Pittsburgh Center for the Arts & Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Through January 4
Various times

Move over São Paulo, Venice and The Whitney, the Pittsburgh Biennial is in full swing. With 43 artists, nine curators and seven venues, the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial is the largest survey of regional contemporary art. In case you missed the inaugural opening event of this year’s Pittsburgh Biennial on July 19th, you have plenty of chances to experience the comprehensive show, which continues with dynamic programming at multiple local arts venues through January 4th, 2015, including the newly unveiled Idea Furnace at Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Kicking off its third phase on Friday, August 15th, the Biennial is hosting a doubleheader of contemporary art, with concurrent public openings and an after-party, at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

Kick off your weekend at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, where work by 23 contemporary artists will be on view as part of the latest installment of the Biennial. Throughout the Center’s Marshall Building galleries, visitors will engage with work by local and regional artists created over the past two years. Featured projects represent a wide range of media, including painting, multimedia, video installation, sculpture and experimental documentary work.

Curated by Adam Welch, the varied group exhibition features new and recent work by Andrew Allison, Rafael Abreu-Canedo, Chris Beauregard, Kim Beck, Eli Blasko, Seth Clark, Lenka Clayton, Ron Copeland, Sean Derry, Paula Garrick Klein, Steve Gurysh, Kate Hansen, Jane Haskell, Eli Kessler, Ryan Lammie, Anna Mikolay, Alexi Morrissey, Rich Pell, Blaine Siegel, Sisters of the Lattice, Gemma Smith, Ivette Spradlin and Barbara Weissberger. The exhibition will remain on view through November 2nd.

The opening reception will also include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the PCA patio, a tour of the Pittsburgh Biennial, live music by the Lee Robinson Trio and fare from Strip District-based Casa Reyna Restaurante Mexico. At 7 p.m., don’t miss welcoming remarks by Laura Domencic, director of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and curator Adam Welch.
 Admission is $5 (general); $4 (seniors); $3 (students). Free for PF/PCA members, Pittsburgh Glass Center members, Carnegie Mellon faculty and students, and children 12 and under.

At 8 p.m., head over to nearby Pittsburgh Filmmakers for a tour of new photography and video installations by artists Rich Pell, Barbara Weissberger and Sisters of the Lattice.

Stick around for the official Pittsburgh Biennial 2014 after-party which includes a screening of Sisters of the Lattice, a feature length film made by collaborative artists Agnes Bolt and Nina Sarnelle, and music by DJ Aaron Clark. The after-party is free to the public and will include a cash bar.

A progressive partnership between seven of Pittsburgh’s top arts organizations, the Pittsburgh Biennial simultaneously presents some of the most compelling new art in a wide variety of media being created throughout the region today, while also spotlighting the area’s distinct world-class arts and cultural venues and diverse art scene. Showcasing the region as a dynamic incubator for art, the Pittsburgh Biennial celebrates the work of artists, the mission of arts organizations and a desire to share both with broader audiences.

Curators for 2014 are: Jessica Beck (The Andy Warhol Museum); Nicholas Chambers (The Andy Warhol Museum); Amanda Donnan (Carnegie Museum of Art); Casey Droege (Miller Gallery at CMU); Murray Horne (SPACE); Barbara Luderoweski (Mattress Factory); Heather McElwee (Pittsburgh Glass Center); Michael Olijnyk (Mattress Factory); and Adam Welch (Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Pittsburgh Filmmakers).

Recently expanded in terms of scope and site—and launched with an unprecedented collaborative approach—the mega-show brings together local powerhouse curators and creators for a look at the region’s most thought-provoking contemporary art. A signature exhibition of Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts since its founding in 1994, the show uniquely pairs young emerging contemporary art curators from each organization, and allows the venues to break from tradition and create a new collaborative model for the presentation of contemporary artworks.

Featuring distinct exhibitions that reflect each curator’s and partner institution’s engagement with artists working in and around Pittsburgh, the Biennial also aims to engage the public in a lively dialogue about contemporary art practice and production via monthly receptions at rotating sites, artist and curator talks, exhibition tours, film screenings, family-friendly workshops and culture club happy hour events.

Jennifer Baron

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...