LOCALpittsburgh — Gallery Roundup September 2023

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“ART WILL REMAIN the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.”

Magdalena Abakanowicz (Polish sculptor/fiber artist,1930-2017)

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Galleries & Exhibits

707 Penn Gallery. To Sept. 24: Seen & Heard:  Recent Acquisitions by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. New work by Joanne Bates, Tina Williams Brewer, Tara Fay Coleman, Elizabeth Asche Douglas, Vanessa German, Ashley A. Jones, Juliandra Jones, Ashanté Josey. 707 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 456-6666.

820 Liberty Gallery. To Sept. 24: Traveling While Black. Roger Ross Williams offers a cinematic virtual-reality experience immersing viewers in the long history of restriction of movement for black Americans and the creation of safe spaces in our communities. 820 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 456-6666.

“Betelgeuse” by Sarah Jacobs (ZYNKA Gallery)

937 Liberty Gallery. Nov. 19: Divinity/Femininity. Curated by Dominique Seneca, this is the first U.S. solo exhibition by Zimbabwean contemporary artist Akudzwe Elsie Chiwa, whose multidisciplinary practice explores themes of migrant identity, femininity, Afro-Feminisms; opening reception Aug. 18, 6-8 p.m. 937 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 456-6666.

Andy Warhol Museum. To Sept. 25: The Velvet Underground & Nico: Scepter Studio Sessions. New music and film of the 1960s trendsetting rock band with Steve Schapiro photographs from the Exploding Plastic Inevitable multisensory, multimedia events organized by Andy Warhol in 1966-67. To June 19: The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: A Selection of Works from 2022. 117 Sandusky St. Pittsburgh. (412) 237-8300.

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. To Sept. 9:  Associated Artists of Pittsburgh New Member Exhibition. At Brew House Association. 711 S. 21st St. Pittsburgh. To Sept 15: Fragments. New work by painter Wade Kramm. Sept. 29-Nov. 4:  Cutting Holes for Eyes. New work by photographers Nicole Czapinski and Centa Schumacher. At 100 43rd St., Unit 107, Pittsburgh. (412) 212-6650.

Atithi Studios. To Sept. 17: Tenant Showcase. New work by Bethany Dickerson, Jackie Temple, Claira Heitzenrater, Michael Fratangelo, Julia Toal, Clarise Fearn, Dodi Dean. 1020 N. Canal Street, Sharpsburg. (412) 301-5374.

“portal” by Claira Heitzenrater (Atithi Studios)

August Wilson African American Cultural Center. To Sept. 1:  Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art. Featuring 67 drawings, paintings, prints, and sculpture by artists including Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Ernest T. Crichlow, Sam Gilliam, Loïs Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, Alma Thomas. On permanent exhibit:  August Wilson, The Writer’s Landscape. 980 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 339-1011.

Backyard at 8th & Penn. To Sept. 4:  Architects of Air: Daedalum. UK-based Architects of Air present an immersive walk-in sculpture known as a “luminarium” with 17 egg-shaped domes. 149 8th St. Pittsburgh. (412) 456-6666.

BoxHeart Gallery. Sept. 27-Oct. 27:  A Journey Through Subconscious Landscapes of the Mind. New work by Mexican-born painter Stephanie Gonzalez; opening reception Sept. 30, 5-7 p.m. 4523 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 687-8858.

“Totem” by Stephanie Gonzalez (BoxHeart Gallery)

Brew House Association. To Sept. 9:  Associated Artists of Pittsburgh New Member Exhibition. New work by Cheryl Capezzuti, Casey Connelly, Molly S. Davis, Meris Drew, Jessica Peña Heberle, Angie Jennings, Ulric Joseph, La Verne Kemp, Ling-lin Ku, LUCA, Erin Mallea, Natalie Miczikus, Josie Norton, Leana R. “Quade”, Nicholas Sardo. 711 S. 21st St. Pittsburgh. (412) 212-6650.

Carlow University Art Gallery. To Oct. 31: Flight Plans. New work by Njaimeh Njie. University Commons, 2nd floor, 3333 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 578-6000.

Carnegie Museum of Art. To Sept. 24:  Joan Brown. Retrospective of San Francisco painter Joan Brown (1938-1990). To Jan. 27, 2024:  Unsettling Matter, Gaining Ground. 17 artists use photography, painting and sculpture to narrate complex stories of how fossil fuel economies have been produced and upheld; whom they have excluded and left vulnerable; how they have shaped and disrupted cities, communities, ecologies. To May 12, 2024:  Imprinting in Their Time: Japanese Printmakers, 1912–2022. 90 classic prints drawn from the museum’s extensive collection. 4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 622-3131.

