“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way … things I had no words for.” ― Georgia O’Keeffe
SOME UNIQUE ENSEMBLE art events happening this month around Pittsburgh —
* Thur, Nov. 10 from 6-8 p.m. Curator of the Mattress Factory’s Monterey Annex exhibition SHRINE, Jessica Gaynelle Moss, will moderate SYNERGY, a panel discussion between Whitney McGuire of Black Art Mom Fund and Wisdom Baty of WILD YAMS. The three will share about the work they have been a part of uplifting and supporting Black creative mothers; RSVP here. 516 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh.
* Fri. Nov. 11 from 7-10 p.m. Going UP: A Multi-Artist Exhibition Celebrating Pittsburgh’s Visual Arts and Making Space in Uptown hosted by UptownARTS at 544 Miltonberger Street, upper level of Uptown’s historic Paramount Film Exchange building. 11 artists display ecological works, sculptures, and abstract fine art, to furniture design, and works emphasizing African-American cultural significance — Cue Perry, Bengu Centinkale, Zim Syed, Ann Rosenthal, Natiq Jalil, Morgan Overton, Devon Mitchell, Ashanté Josey, Shane Henderson, Marcè Nixon-Washington, Gregg Valley. Free but reservations strongly advised – book here.
* Sun. Nov. 13 from 5-9 p.m. SEEN/SCENE: The Black Body Consciousness. New work by 12 members of Coloured Section Black Artists’ Collective — Ashanté Josey, Jameelah Platt, Tomi Adebayo, Marinda Joy, Jaia Smith, Prophet In The Making, Trinita Finney, Trinity Spencer, Nina Soto, Natiq Jalil, Crystal Joel Jalil, KiAsia Sherwood; runs to Dec. 3 at Atithi Studios, 1020 N. Canal Street, Sharpsburg.
* Thur. Nov. 17 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. SOMA GROSSA, Curated by Anna Mirzayan, a multi-media survey of painting, installation, soft sculpture, video, jewelry and photography by fat artists explicitly making work about fatness. Part of Brew House Association’s Prospectus Emerging Curator program, SOMA GROSSA challenges viewers to consider their own histories with anti-fat attitudes, while simultaneously engaging in the radical act of creating communities between fat people. Exhibiting artists are Danielle Attoe, Ren Buchness, Elisha Cox, Jesse Egner, Amanda Kleinhans, Sophie Pearson, Néstor Daniel Pérez-Molière, Ashley Ramos, Katie Rauth, and Zoë Schneider. Brew House Association. 711 S. 21st St. Pittsburgh.
Galleries & Exhibits
820 Liberty Avenue. To Jan. 8, 2023: Black on Black Love. BOOM Concepts presents work by Norman Brown, Sakony Burton, Dominick Mcduffie, KINSELLAND, Camerin “Camo” Nesbit, atiya jones, Staycee Pearl, Junyetta Seale, Marce’ Nixon Washington. 820 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 456-6666.
Andy Warhol Museum. To Feb. 20, 2023: Andy Warhol’s Social Network: Interview, Television and Portraits examines intersections between Warhol’s longest running project, Interview magazine; his ventures in television with his original series Fashion, Warhol TV, and Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes; his portrait commissions of the 1970s and ’80s. 117 Sandusky St. Pittsburgh. (412) 237-8300.
Atithi Studios. Nov. 13-Dec. 3: SEEN/SCENE: The Black Body Consciousness. New work by 12 members of Coloured Section Black Artists’ Collective; opening reception Nov. 13, 5-8 p.m. To Nov. 30: RONtheartist, new digital art by featured Emerging Artist Sherron Wallace. 1020 N. Canal Street, Sharpsburg. (412) 301-5374.
August Wilson African American Cultural Center. To Jan. 29, 2023: Radio Golf, Ricardo iamuuri Robinson presents an sound installtion ode to August Wilson’s final work of art (Radio Golf). To Jan. 29, 2023: OPTICVOICES: Mama’s Boys. Interactive photography by Emmai Alaquiva. On permanent exhibit: August Wilson, The Writer’s Landscape. 980 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 339-1011.
