While it doesn’t push the envelope or any obvious buttons, the 2013 Carnegie International serves up delights and high points along with the comfort and reassurance of familiar faces. It’s a humanist show that is mining territory that’s been mined before – history, community, anti-capitalism. And bravo for all that! Community and Archival Projects Many artists featured in the show are working with communities. Here are our favorites. Let’s hear it for Zoe Strauss! She didn’t win the Carnegie Prize or the Fine Prize (those went to Nicole Eisenman and Zanele Muholi respectively — congrats to those two wonderful women ... More » »
Stella and I are off to Pittsburgh today to attend the premiere screening of our friend Madelyn Roehrig’s movie at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Film Kitchen. Madelyn has been filming folks who come to Andy Warhol’s grave in Pittsburgh. Stella and I both appear in the movie. I leave some Gas-Ex for him and Stella tells him about Anna Wintour and contemporary shoe fashion. There’s a belly dancer, a band that plays some Velvet Underground and much more. Here’s a preview story in Pittsburgh City Paper. Here’s Madelyn’s Facebook site where you can see new pictures of the grave marker daily.
I took a lightning fast trip to Pittsburgh last weekend on The Pennsylvanian, an Amtrak daily between New York and Pittsburgh that becomes a milk run after it hits Philadelphia and stops 12 times before it gets to the city of Warhol, plate glass and big steel. The train chugs along with due speed until the Pennsylvania mountains when it’s best to rev your motor down a notch to jibe with the pace of the train negotiating non-stop hairpin turns for miles and miles. Brent told me to say hi to Horseshoe Curve but it all seemed like horseshoe curve ... More » »
I was warned that the conversation might be one-sided but I was eager to go to Andy Warhol‘s grave and chat with him anyway. Madelyn Roehrig, my dear friend, took me there as part of her project to chronicle Andy’s grave and people’s relationships to it and to him. Madelyn’s been to the grave many times herself (she lives nearby) and since the project began in February she’s been there daily where she not only talks with Andy — but gets feedback from him!
Steve and I took a short walk in South Oakland early Saturday morning, just for something to do–explore a part of town near UPitt that we didn’t know. The first couple blocks south of Forbes, the main drag in Oakland, felt like a neighborhood abandoned to the anarchy of rowdy students. Pizza boxes strewn around like the party had been on the sidewalk and nobody’s mom had come out to say you’ve made a mess now clean it up. Broken glass from smashed beer and juice bottles carpeted several blocks–I imagined the kids walking on it with their flip flops ... More » »
This week’s Weekly (online only) has my article about Robot 250, the city-wide festival celebrating Pittsburgh’s importance as a center for robotics. Below is the copy with some pictures. More photos at flickr. “You’re No. 1″ is a robotic foam finger installed atop The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh as part of the Robot 250 Festival, July 11-27. Ian Ingram, a senior research associate and artist-in-residence at Carnegie Mellon University, built the robotic installation. When someone activates sensors in one of several remote kiosks, the robotic finger will turn and point at that person. Photo credit: Carnegie Mellon University Behind ... More » »
Post by Andrea Kirsh Winifred Lutz’s garden at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh What is a garden? I took a course on the history of gardening in the Department of Landscape Architecture art the University of Oregon (it began with the Garden of Eden, of course) and learned that any intervention in the outdoor environment can be considered a garden. It needn’t have a lawn or an ordered arrangement of planting, or even plants; think of the stones and raked sand in Japanese temple gardens. These thoughts came back to me last week when I visited the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, ... More » »
Like a benign infestation, the glass art of Dale Chihuly has taken over the entire Phipps Conservatory at Carnegie Mellon University. The Phipps, a network of indoor botanical gardens with various environments from desert to rain forest to butterfly garden is a great walk under normal conditions. It’s like the indoor spaces at Longwood Gardens (Phipps doesn’t have the huge outdoor walks that Longwood does however). Chihuly, known for his Medusa-like flames of colored glass and large fluted vessel shapes, installed his work as if the pieces were flowers and other botanical objects. They’re in water ponds that have been ... More » »
The sunny greenhouse environment at the PPG Wintergarden, home for Best of Pittsburgh show, part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival. My friend Madelyn Roehrig‘s art for some time now has been obsessed with the virtual violence that intrudes in the home via television and how that violence becomes an abusive roommate, talking nonstop about terrorism, war and human disasters and making you feel fear and feel small and unempowered. (See post for more on an earlier project she did.) Madelyn is a photographer and what she does is to set up a tripod and camera in front of her ... More » »
University of Pittsburgh Student Union where we did some orientation sessions last week. Once we were done with the official business of our trip to Pittsburgh (registering Stella for fall classes and sitting through the orientation sessions) we had time to meet up with my dear friend Madelyn Roehrig who works at the Carnegie Museum of Art and is herself an artist. I’ve written about Madelyn’s work before and I was eager to see her new piece in the Three Rivers Arts Festival (more on that in the next post). Jean Dubuffet at the Carnegie Museum. The piece has two ... More » »Next Page »