The 2013 Carnegie International is the much anticipated exhibition this fall, opening with a slew of events the first weekend of October.
But equally exciting is the energy it's inspired throughout Pittsburgh. Pre-eminent contemporary international artists will also be featured at The Andy Warhol Museum (Yasumasa Morimura), The Frick Art Museum (Vik Muniz) and Mattress Factory (Chiharu Shiota). The "14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration" at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation nicely fits the global theme.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust brings back the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts to amaze and delight. And the city is already abuzz with the many other exhibitions, presentations, parties and other activities that promise to add up to the best arts season to date.
Following are highlights. Check The Guide in Weekend Mag for a complete listing of new shows as they're announced.
CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART
"The Modern & Contemporary Galleries," a re-installation of works that entered the collection as a result of past Carnegie Internationals selected by members of the 2013 International curatorial team. This iteration continues through March 16 with additions by CI13 artists to come. The International itself opens Oct. 5 but exhibiting artist Pedro Reyes will give an Artist's Talk at 5 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Kresge Theatre, Carnegie Mellon University. A Gala Premiere takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4, with an after-party from 9 p.m. to midnight featuring Sharon Needles, special performances by VIA Festival 2013, and DJs Total Freedom of Los Angeles and Harry Lurker of Pittsburgh. Artist presentations will take place at the museum throughout the day Oct. 5. A Community Celebration will be held in Braddock with Transformazium from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6, with buses departing from the museum Fountain Entry every half hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. Carnegie International 2013 continues through March 16 (412-622-3131).
CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
"Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," more than 200 recently excavated objects, none of which had been seen until recently outside Saudi Arabia, continues through Nov. 3 (412-622-3131).
THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM
Ending Sept. 15 are "Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: S/HE IS HER/E," "Caldwell Linker: All Through the Night," and "Nick Bubash: The Patron Saint of White Guys That Went Tribal and Other Works." "Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self" opens Oct. 6 at The Andy Warhol Museum. The Japanese artist, who has described himself as Warhol's "conceptual son," substitutes his image for those of well-known art historical or media culture figures to question perceptions of celebrity, race, gender and more (through Jan. 12). Mr. Morimura will give an Artist's Talk at 5 p.m. Oct. 3 in McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University, a co-presentation with the CMU School of Art Fall 2013 Lecture Series (412-237-8300).
THE FRICK ART MUSEUM
"Clayton Days Revisited: A Project by Vik Muniz" continues through Oct. 27 with Mr. Muniz speaking at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the museum ($20, members $15, advance registration required). The exhibition brings together photographs made during a 1999 artist-in-residency at The Frick, new interpretative materials and a selection of the globally noted Brazilian native. "Civil War Era Drawings From the Becker Collection," in the field impressions of war made for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, follows Nov. 9 through Jan. 12 (412-371-0600).
Three big fall shows open with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the main museum, the 1414 Monterey St. auxiliary gallery, and a new location, 516 Sampsonia Way (all within a block of one another). Musicians Lungs Face Feet will perform. Opening are "Chiharu Shiota," a Japanese performance and installation artist known for monumental yet poetic environments who has transformed eight rooms of 516 Sampsonia (through July 31); "Detroit: Artists in Residence," new work by four individual artists and two artist collaborations (through May 25); and "Janine Antoni," a native of the Bahamas and New York resident, performance and installation artist (through March 30) (412-231-3169).
WESTMORELAND MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
Note, the museum is now at its temporary location, Westmoreland @rt 30, 4764 State Route 30, east of Greensburg, where it will remain until spring of 2015 during the expansion and renovation of the home building. Programming includes Pop-Up Exhibitions of work by local artists with complementary artist salons that begin at 6 p.m. on respective dates (free). Kristen Letts Kovak, through Sept. 29, Salon Sept. 26; Cydra Vaux, Oct. 2-27, Salon Oct. 24 with family and friends of the artist, who died of cancer in July; Wade Kramm, Oct. 30-Nov. 24, Salon Nov. 14; Anna Mikolay, Nov. 27-Dec. 22, Salon Dec. 5 (724-837-1500).
PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS
"2013 Artist of the Year Akiko Kotani," "2013 Emerging Artist of the Year Lenka Clayton" and "Master Visual Artists: Preserving the Legacy" exhibitions continue through Nov. 3. Ms. Kotani will give an artist talk at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 (412-361-0873).
SOCIETY FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT
"ENOUGH Violence: Artists Speak Out," 14 contemporary artists whose work is inspired by the impact of violence upon our communities, opens with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27. Activities continue Sept. 28 with a peace drum circle from noon to 1 p.m. and opportunity to meet exhibiting artists from 1 to 3 p.m. All events are free and public. The exhibition continues through March 22 with a number of complementary programs addressing specific issues such as domestic violence and violence in the media (full list at www.contemporarycraft.org) (412-261-7003).
