Peddling Personalities: Portrait and Still Life Pairings|
Saturday October 25, 2014 - Sunday March 01, 2015
This exhibition will pair still life paintings created by regional artists with portraits from our permanent collection. Fourteen contemporary regional artists were invited to select a portrait from the Museum's collection and asked to pair up one of their still life works with the portrait. Artists could submit an existing still life or were invited to create a new work for the exhibition. The artists were asked to consider how the objects in their still life might reflect the person in the portrait and were invited to write an extended label explaining their selections.
L: Jerome Myers (1867-1940), Self-Portrait in Feathered Hat, 1927, Oil on Canvas, 30 1/4 x 25 in., Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Barry E. Downes, 2007.13
R: Kurt Pfaff, Red Shoes and Brass Clock, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20 in.
This exhibition is one component of a multi-school project that explores selfies, self-portraiture, self-exploration and self-expression. The project is named Self-E. An exhibition of student work that results from this project will go on display in the Museum on November 15. As part of the selfie/Self-E project, students will visit the Museum for an immersive tour during which they will experience numerous activities that help explore how artists express themselves or their subjects. One of the components will include examining how objects sometimes seem to define who we are. Students will explore the Peddling Personalities exhibition as they explore this phenomenon and will have an opportunity to create still life installations that they think reflect the people in the portraits.
Pop-Up Exhibition Featuring Thrust Excavation by Chris McGinnis |
Wednesday January 07, 2015 - Sunday February 01, 2015
Chris McGinnis grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania during the waning years of post-war industrial America. Shortly after he was born the steel mills closed and the coal industry consolidated. As a child of the 1980s McGinnis developed romantic notions of America's industrial past. The ruins of a 19th century tannery, located near his family cabin on the Clarion River in Elk County Pennsylvania and hidden amongst the dense overgrowth were the backdrops for his childhood reveries. Like an effigy to the impermanence of industrial progress, rectangular mounds of dirt and moss supplant the solid railroad ties that once transported hides to and from that tannery.
Chris McGinnis, Fault #4, Torn Paper, Charcoal, Gesso on Rag Paper, 45 x 25 inches
As both artist and curator, McGinnis' research continually returns to notions of growth and decline relating to technology and the human experience. Projects inspired by this research chronicle the pursuit of progress and its effect on all facets of society, ranging from industry and community to science and entertainment. Iconography representing the abundance and promise of industrial modernism is reminiscent of a time when American optimism was specifically manifested in large-scale construction and the built environment.
McGinnis earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona in 2010. He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, with over ten solo exhibitions and over 40 group exhibitions in recent years - including shows at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and University of Arizona Museum of Art. He is co-founder of the ALLOY Pittsburgh arts initiative and will present this project for the 2014 International Arts in Society Conference in Rome, Italy. Chris regularly attends national and international artist-in-residence programs. His work has been published in the National Studio Visit Magazine, European Art Magazine, The MFA Now catalog, Manifest's International Painting Annual as well as numerous local and university publications including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. As an artist, curator and educator, McGinnis has worked for institutions across the country including Carnegie Mellon University and The University of Arizona. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Director of the University's Kipp Gallery.
Opening: Friday, January 9, 2015 from 5 - 7 PM at Art on Tap. Admission is $7 and includes music by Gashouse Annie, a scavenger hunt, light bites from the Parkwood Inn, beer from All Saints Brewing Company, wine and non-alcoholic drink selections. This month's Art on Tap is sponsored by Trib Total Media.
Upcoming Pop-Up Exhibitions at Westmoreland @rt 30
February 4 - March 1: Rebecca Slemmons
March 4 - March 29: Sean Derry, Gary Jurysta and Matthew Forrest
April 1 - April 26: Adrienne Heinrich and Brian Geary