Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pittsburgh Biennial: Opening at The Warhol and Regina Miller Gallery at CMU

The final two parts of the large multi-site Pittsburgh Biennial open this weekend. Exciting stuff!! Great venues!! Wonderful art. I have been so impressed by the three sections of the Biennial that have already opened (at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh Filmmamkers and the Carnegie Museum of Art).This ambititous multisite model is a great step forward for the Biennial! Note that the PCA, CMOA and Filmmaker's segments of the Biennial are open for the final day this Sunday.
The Pittsburgh CP has a great rundown of the Biennial openings this weekend (see below). By the way, Transformazium is the group associated with the internationally known artist Swoon, who spends some of her time working in North Braddock.
September means Giant Art Weeks, but this weekend you can almost get your fill at two venues alone, as The Andy Warhol Museum and the Miller Gallery open their sections of the Pittsburgh Biennial. On Sept. 16, the Miller offers five new collaborative installations that "imagine alternative realities and possible futures." The exhibit, curated by gallery director Astria Suparak, includes: a work in which Transformazium collective artists and gallery visitors do "green demolition" by cleaning bricks from a condemned building near the artists' North Braddock home; the Justseeds printmakers' cooperative reinventing billboard culture; and the subRosa collective speculating on how feminism could affect science. On Sept. 17, the Warhol honors Pittsburgh women artists from Gertrude Stein to Martha Graham with Pittsburgh Biennial -- Gertrude's/LOT. The exhibit, curated by Warhol director Eric Shiner, features work by 22 contemporary locals including Kim Beck, Patricia Bellan-Gillen, T. Foley, Vanessa German, Ayanah Moor and Diane Samuels. And because there's not quite enough happening, the Sept. 17 opening reception (featuring live performances) also heralds the Warhol's other new exhibit, The Word of God: Max Gimblett The Sound of One Hand. Bill O'Driscoll Miller Gallery: 5 p.m. (exhibition tour) and 6-8 p.m. (reception), Fri., Sept. 16 (Carnegie Mellon University campus, Oakland; free; Warhol: 3 p.m. Sat., Sept. 17 reception (117 Sandusky St., North Side; free with museum admission; 412-237-8300).

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