Art Notes: An opening at The Frick; The Warhol fosters 'Voices'
July 10, 2013 4:00 AM
Rayden Sorok will be part of a discussion of transgender issues at The Warhol.
By Mary Thomas Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The opening for "Clayton Days Revisited: A Project by Vik Muniz" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Frick Art & Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze. Reservations are recommended at 412-371-0600 ($12, members $10).The exhibition is an expansion upon a project Mr. Muniz, an internationally exhibited artist, completed in residency at The Frick in 1999, and is shown with a selection of recent work.
Mr. Muniz will be here in the fall at a date to be determined. The enchanting film "Waste Land," about a transformative art project in the world's largest landfill, will be screened Sept. 11.
Docent tours are offered at 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Free gallery talks are given from 2 to 2:15 p.m. Fridays by Frick education and curatorial staff.
The exhibition continues through Oct. 27. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission is free. Information: www.TheFrickPittsburgh.org.
Voices at Warhol
The Voices program at The Andy Warhol Museum is designed to expand visitor experience of exhibitions through presentations by scholars, artists and informed members of the community intended to generate dialogue and feedback. Speakers in the series that begins July 20 will address lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender themes related to current exhibitions "Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: S/HE IS HER/E" and "Caldwell Linker: All Through the Night." The programs, free with museum admission, are:
Saturday, 2 p.m. -- "On Display: The Telling of Our Stories." Rayden Sorok and Donna Christopher will join Maritza Mosquera in a dialogue on queer and transgender issues involving art and the body. Mr. Sorok has led informational workshops on such issues for many years. He was the 2011 Initiative for Transgender Leadership fellow and is employed by Grow Pittsburgh as a community garden coordinator. Ms. Christopher is a member of the transgender community who is on the board of Peepshow Productions, a member of TransPitt and active in the formation of a new local social group, Pittsburgh Transgender. Ms. Mosquera is an independent artist, educator and curator.
July 27, 2 p.m. -- "He, She, It, They, You and Me." Michael David Battle, Evelyn Pavolva and local youth will discuss gender language and identity of person. Mr. Battle is the founder and director at Garden of Peace Project, Pittsburgh, and the director of Prevention Services at Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. As an educator, public speaker and activist, he explains what it's like to transition from female to male, to live as a black man of trans experience, and the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity. Ms. Pavolva, a native of Estonia, has been a counselor for the Abraxas Center for Adolescent Females in Pittsburgh. She is pursuing graduate studies in mental health counseling with an emphasis on the needs of the LGBTQ community. She is a Garden of Peace Project board member.
Aug. 1, 2 p.m. -- "Troubling the Line: an excerpt," a poetry reading and conversation with Jenny Johnson and friends. Ms. Johnson teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh, and her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry 2012, Blackbird and "Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics." She was awarded Beloit Poetry Journal's Chad Walsh Poetry Prize in 2011 for her poem "Aria."
Other exhibition-related programs include a performance and a talk by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.
Aug. 16, 8 p.m. -- The Sound Series: Psychic TV/PTV3 will be held at the New Hazlett Theater, North Side. PTV3 is the reincarnation of the early 1980s-'90s group Psychic TV, which was born out of the industrial music pioneer band Throbbing Gristle. For this special performance, the band will feature Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, vocals, violin; Edley ODowd, drums, samples; Alice Genese, bass; Jeff "Bunsen" Berner, guitar; Jess Stewart, keyboards; and projections by Jeanne Angel and Sam Zimmerman. Tickets $25; $20 students and members.
Aug. 17, 2 p.m. -- Genesis Breyer P-Orridge will talk, at The Warhol, about the arc and trajectory of h/er life as art including COUM Transmissions, Fluxus, Mail Art and performance art from the late 1960s to the present. A focus will be the Pandrogyne project, a complex and highly ambitious series of collaborative artworks with Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge (1969-2007). Free with museum admission. Information: www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
George Nama in NYC
An exhibition of prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture and mixed-media works by Pittsburgh native George Nama is at Shepherd W & K Galleries, 58 E. 79th St., New York, through July 26.
"Fleeting Images: A Survey, 1958-2008" includes portraits, figures and landscapes. Of particular interest are several drawings of Pittsburgh from the late 1950s and early '60s including scenes in Oakland and in Homestead, where Mr. Nama was born in 1939.