Hot Art Scene in Cool Pittsburgh
If you think you have to go to New York or Washington, D.C., for great art, think again. The art scene in Pittsburgh rivals that of major cities throughout the country. It is, after all, the birthplace of Pop Art. So go ahead. Take a walk on the wild side at The Andy Warhol Museum. You can even kick start the weekend with a drink in hand at “Good Fridays,” when the museum stays open till 10 p.m. with a party-like atmosphere. This must-see museum is an art lover’s fantasy.
Carnegie Museum of Art wows your artistic sensibilities with its amazing collection of international art, decorative art, architecture, photography, sculpture and more. Check out the Sarah Mellon Scaife gallery, referred to as “unflawed paradise” by The New York Times.
It’s cutting-edge contemporary at the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial. The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Filmmakers and others come together for art that never looked so good!
All around town, you’ll find captivating visual arts exhibitions, thanks to the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Previous exhibitions of the 101-year-old organization have featured works by Edward Hopper, Jonathan Borofsky and Philip Pearlstein, to name a few.
You’ll be blown away at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, one of the top glass art centers in the world. Watch live, hot glass-blowing demonstrations, explore the glass gallery or even take a glass-making class! For more about glass, the “Glass: Shattering Notions” exhibit at the Heinz History Center showcases the city’s 200-year-old glass art history.
As if all of this art isn’t enough, there’s the 14-block Cultural District located right in the middle of downtown Pittsburgh, too. Here, you’ll find a performance for every taste, too. In fact, the Cultural District’s seven major theaters offer more than 1,500 shows each year! Catch the world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) at the beautifully restored Heinz Hall. The classics meet the familiar with the PSO performing everything from BNY Mellon Grand Classics’ concerts to PNC Pittsburgh Symphony Pops.
Head out of town and you’ll find an art oasis is the countryside – the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. The museum’s spectacular collection showcases works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt and more.
No question Pittsburgh’s art scene is hot. It’s just one of the many reasons why Pittsburgh is one cool city! Go to visitpittsburgh.com/art for more info.