Spring Gallery Roundup from LOCAL’s Visual Arts Editor L.E. McCullough

Public art installation by Robert Qualters at Sylvan and Hazelwood Avenues

PITTSBURGH HAS AN enviable amount of Public Art, and it’s going to get plenty more of it soon.

The City of Pittsburgh is seeking artist proposals for new large-scale works in each of five Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) parks — Frick, Schenley, Riverview, Emerald View, Highland. Full details are at the Pittsburgh Department of City Planning Public Art and Civic Design “Art in Parks” page. Proposal deadline is Mar. 23, 2021.

Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Art (a program of Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council) is seeking four artists to collaborate with a community-based organizational partner and create public artworks responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and its intersection with other public health issues. Full details are at the OPA site. Proposal deadline is Mar. 22, 2021.

CDCP has a Spring-full of online Tiny Talks by local artists starting Mar. 12 with multi-media artist Shori Sims (whose themes include African-American identity, the black female body as a site of resistance, symbolic language shared amongst Black womxn/queers propagated through online space) and continuing with Deanna Mance (Mar. 25), Mak O’Connor (Apr. 21), Sean Carroll (Apr. 29), Zöe Welsh (May 7), Jessica Heberle Peña (May 20). 5300 Butler St, Pittsburgh. (412) 552-3600.


* ANOTHER DEADLINE: This coming July-August, Pittsburgh Society of Artists presents its 55th Annual Juried Exhibition displaying top artworks by PSA members at Brew House Gallery; submission runs Apr. 1-May 14; details here.

* LOOKING FOR a self-guided neon sightseeing tour map of Pittsburgh? Artist Charles Biddle and the Pittsburgh Glass Center have illuminated your path in conjunction with the Center’s current exhibit LIT: Light in Transmission (see below).

* MARCH IS Women’s History Month, and Latrobe Art Center is celebrating with a special multi-media exhibit through Mar. 31 — Remembering Her: A Reflection on Latrobe’s Women in the Arts honoring Mary Martha Himler, Dr. Sara McComb, Virginia Daniels, Elizabeth Hazlett, Nancy Rogers Crozier. 819 Ligonier St. Latrobe. (724) 537-7011.

* CREATED BY Pittsburgh artist Alisha Wormsley in 2019, Sibyls Shrine is a new artist residency program for Black women, womxn, trans women and femmes who are mothers and identify as artists, creatives and/or activists in Pittsburgh and beyond. Through Apr. 24 at Silver Eye Center for Photography, Sibyls Shrine: Taking Care showcases work by Kahmeela Adams, Nakeya Brown, Tara Fay, Tsedaye Makonnen, Alisha Wormsley and sarah huny young.

“DMV Passions Part II”, Nakeya Brown (Sibyls Shrine, Silver Eye Center for Photography)

** Galleries **

BoxHeart Gallery. Mar. 3-Apr. 2: A Map and A Key (painter Tony Cavelline and ceramicist Travis Winters); Apr. 14-May 21: Experiments in Reality (painter Nicole Renee Ryan) and Puppet Show (painter Carolyn Reed Barritt). 4523 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 687-8858.

Christine Frechard Gallery. To Mar. 25: Inspire-Expire: Works by Titus Le Pèse-Nerf and Jannick Wildberg. 5126 Butler St. Pittsburgh. (412) 407-9319.

Carlow University Art Gallery. Mar. 25-Sept. 30: … I Forgot to Laugh: Humor & Contemporary Art presents 13 artists’ visual representations leveraging humor’s subjectivity and cultural contingency to rupture societal norms. Registration info here for Virtual Opening Mar. 25, 6:30 p.m.; additional virtual programs with the artists and curators on Apr. 8, 15, 22, 29. University Commons, 2nd floor, 3333 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 578-6000.

FROM LEFT: “Untitled” (Titus Le Pèse-Nerf) at Christine Frechard Gallery, “Incident at Island Lake” (Carolyn Reed Barritt) at BoxHeart Gallery, “Untitled” (Jannick Wildberg) at Christine Frechard Gallery, “While Night Was Falling” (Nicole Renee Ryan) at BoxHeart Gallery

Concept Art Gallery. Mar. 24: Prints & Works on Paper timed auction. 1031 S. Braddock Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 242-9200.

