Carnegie Museum of Art is bringing back the 2-Minute Film Festival after a year's absence. The theme of the third installment, which will be screened in the museum's Sculpture Court July 18, is "At Play," a notion that informs the 2013 Carnegie International, which opens in the fall but has already spawned a Lozziwurm play park in front of the museum.
Filmmakers' submissions will be accepted until June 21. People's Choice and Juror's Choice prizes will be awarded. New this year is that films chosen for screening will also be placed on the festival website where visitors may vote ahead. Enter and/or vote: 2mff.cmoa.org.
At noon today Renee Piechocki, founding director of Pittsburgh's Office of Public Art, artist and public art consultant, will talk about art in the public square and the challenges of upkeep. At 6 p.m. Friday Pittsburgh filmmaker Kenneth Love will speak about the making of the documentary "Aaronel deRoy Gruber: A Life in Art." Both are free and at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. (724-837-1500 or www.wmuseumaa.org.)
The 1877 painting "Fishing on Lake George" by Charles Henry Gifford (1839-1904) has been given to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, in honor of two decades of service by director/CEO Judith Hansen O'Toole. The selection of the Luminist work also recognizes Ms. O'Toole's expertise in 19th-century landscape painting. Donor Richard M. Scaife also gifted the Greensburg museum with the undated genre painting "A Stitch in Time" by Harry Roseland (1866-1904).
AAP @ Culture Club
Culture Club at Carnegie Museum of Art Thursday will feature The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 102nd Annual Exhibition. Socializing begins at 5:30 p.m. and at 6 p.m. a salon-style conversation will be led in the galleries by exhibiting artists Atticus Adams, Seth Clark and Kara Skylling. Admission, $10, includes museum admission and one drink ticket. (412-622-3131 or www.cmoa.org.)
Fiber talk, workshop
Massachusetts based mixed media artist Jodi Colella (www.JodiColella.com) will speak on "Art at the Intersection of Science, Materials, and Process" at 7 p.m. Friday at the Society for Contemporary Craft, 2100 Smallman St., Strip District. The talk is sponsored by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, presenter of "Fiberart International 2013," at the society and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Admission is $5.
Ms. Colella will conduct a "Fiber Sculpture" workshop Saturday and Sunday at the society ($200 plus $25 materials fee). Information or register at 412-261-7003, extension 25.
Rock star seance
Punk rocker and author Ian Svenonius held a seance to ask deceased rock stars why they started their rock 'n' roll bands and what they think of rock consumerism, then collected the answers in his new book "Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll group." He'll share the answers during a free performance Friday at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Sound Stage, 477 Melwood Ave., N. Oakland. Attendees should arrive by 8 p.m. A Q&A session will follow. Information: 412-681-5449.
The Washington-based singer has been front man for Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up and Chain & the Gang.
The Library Journal review of "Strategies" reads: "... can be seen both as skewering the cultural idolatry associated with rock and as genuine counsel. Verdict: Svenonius' sociopolitical analysis of rock and roll is intellectually interesting, as when he posits that the genre was 'brought about by the industrial revolution, the harnessing of electricity, and the miscegenation of various poor, exploited, and indentured cultures in the USA.' "
Four local museums are participating in Saturday's national Art Museum Day by offering free admission:
• The Frick Art & Historical Center, Point Breeze, will give free docent-led tours Saturday of Clayton, the restored home of the Henry Clay Frick family. Reservations are strongly recommended, as tour space is limited, at 412-371-0600. Admission to The Frick Art Museum and the Car and Carriage Museum is always free. (www.TheFrickPittsburgh.org) The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, will offer free admission Saturday. (724-837-1500 or www.wmuseumaa.org)
• Carnegie Museum of Art will participate on Thursday, with free admission from 4 to 8 p.m. (includes Carnegie Museum of Natural History). (The Andy Warhol Museum participated yesterday.)
The admission waivers are part of the Association of Art Museum Directors' Art Museum Day, which coincides with International Museum Day. Last year the association launched an initiative to share the day's experiences through social media. The Frick encourages a continuation of that sharing using the hashtag #artmuseumday.
Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: email@example.com or 412-263-1925.