Three symposia and a lecture series are among major fall public programs offered by regional arts institutions and schools:
The "Colleen Browning Symposium on 20th-Century American Realism" will be Monday at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, in conjunction with exhibitions of the late artist's work at SAMA Loretto and its satellites in Altoona, Johnstown and Ligonier Valley. Speakers will be Henry Adams, curator and educator (formerly at Carnegie Museum of Art and University of Pittsburgh); Gail Levin, Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; and Jonathan Weinberg, artist and visiting professor, history of art, Brown University; moderated by Philip Eliasoph, author of "Colleen Browning: The Enchantment of Realism" and professor, Fairfield University. The symposium will be webcast live. Information: 814-472-3920.
A symposium, "Walter Gay and 'the Spirit of Empty Rooms,' " will be Oct. 6 at the Frick Art & Historical Center in conjunction with the exhibition "Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay." Panelists will be Priscilla Caldwell, catalog contributor and vice president of the James Graham & Sons Gallery, New York; Nina Gray, independent curator, New York; and Isabel Taube, exhibition guest curator and catalog author; moderated by Bill Bodine, director of the Frick Art & Historical Center. Reservations and information ($12, members $10): 412-371-0600 or www.thefrickpittsburgh.org.
A symposium, "The Art of Science: Invention and Innovation at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939," will be Oct. 13 at Carnegie Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition "Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939." Speakers, including exhibition catalog authors, will be Regina Lee Blaszczyk, University of Pennsylvania; Jason T. Busch, Carnegie Museum of Art; Catherine L. Futter, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Stephen Harrison, Cleveland Museum of Art; Ethan Robey, Parsons, The New School for Design; and Kevin W. Tucker, Dallas Museum of Art; moderated by Robert W. Rydell, history professor, Montana State University. Reservations and information, 412-622-3288.
The Carnegie Mellon University School of Art Fall Lecture Series begins Tuesday. The free, public talks, which explore cutting-edge developments in contemporary art, begin at 5 p.m. in Kresge Theater, College of Fine Arts. Information: www.cmu.edu/art/lectures or 412-268-2409. Speakers and dates are:
Sept. 11 -- Camille Utterback, interactive installations and reactive sculptures.
Sept. 18 -- Nicholas van Woert, investigations of historic protest expressed through the alteration and destruction of property.
Sept. 25 -- Julie Heffernan, image streaming to create open narrative paintings.
Oct. 23 -- Graham Harman, professor of philosophy and associate provost for research administration at the American University in Cairo, on the development of object-oriented philosophy.
Oct. 30 -- Charles Atlas, a 2012 Whitney Biennial exhibitor, film and video, live performance and installation.
Nov. 6 -- Moyra Davey, photographer, videographer, storyteller.
Nov. 13 -- Kimsooja, Korean-born multimedia artist who lives and works in New York City, Paris and Seoul.
In addition, at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in Porter Hall 100, the CMU Center for the Arts in Society presents Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, a Los Angeles-based couple whose individual and collaborative work addresses, respectively, trans-feminine and trans-masculine experience.
Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: email@example.com or 412-263-1925.