Art Notes: Museum gets photo archive grant

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Carnegie Museum of Art has received a $300,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue to add to and maintain the archive of Pittsburgh African-American photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris (1908-1998).

The grant endows an archivist position responsible for overseeing recorded histories, identifying individuals and locations in Mr. Harris' photographs, providing material for exhibitions and entering his imagery into the searchable data base.

To date, thousands of black-and-white images have been scanned, with approximately 15,000 negatives left to do, along with Mr. Harris' color negatives and several thousand feet of 16mm films.

The NEH announced $17.5 million in awards for 246 humanities projects in 41 states and the District of Columbia. Fourteen Pennsylvania grants totaled $1.2 million, including $1,500 to the Hill House Association in support of the project "America's Music: A Film History of Our Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway," and $50,400 to Duquesne University for the project "Modernism, U.S. Cultural Diplomacy and European Leftist Intellectuals during the Cold War."

AIR reception

A free public reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday for "Printwork 2010" at Artists Image Resource, 518 Foreland St., North Side.

The 22 exhibiting artists were chosen from more than 150 applicants from across the U.S. by juror Nicholas Chambers, The Andy Warhol Museum Milton Fine curator of art. The exhibition continues through Jan. 31. Information: 412-321-8664 or

Holiday shops

Molly's Trolleys will provide free rides from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday between the Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., Friendship, and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. Refreshments will be served for holiday shoppers and glassblowing will be demonstrated at the glass center.

You can make your own glass ornament Saturday at the glass center (all ages, $35), where the Holiday Glass Sale continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday. (PGC, 412-365-2145 or; PCA, 412-361-0873 or

Studio tour, East

The Fourth Annual Art Buzz Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the East End. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. Maps will be available at each site, and at

Participants are Glenn Greene, stained glass, 635 S. Braddock Ave., and Diane Wilson, porcelain jewelry, 206 Biddle Ave., both in Regent Square; Carol Scheftic, jewelry and small metal adornments, Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Ave., and Artful Divas, six artists, painting, photography, fiber arts, pottery, clay masks, mixed media, 7105 McClure Ave., both in Swissvale; Boksenbaum Fine Art, 3 artists, painting, drawing, pottery, 2635 Murray Ave., and Stevo's Studio, 4 artists, mosaic, weaving, ceramics, painting, diachroic jewelry, 5800 Alderson St., both in Squirrel Hill.

The Edgewood Elves component, 34 artists at the Edgewood Club, 1 Pennwood Ave., is also a fundraiser for the Edgewood Library, Garden Club (selling holiday greenery) and Fire Department (selling luminarias). Bruna Riccoban will autograph the travel guide to her native Italy that she authored and Lisa Bruno, who makes repurposed pins and hair ornaments, will guide visitors in the creations of cards and small gifts to send to American troops overseas. Other items for sale include photography, fiber arts, painting, handmade soaps, pottery, jewelry, roasted cinnamon nuts and gift baskets. A Chinese Auction will comprise donations from all of the participating artists.

Meet John Waters

John Waters will lead an evening gallery walk Jan. 31 at The Andy Warhol Museum and for $150 you can be one of the select 30 to join him.

The fabled writer/director of cult films like "Pink Flamingoes" and "Hairspray" will be your guide through "Regarding Warhol, 60 Artists, Fifty Years," arriving at The Warhol from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for which he narrated the gallery guide.

Those who have been in his company know that Mr. Waters isn't all you expect him to be -- he's even better, a wry iconoclast tempered by the mid-Atlantic ease of a native Baltimorean. Information and tickets: 412-237-8300 or


Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: or 412-263-1925. First Published December 5, 2012 5:00 AM


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