Carnegie International 2013 doesn't officially arrive until October, but the excitement driven by global art conversations is already in the air. The Carnegie Museum of Art will open contemporary galleries this summer reinstalled to emphasize International purchases, and will return CI2008 artist Susan Philipsz to the Forum Gallery this month. The Frick Art & Historical Center exhibits international figure Vik Muniz, and Mattress Factory presents a house-sized installation by Japanese native Chiharu Shiota. Fans of CI1999 artist Janet Cardiff may see works by her at two Cleveland institutions.
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is also embarking on a large, but very different, project as it breaks ground for a two-year renovation and expansion. Museum staff have been moving supplies and the collection to a location east of Greensburg which will be the temporary site for continuing museum events.
For full listings, watch the Weekend Mag Guide. Following are the major shows to look for.
The 54th Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival returns to Downtown and Point State Park June 7-16; the 39th Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival will be at Twin Lakes Park east of Greensburg July 4-7; the next Cultural District Gallery Crawl is July 12; and the 44th A Fair in the Park closes the summer season in Mellon Park, Shadyside, Sept. 6-8.
CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART
Time is running out to see two popular exhibitions, "Oh Snap! Your Take on Our Photographs" (through Sunday), and "20/20: Celebrating Two Decades of the Heinz Architectural Center" (through May 19). " 'Japan is the Key...': Collecting Prints and Ivories, 1900--1920," more than 50 rarely seen Japanese prints from the museum of art collection and Japanese carved ivories from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History collection, continues through July 21. The "Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 102nd Annual Exhibition" is back at the museum and runs through June 23. "One and the Same," a sound installation by Scottish artist Susan Philipsz (a 2008 Carnegie International artist) based on a medieval Scottish folk song, opens May 18 through July 14. Watch for International 2013-related activities, including a re-install of the contemporary collection and Heinz Architectural Center show. 412-622-3131.
THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM
An Andy Warhol Time Capsule -- one of 600 -- will be opened for the first time by museum Time Capsules Catalogues at 7 p.m. today, sharing the discovery with all in attendance. "Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: S/HE IS HER/E," the British artist/musician's first solo museum exhibition, comprises more than 100 works from the mid-1970s to the present, including what will be an introduction for most to the intriguing notion of pandrogyne. "Caldwell Linker: All Through the Night," a portrait of Pittsburgh's vibrant LGBQT communities made since the photographer moved here in 2007. "Nick Bubash: The Patron Saint of White Guys That Went Tribal and Other Works," a re-creation of the Pittsburgh artist's studio including found object sculpture. He is also owner of Route 60 Tattoo in McKees Rocks and a tattoo artist of national repute. All open June 15 and run through Sept. 15. 412-237-8300.
THE FRICK ART & HISTORICAL CENTER
"A Kind of Alchemy: Medieval Persian Ceramics" continues through June 16. "Clayton Days Revisited: A Project by Vik Muniz" expands upon a 1999 project by the celebrated international artist created in residency at The Frick and includes new work (July 13 to Oct. 27). Mr. Muniz will speak at The Frick in the fall at a date yet to be determined. 412-371-0600.
"Feminist and ...," six artists with six visions, continues through May 26 (Betsy Damon and Carrie Mae Weems pieces leave then, but the other remain for an undetermined time). A site-specific large-scale installation by Japanese-born, German-based artist Chiharu Shiota, at 516 Sampsonia Way, opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. July 12 (continues until the summer 2014). The 2013 Urban Garden Party, Soul Factory: Motown at the Museum, will be held the evening of June 21 (museum closed that day in preparation; call for times and tickets), and the free, family-friendly Community Garden Party will be from 1 to 5 p.m. June 23. 412-231-3169.
WOOD STREET GALLERIES
"Memento Mori," works by Gregory Barsamian, continues through June 16. 412-471-5605.
"On the Glass Surf," Thad Kellstadt's "haunted paradise on the border of fracture and utopia," opens May 17 and continues through June 30. 412-325-7723.
AUGUST WILSON CENTER
"SOLO Exhibits" highlights fiber art, prints, painting and sculpture by Pittsburgh artists Leslie Ansley, Jo-Anne Bates and Tina Brewer, who drew inspiration from their African heritage, the Diaspora, or literal pilgrimages to the African continent (through June 29. 412-258-2700.
SOCIETY FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT
"Fiberart International 2013," 81 works by 64 artists, continues, here and at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, through Aug. 18. 412-261-7003.
