Los Angeles-based artist Michael Williams will be at the opening reception of his first solo museum exhibition in the United States from 7-8 p.m. Thursday at Carnegie Museum of Art. He and Eric Crosby, the museum’s Richard Armstrong curator of modern and contemporary art, will hold a public conversation about contemporary painting and the creative process in the gallery. (Free, museum admission not required.)
Mr. Williams’ oversized works are layered in imagery and media, combining banal and conceptual, printed digital drawings and oil paint, commentary and dark humor. He has exhibited internationally and brings a suite of new paintings and a series of drawings to The Carnegie.
Stay for “Third Thursday” from 8-10 p.m. with drawing activities, contemporary art tours and dancing to beats from DJ SMI. Advance tickets are $10, $8 for members and $5 for students at http://cmoa.org. Tickets at the door are $15 or $10 for members and students $10.
Oaths and Epithets
A public opening for the exhibition “Oaths and Epithets: Works by Sonya Clark will be held from 5:30-8 pm. Friday at the Society for Contemporary Craft, 2100 Smallman St., Strip District. Ms. Clark explores the stories buried within everyday objects from thread spools to gold, with a particular emphasis on the texture, styling and politics of black hair.
Ms. Clark is chair of the draft and material studies department, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts, Richmond. She has exhibited on five continents and her work is in collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
The exhibition continues through Aug. 19. Information: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003.
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