“praying mantis + beer bottle shard” by Jordan Kawelo Delawder (Silver Eye Center for Photography)

Concept Art Gallery.  To Sept. 9:  Henry Bursztynowicz: Selected Sculptures. 1031 S. Braddock Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 242-9200.

Contemporary Craft. To Oct. 28:  Radical Jewelry Makeover. New work by jewelers Curtis Arima, Kathleen Kennedy, Taylor Zarkades King, Jina Seo. 5645 Butler St. Pittsburgh. To Oct. 22:  James Simon: A Life of Making. An exhibit exploring the artistic diversity of Uptown sculptor, luthier and painter James Simon, including a simulated violin-making studio, early ceramic works, mosaics and new creations. BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery, 500 Grant St. Pittsburgh. (412) 261-7003.

CURIO.  Sept. 5-Oct. 18: Essential Wanderings. New work by painter Samantha Cortese; opening reception Sept. 16, 5-8 p.m. 113 North Main Street, Zelienople. (724) 473-0223.

“Life of Flowers” by Lauren McCoy (VaultArt Studio)

The Frick Art Museum. To Feb. 4, 2024: Pittsburgh and the Great Migration: Black Mobility and the Automobile. An exhibit exploring the role of automobile ownership and the early 20th-century migration of Black Americans fleeing racism in the U.S. South. To Oct. 1:  From Stage to Page: 400 Years of Shakespeare in Print. An exhibit tracing the history of the famed First Folio collection of William Shakespeare plays. 7227 Reynolds St. Pittsburgh (412) 371-0600.

Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. To Sept. 2: Tales of Cursive Lands. New work by painters sāgar and Ravindra Kāmath. 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. (412) 924-0634.

KST Alloy Studios. Sept. 18-Dec. 17: Eternal Maternal. New work by painter Fran Flaherty and dancer Meg Foley; welcome dinner/artist talk Sept. 18, 6 p.m. 5530 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 363-3000.

“Choosing Hat Person in the Infernal Region” by Travis Trium Perfectum (Ketchup City Creative)

Ketchup City Creative. To Sept. 9: Bill Pfahl Solo Show. New work by painter Bill Pfahl. Sept. 14-16:  Technicolor Hellscape. New work by painter Travis Trium Perfectum. 612 Main St. Sharpsburg. (412) 593-4386.

Latrobe Art Center. Sept. 1-30: 14th Annual Mister Fred Rogers Fine Arts Juried Exhibition. New work by 75 artists; opening reception Sept. 8, 5-8 p.m. 819 Ligonier St. Latrobe. (724) 537-7011.

Lohr Gallery. Sept. 16-Nov. 18:  Kelly Lanzendorfer. New work by photographer Kelly Lanzendorfer. 725 Wood St. Wilkinsburg. (412) 727-7855.

“40°24.2983’ N 79° 58.251’ N” by Tony Buba (Carnegie Museum of Art)

Manos Gallery. Sept. 9-30: New work by three painters — Faceless Detour (Ernesto Camacho, Jr.); The Gifts of Life And Love (Dan Bartasavich); In God’s Own Words (Cora Smith);opening reception Sept. 9, 6-9 p.m.  320 E. 5th Ave. Tarentum. (484) 529-1597.

Mattress Factory. Sept. 15-Dec. 1, 2024: Andrea Peña. New solo exhibit by sculptor/choreographer Andrea Peña; opening reception Sept. 15, 6-8 p.m. To Dec. 30:  The Museum Collects Itself by Lenka Clayton & Phillip Andrew Lewis; Do this while I wait by Lydia Rosenberg; As Seen From the Surface by Katie Bullock – at Monterey Annex, 1414 Monterey St. Pittsburgh. To Fall 2023: HalfDream: Another Room. New solo exhibit by Hong Kong and US-based artist Doreen Chan in which users around the world can describe their dreams, add them to a database which matches common dreams of participants and connect to “dreammates”. To May 19, 2024:  As Below, So Above. Artist-in-residence Shohei Katayama explores the space between light and dark, life and death, beauty and danger, nature and man. 516 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh. (412) 231-3169.

Miller ICA. Sept. 30-Dec. 10: Impossible Music. Interdisciplinary group exhibition features work by composers, artists, collectives (Terry Adkins, Black Quantum Futurism, Benvenuto Chavajay, Nikita Gale, Sarah Hennies, Tom Johnson, Conlon Nancarrow, Aki Onda, C. Spencer Yeh, Christine Sun Kim, Potlatch Records Listening Station); opening reception Sept. 29, 6-9 p.m. Carnegie Mellon University Purnell Center for the Arts, 5000 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 268-3618.