Contemporary Craft. To Mar. 20: The Heart Lives through the Hands by New York street artist Swoon featuring large-scale paper and mixed media artworks. Apr. 9-Aug. 21: Searching for Home features the artwork of Seattle-based, Pakistan-born artist Humaira Abid. Apr. 10, 7:30-8:30 pm: 50th Anniversary Kickoff Bash featuring an auction of artworks by finalists and winners of the esteemed Raphael Founder’s Prize. 5645 Butler St. Pittsburgh. (412) 261-7003.

James Gallery. 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.

KuratedPgh. Apr. 10-May 29: Cultured Power, 2D and 3D jewelery and metalsmithing by Sarah Holden; Apr. 10 opening 11 a.m.-8 p.m. signup here. 405 Freeport Rd. Aspinwall.

Lohr Gallery. To Mar. 13: Travelogue. Expressionist printmaker Tom Norulak exhibits prints, woodcuts and watercolors from decades of travels. 725 Wood St. Wilkinsburg. (412) 727-7855.

Mattress Factory. Mar. 12-Nov. 14: Factory Installed 2021 features new work by Luftwerk, Andréa Stanislav, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Sarawut Chutiwongpeti and Meir Tati. 516 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh. (412) 231-3169.

Pittsburgh Glass Center. To May 9: LIT: Light in Transmission features 14 artists and a wide-ranging survey of light art within the shared medium of neon and plasma sculpture, curated by Percy Echols II. 5472 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 365-2145.

Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Mar. 19-Apr. 24: Trigger Warning. 15 artists explore America’s epidemic of gun violence. 200 Broad St. Sewickley. (412) 741-4405.

Silver Eye Center For Photography. To Apr. 24: Erik Hagen: Team Member uses staged photography and poetic text to explores the personal experience of working in a large chain grocery store. Keystone Award Honorable Mentions (J Houston, Sarah Kaufman, Will Harris); Sibyls Shrine: Taking Care (Alisha Wormsley, Kahmeela Adams, Nakeya Brown, Tara Fay, Tsedaye Makonnen, sarah huny young). 4808 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 431-1810.

Thoughtrobbers Gallery > FROM LEFT: “Self Portrait” (Adriana Mazzotta), “Plane Scan” (Nate Reese), “Feels Like Summer” (Zeal Eva), “A New Hunger” (B. Freyer)

Thoughtrobbers Gallery. Mar. 20, 6-10 p.m – Zeal Eva, Of Bees & Butterflies; Apr. 3, 6-10 p.m. – Adriana Mazzotta and Nate Reese, Splendor; Apr. 17, 6-10 p.m. – B. Freyer, Creatures of the Unknown. 438 S. Main St. Pittsburgh. (702) 854-0507.

Zynka Gallery. To Apr. 10: Viewer Discretion Is Advised. Embroiderist Terry Boyd and painter Stephen Tuomala re-interpret current broadcast media. 904 Main St. Sharpsburg. (412) 952-7370.

** Museums **

Andy Warhol Museum. To Aug. 30: Fantasy America. Nona Faustine, Kambui Olujimi, Pacifico Silano, Naama Tsabar and Chloe Wise revisit Andy Warhol’s 1985 photobook America with new works addressing today’s social upheavals. To Oct. 4: Tally Brown. Tribute to singer, actress, civil rights activist, original Warhol Superstar. 117 Sandusky St. Pittsburgh. (412) 237-8300.

Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 622-3131.

  • To Mar. 14: Trevor Paglen: Opposing Geometries. An exploration of artificial intelligence and surveillance systems.
  • To Mar. 28: States of Becoming. Drawings, models and photographs from the Heinz Architectural Center.
  • To May 16: Reign of Winter, a 7-minute animated video by Iranian artist Rokni Haerizadeh transforming the 2011 wedding procession of Kate Middleton and Prince William into a surrealist romp.
  • To June 27: Controlling the Chaos features photographs from the museum’s collection commenting on the complexity of lived experience today.
  • To Mar. 27, 2022: Locally Sourced. New work by some of the region’s most talented artists and makers of functional goods and furnishings.

The Frick Art Museum. To May 9: Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray. To May 30: Frida Kahlo—An Intimate Portrait: The Photographic Albums. To Sept. 5: Bouke de Vries: War and Pieces. Dutch contemporary artist Bouke de Vries interprets an 18th-century tablescape with a sprawling assemblage of porcelain fragments resembling a fresh-served nuclear wasteland. 7227 Reynolds St. Pittsburgh. (412) 371-0600.

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“Reign of Winter” by Rokni Haerizadeh at Carnegie Museum of Art