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Arts & Museums
The James Gallery provides a wonderful backdrop for art, with large windows on three sides of the gallery. For 25 years, the gallery has been home to many contemporary artists. The work is mostly modern, with an occasional ceramic piece or African artifact thrown into the mix. The gallery has exclusive contracts with several French artists, and it also does framing for several museums. The owner will also consult on corporate art placement. See website for artist and owner bios and more.
The Zenith Gallery has grown tremendously over the years. It began as a small antique shop in a residential neighborhood. Soon, the owners opened a side room to exhibit artwork in a variety of media. Before long performance artists, such as spoken-word artist Lydia Lunch, were performing in the gallery. Finally the owners added a Tea Room, which serves an extensive collection of teas as well as vegetarian dishes for lunch and dinner. Local and national artists display their work on the gallery walls, while performances are put forth by local bands, cabaret acts and touring musicians.
The fine art on display at the La Fond Galleries in Downtown Pittsburgh has made many take notice. The gallery features works of over 15 artists. Ensuring that there are always enough paintings to marvel at, the collection undergoes timely updates. The artists displayed here have their works scattered not only around America but across the seven seas all the same. From vast horizons to complex color combinations, it wouldn't be long before a visit is on the cards, or a re-visit for that matter.
Silver Eye Center for Photography is the region's premier nonprofit dedicated to presenting and promoting the art of photography. Silver Eye presents 10 exhibitions per year by emerging and established photographers from the region and from across the country as well as work by iconic figures such as Ansel Adams, William Wegman, and many others. Classes, tours, trips, special member receptions and other education programs and special events are offered year-round. Tours can be arranged by special appointment. Donations are suggested.
Trundle Manor is a must-visit when in Swissvale. This unique place stands out from the neighborhood homes because of the coffins donning the entrance. Step inside for an intriguing exhibition of oddities with macabre leanings. Peruse the eclectic collection for gas masks, medical instruments, animal skulls, weapons, antiques, art and sculptures. Their assortment of vintage taxidermy deserves a special mention.
This museum highlights the glorious achievements, courage and sacrifice of the nation's soldiers and sailors. It is the largest museum in the country showcasing great deeds of the men and women in uniform. It hosts receptions and conferences on patriotic themes, and also has regular events, such as the annual POW-MIA vigil of Vietnam Veterans, and Memorial Day celebrations. The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall also offers field trips to historical sites of the civil war, scout leadership workshops, and educational programs, wherein their speakers visit a school and give lectures on any war involving the US.
This excellent museum rivals similar institutions in larger cities like New York and London, thanks to the vast Carnegie fortune. The museum makes for a great day out with the kids, and the surrounding area also offers many attractions. Exhibits have included displays on the Amazon rainforest, ancient Egypt, African and North American wildlife and, the perennial favorite for kids as well as adults, dinosaurs.
Industrialist Andrew Carnegie left many gifts for the residents of Pittsburgh. One of those is the Carnegie Museum of Art. Built between 1891 and 1895, the Renaissance-style building houses the city's largest collection of art. Carnegie was determined to mix old masterpieces with contemporary work, or what he once deemed "the old masters of tomorrow". Classes and tours are available, as are special programs for children. Admission includes the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Check website for details.
Concept Art Gallery is one of Pittsburgh's oldest galleries. The classical space houses American art, antique prints and regional paintings with an emphasis on images of Pittsburgh industrial past, as well as "Contemporary Realist" paintings. The walls mix classic paintings with contemporary artwork by regional and national artists.
This building, which was once comprised of a set of commercial businesses, has been renovated to house the downtown branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, as well as the Library Center of Point Park College. The magnificent architecture inside the building makes it worth a trip on its own. Marble stairways and statues flank the walls, while stained glass casts a pleasant light on the library's extensive collections.
The convergence of three rivers that make up Pittsburgh became a hotly contested site in the 1750s during the French and Indian War. The blockhouse that stands on the site of the ruined Forts Duquesne and Pitt was built in 1764, and is the only portion of the forts left standing. Part of Fort Pitt was reconstructed for a museum and provides an interesting look at life during the 18th Century in an unsettled land.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust operates the Wood Street Galleries. The gallery is dedicated to bringing innovative, contemporary art to Pittsburgh. Much of the work on display is from national touring shows. The featured media ranges from video art to multimedia. Each show is usually on exhibit for about two months giving Pittsburghers ample opportunity to catch the latest show. The gallery is located in a triangle-shaped building above a downtown subway station. See website for exhibition schedule and more.