, opens Oct. 27 and continues through Jan. 6. A discussion with Ms. Kass; David Carrier, former CMU philosophy professor; and Eric Shiner, Warhol Museum director, will be 2 p.m. Oct. 26 (412-237-8300).

THE FRICK ART MUSEUM: "Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay," opulent late 19th- and early 20th-century American and European residential interiors, opens Oct. 5 at the Frick Art & Historical Center. A symposium, "Walter Gay and 'the Spirit of Empty Rooms,' " with New York-based curators and gallerist, will be Oct. 6 (412-371-0600).

MATTRESS FACTORY: "Gestures: Intimate Friction," a dozen artists, architects and activists, fuel the museum's 1414 Monterey St. site, guest curated by Mary-Lou Arscott and continuing through Jan. 6. "Feminist and ...," guest curated by Hilary Robinson, explores feminism through the eyes of six international women artists. The exhibition opens from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 7 and continues through May 26 (412-231-3169).

WESTMORELAND MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART: "Modern Dialect: American Paintings From the John and Susan Horseman Collection," 40 American Scene and modernist paintings from the 1930s and 1940s, organized by The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tenn. (through Nov. 4). Barbara Jones, museum chief curator, will give a gallery talk at 7 p.m. Sept. 21. At 7 p.m. Oct. 26, Michael Carey's talk "Light Amidst the Clouds" will address how the cultural shockwaves of pre-WWII America parallel many of the problems faced by society today. Mr. Carey is professor of history and political science, Seton Hill University, Greensburg. "Merrell & Morrill," abstract painting by Clayton Merrell and Michael Morrill, continues through Nov. 4. The artists will give a gallery talk at 7 p.m. Oct. 12. In conjunction with Carnegie Museum of Art's World's Fairs exhibition, Ms. Jones will talk about the more than 20 artists who exhibited at those events and have work in the Westmoreland's permanent collection at 7 p.m. Nov. 9. Museum docent Joanne Highberger will lead a similar tour at noon Dec. 5. The artworks are marked with a Ferris Wheel icon so they may be found by visitors at other times. The Art in the Kitchen Tasting Tour, a driving tour of community kitchens, returns Oct. 6. "Our Art Needs You," opening Nov. 17, will give individual or groups of visitors a chance to adopt a collection artwork in need of conservation (ending in February) (221 N. Main St., Greensburg; 724-837-1500).

PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS: "2012 Artist of the Year" Charlee Brodsky and "2012 Emerging Artist of the Year" Vanessa German exhibitions continue through Oct. 28. Ms. German will present an artist talk and performance at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 and give a talk and exhibition tour at 1 p.m. Oct. 6. Ms. Brodsky will give an artist talk and exhibition tour at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 (412-361-0873).

PITTSBURGH FILMMAKERS: "#You'reTearingMeApart," new work by Kyle Vannoy, Nina Marie Barbuto and Gina Salorino, continues through Sept. 20 (412-681-5449).

SOCIETY FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT: "Humor in Craft," guest curated by Brigitte Martin, author of a book by the same title, found something to smile about in works created in a variety of media, technique and interpretations of what constitutes humor. "Food Play" comprises Dan Krueger's vintage toy trucks (from the 1950s and '60s) reconfigured into kitchen implements (both through Oct. 27). At the Society's BNY Mellon Center Satellite Gallery, "Pittsburgh Studio Glass" -- featuring Drew Hine, Theo Keller, Jon Sirockman and Bill Zarvis -- celebrates the 50th anniversary of the studio art glass movement in America, through Sept. 30 (412-261-7003).

WOOD STREET GALLERIES: "The City & the City: Artwork by London Writers," British-based new media and installation artists, opens from 5:30-9 p.m. Sept. 28 during the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Downtown Gallery Crawl (through Dec. 31). An evening of readings, artists' talks and discussions with five of the exhibitors will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at SPACE gallery, a block away (412-471-5605).

SPACE: "Circles of Commotion and Moving Pauses," four artists construct and assemble digital elements to form "dynamic perceptual architectures for an exhibition and catalog," opening Sept. 7 and continuing through Nov. 18 (412-325-7723).

