Summer Times

Visual feasts from the art world

Halston comes to The Warhol, Degas comes to The Frick and the Hillman Photography Initiative brings groundbreaking perceptual inventiveness to the Carnegie. Local artists receive deserved attention in 2014 Artist of the Year (Hyla Willis) and 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year (Mia Tarducci Henry) exhibitions at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the 103rd Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual Exhibition at Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial which begins its multiple venue openings at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Center for the Arts and Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Following are season highlights. Look for updates, and events at other venues, in Weekend Mag throughout the summer.


The 55th annual Three Rivers Arts Festival opens June 6, stretching from Point State Park to the festival offices on Liberty Avenue, Downtown, through June 15; the 40th annual Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival will be at Twin Lakes Park east of Greensburg July 3-6; and the 37th annual A Fair in the Park closes the summer season in Mellon Park, Shadyside, Sept. 5-7.


“Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede,” an examination of the interconnected lives and creative practices of the two trend-setting superstars through 40 Halston creations, artwork and archival materials, continues through Aug. 24. The exhibition was organized by The Warhol and Halston’s niece Lesley Frowick. 412-237-8300 or


“Teenie Harris Photographs: Baseball in Pittsburgh,” 25 photographs and newly digitized 16mm film footage by the noted Pittsburgh Courier photographer, continues through Sept. 22. “Outtakes,” photographs and film works by 2013 Carnegie International artists Rodney Graham, Pierre Leguillon, Joel Sternfeld and Zoe Strauss, not previously exhibited, continues through Sept. 1. “The Sandbox: At Play With the Photobook,” continues through July 28. Remaining related events are The Sandbox: Time & Place with Nicholas Muellner, June 7; The Sandbox: Archives, June 21, and The Sandbox: Science Fiction and Dreams, June 29. “David Hartt: Stray Light,” reflections on the iconic headquarters of the Johnson Publishing Company in Chicago, continues through Aug. 11.

“Small Prints, Big Artists: Masterpieces from the Renaissance to Baroque,” 200 works from the museum collection, many of which have not been on view in decades, opens May 31 and the related “Faked, Forgotten, Found: Four Renaissance Paintings Investigated,” a conservators’ forensic analysis, opens June 28. Both continue through Sept. 15. Related programming includes a “Coffee with the Curator,” Linda Batis, June 2; a “Culture Club” with six contemporary musicians and composers responding to the masterworks, June 12; a lecture June 27 on uncovering master engravers’ secrets by RISD professor Andrew Raftery, who will also lead a workshop June 28 (fees). An art history class on “The Prints of Bruegel, Durer, Schongauer and Rembrandt” will begin July 17 (fee). “Outer Space,” the fourth installment of the 2-Minute Film Festival, will be held July 10. “Corey Escoto: Sleight of Hand,” recent work by the Texas native and Pittsburgh resident that is part of the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial, July 19 through Sept. 29.

In the Heinz Architectural Center “Architecture + Photography,” images from the collection that show the rich symbiosis between architecture and photography, continues through May 26, followed June 9 by “Architecture Explorations,” objects from the collection chosen to complement summer camps and workshops, through Aug. 11. 412-622-3131.


“An American Odyssey: The Warner Collection of American Painting,” 50 paintings from an Alabama collector by such icons of American art as Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer and Childe Hassam, continues through May 25. “Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist—Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle,” comprising more than 100 works on paper, opens June 28 and continues through Oct. 5. 412-371-0600.


“Detroit: Artists In Residence” has been extended: Scott Hocking’s “Coronal Mass Ejection” will leave June 1; all other works stay through June 29. The eight-room house installation by Chiharu Shiota, “Trace of Memory,” remains through Sept. 12. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m May 31 for “Sites of Passage: Borders, Walls & Citizenship,” investigating art as a catalyst for dialogue through the work of 11 artists from the U.S., Israel and Palestine (admission). The exhibition runs through July 27 with “Drinks + Dialogue” with the curator and artists June 5 (admission), curator talks and art labs. Also at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. The 17th annual Urban Garden Party will be held June 20 and the Community Garden Party June 22. Sculptor, site-specific installation artist and gardener Rose Clancy transforms another abandoned city lot, July 1. 412-231-3169.


“Electrified,” the North American premieres of two installations by artists Edwin van der Heide and Alexandre Burton that pay homage to the pioneering work of Nikola Tesla and his experiments in electricity, X-rays and wireless communication (through June 22). 412-471-5605.


“Psychic Panic,” a group show curated by Pittsburgh native and Brooklyn resident Olivia Ciummo, through June 29. 412-325-7723.


Tom Sarver is an occasional presence at his “The Occasional Market” at this Cultural Trust gallery, spinning records, performing puppets, and maybe shilling his work, through June 22.


