CITY OF MURALS!
Pittsburgh has about as many public artworks, sculptures and street paintings as it does bridges … and there’s more coming.
The city’s Office of Public Art and Neighborhood Allies offer an 8-session Public Art Training Camp (Thursdays @ 4:00-5:30 p.m. from Sept. 10-Nov. 5) designed for “emerging and mid-career artists interested in working in the public realm” … first sessions start soon: Trends in Public Art (Sept. 10), Best Practices for Artist Selection Panels (Sept. 17), How to Interview (Sept. 24), Contracts and Agreements (Oct. 1). Call (412) 391-2060 x237 for info.
Mattress Factory has beaucoups of exhibits in many media running through the end of 2020 … Tra Bouscaren (Night Blooms), Pepe Mar (Dragonfruit), Naomi Draper (Holding Fragments), Nathan Hall (You’re Not the Boss of Me), Patrick Robideau (All Is Not Forgotten), Greer Lankton (Selections from the Greer Lankton Archive) — and to March, 2021, you can see Jennifer Angus (Museum of Everything) and Shikeith (Feeling the Spirit in the Dark). 516 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh. (412) 231-3169.
Pittsburgh Glass Center presents The United (Oct. 2-Jan. 24, 2021) — 12 artists with cultural backgrounds spanning Syria, China, Belgium, Brazil, Thailand, Israel, Ireland, Russia, Mexico and the U.S. expressing new perspectives on immigration via glass, photography, mixed media. Opening Night (Oct. 2, 6 p.m.) features a hot glass demonstration with Priscilla Kar Yee Lo and gallery tour with the artists and curator Johanna Lasner. Details here: https://www.pittsburghglasscenter.org/united … 5472 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh. (412) 365-2145.
Silver Eye Center For Photography. Photographer Rory Doyle has been documenting global “cowboy culture” in Cuba, Columbia, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico and the U.S. His Delta Hill Riders (Sept. 15-Dec. 31) explores the traditions of African American cowboys and cowgirls in the Mississippi Delta. ALSO, five photographers featured in Honorably Mentioned: Selected Portfolios from Fellowship 20 (Sept. 15-Dec. 31). 4808 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 431-1810.
The SIX x ATE series is back! ZOOM in Sept. 9 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for Sphere, conversations with artists Andrea Narno, Jerome “Chu” Charles, Karen Lue, Max Emiliano Gonzales, Mary Tremonte, Tressa M Green … AND catered home delivery of Vegan Trinidadian Cuisine by ShadoBeni. Info here at Casey Droege Cultural Productions, 5300 Butler St., Pittsburgh, where you’ll also find the Small Mall local arts marketplace. (412) 552-3600.
Carnegie Museum of Art. To Jan. 18, 2021: An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain is the first comprehensive survey of the politically charged work of photographer An-My Lê. To Jan. 3, 2021: Counterpressures featuring 10 Pittsburgh–area artists grappling with the current ecological present and its uncertain future. Online only: To Nov. 15, online only: Doug Aitken migration (empire). 4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh. 412-622-3131.
Contemporary Craft opens its new Lawrenceville home Thur. Sept. 3 with full safety protocols and an amazing exhibition by Swoon: The Heart Lives through The Hands – many exciting details at their main site. 5645 Butler St., Pittsburgh. (412) 261-7003.
James Gallery. To Dec. 31: an evolving collection of new work by regional and national artists including Chuck Olson, Joyce Werwie Perry, Scott Turri, David Wallace. 413 South Main St., Pittsburgh. (412) 922-9800.
Zynka Gallery. To Sept. 26: Death Dance (Mary Mazziotti and Zach Brown). 904 Main St. Sharpsburg. (412) 952-7370.
** Talks & Workshops **
PGH Photo Fair presents a pair of lectures: Sept. 1, Esa Epstein, Executive Director of New York’s sepiaEYE Gallery and author of eight books on modern photography; Sept. 23, Rebecca Senf, Chief Curator at Center for Creative Photography and Phoenix Art Museum (presented by Silver Eye Center for Photography and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures). (412) 431-1810.
Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media is offering online and in-person classes in clay, printmaking, photography, sculpture, jewelry, drawing, paiting, ceramics, media arts and more. 1047 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh. (412) 361-0455.
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild has a full schedule of Youth Arts Workshops in ceramics, cartooning, animé and videogame apps, photography, design, drawing — and a Performance Art workshop using historic events to interweave storytelling and sculpture. 1815 Metropolitan St. Pittsburgh. (412) 322-1773.
Artsmiths of Pittsburgh and Handmade Arcade have teamed up to make craft and art project kits for children … it’s called Art4All Pittsburgh, and the kits are distributed where students pick up school lunches. If you’d like to get involved, visit here. 329 E. Main St. Carnegie. (412) 341-2299.
Carnegie Museum of Art has a Fall-full lineup of free online artist talks, workshops and weekly art meditations – starting Sept. 2 with In Conversation Online: Artists from Counterpressures and ending Nov. 11 with Machines That Learn: Online Workshop, part of The People’s Guide to AI Series.