Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
3 – 8 p.m.
October is a great month to make time for art and culture thanks to a new free admission series offered by Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Every Thursday this month, the two Oakland destinations are swinging their doors open to visitors of all ages, offering free admission from 3 to 8 p.m.
From never-before-exhibited etchings by renowned American artist Edward Hopper, to Space Age decorative arts, visits will enjoy free access to permanent collections, new temporary exhibitions and special events.
Don’t miss these highlights on view during October include:
CMOA Collects Edward Hopper
The first time that all of the museum’s works by the celebrated American painter and printmaker have been exhibited together, CMOA Collects Edward Hopper showcases 17 works, ranging from etchings and oil paintings, to drawings and watercolors. Visitors will be among the first to see three important Hopper etchings on view for the first time. Accompanying the exhibition is a selection of prints by artists who influenced Hopper during his formative years, including Dutch master Rembrandt, American painter John Sloan and French etcher Charles Meryon.
Teenie Harris Photographs: Cars
During his 40-year career as photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier—one of the country’s most influential black newspapers—pioneering Pittsburgh photographer and Hill District native, Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908–1998) produced some 80,000 images of our city’s African American community. In Cars, museum-goers will see 25 photographs selected from the extensive Teenie Harris Archive, which contains 2,000-plus images of automobiles dating from the 1930s through the 1970s. Exploring the beauty and elegance of iconic cars such as Cadillacs, Dusenbergs, Hudsons and Buicks, the show also looks at the significance of cars in Pittsburgh’s segregated African American communities.
Hot Metal Modern: Design in Pittsburgh and Beyond
This new installation in CMOA’s Charity Randall Gallery features groundbreaking work by Pittsburgh-based designers and manufacturers who helped to shape the development of 20th-century modernism. Visitors will explore Pittsburgh’s role as as a major center for avant-garde and cutting-edge design, fabrication, experimentation, education and promotion. From the roaring 1920s to the swinging 1960s, the show features iconic design objects from Pittsburgh alongside the fascinating stories of innovation and industry behind them. Included are pioneers at Carnegie Institute of Technology, Kaufmann’s Department Store, Westinghouse, PPG and Alcoa.
Out of This World! Jewelry in the Space Age
Scientific advances and pop culture will collide in this exciting display of 200 other-worldly objects. Travel back through time to discover how landmark moments in space history influenced style, fashion and design. A visually rich showcase of wearable and decorative arts related to outer space, space travel and the space age, Out of This World examines the profound impact that these fields have had on modern human civilization via ephemera, jewelry, artifacts and decorative arts. Starting with objects that memorialize Halley’s Comet in 1835, the exhibit continues through time to the 1865 publication of Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon, the 1957 Sputnik launch that kicked off the space race and NASA’s milestone missions.
Ever wonder where chipmunks sleep? Curious about how mother bats locate their babies in caves? Discover all of this and much more at CMNH’s Animal Secrets, as you explore the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals. Via imaginative role playing and hands-on activities, museum-goers of all ages will enjoy nature from an animal’s point of view in natural environments. Get immersed in a streambed, search for clues in a colorful mural and imagine you are a deer, eagle, raccoon, duck, fox or bear building a home, finding food and nurturing your young. Play in a chipmunk’s den, curl up in an eagle’s nest and activate your senses inside a dark woodland cave. Next, channel your inner naturalist inside a canvas tent outfitted with microscopes and magnifying glasses, animal skulls and mineral specimens and field equipment.