Robert Hodge

August Wilson Center
Through September 8
Various times

The August Wilson Center is hosting a triple-header of art, including a free opening celebration for three compelling new visual art exhibitions that are on view to the public through September 8.

Kids and kids at heart will love Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking Saturday morning cartoons and specials that featured the first positive Black characters in animation history. Visitors can check out 200 types of media—including films, board games, sketches and comic books—representing beloved 1970s cartoons such as Fat Albert, Josie and the PussycatsHarlem Globetrotters, The Jackson 5ive, Kid Power and others.

With For The Culture, viewers will discover how artist Robert Hodge uses found and reclaimed materials, along with text and symbolism, to create works exploring everyday life, music, race, cultural traditions and more.

On Saturday, July 15, from 2 to 6 p.m., don’t miss the free Family Fun Day featuring music by DJ Nate Da Phat Barber, drawing lessons with Toonseum and Leon’s Caribbean and Rayne’s BBQ food trucks.

Help artist Tarish Pipkins paint a community mural in the galleries, watch retro Saturday morning cartoons in a 1970s-era living room and pose for caricaturist Brandon Jennings.

For more events, go here.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.