“Ancient Art-I-Facts Of The 21st Century” + Four More Exhibits At Pca: Through Jan. 24

We’ve now moved into the second decade of the new millennium, and this century already has a history, albeit a short one. If you want to reflect on the ’00s and/or imagine the future of the century, then “Ancient Art-i-facts of the 21st Century” at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts might help kick off 2010.

In this installation, geared as a “cultural critique” but infused with a sense of humor, James Thurman creates an environment with a natural-history-museum flair to showcase objects he has sculpted to illustrate a “fictitious future’s misinterpretation. ” Thurman, a Carnegie Mellon University graduate now teaching in Texas, cites a fascination with “how the method of presentation and display affects the perception of the object” as an inspiration for his work. Thurman will speak at one of the PCA’s “Artist Talks” on Sun., Jan. 24, at 3 p.m.

Four more exhibits continue at the PCA:

  • “When Night Falls” is a multimedia show presented by Pittsburgh Society of Artists that “encompasses the world between dusk and dawn.” During this time span, familiar surroundings can be distorted, and mystery and anxiety are evoked. Juror is Michael Olijnyk, curator of exhibitions at the Mattress Factory.
  • “Seeds of Light” presents painted silk weavings by Fuyuko Matsubara, who teaches fiber and textile arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her work explores the spiritual aspect of light and “the positive quality of light energy.” Matsubara will be at a PCA “Dialogue Series” event on Thurs., Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m. ($10; members, $5)
  • “The Exchange” continues the ongoing visual dialogue between the PCA and Philadelphia’s Center for Emerging Visual Artists, with works by CFEVA members on view.
  • “Media Bits” offers selections from the PCA’s media collection. (Fifth and Shady avenues, Shadyside. Through Jan. 24: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Free with donation. Info: 412/361-0873, pittsburgharts.org/index.php)

Andy Warhol Museum Exhibits And Events

There’s still time to catch a number of shows at The Warhol Museum that will be ending their runs this month:

“Shepard Fairey: Supply & Demand”
presents work by this edgy L.A. street artist who received his 15 minutes of fame and more thanks to the iconic portrait of Barack Obama used during the presidential campaign. Through Jan. 31.

“Unnatural Rubber” marks the 100th anniversary of the invention of synthetic rubber via a competition organized by the Warhol for a new work of art fabricated from—you guessed it—synthetic rubber.

“Ludovica Gioscia: Papered Portraits”
comprises wall sculptures that suggest the severed heads of monarchs from around the world. Through Jan. 31.

“The World of Warhol”
showcases art and photography by Warhol related to his “world travels and international point of view.” Through Jan. 8.

“Marvels of Modernism”
comprises work by 10 photographers who focus on 12 modernist landscapes, including Lake Elizabeth on the North Side. Through Jan. 3.

“SuperTrash” features more than 200 pieces of movie-poster art from the 1930s through the ’80s—the popular, the obscure and the campy. Through Jan. 31.

Speaking of movies (the popular, obscure and campy), if you’re looking for some entertainment this month, the Warhol offers two double-feature screenings during its “SuperTrash Film Fest Double Feature”: 

  • Fri., Jan. 15, 7 p.m.: Cruising and Can’t Stop the Music. $10.
  • Fri., Jan. 29, 7 p.m.: Manhunter and Invasion of the Flesh Hunters (a.k.a. Cannibal Apocalypse). $10. (117 Sandusky St., North Shore. Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults, $15; seniors, $9; children, students, $8; members, free. Info: 412/237-8300, warhol.org)

More Exhibits

Carnegie Museum of Natural History: “Whales | Tohora” is a major show about whales that hails from Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. (“Tohora” is the word for “Whales” in the language of the Mäori, the indigenous people of New Zealand.) Through May 2. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 412/622-3131, carnegiemnh.org.

Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery:
Nine artists comprise “vo-li-tion,” which “celebrates aesthetic choice by highlighting artists’ independent decisions and motivations for creating their sculptures.” Through Jan. 30. 5833 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. 412/441-5200, morganglassgallery.com.

Pittsburgh Glass Center:
“The Return,” an installation by Sheila Klein, a former Stanton Heights resident now living in Washington, is an “experimental and spontaneous reaction” to her temporary homecoming. Through Jan. 10. 5472 Penn Ave., Friendship. 412/365-2145, pittsburghglasscenter.org.

“Behind Our Scenes” showcases 33 artists working “backstage” in Pittsburgh’s art scene, from art installer to art educator and more. Through Feb. 13. 812 Liberty Ave., downtown. 412/325-7723, spacepittsburgh.org.

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation:
“Botanicals: Environmental Expressions in Art, the Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection” represents a major collection of botanical art in America. Through June 30. Hunt Library, Carnegie Mellon University, 4909 Frew St., Oakland. 412/268-2434, huntbot.andrew.cmu.edu.

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