GALLERY CRAWL: The fall Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District is Sept. 28.

SILVER EYE CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY: "No Job No Home No Peace No Rest: An Installation by Will Steacy," a chronicle and critique of the status of the American Dream, opens with a gallery talk by the artist and Silver Eye executive director Ellen Fleurov at 6:30 p.m., followed by an artist reception from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 14 (free and public). The exhibition continues through Dec. 15. "A Conversation With Will Steacy" will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at 3803 Butler St., 2nd floor, Lawrenceville, followed by a book signing and reception. The show's title comes from the Bruce Springsteen song "The Ghost of Tom Joad." Central is "The Beast," a 170-foot-long collage comprising thousands of newspaper clippings, his photographs and found objects, shown for the first time in its entirety (412-431-1810).

THE PITTSBURGH GLASS CENTER: "American Idols," artist John Moran's quirky take on the presidents through 43 busts that contemporize them, continues through Nov, 10. High school artists strut their stuff in the "SiO2 Glass Exhibition" from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14?(412-365-2145).

REGINA GOUGER MILLER GALLERY: "Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture," intersections between health, architecture and urban design, opens with curators-led exhibition tours from 4:30-6 p.m. and reception from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 14 (exhibition continues through Feb. 24). (At CMU, 412-268-3618.)

HUNT INSTITUTE FOR BOTANICAL DOCUMENTATION: "Portraits of a Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium," 48 American botanical artists who are revitalizing the centuries-old tradition of the florilegium by creating a lasting archive of watercolors and drawings of the plants growing at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, opens Sept. 21 and runs through Dec. 16. (At CMU, 412-268-2434.)

SAINT VINCENT GALLERY: "German Baroque Master Drawings: From the Saint Vincent Art Collections," 40 works from the late 16th to early 18th centuries, opens with a free public reception on Sept. 13, from 6-8:30 p.m. (through Oct. 7). This is the first time the drawings are being publicly exhibited. The fourth "Nationwide Catholic Arts Competition Exhibition" will follow, Oct. 30-Dec. 9. (At Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, 724-805-2197.)

SOUTHERN ALLEGHENIES MUSEUM OF ART: The Colleen Browning Symposium on 20th Century American Realism, featuring four nationally recognized scholars, will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 10 at Loretto and simultaneously podcast. It's scheduled in conjunction with four exhibitions of Ms. Browning's work at the SAMA headquarters in Loretto and at its three satellite spaces. "Colleen Browning: Magic Realist" continues through Oct. 13 at Loretto, where "Biennial 2012" arrives Oct. 26, through Jan. 26 (1-814-472-3920). "Colleen Browning: The Early Years" continues through Nov. 4 at Ligonier Valley, followed by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Council on the Arts 17th Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition, Nov. 16 (through Feb. 10). The annual Paint Out, artists outdoors, is Sept. 28-30 (724-238-6015). "Colleen Browning: Illustrator and Printmaker" continues through Oct. 6 at SAMA Johnstown (1-814-269-7234). "Colleen Browning: Drawings" continues through Jan. 12 at SAMA Altoona (1-814-946-4464).

THE BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART: "The Legacy of Currier and Ives: Shaping the American Spirit," a survey of prints organized by the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Mass., opens Sept. 16 and continues through Jan. 20. The Bill Viola video installation "The Raft," a metaphor for today's world, continues through Dec. 30 (Youngstown, Ohio; 1-330-743-1711).

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART: "Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties," paintings, sculpture and photographs, continues through Sept. 16. "Modern Gothic: The Etchings of John Taylor Arms," extraordinarily detailed, ends Sept. 30. "Mary Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal in 10th-Century Paris," images of women by Cassatt and her contemporaries drawn primarily from the museum collection, opens Oct. 13 (through Jan. 21). "Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes," the first exhibition of its kind in North America to explore the Peruvian empire that flourished between 600 and 1000, runs Oct. 28-Jan. 6 (1-216-421-7340).

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