Art notes: Warhol celebrates its 20th anniversary with gala, community day

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The Andy Warhol Museum will close at 5 p.m. Friday and remain closed during the day Saturday in preparation for its 20th Anniversary Gala Saturday night.

A free public 20th Anniversary Community Day celebration will begin at midnight and continue through 5 p.m. Sunday. New York DJs AndrewAndrew will entertain from midnight till 2 a.m. Activities including hands-on art making and studio programs run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and an author talk and book signing of “Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up” with author and former Interview magazine editor Bob Colacello is at 3 p.m.

Hillman Photography Initiative

Two important events from the newly launched Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art take place this weekend.

Culture Club, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, is structured around the opening of “Stray Light” in the Forum Gallery. The exhibition comprises color photography, sculpture and a video installation by David Hartt reflecting on the iconic Chicago headquarters of Johnson Publishing Co. At 6:30 p.m. a discussion will be held in the museum theater with Mr. Hartt; Felix Burrichter, editor and creative director of PIN-UP; and Dan Byers, Carnegie curator of modern and contemporary art. It will be followed by a reception with cash bar. The gallery remains open until 9 p.m. Also present will be artists-in-residence Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar of The Sandbox, part of the Hillman Photography Initiative. It is free with museum admission.

A conversation, “The Sandbox: Social Studies With Eline Mugaas and Tina Kukielski,” will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Carnegie Museum of Art, part of the Hillman Photography Initiative. Ms. Kukielski is an Initiative curator. Ms. Mugaas, an Oslo-based artist, is co-founder and maker of the zine series ALBUM#. They’ll discuss the zine’s recurring themes of desire, melancholy, motherhood, nudity and lonely men. A reception with coffee and cookies will follow. Free with museum admission. Information: 412-662-3131 or

Makerspace grant

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh will receive a $425,192 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, D.C., in support of a project to help libraries and museums develop makerspaces and programs. Hands-on, mentor-led learning environments known as makerspaces have become popular in recent years and the project will create guides for museum and library professionals. The Children's Museum will work in conjunction with the North Carolina State University Library, Exploratorium, Chicago Public Library and Maker Education Initiative, among others.“This grant positions libraries and museums as innovation hubs and reinforces their roles as anchor learning institutions in their communities,“ said IMLS director Susan Hildreth in a press release.

 2-Minute Film entries

The 2-Minute Film Festival returns to the Sculpture Court at Carnegie Museum of Art July 10 with the theme “Outer Space.” The deadline for film submissions -- a broad interpretation of the subject is encouraged -- is June 20. Details:

Catholic Arts entries

The fifth Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition will be held in the fall at The Saint Vincent Gallery, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe. Entries must be submitted by Aug. 1. Applications, guidelines and other information are at or call 724-805-2107.


Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: or 412-263-2588.

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