Eric Shiner, director of The Andy Warhol Museum, shares his itinerary for the week of September 22nd. A scholar of contemporary Japanese art and a leading authority on Andy Warhol, Eric lives in Garfield and is originally from New Castle, PA.
Monday, September 22
To begin the week, I’ll stop off for a coffee at Espresso a Mano on Butler Street in Lawrenceville on my way to the museum on the Northside. Each morning I read the New York Times, New York Post and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette before I get started on anything else. My first task is to write the introduction for New York- and Tahiti-based artist Alexander Lee’s exhibition The Botanist opening next month at Alvin Koh’s Singapore gallery Collector’s Contemporary. To finish out a Monday on a high note, I have a dinner meeting at Salt of the Earth—my Garfield favorite. I love the eclectic and ever changing menu; there’s always a new discovery to be made.
Tuesday, September 23
After a day full of museum meetings—including a quarterly board meeting—I’ll have dinner with The Warhol board chair Michele Fabrizi. We like to try new restaurants, so we’ll set out to a destination new and undiscovered to us. I’ll take Nero, my long-hair dachshund, on a walk to finish out a quiet evening.
Wednesday, September 24
Today is a museum day. A lunch meeting in The Warhol Café is followed by an afternoon of catching up on work from my previous week traveling in New York and Chicago. I’ll also take time to check out the progress of two exhibitions currently being installed for Saturday openings. After work my friends and I may head to Brillobox in Bloomfield, a place we like to frequent.
Thursday, September 25
I have a lunch meeting downtown at The Carlton with fellow Yale alumni to talk about the Yale Club of Pittsburgh. Then it’s time for a quick stop home to take Nero on his neighborhood walk before dinner with New York art critic Blake Gopnik at Salt of the Earth—again.
Friday, September 26
I’ll spend this evening on the South Side at the American Eagle Outfitters Corporate Headquarters for the Art on Fire Celebration and Auction to benefit Pittsburgh Glass Center. The event honoring Canadian glass artist Jay Macdonell includes a contemporary glass art auction featuring works created by local artists and artists from around the world. It’s great to be able to see what other cultural organizations are doing and to support the local arts in Pittsburgh.
Saturday, September 27
This evening it’s off to The Warhol for the openings of 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair and our 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial exhibition Chuck Connelly: My America.
Sunday, September 28
Today I’ll be joining Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Performing Arts Center as they honor the 2014 recipients of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Awards for the Arts. I’ll be accepting the award for Arts Innovation on behalf of The Warhol, and I’ll attend the public reception following the 4 p.m. awards ceremony—also open to the public.
Photo by Ric Evans.