The second part of the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial will open with a public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., Garfield. The Biennial, which was established in 1994 by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts where it is based, will present in eight venues this year. The Glass Center is a first-time participant along with Mattress Factory and SPACE gallery. Part one opened at Carnegie Museum of Art July 19.
The curator is center executive director Heather McElwee, who invited seven artists who have not previously worked in glass. Each worked in collaboration with one of five glass artists who teach at the center.
The artists new to glass are Bob Beckman, Jeremy Boyle, Toby Fraley, Vanessa German, Juliet Pusateri, Will Schlough and Kara Skylling. The glass artists are Melissa Fitzgerald, Jason Forck, Ashley McFarland, Travis Rohrbaugh and Margaret Spacapan.
The exhibition continues through Oct. 26. The center is open daily.Admission is free. Information: www.pittsburghglasscenter.org or 412-365-2145.
Halston’s niece to speak
Lesley Frowick, niece of the late fashion designer Halston, will discuss her uncle’s achievements at 7 p.m. Friday at The Andy Warhol Museum. She will be joined by Nicholas Chambers, museum curator of art. Ms. Frowick worked closely with Halston and his high fashion milieu in the 1980s. Her book on the life of Halston will be published by Rizzoli in the fall. She is a freelance photographer working in the National Geographic Creative division at NatGeo. The talk complements the exhibition “Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede.” Free with museum admission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; seating is limited. The exhibition continues through Aug. 24. Information: www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
Paul Zelvansky performance
An evening of poetry and performance will be held next Wednesday at City of Asylum, 324 Sampsonia Way, North Side. A poetry reading by Jeff Oaks and Jenny Johnson will begin at 6 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by “Songs of Love and Rage Kara-oke,” a performance by artist Paul Zelevansky. Mr. Zelevansky is a filmmaker and the creator of artists’ books such as the trilogy “The Case for the Burial of Ancestors.” Information: www.cityofasylumpittsburgh.org.
Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1925.