“The Difference of Matter” by Samantha Cortese (CURIO)

Nafasi on Centre. By appointment.  Still Standing. Photography by Hannah Price. 2145 Centre Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 765-1820.

Phipps Conservatory. To Sept. 24:  Flowers Meet Fashion: Inspired by Billy Porter. Six professional fashion designers, costumers and students from Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh CAPA High School blend fashion and horticultural displays inspired by Pittsburgh-born actor Billy Porter. One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh. (412) 622-6914.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. To Oct. 29: Unearthed: EcoArt in the Landscape. Exhibition of artworks created using found objects, repurposed materials otherwise heading to a landfill, and/or natural materials from the Allegheny Plateau ecoregion features Dino Deluliis, Jan Loney, Duncan MacDiarmid, Mary B. Mason, Sarah Simmons, artist collective La Vispera, Sierra Weir. To Oct. 29:  Perennially Green. New work by sculptor Michelle Stitzlein. 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Pittsburgh. (412) 444-4464.

“Detniopasid” by Ernesto Camacho, Jr. (Manos Gallery)

Pittsburgh Glass Center. To Sept. 20: Art on Fire. Over 150 one-of-a-kind glass art items by internationally renowned glass artists and emerging glass artists are included in the Sept. 22 silent auction at Rockwell Park in Point Breeze. 5472 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 365-2145.

Silver Eye Center For Photography. Sept. 7-Oct. 21: In dreams I walk with you. New work by 25 photographers; opening reception Sept. 7, 6-8 p.m. 4808 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 431-1810.

SPACE. To Nov. 19: Jesse T. Best: Analog Holiday. New work by painter Jesse T. Best; opening reception Aug. 18, 6-8 p.m. 812 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 325-7723.

“Camp Coffee” by Kyle Houser (Spinning Plate Gallery)

Spinning Plate Gallery. Sept. 8-28: Exploration. New work in ceramics, watercolor, mixed media painting by Raquel Kueffner, Bryce Hemingon, Kyle Houser; opening reception Sept. 8, 6-9 p.m. 5821 Baum Blvd. Pittsburgh. (412) 592-6418.

Sweetwater Center for the Arts. To Sept. 8: Against the Grain: An Exhibition Featuring the Timeless Art of Woodworking. New work by Karen Ernst, Aspen Golann, Aisha Bigwood, Jim Wright, Christian Burchard, Mark Gardner, Kevin Zor. 200 Broad St. Sewickley. (412) 741-4405.

Union Project. Sept. 23 (12-3 p.m.):  RAD Day: Fall into Clay. Join Union Project Teaching Artists to make fall leaves from clay. 801 N. Negley Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 363-4550.

“Catching Whitebait at Nakaumi, Izumo (Izumo nakaumi shirauo tori)” by Oda Kazuma (Carnegie Museum of Art)

VaultArt Studio. Sept. 1-30: Regular Houses. New work by Herman Schuler, Kim Bond, Heikeem Johnson, Kahyll Holyfield, Edith Sullivan, Sean Regis Traynor, Lee Kennedy, Darian Johnson, Lauren McCoy, Charlie Wallace, others. 5100 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 404-2895.

Westinghouse Castle. Sept. 16-30. Optical Tuning: A Next Generation Optical Illusion Art Movement. New work by digital artist Louis J. Boston II. 325 Commerce St. Wilmerding. (412) 646-5424.

Westmoreland Museum of American Art. To Sept. 17: Block Party: Community and Celebration in American Art. Exhibit features the World War I innovation of the urban “block party” as a lens to view ideas on belonging, activism and mutual solidarity in historical and contemporary American art. 221 N. Main St. Greensburg. (724) 837-1500.

“The Table Is Set” by Larry Brandstetter (Latrobe Art Center)

Wood Street Galleries. Sept. 22-Feb. 11, 2024: Workflow: Jenson Leonard. New work by filmmaker Jenson Leonard. 601 Wood St. Pittsburgh. (412) 456-6666.

ZYNKA Gallery. Sept. 9-Oct. 29: OTHERWORLDLY. New work by painters Evan Boggess and Sarah Jacobs; opening reception Sept. 9, 5-8 p.m. 904 Main St. Sharpsburg. (412) 952-7370.

“Hall of Natural History – Survivalists” by Evan Boggess (ZYNKA Gallery)

 

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