WOOD STREET GALLERIES
"Hive," a 3-D animated audiovisual installation wherein gallery visitors confront a swirling mass of amorphous figures, by Chicago-based Austrian artist Kurt Hentschlager, opens Sept. 27 as a part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts and continues through Dec. 31 (412-471-5605).
"Granular Synthesis," audiovisual installations by Austrian artists Kurt Hentschlager and Ulf Langheinrich, opens Sept. 27, also a presentation of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts (through Oct. 20) (412-325-7723).
707 PENN GALLERY
"HOLDUP in the HOOD," personal and communal explorations of self by Francis Crisafio, exhibits Sept. 13 through Nov. 3 (412-325-7017).
709 PENN GALLERIES
"Proud to be an American?," photographer Rebecca Chiappelli explores the meaning of patriotism, Sept. 13 through Nov. 3.
"Zee," an audiovisual journey by artist Kurt Hentschlager and part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, opens Sept. 27 and continues through Oct. 27. Entry restricted to age 18 and older due to intense strobe effects.
The fall Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District is Sept. 27.
SILVER EYE CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
"GREEN," seven photographers share their interpretations, organized by CMU associate professor Dylan Vitone, continues through Oct. 5. A panel will explore the notion "What is Green?" beginning at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 (free but space is limited and RSVP is requested to firstname.lastname@example.org). "Pittsburgh Collects," photographs from the private collections of Graham Shearing, Evan Mirapaul and an anonymous collector, will open Oct. 18 and continue through Jan. 11. A lecture series is being planned to complement the exhibition, which was organized by Brian Lang, Silver Eye board chair and curator, BNY Mellon Corporate Collection; and Marcia Rosenthal, Silver Eye board member and independent art consultant and fine art appraiser (412-431-1810).
THE PITTSBURGH GLASS CENTER
"Lifeforms," 50 works of glass art inspired by the natural world from as many artists selected from an international competition, continues through Nov. 17 (412-365-2145).
MILLER GALLERY AT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
"Alien She," the first exhibition to examine the impact and influence of the feminist punk rock group Riot Grrrl, opens at 5 p.m. Sept. 20 with an exhibition tour led by curators and artists followed by a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. (show continues through Feb. 16). (At CMU, 412-268-3618.)
HUNT INSTITUTE FOR BOTANICAL DOCUMENTATION
The "14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration" opens Sept. 27 at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, comprising 41 watercolors, drawings and prints by as many artists in 10 countries. (At CMU, 412-268-2434.)
SAINT VINCENT GALLERY
"Saints, Angels, Omens, and Masked Men: The Art of Zach Brown" continues through Oct. 6. "Br. Cosmas Wolf, O.S.B.: Monk, Architect, Sculptor and Designer" follows Nov. 1 and continues through Feb. 28. A Benedictine lay-brother of Saint Vincent Archabbey active in the mid-19th century, Brother Cosmas Wolf was director of the Altar Building Stock Company of Covington, Ky., which was operated by Archabbey monks. Architectural renderings and carvings will be exhibited. (At Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, 724-805-2197.)
SOUTHERN ALLEGHENIES MUSEUM OF ART
SAMA Loretto is the inaugural venue for "Stories Joyfully Embroidered: Shaanxi Folk Textiles From Northern China," approximately 40 contemporary fabric banners made by the artisans of Shaanxi Province in northern China. They were originally exhibited at the National Museum of China in Beijing and purchased by an American collector (through Oct. 12). "Comfort Zones: Pennsylvania and the 'Foreign' Landscape" opens Oct. 25 and continues through Jan. 25 (1-814-472-3920).
"Frudakis: Two Generations of Sculpture," 15 sculptures by three members of the Greek-American Frudakis family -- EvAngelos, Jennifer and Zenos -- continues through Nov. 10. The Southwestern Pennsylvania Council on the Arts 18th Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition follows Nov. 22 (through Feb. 9) at Ligonier Valley (724-238-6015).
CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART
"Renaissance Textiles" continues through Dec. 10, and "Luxuriance: Silks From Islamic Lands, 1250--1900," the museum's inaugural Textile Gallery exhibition, through April 27. "Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video," through Sept. 29, is a portion of an extensive retrospective of work by this significant contemporary African-American artist organized by The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tenn. "Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" finds a perfect site in the museum's sweeping new Ames Family Atrium through Jan. 26. A related symposium Sept. 21 will explore the effects of globalization upon contemporary Chinese artists (free; reservations recommended at 1-216-421-7350 or online). "Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome," 150 objects co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum, opens Sept. 29, through Jan. 5. "Fragments of the Invisible: The Rene and Odette Delenne Collection of Congo Sculpture" runs Oct. 27-Feb. 9. "Disembodied: Portrait Miniatures and Their Contemporary Relatives" exhibits the museum's top-rated collection for the first time in over half a century with five contemporary works (Nov. 10 through Feb. 16) (1-216-421-7340).
Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas, email@example.com or 412-263-1925 First Published September 12, 2013 4:00 AM