Pittsburgh Movie Club Meeting No. 2
Oct
27
5:00 PM17:00

Pittsburgh Movie Club Meeting No. 2

Join us for some cinema fun, Sunday, October 27, as we host the second meeting of the Pittsburgh Movie Club! We will be discussing "Shoplifters" this week, available on Hulu and at the Carnegie Library. (Please watch in advance.) The meeting starts at 5PM, hope to see you there!

All are welcome to this free event! $3 -$5 recommended donation.

For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/Pittsburgh-Movie-Club-112646826771969/

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The Salvation of Art: Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Artists
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

The Salvation of Art: Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Artists

On Friday, October 4th come celebrate our 10th anniversary! The I.F. will be hosting a group exhibition with 20 Pittsburgh Artists and live Pittsburgh bands: A.T.S. and Iron & Rope. The closing reception will be Friday, November 1st with special guests Car Sickness and Merce Lemon. This extraordinary exhibition features multi-media: including film, photography, printmaking, papermaking, cast, clay and cardboard sculpture, painting, performance art, fiber art, mixed media, found objects and Pittsburgh relics. This exhibition is a tribute to Pittsburgh master artists, featuring works by artists between the ages of 45 and 90. 

MEET THE ARTISTS:  Abira Ali, painter (58),  Sue Abramson, Experimental photographer (over 60), Chuck Barr, painter (deceased at 89), Christine Bethea, mixed media artist (over 60), Biko, mixed media artist (over 60), Joan Brindle, mixed media artist & painter (over 70), Etta Cetera  mixed media artist (age 45),, Denis Childers, photographer (over 60), Katy Dement, mixed media artist (over 50), Samir Elsabee, painter (over 80), Irma Freeman, painter (deceased at age 90), Ruth Freeman, collage/mixed media artist & painter (age 79),  Ryder Henry, mixed media sculptor (over 45), Evan Knauer (over 50), Annie Ladley Mahoney, painter (age 82), Ed Parish Jr., sculpture (44), Tom Sarver, performance artist & painter (over 44), Christina Springer, mixed media artist (over 55), Sandra Streiff, painter, (age 58), James Shipman, sculptor (age 64), and Bob Ziller, mixed media artist(over 50)..

“The Salvation of Art: Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Artists 5” is a curation of works returning to its previous popular exhibition theme: Pittsburgh! The artistic aesthetics range from found objects to hyper-realistic representations of Pittsburgh, including personal Pittsburgh stories. The definition of “the Salvation of Art” can be defined as symbolic or literal, as in saving and keeping of art. These masterful artists bring expressions of unique aspects of Pittsburgh, from the point of view of current or past Pittsburgh city dwellers. Gallery hours Sundays or by appointment. Tours, workshops and classes available all about Pittsburgh Art! Artwork will be up through November 15.

More important dates:

  • First Friday October 4 Exhibition Opens 7 - 10 pm

  • Sunday October 6, 1 - 5 pm Gallery Hours

  • Sunday October 13/ Gallery Hours 4 - 6 pm  

  • Sunday October 20, 1 - 3 pm Open House Artist Talk & Tour light refreshments    

  • Sunday October 27 /Gallery Hours 1 - 4 pm

  • First Friday November 11 / Exhibition Reception 7 - 10 pm

  • Saturday November 2 / Gallery Hours 1 - 6 pm

  • Sunday November 3 Gallery Hours 4 - 7 pm

  • Saturday November 9 / Gallery Hours 1 - 6 pm

  • Sunday November 10 Gallery Hours 1 - 4 pm

See the artwork during Gallery Hours or by appointment

Artwork “Vacant Synagogue “ By Ryder Henry


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P O R T A L S by Vanessa Adams And Eriko Hattori
Aug
2
to Sep 6

P O R T A L S by Vanessa Adams And Eriko Hattori

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The Irma Freeman Center for the Imagination will welcome P O R T A L S on August 2, 2019 with an opening reception starting at 7 pm. There will be a closing reception on September 6, 2019. Gallery hours will be on Sundays from 2-5 pm, or by appointment. This exhibition will be up through September 16, 2019.

P O R T A L S will debut work from both Eriko Hattori and Vanessa Adams. Through the language of plants and symbols, and explorations of natural cycles and patterns, Eriko and Vanessa seek to create portals--entryways into other-worldly dimensions--while still being present in this one. Exploring these openings and gateways helps us to question our own realities and perceptions. At what point do certain realities become tangible / intangible? Where does one find validity in a world with such strict margins? 

