PITTSBURGH IN MAY — international art legends in local galleries:
Retrospectives on local legends:
And innovative new ways to use old materials:
- hot wax — BRAIN BONE BLOOD
- fiber — Common Threads
- ceramics — Mother of All Pottery Sales
- glass — Full Spectrum: Visionaries Elevating Art, Craft, and Design
- 19th-century wooden steel foundry patterns — Patterns of Meaning: Historic Steel Mill Artifacts & Contemporary Artwork
PLUS, Fri. May 6 from 6-10 p.m. — Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn monthly art and entertainment crawl spotlighting an eclectic blend of galleries and art retailers along Penn Avenue in Bloomfield/Garfield — Pittsburgh Glass Center, Silver Eye Photography, BFG Café, Arts & Crafts: Bottanica & Occult Shop, Songbird Artistry, Imagebox, Vault Art Studio, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Center for PostNatural History, Irma Freeman Center for Imagination and more
… and might as well start the countdown to next month’s art-suffused Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival (June 3-12).
707 Gallery. To May 15: BRAIN BONE BLOOD, solo exhibition of new paintings by BOOM Concepts co-founder DS Kinsel, a collection of artifacts exploring abstracted anatomy, jujuism and the amalgamation of identities expressed in diptychs, triptychs, quadriptychs. 707 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 456-6666.
820 Liberty Avenue. To June 12: Simply Devine, a Retrospective of Danny Devine. Tributes from 40 artists in memory of the late Danny Devine, graffitist, muralist, photographer, painter, with sales donated to Danny Devine Foundation. 820 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 456-6666.
Andy Warhol Museum. To Aug. 15: Paola Pivi: I Want It All. Works by Italian-born, Alaska-based sculptor/collagist including a piece with 250 pairs of shoes inspired by Andy Warhol’s early advertising art and Diamond Dust Shoes, Work Boots, Beatle Boots, The Shoe Series screenprints. 117 Sandusky St. Pittsburgh. (412) 237-8300.
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. To May 21: Performance Series. As part of the series, each featured artist leaves an item behind for the next artist to incorporate into their performance. Jessica Fuquay, Tara Fay, Teal Fitzpatrick. 100 43rd St. Pittsburgh (412) 361-1370.
August Wilson African American Cultural Center. To May 29: Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody, three new films (America, AKA, Alone). To Aug. 28: Li Harris and Alisha B Wormsley: D.R.E.A.M. = A Way to AFRAM, multimedia exhibit; Select Works on Paper, prints, collage, paintings by Tara Fay Coleman, Robert Hodge, Dail Chambers, DS Kinsel, Bekezela Mguni, Quaishawn Whitlock. 980 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 339-1011.
BoxHeart Gallery. To May 27: George Kollar: A Tribute Exhibition celebrating the late photographer George Kollar; receptions May 7 (5-7 p.m.), May 14 (2-4 p.m.). 4523 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 687-8858.
Brew House Association. To May 14: GLARE: Distillery XII Exhibition, new works by artists in the Distillery Artists-in-Residence Program (Jessica Alpern Brown, Tara Fay Coleman, Juliandra Jones, Darrin Milliner, Samira Mendoza, Lizzee Solomon, Zeal Eva) May 19-21: Val M Cox: Shaped Paintings, reception May 19, 6-8 p.m. 711 South 21st St. Pittsburgh. (412) 212-6650.
Carlow University Art Gallery. Through Oct. 2022: “To Hear It With Our Eyes”: Activist Voices in the International Poetry Forum (1966-1974). Poetry and spoken word performances of influential 1960s/70s International Poetry Forum (IPF) writers and how their activist-informed creative practices contributed to social change. University Commons, 2nd floor, 3333 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 578-6000.
Carnegie Museum of Art. To Aug. 7: Gordon Parks in Pittsburgh, 1944/1946. To June 26: Working Thought, 35 contemporary artists explore how economic disparity and labor have shaped American life past and present. To July 17: Locally Sourced, new work by regional artists and makers of functional goods and furnishings. To July 24: Zoe Zenghelis: Fields, Fragments, Fictions.To Sept. 6: Cauleen Smith: Pandemic Diaries. 4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 622-3131.
Christine Frechard Gallery. May 7-15: The Peter Max Experience. Iconic works by Pop Artist Peter Max available for purchase; opening reception May 7, 4-7 p.m. 5126 Butler St. Pittsburgh. (412) 407-9319.
Concept Art Gallery. To June 4: Steel Skies: Views of New York City and Pittsburgh. Paintings by Douglas Cooper. 1031 S. Braddock Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 242-9200.
Double Dog Studios. To May 28: The Creative Life & Art of Vint Blackburn, legendary New Mexico painter now residing in Millvale; opening reception Apr. 22, 6-9 p.m. 317 Second Ave. Carnegie, PA. (412) 343-5584.
