Tuesday, August 28, 2012

pittsburgh happenings, 19th century style

A few things:

Carnegie Museum of Art's Exhibition Impressionism in a New Light: From Monet to Stieglitz is in its final week, so if you're in Pittsburgh be sure to check it out.  As far as I can tell most of the paintings in this exhibition will go back into the museum's permanent collection, but I'm not so sure about the photography pieces.

According to Carnegie Magazine's Fall 2012 issue, however, the exhibition's photograph of Alice Liddell, taken by Lewis Carroll himself, will eventually become part of the permanent collection, as promised by Wiliam Talbott Hillman.

Gertrude Kasebier, American, 1852–1934;
Miss Minny Ashley, 1905, photogravure;
Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of the George H. Ebbs Family, 2007.51.44
image source: Callie Garp: musings and art of a feminist artist blog
After the Impressionism exhibition closes, you can get your 19th century art fix by visiting the exhibition Whistler and Rebellion in the Art World, featuring the prints and drawings of the radical and controversial artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler.  A proponent of the idea of "art for art's sake," Whistler rebelled against established art institutions and groups, as well as the idea that art served any sort of useful or moralistic purpose.  This guy was so radical that he sued the noted Victorian art critic John Ruskin for libel when he criticized Whistler's work: Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket. Talk about taking your art seriously!

Whistler and Rebellion in the Art World is open at the Carnegie Museum of Art until December 2.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American, 1834–1903; The Dyer, 1879–1880, etching and drypoint on laid paper;
image source: Carnegie Museum of Art, Bequest of Charles J. Rosenbloom, 74.7.231

And finally, a costume shop's storefront window I caught in the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  Steampunk displays! (I apologize for the reflection- I couldn't get good shots from any angle):

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