“Transformation 9: Contemporary Works in Ceramics,” 31 artists exhibit in this biennial juried show, continuing through Nov. 1. 412-261-7003.


“Here & Now: Queer Geographies in Contemporary Photography” continues through July 19. The films “High Art” and “The Ballad of Sexual Dependence” will be screened at 7 p.m. May 29. Founder and curator Harrison Apple will speak about the Pittsburgh Queer History Project and about the importance of self-documentation at 7 p.m. July 18. Both events free but space is limited and reservations are requested to A Trans Night with the Initiative for Transgender Leadership will be held June; contact Silver Eye for more information. 412-431-1810.


“Breaking Through: Moving 4ward,” works created in residency at the center by emerging artists Lisa Demagall, Laura Beth Konopinski, Anna Mlasowsky and Nadine Saylor, continues through July 20. The center portion of the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial opens Aug. 1 and continues through Oct. 26. The Summer Lecture Series, free and public, continues at 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 13 (no lecture July 16). Speakers include internationally respected glass artists in Pittsburgh to teach summer classes. 412-365-2145.


Exhibitions of 2014 Artist of the Year Hyla Willis and 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year Mia Tarducci Henry continue through July 20. “My Black Hole,” a video installation by Jennie Thwing; “Small Pieces Tied to Something Bigger,” sculpture and prints by Jake Beckman; and “BETWIXT and BETWEEN — Liminal Object,” sculptural objects and prints by Jeanne Jaffe, all also continue through July 20 and are part of an ongoing collaboration between the center and Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia. The Center for the Arts portion of the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial opens Aug. 15, through Nov. 2. 412-361-0873.


“Sites of Passage: Borders, Walls & Citizenship,” investigating art as a catalyst for dialogue through the work of 11 artists from the U.S., Israel and Palestine, opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. June 6 and continues through Aug. 1. Also at Mattress Factory. The Filmmakers portion of the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial arrives Aug. 15 and stays through Oct. 19. 412-681-5449.


‘Duets,” pairings of botanical art with items from the collection created between the 16th and 21st centuries, continues through June 30. The annual Open House will be held June 29 offering talks about the botanical exploration of the Americas, a gallery tour and opportunity to meet one-on-one with staff to ask questions and see items in the collections. 412-268-2434.


“Synagogues of Prague and Budapest: David Aschkenas,” 23 images by the Pittsburgh photographer that are simultaneously being exhibited at the Jubilee Synagogue in Prague, remain through June 30. 412-697-3555.


While its flagship building undergoes renovation, the museum continues to operate out of its temporary headquarters, Westmoreland @rt 30, along Route 30 between Greensburg and Latrobe. The big summer show is the 103rd Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual Exhibition which begins June 1, will have a public opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. June 14, and continue through Aug. 31. Pop-Up Exhibitions continue with Mark Panza and Rachel Yoke through Sunday; Joshua Hogan, Jay Knapp and Kuzana Ogg, June 4 - 29; Jeff Brunner, July 2-27; Sue Pollins, Doreen Currie, Brian Laurich, July 30-Aug. 31. “Who Let the Dogs Out?,” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7, will include art activities and a wall of pet images.Bring your dog to the outdoor activities or play with (or adopt) one from Pet Friends of Irwin. Free; suggested pet food donation. Pop-Up Studios include a workshop with Robert Bowden June 21 (fee). 724-837-1500.


”Arriving in Style: Recent Acquisitions of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art,” 76 paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture, remains through June 14 at Loretto. “Wall-to-Wall Kamal,” a retrospective of the work of Kamal Youssef, opens June 27 and will have a cocktail reception Aug. 15 (through Oct. 11). (1-814-472-3920) “Scrap Redefined: Works by Mei Greer and Ronald Nigro” continues through Aug. 10 at Ligonier Valley (724-238-6015). “The Art of Healing Exhibition: Reflections 2014,” 40 works created by patients during SAMA’s Museum/Healthcare Partnership Program residencies at the John P. Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute, runs through June 6 at Johnstown followed by “Face of India: Photography by Donald M. Robinson” June 13 - Aug. 22 (1-814-269-7234). Fifty works by Peter Calaboyias are at Altoona through August 9 (1-814-946-4464).


“Kim Novak: Pastel Paintings,” 27 pastels and watercolors inspired by spirituality and nature by the now retired star of classic Hollywood films, continues through June 29. “Maurice Sendak: 50 Year Tribute” celebrates the golden anniversary of “Where the Wild Things Are” with original drawings from the book, studies and other archival materials. The 78th National Midyear Exhibition opens July 27 and continues through Sept. 7. Youngstown, Ohio; 1-330-743-1711.

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