A celebration of the career and contributions of quintessential Pittsburgh artist Robert Qualters is being held as he approaches his 80th birthday. It all gets started with a reception for "Robert Qualters: A Life," a retrospective exhibition of his work, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside.
The exhibition was curated by Vicky A. Clark, who is also author of the book "Robert Qualters: Autobiographical Mythologies," which was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and will be launched March 13 at the center. An exhibition tour at 6 p.m. will be followed by a 7 p.m. book signing.
A documentary film by Joe and Elizabeth Seamans, "Bob Qualters: The Artist in Action," will debut at 6:30 p.m. March 20 at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., North Oakland. A reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Borelli-Edwards Gallery, 3583 Butler St., Lawrenceville.
Carnegie International 2013 artist Zoe Strauss will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Carnegie Museum of Art. For her International project, Ms. Strauss set up a photography studio in Homestead and for two months held discussions with and made portraits of residents and others who had worked in steel before its decline. Many of the portraits hang in the current International. The Philadelphia artist focuses through her work on the unseen or forgotten people and places of urban America.
After her talk a reception will be held to "celebrate the Homestead residents who sat for portraits and welcomed her to their community." Free; cash bar. Information: www.cmoa.org or 412-622-3131.
An uplifting war movie is rare, and even those usually revolve around heroism tied to ultimate loss. "The Monuments Men," which opens in theaters Friday, tells the fascinating true story of a group of museum directors, artists, architects, curators and art historians who traveled to the front lines of World War II to rescue Western cultural treasures from the Nazis. Read Post-Gazette film critic emeritus Barry Paris' review in Friday's paper.
Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1925.