Art Notes: Carnegie Museum wants your best shot

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Carnegie Museum of Art is on a roll. More than 2,000 happy, or at least bemused, people -- bakers and architects, students and faculty, children and seniors -- celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Heinz Architectural Center Saturday with cake, ice cream and a new exhibition. Next week, another event that invites visitor participation will be held, but you can get in on it now. "Oh Snap! Your Take on Our Photographs" will combine new additions to the museum's growing photography collection with photographs submitted by the public -- online now or at the museum Feb. 21.

The night will open at 6 p.m. with a Culture Club salon-style discussion in the exhibition gallery ($10 includes museum admission, discussion and one drink ticket). Following, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., will be the official "Oh Snap!" launch, with DJ Gordy G (of Title Town), a photo booth, light graffiti, snacks and a cash bar with cocktails and Great Lakes brews (free admission). Museum staff will be printing images in the gallery and adding visitor photos to the walls as the project evolves.

"We're looking forward to seeing how audiences help round out 'Oh Snap!,' " said Marilyn Russell, the museum's curator of education, in a press release. "It will be a fantastic avenue for encouraging more than just the viewing of our artworks. We hope to provoke real conversations that will be shared in the galleries."

To submit and/or for information, visit

Show closing

A reminder that "Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851--1939" runs only through Feb. 24 at Carnegie Museum of Art. Almost 200 fascinating objects, from furniture to jewelry, beautifully and often inventively crafted, both of a period and timeless, please the eye while educating about historic and cultural achievements and practices. The show was co-organized by The Carnegie and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. It will travel but this is its largest iteration. Information: 412-622-3131 or

Photography talk

Pittsburgh photographer Dylan Vitone will give a free public talk at 6 p.m. Monday at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Galleries, 477 Melwood Ave., North Oakland. It's held in conjunction with the exhibition "Revealing Place: Photographs From Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas," comprising 108 photographs by 36 students at the University of Missouri, Columbia; St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas; and Carnegie Mellon University. Information: 412-681-5449 or

Networking your flamework

Eunsuh Choi, the Korean-born, Rochester, N.Y.-based artist who is exhibiting at the Pittsburgh Glass Center through June 16, will teach a class there June 3 to 7 on her special application of flameworking, the joining of rods to make sculpture, called networking. Networking classes by other instructors will also be offered at the center in Garfield this season, beginning April 2. Information: 412-365-2145 or


Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: or 412-263-1925. First Published February 13, 2013 5:00 AM


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