Eriko Hattori is a painter working in Pittsburgh, PA. With their most recent body of work, Eriko introduces two primary figures--the masked cat of prey and the Jorogumo (“woman-spider”)--to tell narratives that revolve around fetish, sexuality, and perceptions of femininity.  Existing in a cosmos inhabited by chimeras, demons, and other masked figures, these icons represent the artist’s ongoing exploration of their queer identity in relation to their ancestral heritage. https://erikohattori.com 

Vanessa Adams is a printmaker from New Orleans, LA currently working in Pittsburgh, PA. In Vanessa’s most recent body of work,  the life cycles of night-blooming plants and the phases of the moon are the visual signposts for stages of growth and transformation. Opening in darkness, night-blooming plants have long been associated with magical states of being, occult practices, and subconscious feelings. The cycling of the moon, with its power to move water, shift feelings, and induce madness, has been used to set intention, sow seeds, and work magic. By combining them, they are exploring how to inhabit places of darkness, and how to harness intuition in the face of the unknown. https://vanessascholaradams.com 



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Solo Exhibitions by Chris Mills & David Covell
Jun
7
to Jul 5

Solo Exhibitions by Chris Mills & David Covell

And So We Are Here Chris Mills’ photographic works explore our subjective relationship to the spaces we surround ourselves with and the psychological impact of color, light and form. In “And So Here We Are,” wooded landscapes invite us to consider that what we see is ultimately a reflection of self.

Mills presents a series of large format photographs, drawing the viewer into a landscape of their own making, a dream-like navigation of imagined possibilities. What we find is influenced by what we carry inside, what we believe and what we seek; a setting to both lose and find ourselves.

 Chris Mills has shown his artwork at Washington DC’s Hill Center, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Katzen Arts Center, the Art Kudos International Juried Art Exhibition and featured in Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual. His commercial work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including The Washingtonian, Edible DC and the Washington Post. In 2017, he had his first solo exhibition, “Interstitial,” at Lost Origins Gallery.

Weeds” by David Covell.

 David Covell is a graphic designer with over 25 years experience; his work has been recognized by numerous publications and is included in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Covell is also an author and illustrator of picture books. His latest, RUN WILD, published by Penguin Viking, was awarded a Best Illustrated Book of 2018 by The New York Times and The New York Public Library. 

 With WEEDS, Covell shares early sketches from Run Wild and paintings inspired by his boyhood in wilds of Maine.

 

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DarkSoft presents “Thought-Object Fusion”
Jun
5
7:30 PM19:30

DarkSoft presents “Thought-Object Fusion”

"DarkSoft presents “Thought-Object Fusion”, a meditation on impermanence conveyed via compositions for voice and cello. This work features classical musicianship alongside modern improvisation, with a bend toward experimentation and storytelling. In other words, it’s my (Tara’s) voice - in all its variety - ricocheting above many layers of emphatic, responsive sound.

 Eric Weidenhof (formerly of the Pgh-based group “It It”) draws unconventional sound from the cello. I use a variety of vocal techniques to expand the arc of sound and deliver a loose, personal narration. Sometimes I tell our origin story, sometimes I curse ants. 

I am obsessed with palindromes. I am hoping that my this time my entire set will be a palindrome - and that I will find a way to do that that still allows for sporadic and unplanned moments. 

We have an electronics set up that includes several loopers and several delays - but this music does not drone. I would describe it as active and driving, though not overly loud or harsh.” -Tara Toms

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Kosmo Vinyl Brings his “Cisco Kid vs. Donald Trump”
Apr
5
to May 3

Kosmo Vinyl Brings his “Cisco Kid vs. Donald Trump”

Legendary ‘Clash Man’ Kosmo Vinyl Brings his “Cisco Kid vs. Donald Trump” Art Exhibition to the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination from April 5 – May 3, 2019. First Friday Receptions 7 - 10 pm.

The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination will welcome London-born/New York City-based artist Kosmo Vinyl for the opening of the "Cisco Kid vs. Donald Trump" exhibition. The artist’s reception will take place on Friday, April 5 and showing until Friday, May 3, 2019.

