“Once the faintest stirring of hope became possible, the dominion of the plague was ended.” — Albert Camus, The Plague
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THAT QUOTE introduced our 2020 Summer Gallery Roundup — “Re-opening Pittsburgh’s Visual Art Sector in Phase Yellow”.
A year later, local arts events are re-emerging — perhaps even more quickly than anticipated, with audiences materializing in ever-greater numbers as if summoned by the irresistible power of un-masked but fully vaccinated Muses.
Call or email ahead to check your favorite gallery for the latest in visiting protocols — masking, booking ahead, capacity, etc. A lot of Art got made by Pittsburgh artists the last 15 months, and it’s all waiting for you!
3 Rivers Arts Festival returns to downtown Pittsburgh June 4-13 with in-person exhibits, films, music … but you can also attend virtually … the Artist Market features 150+ independent artists from around the country in an open-air setting, selling handmade fine art and fine crafts from 12:00-8:00 pm each day.
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For 5 years in New York City, two of the most truly innovative artists of their generation combined their talents; Warhol and Basquiat in Focus: Works from the Permanent Collection shows the historic collaboration of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol — June 7-Sept. 20 at the Andy Warhol Museum.
117 Sandusky St. Pittsburgh. (412) 237-8300.
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To Sept. 5: Border Cantos | Sonic Border is a unique collaboration between photographer Richard Misrach and sculptor/composer Guillermo Galindo featuring large-scale photographs capturing landscapes, textures, experiences along the U.S.-Mexico border with audio enhancement by Sonic Border, a 260-minute original score for 8 instruments created out of discarded objects found at the border. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St. Greensburg. (724) 837-1500.
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IT’S A LITERAL “swan song” as Phosphor Project Space mounts its final show June 18-July 9: Swan Song: The Final Exhibition at Phosphor Project Space … opening reception June 18, 7-10 p.m., closing reception July 9, 7-10 p.m. 18 artists including Tsohil Bhatia, Naomi Chambers, Nicole Czapinski, Stephen Grebinski, Eriko Hattori, Corrine Jasmin, Ashley Jones, Shohei Katayama, Anna Kurtz, William Lukas, Brent Nakamoto, Natasha Neira, Celeste Neuhaus, Dyvika Peel, Paul Peng, Melissa Rogers, Centa Schumacher, Shori Sims.
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June 19-Sept. 25: Kelly Strayhorn Theater hosts Women of Visions’ 40th anniversary show … Magnificent Motown! features artists interpreting their most beloved Motown songs into physical artworks … opening reception June 19, 12:00-8:00 p.m. 5941 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 363-3000.
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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 Sept. 6: Reprogrammed, imagery, creative writing, and an interactive art installation from the Warhol’s Youth Arts Council. To Oct. 4: Tally Brown, tribute to singer, actress, civil rights activist, original Warhol Superstar. To Nov. 29: A Taste of Grace, tribute to singer, actress, cultural avatar Grace Jones. 117 Sandusky St. Pittsburgh. (412) 237-8300.
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. To June 25: Elusive Spaces (30 new works by sculptor Dan Droz); to July 24: Variation of Line and Form (Katie Rearick, Nancy McNary-Smith); July 31-Oct. 2: Exhibition 2, Title TBD (Josh Mitchel, Tyler Stanton); Aug. 14-Sept. 10: Hannah Altman Solo Exhibit. 100 43rd St. Pittsburgh. (412) 361-1370.
August Wilson African American Cultural Center. To Sept. 12: Minding My Business (i said what i said), featuring Rabea Ballin, Krista Franklin, Deun Ivory, Tonika Lewis Johnson, Pia Love, Natalie Lauren Sims, SHAN Wallace. 980 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 339-1011.
BoxHeart Gallery. June 2-July 9: What We Know – three artists from three coasts (Stephanie Gonzalez, Tobia Makover, Claudia Parducci); Bare Recognition (Nzuji DeMagalhaes). 4523 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 687-8858.
Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 622-3131.
- To June 27: Controlling the Chaos features photographs from the museum’s collection commenting on the complexity of lived experience today.
- To Aug. 22: Devotions. Photographer Elle Pérez.
- To Sept. 19: New to the Collection. Newly acquired art by Katherine Bernhardt, Huma Bhabha, Mel Bochner, Mark Bradford, Sarah Crowner, Kerry James Marshall, Eddie Martinez, Park McArthur, Thaddeus Mosley, Charline von Heyl.
- To Mar. 27, 2022: Locally Sourced. New work by some of the region’s most talented artists and makers of functional goods and furnishings.
- Ongoing: In Sharp Focus. Photojournalist Charles “Teenie” Harris, chronicler of Pittsburgh’s mid-20th century African American history and culture.
Contemporary Craft. To July 25 (Satellite Gallery, 500 Grant St.): WOV ART: Celebrating 40 Years; to Aug. 21: Searching for Home features the artwork of Seattle-based, Pakistan-born artist Humaira Abid. 5645 Butler St. Pittsburgh. (412) 261-7003.
Double Dog Studios. July 24-Sept. 4: They Taught Themselves: A Celebration of Outsider Artists featuring 13 artists (R.G. Maxwell, Inez Hess, Norman Scott “Butch” Quinn, Peter R. Russo, Zinguili Weaver, J.J. Burns, Rudy “The Blade” Bellissario, John Graves, Robert Wright, Andy Flannagan, Kathleen Ferri, William Truschel, Paul Warhola). 317 Second Ave. Carnegie. (412) 343-5584.
Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. June 15 (1-4:30 p.m.): Lecture with Japanese silk painter Fuyuko Matsubara; July 21 (4-7 p.m.): Pittsburgh Eco-Print Day in the Park led by Coleen Rush; Aug. 16 (1-2:30 p.m.): Lecture with Canadian artist Dorothy Caldwell. P.O. Box 9211, Pittsburgh. email@example.com.
The Frick Art Museum. July 3-Sept. 26: Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960; to Oct. 31: Cast in Chrome: The Art of Hood Ornaments. Now in the Permanent Collection: Reckoning: Grief and Light (Vanessa German), Chinese Porcelains, Bouke de Vries: War and Pieces. 7227 Reynolds St. Pittsburgh (412) 371-0600.
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.
Mattress Factory. To June 13: Factory Installed 2021 features new work by Jennifer Angus, Luftwerk, Andréa Stanislav, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Sarawut Chutiwongpeti, Shikeith and Meir Tati. 516 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh. (412) 231-3169.
Pittsburgh Glass Center. To July 18: 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; June 1-Sept. 15: multi-media artist-in-residence Mikael Owunna displays images from his public art campaign around Pittsburgh titled Infinite Essence: Celestial Liberation. 5472 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 365-2145.
Spinning Plate Gallery. June 5-27: GROUP A NOW 2021 featuring 21 artists from Group A, a vibrant, eclectic Pittsburgh art collective founded in 1944. Opening Reception June 5 – 6-9 p.m. 5821 Baum Blvd. Pittsburgh. (412) 592-6418.
Sweetwater Center for the Arts. To June 12: Hand to Mouth: Celebrating the Ceramic Cup. 28 artists showcase a variety of styles, techniques and firing methods used in contemporary ceramics; June 25-July 30: Once Was and May Be (solo exhibit by painter Brian Druckenmiller); Aug. 13-31: 46 Works 46 Years: Sweetwater’s 45+1 Anniversary Auction. 200 Broad St. Sewickley. (412) 741-4405.
Silver Eye Center For Photography. To July 17: Infinite Essence (Mikael Owunna); Fellowship 21 Winners (Sasha Phyars-Burgess, Aleem Hurst, J Houston, Odette England, Kata Geibl, Vikesh Kapoor, Marcus Maddox). 4808 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 431-1810.