Brew House Association. Nov. 17-Jan. 14, 2023: SOMA GROSSA. A multi-media survey of painting, installation, soft sculpture, video, jewelry and photography by10 fat artists explicitly making work about fatness; opening reception Nov. 17 (6:00-8:30 pm). 711 S. 21st St. Pittsburgh. (412) 212-6650.
Carnegie Museum of Art. To Apr. 2, 2023: 58th Carnegie International: Is it morning for you yet?. Historical works from the collections of international institutions, estates, and artists alongside new commissions and recent works by contemporary artists. 4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 622-3131.
Christine Frechard Gallery. Nov. 12-Dec. 10: Annette M. Gloomis & Mark Muse. New work by painter Gloomis and photographer Muse; opening reception Nov. 12, 4-7 p.m. 5126 Butler St. Pittsburgh. (724) 766-0104.
Concept Art Gallery. Nov. 12-Dec. 9: Women of Visions. New works by artist collective spanning painting, fiber art, collage, mixed media, printmaking, photography, ceramics, jewelry-making, three-dimensional works. 1031 S. Braddock Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 242-9200.
Double Dog Studios. To Nov. 26: The Afterlife of Trees. New works by John Eastman including sculptural wall sconces made from treated bark, hanging branch apparatuses and mobiles, and sculptural wood + rebar forms. 317 Second Ave. Carnegie, PA. (412) 343-5584.
The Frick Art Museum. To Jan. 8, 2023: American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection. Paintings, sculpture, other objects demonstrating the diversity of American life and experiences. 7227 Reynolds St. Pittsburgh (412) 371-0600.
Heinz History Center. To 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.
James Gallery. To Dec. 22 (opening reception Oct. 13, 5-8 p.m.): In the Moment, solo show by painter Joyce Werwie Perry; Different Strokes, paintings by Judith Kruger, Paul Rosenblatt, Micheal Madigan, Katy Mixon, Scott Sandell, Ken Schiano, Chuck Olson, Michael Smithhammer, Susan Palmisano, Joyce Werwie Perry. 413 S. Main St. Pittsburgh. (412) 922-9800.
Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media. To Nov. 19: Back & Forth – Work from Audra Clayton, Taylor Mezo, Liz Wells, & Myah Merhaut Werkmeister; Path of The Flame – Work by Dan Tomcik, Megan Burke, & Julia Castor. 1047 Shady Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 361-0873.
SPACE. Nov. 18-Jan. 29, 2023: #notwhite collective 2016-2022. Retro/prospective exhibition of the past/current, individual/collaborative works by 13 Pittsburgh women artists. 812 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 325-7723.
University Art Gallery. To Dec. 9: Greer Lankton: Science Fictions. Sculptures and drawings from the Mattress Factory’s Greer Lankton Archive. To Dec. 9: Andrey Avinoff: Fantastic Visions. An exhibit exploring the life and art of Andrey Avinoff (1884-1949), émigré artist, scientist, professor and museum director in Pittsburgh. Frick Fine Arts Building, 650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh. (412) 648-2400.
VaultArt Studio. To. Nov. 30: The Wizard of Odds and Weird. New paintings on food by Maggie Kambic, Lee Kennedy, Tafara Bundridge, Charlie Wallace, Edith Sullivan, Wendy Davis, Darian Johnson, Sarah Harris, others; opening reception Nov. 7, 7-10 p.m. 5100 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 404-2895.
Westmoreland Museum of American Art. To Feb. 15, 2023: Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America. 60 works from leading collections across the country tell the story of Outsider Artists like John Kane, Grandma Moses, Horace Pippin, Josephine Joy, Victor Gatto, others. Forest of Symbols. Artists from the 19th-century European Symbolism movement. Gavin Benjamin: Break Down and Let It All Out. New photography by multimedia artist Gavin Benjamin. 221 N. Main St. Greensburg. (724) 837-1500.