SILVER EYE CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
"Continuum: Doug DuBois and Aaron Blum," the first in a series that explores mentorships and influences in contemporary photography, continues through June 1. May 17 Silver Eye hosts its first "8 x 8 PHOTO PARTY," a two-tier party, exhibition and sale of hundreds of 8-inch-square photographs submitted from around the world. Call for tickets, times and information; 412-431-1810.
PITTSBURGH GLASS CENTER
"Consciousness by Eunsuh Choi," large flameworked sculpture, continues through June 16. "Lifeforms," glass inspired by forms in nature, opens July 5 and runs through Nov. 17. 412-365-2145.
PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS
"Fiberart International 2013," 81 works by 64 artists, continues, here and at the Society for Contemporary Craft. "Also Rites of Passage," paintings by Maggie Mills; "Coming Home," a fiber installation by Kay Healy presented in partnership with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia; and "30:2," works by 30 Associated Artists of Pittsburgh members selected by center/Filmmakers' curator Adam Welch, and home furnishing store Weisshouse owner Stacy Weiss. All through Aug. 18. 412-361-0873.
Pittsburgh photographer Mark Perrott's images of E Block, 43 cells in then-closed Western Penitentiary, are exhibited through June 15, but at 6 tonight you may meet the artist who will speak about the project and sign copies of his recently released book "E Block." Opening June 28 is "Ink and Silver," work by advanced photography students Andy Coleman, Danielle Goshay, Ellen Hanna, Brenda Roger and Cynthia Zordich (through Sept. 13). 412-681-5449.
HUNT INSTITUTE FOR BOTANICAL DOCUMENTATION
"What We Collect: Recent Art Acquisitions, 2007-2012," comprising artists working from the 19th century to the present in a variety of media including watercolor, ink, graphite, charcoal, printmaking, nature printing and photography, continues through June 30. The annual Open House will be held June 23 and 24 with talks, tours and opportunities to meet one-on-one with staff to ask questions and see items in the collections (free). 412-268-2434.
WESTMORELAND MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
"Aaronel deRoy Gruber: Art(ist) in Motion" continues through June 2. The big news at the Westmoreland is that work begins soon on the two-year museum renovation and addition -- accompanied by a plethora of events. Keep in mind that the museum will remain open during the main building closure with a full schedule of art camps, programs and exhibitions at their temporary location, Westmoreland @rt 30, 1000 Village Drive, Route 30 East, Greensburg (the former Stickley-Audi Furniture building). A groundbreaking ceremony will be held July 12; a Wrecking Ball from 7 to 9 p.m. July 13 with food, fun and festivities; and a 9 p.m. to midnight Wrecking Ball After Party with a DJ and dancing under blacklights. 724-837-1500.
SOUTHERN ALLEGHENIES MUSEUM OF ART
At SAMA Loretto, "Seeing the Big Picture: Larger-than-Life Work from the Permanent Collection," 22 large-scale paintings, continues through June 15. "Stories Joyfully Embroidered: Shaanxi Folk Textiles from Northern China" opens June 28 (through Oct. 12). 1-814-472-3920. "Highlights from the Permanent Collection: Celebration of the Wolf Family Donations," including works by the likes of Thomas Hart Benton, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and Grant Wood, continues through Aug. 4, followed Aug. 16 by "Frudakis: Two Generations of Sculpture" through Nov. 10 at SAMA Ligonier Valley. 724-238-6015.
THE BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART
The "77th 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 30 and continues through Aug. 18. Jurors are gallery owner Jerald Melberg and painter Thomas McNickle. Youngstown, Ohio; 330-743-1711.
AKRON ART MUSEUM
"Real/Surreal," a traveling exhibition from the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, features more than 60 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs dating from 1930 to 1955. American artists such as Charles Burchfield, Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler and Grant Wood, as well as lesser-knowns, blended Surrealism and Realism in these works from the Whitney's collection. July 20-Nov. 3. Akron, Ohio; 1-330-376-9185.
THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART
Two notable photographers interpret destruction in "American Vesuvius: The Aftermath of Mount St. Helens by Frank Gohlke and Emmet Gowin," through June 2. There's also "The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection," inspiring artists from Ingres to Warhol, through July 7. "Forty-Part Motet," a 40-track audio installation by Canadian artist Janet Cardiff, who was a favorite of the 1999 Carnegie International, runs through June 9. (The exhibition is part of a programming collaboration with MOCA Cleveland, presenting "The Paradise Institute" by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller through June 9; www.mocacleveland.org.). Cleveland, Ohio; 1-216-421-7340.