OPENING APRIL 30, the Frick Art Museum exhibit Romare Bearden: Artist as Activist and Visionary celebrates a former East Liberty resident recognized as one of the most original visual artists of the 20th century.
Bearden (1911-88) graduated from Peabody High School in 1929; during the 1930s as a student at Lincoln University, Boston University and NYU, he began formal art studies and launched what would be a six-decade career depicting the vibrancy of African-American life and culture across a wide range of media — painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, collage and murals like his sprawling 1984 Pittsburgh Recollections at Gateway Center T Station.
The Frick show presents an eclectic array of collages, watercolors, limited edition prints, reproductions and rare archival material, including early magazine covers and editorial cartoons conveying an aesthetic Bearden once summarized as “You don’t paint what you see, you paint what you feel. My intention is to reveal through pictorial complexities the life I know.”
— Apr. 30-Sept. 18: Romare Bearden: Artist as Activist and Visionary. The Frick Art Museum. 7227 Reynolds St. Pittsburgh. (412) 371-0600.
IT’S OFTEN EASY to overlook the natural world in our daily rounds, but Ashley Cecil’s Now You See Me exhibit at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden brings a sharp, penetrating focus to the multi-layered interplay of plants, animals and people — an interplay that seems to endanger as well as sustain.
Cecil says her recent natural science residencies at Tree Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Phipps Conservatory and University of Pittsburgh’s Richards-Zawacki Herpetology Lab lifted a literal veil from her eyes. “I never walk in the woods with the same indifference again, now truly seeing the cycles and relationships. I also can’t unsee the fragility and loss due to our impact.”
The two dozen works in this exhibit blend acrylic and oil, wood, seed pods, linen, oxidized corten steel, gesso and laser cut paper. Truly unique are her “botanical portaits” — painted silhouettes of local ecologists and naturalists overlaid with patterns of a connected plant species.
Ticketed artist reception for Now You See Me is Friday, Apr. 8, from 6-9 p.m. at the PBG’s Zappala Woodland Room and Welcome Center.
— to June 25: Ashley Cecil: Now You See Me. Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Pittsburgh. (412) 444-4464.
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.
937 Liberty. To Apr. 10: The Border Is a Weapon/La Frontera es un Arma, work by Maritza Bautista, Angel Cabrales, Juan de Dios Mora, Daniela Madrigal, José Villalobos. 937 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 456-6666.
Andy Warhol Museum. Apr. 22-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 Apr. 2: Featured Artists Exhibit (Shori Sims, Derek Reese, Dan Droz, Eriko Hattori, Tina Williams Brewer, Saige Baxter, Sarah Tancred, Centa Schumacher, Sandra Moore, Ignacio Lopez, Lizzee Solomon, Gadi Leshem). 100 43rd St. Pittsburgh (412) 361-1370.
August Wilson African American Cultural Center. Apr. 8-28:: Li Harris and Alisha B Wormsley: D.R.E.A.M. = A Way to AFRAM; multimedia exhibit, opening reception Apr. 14, 6 p.m. To May 29: Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody, three new films (America, AKA, Alone). 980 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 339-1011.
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). 711 South 21st St. Pittsburgh. (412) 212-6650.
Carlow University Art Gallery. Through April: Art for August: Organized by August Wilson House. 10 artists hornor playwright August Wilson’s legacy (Brandon Jennings, David Pohl, Dominick McDuffie, Carlos Peterson, Donna Bundy Ford, Marlon Gist, Jasmynie Miller, Corey Carrington, Charlotte Ka, LaVerne Kemp). University Commons, 2nd floor, 3333 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 578-6000.
Carnegie Museum of Art. Apr. 30-Aug. 7: Gordon Parks in Pittsburgh, 1944/1946, new works by master photojournalist, filmmaker, civil rights leader documenting a visit to Pittsburgh’s WWII factories. 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.
Concept Art Gallery. To Apr. 2: Ian F. Thomas: A Crowd of One. Apr. 16-June 4: Douglas Cooper Solo Exhibit, urban panoramas by CMU architecture professor; opening reception Apr. 16, 4-7 p.m. 1031 S. Braddock Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 242-9200.
