Summer Times: Art offerings include works by hand and by factory
May 11, 2012 4:00 AM
Edgar Orlaineta's "Solar Do (It-Yourself) Nothing Toy" will be part of The Warhol Museum's "Factory Direct: Pittsburgh."
Impressionism and Paris will fill summer days and nights at Carnegie Museum of Art, while The Andy Warhol Museum focuses eyes on contemporary and future Pittsburgh through 14 artists who explore regional industry. Offerings at other local venues range from American modernists to an Australian glass artist. The Akron Art Museum, a short road trip into Ohio, currently exhibits the late outsider artist Howard Finster and brings in international figure El Anatsui in June.
Following are the major shows to look for.
-- Mary Thomas
The 53rd Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival returns to Point State Park June 1-10; the 38th Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival will be at Twin Lakes Park east of Greensburg July 5-8; the next Cultural District Gallery Crawl is July 13; and the 43rd A Fair in the Park closes the summer in Mellon Park, Shadyside, Sept. 7-9.
CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART
"Impressionism in a New Light: From Monet to Stieglitz" expands the usual Impressionist palette to include contemporaneous Pictorialist photographers, with programs designed to transport participants to the City of Light. The opening event, "The Art and Music of Avant-Garde Paris," begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Carnegie Music Hall with a discussion of Impressionist art and music and performance by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians of Debussy's "Dance for Harp and Strings." A reception and exhibition preview follow (admission; reservations required at 412-622-3288). June 9 contemporary photographers discuss "Light, Time and Apparatus," followed by a reception (free). A cabaret evening July 27 includes period songs, satirical skits and absinthe (admission; preregistration required). The exhibition continues through Aug. 26. Henri Matisse's "The Thousand and One Nights" is on view through July 15. "Whistler and Rebellion in the Art World," prints from the collection," opens Aug. 4 (through Dec. 9). Films by Irish artist Duncan Campbell continue through July 8. 412-622-3131.
THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM
May 13 is the last day for "About Face," portraiture by New York artist Arne Svenson created in residency at Pittsburgh's Wesley Spectrum Highland School, and "Warhol and Cars: American Icons," 40 drawings, paintings, photographs and archival material. "Factory Direct: Pittsburgh" works by 14 contemporary artists invited to conduct residencies in Pittsburgh-based factories, will be at Guardian Self-Storage, 2839 Liberty Ave. (at 29th street and Liberty Avenue), Strip District, June 24-Sept. 9. Extensive programming will complement the exhibition. "Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein," the first comprehensive survey of the founding member of Gran Fury's investigations into art history, paint, politics and form, opens June 23 (ending Sept. 9). 412-237-8300.
THE FRICK ART & HISTORICAL CENTER
"Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children's Book Illustration," a family-friendly exhibition complete with reading nook, continues through May 20. Opening June 16 is "Three Centuries of Printmaking," comprising three complementary exhibitions: "The Prints of Jacques Callot" comprising 35 etchings by the 17th-century master who revolutionized printmaking, and "In the English Manner: Mezzotint Portraits" and "Picturesque Architecture by Thomas Shotter Boys," drawn from the Frick's permanent collection. 412-371-0600.
"Factory Installed," new site-specific works by six international artists chosen from 600 submissions by museum co-directors Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk and independent curator Katherine Talcott, through May 27. "Gestures: Intimate Friction," curated by Mary-Lou Arscott, CMU School of Architecture, is at the 1414 Monterey Street galleries through Nov. 30. The 2012 Urban Garden Party, Alice at the Factory, will be held the evening of June 15 (museum closed that day in preparation; call for tickets), and the free, family-friendly Community Urban Garden Party from noon to 5 p.m. June 17. 412-231-3169.
WOOD STREET GALLERIES
"Global Navigators," eight international artists exhibit here and at SPACE as a part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Distinctly Dutch Festival, continues through June 17. "Path: Installation by Elin Hansdottir" remains through June at 943 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 412-471-5605.
"Global Navigators," eight international artists exhibit here and at Wood Street as a part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Distinctly Dutch Festival, continues through June 17. 412-325-7723.
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"Global Navigators," works by Guido van der Werve, through June 17.
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"Girls 'N' Guns: Rachel Nieborg and Ine Mulder," two Dutch photographers reinterpret Old Masters still life, through June 17.
