Pittsburgh Galleries and Museums Launch New Exhibits for Spring 2022 | Spring Guide | Pittsburgh

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Paola Pivi: I want it all at the Andy Warhol Museum

Spring is here, and with it, the promise of new art exhibits at various galleries and museums in Pittsburgh. From never-before-seen works by a famous photographer to the return of a major international fiber arts showcase, the city will have plenty of interesting shows to see this season.

Now you see me at the Pittsburgh Botanical Garden
799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale. pittsburghbotanicgarden.org
Until June 25


See a new solo exhibition by Pittsburgh artist Ashley Cecil. In an Instagram post, Cecil, who describes her practice as “specializing in paintings and sculptural works of flora and fauna”, says this is the first time she has shown a collection of works from all her “residences in nature and science in one space.”

Untitled Cases: CMU MFA 2022 Exhibition at the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art
5000 Forbes Avenue, Oakland. miller-ica.cmu.edu
March 26-April 17

GLARE XII Distillery Exhibition to the brewers association
711 South 21st St., south side. brewhousearts.org/gallery
March 31-May 14

Pop-Aganda: Revolution and iconography – Russia and the United States at the mattress factory
505 Jacksonia St., north side. mattress.org
April 1


The Mattress Factory will present an exhibition of new site-specific works as part of the fourth iteration of director, founder and curator Tavia La Follette’s ongoing Sites of Passage series, described as a “global exchange for the migration of ideas to across policies and cultures. Borders.” Includes works by eight artists from across Russia and the United States, including Pittsburgh.

Drawn Together: A Story of the Coming of the Middle Ages in 62 portraits at UnSmoke Systems Artspace
1137 Braddock Ave, Braddock. unsmokeartspace.com
April 2-24


Two Pittsburgh-based female artists, Kirsten Ervin and Suzanne Werder, sketched each other daily during the month of January 2022. The resulting portraits will be exhibited at UnSmoke for a show described as an “intimate investigation into the everyday lives of artists and the nuances and slight changes in each person over time. Ervin, who is 54, says the process “became a confrontation of who I am now and an acceptance of myself as I get older”, while Werder, who is 44, says the experience “offered a opportunity to be unmasked without shame or embarrassment” in regards to his changing body. The drawings also promise to depict “two sets of experiences common to the pandemic: fleeting moments of togetherness and social isolation.”

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“Other Ways to Catch Fish” (detail) by Rebecca Rau here

Rebecca Rau here
527 N. Taylor Avenue, north side. gallery-ici.com
April 22-May 28


The gallery here in Pittsburgh presents a selection of works by New York-based artist Rebecca Rau, described as being “most interested in how the Bible, ancient mythology and fairy tales shape our understanding of the world”. His most recent work “explores Judeo-Christian narratives, as well as the body as it inhabits a symbolic dream world”.

Click to enlarge Paola Pivi: I want it all at the Andy Warhol Museum - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM

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Paola Pivi: I want it all at the Andy Warhol Museum

Paola Pivi: I want it all at the Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky Street, north side. warhol.org
April 22-August. 15


The Paola Pivi: I Want It All exhibition at the Andy Warhol Museum promises stunning works, from brightly colored polar bears to spectacular photographic images. Described by The Warhol as celebrated for her “provocative eccentricity”, Pivi, an Italian-born artist now based in Alaska, “wields a practice that transcends perceived boundaries to make probable what previously seemed impossible”, resulting in a production “full of strange encounters and whimsical moments.

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George Kollar: a tribute exhibition at BoxHeart Gallery

George Kollar: a tribute exhibition at BoxHeart Gallery
4523 Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield. boxheartgallery.com
April 27-May 27

Westmoreland Photographers Society: Scenes from Laurel Highlands at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art
221 N. Main Street, Greensburg. thewestmoreland.org
April 29-May 29

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Gordon Parks in Pittsburgh, 1944/1946 at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Gordon Parks in Pittsburgh, 1944/1946 at the Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue, Oakland. cmoa.org
April 30-August. 7


CMOA will unveil a previously unexplored body of work by famed Gordon Parks, a self-taught black photographer who grew up in rural Kansas during segregation. The collection captures what the museum calls “an indelible view of World War II Pittsburgh” by depicting workers at the city’s Penola grease plant, famed for providing critical material to help defeat Nazi Germany. . The exhibit will feature over 50 photographs that have yet to be seen by the public, and will be paired with special programming, community events, and a publication featuring essays by artist LaToya Ruby Frazier and writer Mark Whitaker, among others.

Romare Bearden: artist as activist and visionary at the Frick Art Museum
7227 Reynolds Street, Point Breeze. thefrickpittsburgh.org
April 30-Sept. 18


The Frick Art Museum will present a selection of works by the famous black American painter Romare Bearden. According to The Frick, Bearden spent part of his youth with his grandparents in Pittsburgh, graduating from Peabody High School in 1929. The show promises to feature a “diverse collection of original collages, watercolors, edition prints Limited and Archival Materials,” and examine how Bearden “agitated for social change through the visual arts and print media.”

22 Fellowship at Silver Eye Center for Photography
4808 Penn Ave, Garfield. silvereye.org
May 5-June 25


Discover the work of the winners and the honorable mentions of Silver Eye’s annual fellowship cycle, which recognizes established or emerging talent in the field of fine art photography. Among the winners are Dominican transgender artist Eva Alcántara and South African interdisciplinary artist Carla Liesching, as well as several artists representing Pittsburgh and other parts of the United States.

Peter Max Experience at the Christine Frechard gallery
5126 Butler Street, Lawrenceville. christinefrechardgallery.com
May 7-15

reform at James Gallery
413 S. Main St., West End. jamesgallery.net
May 12-June 24


The James Gallery presents an exhibition of “indoor and outdoor sculptures by a diverse group of nationally acclaimed artists”. Includes works by Brad Howe, John Van Alstine and Caroline Ramersdorfer.

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“Tear Gas and Water Pipes” by Edward Biberman, part of Alone Together: Encounters in American Realism at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Alone Together: Encounters in American Realism at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art
221 Main St. N., Greensburg. thewestmoreland.org
May 29-Sept. 25

Three Rivers Arts Festival
Cultural district, downtown. traf.trustarts.org
June 3-12

Fiberart International 2022 at Contemporary Craft and Brew House Association
5645 Butler Street, Lawrenceville. contemporarycraftsmanship.org and 711 South 21st St., south side. brewhousearts.org
June 3-August. 20


Fiberart International returns once again to challenge viewers and push the boundaries of a medium with works by artists from the United States and around the world. A press release says the event will “record the evolution of the definition of textile art” and give the public a chance to “discover the works of a diverse group of artists who have been underrepresented in the great institutions”. Now in its 24th year, the event is expected to attract over 10,000 visitors from around the world.

John Burt Sanders here
527 N. Taylor Avenue, north side. gallery-ici.com
June 17-July 23

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