The art project began in June 2016 as an Instagram series, with the artist appropriating 1950s Cisco Kid comic strips by Argentine Jose Luis Salinas and replacing the dialogue in the speech bubbles to reflect on Trump’s seemingly endless calamities. “There are many variants on the 19th-century quote “all bad men need to succeed is for good men to do nothing’,” notes Vinyl. "It may not be much, but I am doing something.” Creative Protest is nothing new for the artist, whose former career started in 1970s London working with seminal British punk band The Clash. Kosmo emigrated to New York City over 30 years ago and eventually retired from music to raise a family. His art career began almost by accident when he started making his own postcards and mailing them to friends.

When then-candidate Trump first announced that Mexican immigrants were drug dealers and rapists, Vinyl’s outrage sparked a brainstorm. “Cisco Kid was a caballero, the Robin Hood of the West. Who is better to defend the good name, not only of Mexicans but all immigrants?”, he thought. The Instagram series was started with the expectation of finishing after the election in November, but when the results came in, he realized people needed Cisco to ride on now more than ever.

He was first asked to exhibit Cisco Kid at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show during New York Armory Week in 2017, he had high-quality pigment prints made and framed for the fair. The installation captured the attention of MoMA PS1 Director, Klaus Biesenbach, and received coverage in Art News, The Inside Report and W Magazine. He then took the show to the belly of the beast, making his Washington D.C. debut at Lost Origins Gallery. The Washington Post wrote: "It’s as though the Clash reunited to challenge Trump, not with songs but with record covers." Since then he also presented Cisco shows in Atlanta and Nashville.

Not all Kosmo’s work is protest art, he had a painting in The Royal Academy’s 250th Summer exhibition curated by Grayson Perry in Piccadilly, London. He also has an exhibition of his soccer related art currently on show at The National Football Museum, in Manchester, England.

On Saturday, April 6, the Center will host an artist talk (with tea) at Noon, as a part of the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival. The exhibition will continue through May 3.

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Featured Resident Artist: Biko
Mar
1
to May 3

Featured Resident Artist: Biko

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above a recent work “Slave Ship”/ Meet Biko during gallery hours & receptions. For a closer view click here)

=A Conversation with Biko 

By Bill O'Driscoll

Biko is an artist and collector of black memorabilia for his Museum of the African's Experience in America. The Hill District native boasts a collection numbering more than 13,000 pieces, everything from slave shackles to mass-produced Serena Williams dolls. Items are displayed at locations including the Homewood YWCA and Homewood's Alma Illery Medical Center. At the North Side's Foreland Street Gallery, an exhibition of his artwork and memorabilia runs through Jan 15.

How did you start collecting?

I've always been influenced by black-related subjects. The museum started with a button I had in 1969. This top picture here is my great-great grandmother, a slave. Below that, real slave shackles. Below that, my mother and father, 1945, when he came back from Germany. In the center of that, that's Biko, 12 or 13 years old, downtown Pittsburgh, G.C. Murphy's, you stick a dollar in you get four pictures. And on that hat, I've got that Black Panther button. And I've got my tam on and trying to look like a Black Panther at 12 years old.

What was one unlikely find?

One time I was up in Ohio and this guy, straight out of Beverly Hillbillies, he's got on coveralls, he's missing a couple teeth, whatever. He goes, "Oh, ain't you that black guy?" And I'm like [glancing at his forearm], "Yeah, I collect black stuff." He says, "I got something you need." In 1976, Jim Beam came out with all these commemorative bottles of whiskey. So he had an unopened bottle of Jim Beam whiskey, with Crispus Attucks on it. He wants 10 bucks for it. Just because I been raised in this, I automatically said, "Man, you won't take eight?" This guy opens it, takes a drink of it, hands it to me, says, "Hell, son, it's still got Beam in it!"

Here's a mechanical bank.

It's called an "Uncle Remus bank." When you touch that chicken, the cop comes around the side of the house and the black guy jumps back in. I tell kids, "When you see this, this was produced by white people, in 1897, to make it look like all black people are going to rob your house, we're thieves." I say, "But when you go home today, if you turn on BET, not 'White Entertainment Television,' you gonna see black people portraying black people as drug dealers, as thieves, as disrespecting black women." And it just blows my mind.

 What's the oldest item whose date you can confirm?

See that slave tag right there? 1841. The man I took my name from, Stephen Biko, he was murdered. He was in South Africa, and he was stopped. He did not have his papers on him. He was arrested. If I didn't have that [tag], and I was walking around in downtown Charleston in 1841, that's my ass.