Energy Innovation Center. May 16 (6-10 p.m.): Patterns of Meaning: Historic Steel Mill Artifacts & Contemporary Artwork. Painter/architect Cory Bonnet and gallery owner Chip Barletto showcase a massive collection of 1800s’ foundry patterns and blueprints from Youngstown Sheet and Tube Brier Hill Works. 1435 Bedford Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 802-0988.
Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. To May 27: Common Threads, 24 fiber artists at Pittsburgh International Airport. 1000 Airport Blvd. Pittsburgh. P.O. Box 9211, Pittsburgh PA 15224. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heinz History Center. May 21-Jan. 8, 2023: Pittsburgh’s John Kane: The Life & Art of an American Workman. 37 original works of art by Scottish-born Pittsburgh painter John Kane. 1212 Smallman St. Pittsburgh. (412) 454-6000.
Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. To May 6: The Magical World of Roman Golla, celebration of Polish-American Outsider Artist Roman Golla; reception May 6, 7-10 p.m. 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. (412) 924-0634.
Ketchup City Creative. May 7-15: Holding Space: A Women’s Show. Motherhood through the eyes of Sandra Bacchi, Christine Lorenz (photography), Sophia Cardillo, Stefanie Zito (soft sculptures, textiles), Naomi Chambers, Michele Randall, Carrie Smith Libman, Megan Shope, Alecia Dawn Young (mixed media); opening reception May 7, 5-8 p.m. 612 Main St. Sharpsburg. (412) 593-4386. Exhibit runs May 3-10 at Duquesne University’s Les Idées Gallery, 301 Duquesne Union, 1000 Locust St. Pittsburgh.
Latrobe Art Center. To May 28: From Nature and Beyond. Paintings by Patricia Argyros, Cindy Berceli, Barbara Jewel, Jan Landini; opening reception May 5, 5-7 p.m. 819 Ligonier St. Latrobe. (724) 537-7011.
Manos Gallery. May 7-28 Artist of Tomorrow, featuring 63 mixed-media artists, ages 5-18, benefitting UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Free Care Fund; opening reception May 7, 12-5 p.m. 320 E. 5th Ave. Tarentum. (484) 529-1597.
Mattress Factory. May 13 (6-8 p.m.): Mirrors of the Mind by The Mattress Factory’s Teen Art Cooperative, artworks made by Pittsburgh-area teens focusing on themes of introspection and self-reflection. Current: Pop-Aganda: Revolution & Iconography, Russia & US, installations by Liz Cohen, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Lera Lerner, Bekezela Mguni, Emily Newman, Veronika Rudyeva-Ryazantseva, Untitled, Galina Syanda Yaptik. 516 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh. (412) 231-3169.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. To June 25: Ashley Cecil: Now You See Me. Paintings and sculptural works of flora, fauna, humans and themes of wonder and loss in the natural world; artist reception Apr. 8, 6-9 p.m. 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Pittsburgh. (412) 444-4464.
Pittsburgh Glass Center. To May 22: Full Spectrum: Visionaries Elevating Art, Craft, and Design features new work by 18 Pittsburgh glass artists. 5472 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 365-2145.
Silver Eye Center For Photography. May 5-Aug. 6: 安詳 (or, when i die i want to die peacefully), Karen Lue; May 5-Aug. 6: Fellowship 22, Carla Liesching, Eva Alcántara, Jake Reinhart, Steph Foster, Jenna Garrett, Dylan Everett; opening reception May 5, 6 p.m. 4808 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 431-1810.
SPACE. To May 15: Deaf Brown American Mom, An Exhibit by Fran Ledonio. 70+ works spanning silk prints, photographs, 3D prints, digital fabricated pieces, acrylic paintings. 812 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 325-7723.
Sweetwater Center for the Arts. To May 13: Every Child is an Artist. New multi-media works created by St. James and Center for Hope students inspired by renowned artist Pablo Picasso. 200 Broad St. Sewickley. (412) 741-4405.
Union Project. May 7 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.): Mother of All Pottery Sales. Pittsburgh ceramics community convenes for demonstrations, mingling, selling, sharing. 801 N. Negley Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 363-4550.
Westmoreland Museum of American Art. To May 8: End of An Illusion, works from the permanent collection and additional loans that highlight artists and objects that were influential to visual artist Stephen Towns, curated by Kilolo Luckett. To May 8: Declaration & Resistance, figurative paintings and story quilts by Stephen Towns. To May 29: Westmoreland Photographers Society: Scenes of Laurel Highlands. 221 N. Main St. Greensburg. (724) 837-1500.
Wood Street Galleries. To June 26: Cinzia Campolese | New Work. Installations, sculptures, videos, prints by Italian-born, Montreal-based artist Cinzia Campolese. 601 Wood St. Pittsburgh. (412) 456-6666.