We’ve seen lots of national attention focused on Pittsburgh’s growing food scene and on our cutting-edge tech community in recent months.
Today, it’s Pittsburgh’s world-class art museums that are getting love from The New York Times.
And the angle is interesting: In the wake of the Tree of Life shooting, writer Martha Schwendener puts a spotlight on the healing power of artwork currently appearing at five of Pittsburgh’s top cultural destinations: Carnegie Museum of Art, The Frick Pittsburgh, the Mattress Factory, The Miller Institute for Contemporary Art at Carnegie Mellon University and the Andy Warhol Museum.
“For the art world, the biggest news coming out of Pittsburgh last year should have been the opening of the 57th edition of the Carnegie International, the oldest survey exhibition of visual art in the United States,” Schwendener writes. “Instead, news of that exhibition was eclipsed in October by a shooting at the progressive Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, which killed 11 people and wounded six.”
Art seems minor in the wake of such events, she writes, and yet she points out that art is also “an inherently hopeful gesture, and as institutions increasingly become forums (‘laboratories,’ in the current parlance) for new ideas — not just places to show off wealth or wield ‘soft power’ — they can be places to heal and ponder how to move forward. In Pittsburgh — where vast sums of money made relatively quickly during the Industrial Revolution were spent on art — museums and alternative spaces abound, complementing many schools and universities.”
Read the full story here.