You have a lot of KKK items.

This right here, 1921, is considered a "lynch pin." Stamped on the back of it are the words "I was there." This represents two brothers that were hung in Kentucky in 1921. If you participate in a lynching, you receive one of these pins. 

All these mammy figurines -- they must have been mass-produced.

It's being reproduced right now.

Who buys it?

Everybody buys it. The Klan is still available. You don't know that? And a lot of black people buy it. Like I'll buy something like that, buy it brand-new, make it look old, and they'll buy it just for the memory. 'Cause for me and a lot of black people, this stuff gives you power. Like if you see this and you know this is the way it used to be.

Are you ever surprised at how people interpret your memorabilia?

There are some serious, serious people that don't like it at all. There is a black guy that I have heard of that goes to these flea markets, he'll buy that cookie jar for hundreds of dollars, and at your table, he'll throw it down and destroy it, 'cause he doesn't think those images should be preserved.

 

Right next to some rapper dolls, here's your own "Pop Quiz."

You see what it's saying? "What saying do Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dr. Dre and the slave trader have in common? 'I never hesitate to put a nigger on his back.'" Because of these fools, shit's happening all the time.

Why do talks for school kids?

They don't have anybody exposing them to this. If I can wake some people up, that's what I'm trying to do.

What are your hopes for the museum?

It started as just a dream, and it's still a dream. There's no building that you can go to right now that is the African's experience in America. But one day there'll be.

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"The Art & Zen of Chuck Barr" & Other Self-Taught Artists reception
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

"The Art & Zen of Chuck Barr" & Other Self-Taught Artists reception

 “The Art & Zen of Chuck Barr” & Other Self-Taught Artists presented by guest curator Pat McArdle. Opening Reception March 1, 7 - 10 pm.

The “Art & Zen” of Chuck Barr & 12 Other Self-Taught Artists.

Chuck is in his ninetieth year. He has been a musician since the 1950’s. Playing both the saxophone and flute. He has been painting and sculpting since the 1960’s. Chuck Barr is a Pittsburgher This is Chuck’s first-ever Gallery exhibition.

In the second gallery, Artists include: Robert Wright, Emory BIko, Mr. Imagination, Jury Albright, Norman Scott, "Butch Quinn", Helen Bryant, J.J. Burns, Randy Gilson (from Randyland), Inez Hess, Rocco Caniglia, Quinin Jones & Amir Rashid,.


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Exhibition Opening: Futuristic Relics & Motherboards Sacred
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Exhibition Opening: Futuristic Relics & Motherboards Sacred

Artist, Christina Springer

Futuristic Relics & Motherboards Sacred are part of an on-going collection of videos, paintings, ritual objects, textiles, and temple icons which contemplate the future utopia people (Black) will experience by the 31st Century. Through manipulations of space and time, Christina Springer has called into being and manifested relics and artifacts from The Monongahela Territories.  On display will be works which exist due to Memory Transfer Sessions from 31st Century Egunographers & SpiriTechs. This work was made possible in part by The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments joint program "Advancing The Black Arts In Pittsburgh," as well as, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Artist Opportunity Grant.

 

Bio -

Christina Springer is an Alt.Black artist who uses text, performance, video and other visual expressions to communicate what the space between molecules in the air wish for you to know. Most recently, her visual art has been shown at the San Jose Martin Luther King Library, Dayton Visual Art Center, and Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.  Her book, The Splooge Factory is forthcoming from Frayed Edge Press in November. Her most recent theatrical offering, “She Diva Died. & Come Again?” incorporated text, movement, music and video to explore the challenges and joys of raising a Black man.  Cave Canem shaped her voice. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her educational outreach work included four site-specific, mixed-media projects with youth at The Tower Of London. Springer resides in Pittsburgh where she home educates her son.

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Aug
4
to Sep 22

Tarot of the Week with Lavender

Every Saturday 9:30am - 10:30am

Explore Tarot as a map to the Human Body. This class is an integrative self care practice centered each week around a different Tarot theme. Learn musculoskeletal anatomy, self massage, trigger point therapy, energy lines in the body, active and passive movement, mindfulness exercises and more. Mat and Thai acupressure stick provided.

Session Dates:

August 4, 11, 18, 25

September 1, 8, 15, 22

$10-$20 sliding scale

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