Art Notes: A year filled with promising exhibitions awaits



At the end of December, I wrote about 10 of the most notable exhibitions of 2012. (For more highlights from last year, see story below.) Today, a brief look at exhibitions to watch for this year:

• "Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years," Andy's work juxtaposed with that of artists he's influenced, organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it debuted, opens Feb. 3. Get into the spirit by attending "This Filthy World," a solo stand-up performance Feb. 1 by famed writer and director John Waters, who narrated the Met's audio guide, at the Carnegie Music Hall. Get closer Jan. 31 on a private exhibition tour with Mr. Waters (limited to 30, $150).

• The flame-worked sculpture of Korean native Eun-Suh Choi, some made in residence at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, in an exhibition opening Feb. 1.

• A celebration of the Heinz Architectural Center's 20th anniversary with an exhibition and Feb. 9 opening party, at Carnegie Museum of Art.

• An appreciation of the life and art of the late Aaronel deRoy Gruber, including an exhibition of her work and related programming, beginning March 9 at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

• The August Wilson Center for African American Culture will shine the spotlight on Pittsburgh artists Leslie Ansley, Jo-Anne Bates and Tina Brewer in an exhibition opening March 15.

• A Carnegie Museum of Art exhibition of rarely shown Japanese woodblock prints from the collection and Japanese ivory carvings acquired by H.J. Heinz from Carnegie Museum of Natural History, opening March 30.

• Fiberart International 2013 opening simultaneously April 19 at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Society for Contemporary Craft.

• The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh returns to Carnegie Museum of Art April 20 for its 102nd Annual Exhibition.

• The 56th Carnegie International opens Oct. 5 with works selected by the curatorial team of Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers and Tina Kukielski as they've traveled the globe over the past year plus.

Andy's time capsules

You can be in on the discovery when catalogers Erin Byrne, Marie Elia and Elaina Vitale open Andy Warhol's Time Capsule TC 540 for the first time 7 p.m. Friday at The Andy Warhol Museum. The artist began filling boxes with the minutiae of his daily life -- receipts, photographs, clothing, etc. -- in 1974; they numbered 600 by his 1987 death and offer an invaluable window into Warhol and his times. Free with museum admission (half-price after 5 p.m.; www.warhol.org).

Calling teens

There's still room in "Think Like a Hacker With Cory Arcangel," a Jan. 26 Carnegie Museum of Art workshop for teens conducted by the artist who brought hacker sensibility to the art in his museum exhibition (through Jan. 27). Low-tech with no prior knowledge of computer programming necessary, all materials provided. Preregistration is $15, $12 members, at www.cmoa.org or 412-622-1976. Mr. Arcangel's band, Title TK (artist Arcangel, musician and writer Alan Licht, artist and curator Howie Chen), is opening for songwriter, performer and Drag City Records stalwart Bonnie "Prince" Billy (aka Will Oldham) at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Carnegie Lecture Hall ($18; students and members $15).

World's Fairs programs

The eye-pleasing "Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851--1939" continues through Feb. 24 at Carnegie Museum of Art with two events scheduled to complement the show (free with museum admission). A 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 screening of the 50-minute film "The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair," a Westinghouse Co. production shot in its 1939 pavilion, will be followed by a discussion led by Rachel Delphia, museum associate curator of decorative arts and design. At 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Annamarie V. Sandecki, archivist at Tiffany & Co., New York, will lecture on "Tiffany at the World's Fairs" from the late 19th through the mid-20th centuries (www.cmoa.org or 412-622-3131).

Conservation programs

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art has scheduled a free series of presentations by experts in conservation and preservation of objects to complement the exhibition "Your Art Needs You!" that invites patrons to adopt an artwork in need of attention. At noon Jan. 16, certified textile conservators Brenda Applegate and Jan Rodgers will examine museum quilts and instruct in how to care for them.

At 6 p.m. Jan. 25, Lauren Lamendola Churilla, curator of the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Collection at Saint Vincent College, will discuss coverlet weaves and patterns, and examine the unique methods needed to conserve them. At noon Feb. 13, Emilie Cohen, a fine arts conservator specializing in picture framing, antique frame restoration, gold leaf and conservation services, will speak about the gilding process and how aging affects a glowing finish (724-837-1500 or www.wmuseumaa.org).

Outsider Fair

If you're traveling to the 2013 Outsider Art Fair, which runs Feb. 1-3 in Chelsea, New York City, plan to hear Daniel Baumann's presentation at 4 p.m. Feb. 3. The 2013 Carnegie International co-curator is also curator of the Adolf Wolfli Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Bern, Switzerland (www.outsiderartfair.com/2013).

Sadly noted

Josienne N. Piller -- Josie to friends, of which she had many -- died Dec. 16 at Excela Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was 56 and is survived by her mother, Barbara Nanney; daughter Julie; four siblings; and companion Robert Myers. Ms. Piller earned a bachelor's degree from Bethany College, W.Va., and a master's degree in art history from the University of Pittsburgh. She taught at Pitt, where she also directed the University Art Gallery for which she curated exhibitions and conducted a review of the collection.

Ms. Piller made a major contribution to the region's cultural heritage by pursuing funds to restore the badly damaged 1885 painting "Fishing on Panther Creek" by George Hetzel, leader of the Scalp Level School. She discovered the painting in a fine arts building storage room. The large work, 56 by 80 inches including frame, was repaired by conservators Christine Daulton and Nancy Bennington.

She also taught at Saint Vincent College, Washington & Jefferson College and Carlow College and conducted a lecture series on the history of art for the Greensburg Art Center.

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Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: mthomas@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1925. First Published January 9, 2013 5:00 AM


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