A tour of Pittsburgh’s finest museums are a great way to spend some quality time with your sweetie, or even your mom. Head out to one of these awe-inspiring museum exhibits, and educate and stimulate your mind.
Urban Garden Party
The Mattress Factory
500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212-4444
Date: June 19, 2015 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
This uber-hip fundraiser, benefiting the non-profit Mattress Factory, is always a call to arms – bring your hottest costume (this year’s signature theme is ‘Magic, Music, and Mayhem’, your dancing shoes, and a designated driver, as this off-the-charts party always gets wild when the booze starts flowing. With 40 food vendors, live entertainment, and exquisite art installations throughout the venue, this not-to-be-missed art appreciation event is sure to top your yearly must-do bucket list. Tickets can be purchased through the Mattress Factory’s website.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Date: May 16, 2015 through January 10, 2016
Have your children ever wondered where foxes hide their babies or how birds perch on trees to sleep? This fun, interactive exhibit brings all of the forest’s secrets to life while children get to participate in engaging, hands-on activities. Told from an animal’s point of view, participants will learn how chipmunks gather food for the winter, match animal tracks to the animals that made them, protect baby raccoons from a hungry fox, assemble a three-dimensional larger-than-life ant, and create butterfly wing patterns using multicolored mosaic tiles. Held in the R. P. Simmons Family Gallery, this educational exhibit is free with admission.
She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran And The Arab World
Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Date: May 30. 2015 – Sept. 28, 2015
Held in the Heinz Galleries, this collective from 12 intrepid female photographers beautifully captures the turmoil and heartache that simmers in the Middle East. From haute art, to casual photojournalism, each of these women’s powerful voices transcend the photos and speak directly to the audience. Intending to open a cultural dialogue with patrons who haven’t yet been exposed to new photography, it asks the toughest questions and challenges our perception of Middle Eastern people. This exhibit is free with paid admission.
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Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor: From Pittsburgh To New York
Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5890
Date: May 30 – September 6, 2015
This Pittsburgh-expired jaunt through the work of Philip Pearlstein, Andy Warhol, and Dorothy Cantor follow the artists from their start at CMU (formerly known as Carnegie Tech), through their breakouts in the New York art world of the 50’s. The three, whose ideals and delivery were widely varied, features the artists’ assignments from Carnegie Tech, as well as explores Pearlstein and Warhol’s early commercial design. Happily, for art aficionados, The Fine Foundation was able to obtain more than 50 drawings and paintings by Pearlstein and Cantor, which mark their museum debut, and is highlighted by paintings and period photographs on loan and from The Warhol’s collection.
Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson
Senator John Heinz History Center / Homewood Library Auditorium
7101 Hamilton Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Date: May 20, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Head to the only museum in Pittsburgh wholly dedicated to Pittsburgh – the Heinz History Center, and catch a special screening of the film “Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson.” This moving documentary tells the story of Jack Johnson, the first African American Heavyweight Champion, whose trials and tribulations rocketed him to stardom as one of the first black sports icons in the world. Directed by filmmaker Ken Burns, this public program will be held at the Homewood Library Auditorium, and is admission and registration free. For more information, contact Samuel W. Black, director of African American Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Nikki Tiani-Moroney is a full time mum of two boys, wife of a professional poker player/photographer/amateur pencil-sharpening competitor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t studiously neglecting her housework in favor of a good book, she’s out simultaneously fighting crime and picking up sidewalk litter while savoring an occasional cigarette. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.