SOCIETY FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT
"Transformation 8: Contemporary Works in Small Metals, The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founders Prize Exhibition" remains through June 30. Opening July 20 is "Humor in Craft," 33 highly ironic, political, sarcastic, and just plain amusing works by 33 makers from across the U.S. and abroad (through Oct. 27). The SCC joins venues across the U.S. celebrating the 50th anniversary of the development of studio art glass in America by exhibiting local artists Drew Hine, Jon Sirockman, Theo Keller and Bill Zarvas at The Satellite Gallery, BNY Mellon Center, through Sept. 30. 412-261-7003.
SILVER EYE CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
The Fellowship 2012 International Photography Competition opens with a gallery talk with award winners Akihiko Miyoshi and Isa Leshko, and juror Julie Saul, owner and director of Julie Saul Gallery, New York City, at 6 p.m. followed by a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Ms. Saul will speak about her gallery, the contemporary market, collecting and finding representation from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday ($15, members free, registration required). 412-431-1810.
PITTSBURGH GLASS CENTER
"ASPIRE: A Retrospective of Young Talent" with works by 22 emerging artists, continues through May 20. Opening June 1 is "10 Years of Bottles and Bobs: A Survey" showcasing seminal Australian glass artist Nick Mount (through July 15). "American Idols," glass busts of all 43 U.S. presidents by artist John Moran are exhibited together for the first time, Aug. 3 to Nov. 10. 412-365-2145.
PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Opening tonight, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. are "2012: End of Time," Pittsburgh Print Group; "Lenses and Filters: A View Through the Needle's Eye," Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh; "TONE IT UP!," Pittsburgh Society of Artists; "Recreation/Renewal/Rebirth," Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors; Short Films by Pittsburgh Filmmakers members Andrew Batista, Matthew Day and Andrew Kelemen ($5 donation, members free; continues through July 22). 412-361-0873.
"New Works, New Problems," a mixed-media exhibit by eight Pittsburgh-based artists, continues through July 22. 412-681-5449.
AUGUST WILSON CENTER
"Richmond Barthe: His Life in Art," the first African-American sculptor to achieve international critical success, July 13-Sept. 15. 412-258-2700.
HUNT INSTITUTE FOR BOTANICAL DOCUMENTATION
"Native Pennsylvania, A Wildflower Walk" continues through June 29. The annual Open House will be held June 24-25 with talks, tours and opportunities to meet one-on-one with staff to ask questions and see items in the collections. 412-268-2434.
WESTMORELAND MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
The 2012 "Westmoreland Juried Biennial," work by 101 artists who live within a 150-mile radius of Greensburg, continues through July 22. At 7 p.m. May 18 exhibiting artists will participate in a Biennial Panel Discussion (free). Other artist talks will be held June 8 and 20 and July 13. "Modern Dialect: American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection," 40 artists of American Scene and modernist paintings from the 1930s and '40s, opens Aug. 11 and continues through November. 724-837-1500.
SOUTHERN ALLEGHENIES MUSEUM OF ART
At SAMA Loretto, "Seeing and Believing: Art Encounters Faith," the dialogue between art and religion reflected in the museum's collection, opens May 18 and runs through Dec. 8. 1-814-472-3920. "People, Places and Things: Works by William DeBernardi. 136 oil paintings by the noted Pittsburgh artist, remain through Aug. 12 at SAMA Ligonier Valley. 724-238-6015.
THE BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART
The "76th National Midyear Exhibition," an annual juried exhibition open to artists who reside within the United States and/or its territories, which often includes Pittsburgh artists, opens June 24 and continues through Aug. 19. Museum director Lou Zona begins a summer lecture series at 2 p.m. June 17 with "Joan Mitchell and the Second Generation of Abstract Expressionism." The series continues monthly into fall. Youngstown, Ohio; 1-330-743-1711.
AKRON ART MUSEUM
"Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard Finster," a survey of the late outsider artist's career organized by Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, continues through June 3. "Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui," featuring 12 recent, monumental wall and floor sculptures by the internationally exhibited Nigerian-based artist, opens June 16 with an artist lecture and reception, and runs through Oct. 7. Akron, Ohio; 1-330-376-9185.
CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART
"Rembrandt in America," a look at the collecting history of Rembrandt paintings in the U.S., remains through May 28. "Modern Gothic: John Taylor Arms," American printmaker, opens June 9 (through Sept. 30), and "Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties," 120 works organized by the Brooklyn Museum," opens July 1 through Sept. 16. Cleveland, Ohio; 1-216-421-7340.