Contemporary Craft. Apr. 9, 7:00-10:30 p.m.: Out of Hand, artist demos, auction, tours. To Apr. 4: Cities of Steel Cities of Rust, works by Allegheny Metals Collective and Baltimore Jewelry Center Peer Group. 5645 Butler St. Pittsburgh. (412) 261-7003. (At CC’s BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery) To Apr. 4: American Portraits: The Family Farm by fiber artist Patty Kennedy-Zafred. 500 Grant St. Pittsburgh.
Double Dog Studios. Apr. 22-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.
Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. To May 27: Common Threads, 24 fiber artists at Pittsburgh International Airport. 1000 Airport Blvd. Pittsburgh. Apr. 13, 1:00 p.m.: online lecture with textile artist Judith Content. P.O. Box 9211, Pittsburgh PA 15224. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Frick Art Museum. Apr. 16-July 10: SLAY: Artemisia Gentileschi & Kehinde Wiley. Apr. 30-Sept. 18: Romare Bearden: Artist as Activist and Visionary. Ongoing: Reckoning: Grief and Light, sculptures by Vanessa German. 7227 Reynolds St. Pittsburgh (412) 371-0600.
Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. Apr. 1-May 6, opening reception Apr. 1, 7-10 p.m. The Magical World of Roman Golla, celebration of Polish-American Outsider Artist Roman Golla. 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. (412) 924-0634.
Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. April-June: Marking this Moment: Pittsburgh Artists in 2020, exhibition by Lyam B. Gabel, Jason Méndez, sarah huny young; opening reception Apr. 13, 6-9 p.m. 5941 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 363-3000.
Ketchup City Creative. Apr. 8-10: Out of Shape; Apr. 18-21: Can You Hear Me Now? Child of Divorce Gallery Show; Apr. 23-24: Love Your Mother; Apr. 29-May 1: Fox Chapel Area AP Photography Show. 612 Main St. Sharpsburg. (412) 593-4386.
Latrobe Art Center. To Apr. 26: Outside the Lines: An Exhibition of Paintings by Shelley Poli. 819 Ligonier St. Latrobe. (724) 537-7011.
Lohr Gallery. To Apr. 2: photographs by W. Randy Rice. 725 Wood St. Wilkinsburg. (412) 727-7855.
Mattress Factory. Apr. 16, opening reception 6-8 p.m.: Pop-Aganda: Revolution & Iconography, installations by Liz Cohen, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Lera Lerner, Bekezela Mguni, Emily Newman, Veronika Rudyeva-Ryazantseva, Untitled, Galina Syanda Yaptik. Apr. 15, noon-3 p.m.: online syposium Queer Afterlives in Artist Archives hosted by archivists Sinéad Bligh and Isaiah Bertagnolli with speakers from across the U.S. and U.K. discussing the 15,000+ items in the Mattress Factory’s Greer Lankton collection. Apr. 21, 3-7 p.m.: Greer Lankton’s Birthday Bash. 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 Center for the Arts. Apr. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Spring Artists Market, featuring 25 artists. To Apr. 30: Those Who Teach. 36 past and present PCA artist/teachers. 1047 Shady Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 361-0873.
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.
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. Apr. 4-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; opening reception Apr. 8, 6-0 pm. Apr. 6, 7-8 p.m.: Artist Guild Meeting featuring illustrator/puzzle maker Jim Mellett. 200 Broad St. Sewickley. (412) 741-4405.
True T Studios. Apr. 12, 4:12-8:12 p.m.: Fashion Show: Heart on a Sleeve x Willie Gees Trunk Show. New designs by Malcolm Williams and Reggie Howze. 4623 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 291-8196.
UnSmoke Systems Artspace. Apr. 2-24: Drawn Together: A Coming of Middle Age Story in 62 Portraits. Paintings by Kirsten Ervin and Suzanne Werder. 1137 Braddock Ave. Braddock, PA. email@example.com
Westmoreland Museum of American Art. To Apr. 24: Cultivation: Journey of the Work, quilter Tina Williams Brewer. To May 8: Declaration & Resistance, figurative paintings and story quilts by Stephen Towns. Apr. 29-May 29: Westmoreland Photographers Society: Scenes of Laurel Highlands. 221 N. Main St. Greensburg. (724) 837-1500.
Wood Street Galleries. Apr. 22-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.