Members-Only Virtual Events
While enjoying Carnegie Museums from Home, the Members-Only edition, you gain access to world-class curators and collections through exclusive experiences designed just for members. Can’t attend one of the live online events? In many cases, recordings will be posted on this page a few days after the event.
Party in the Rear: The Wild World of Bug Behinds
Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m. EST
Bug-out with Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Ainsley Seago as she explores the colorful and creative ways bugs use their rear ends to track down meals, scare away enemies, and even find love.
Dr. Ainsley Seago studies the evolutionary history of beetles, and has used everything from rotting squid traps to synchrotron radiation to better understand them in all their glory.
From the Curator’s Desk: Marisol and Warhol Take New York
Thursday, April 29, 6 p.m. EST
Travel back to the 1960’s with Milton Fine Curator of Art Jessica Beck as your tour guide. She’ll dive into the Andy Warhol Museum’s upcoming exhibition Marisol and Warhol Take New York, and share insider stories of what it takes to bring an art exhibition to life.
David McCabe, Andy Warhol and Marisol with the Empire State Building (detail), 1965, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., Photograph by David McCabe
Zoom In: A Feast for the Eyes
Sunday, May 9, 2 p.m. EST
Let the menu for this virtual experience whet your appetite for a visit to Carnegie Museum of Art. Whether you are a brunch aficionado or a late night snacker, this tour of appetizing art is sure to fill you up! Join the museum’s talented team of docents as they zoom in on the details and share stories of tantalizing masterpieces and take you on a culinary adventure including a satisfying brioche breakfast, a quaint picnic lunch, and a delicious family dinner. Bon appetit!
Levi W. Prentice, Still Life with Strawberries (detail), ca. 1890
Extra, Extra Read All About It! Andy Warhol in the Headlines
Wednesday, May 12, 7 p.m. EST
To Donald Warhola he was just “Uncle Andy,” but to the rest of the world Andy Warhol was a larger-than-life celebrity artist. Warhol enjoyed a lot more than just “fifteen minutes of fame,” throughout his life, appearing in headlines and newspapers that touched on both his work and persona. From around the country, his family would share and receive these articles about their famous relative. Join Donald Warhola for a very Andy show-and-tell, as he dives into this unique time capsule of Andy Warhol in the headlines.
Why Birds Matter: From Powdermill to the Tropics
Thursday, May 20, 7 p.m. EST
From backyard cardinals to roaming albatrosses, sunbathing flamingos, and snowbound penguins, birds have adapted to a variety of habitats. Join Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Curator of Birds Chase Mendenhall for an in-depth look at our feathered friends and their many contributions to ecosystems near and far. Along with Director of Science Rose-Marie Muzika, they’ll take you on a journey from Powdermill Nature Reserve to the tropics of Central America, exploring some incredible avian feats and why birds are such important members of the natural world.
When we’re able, we’re recording virtual content created just for members. Due to copyright restrictions, we’re unable to record virtual events that show artworks not in the public domain.
Zoom In: Material Innovation
Artists are forward thinkers and innovators, pushing boundaries through both materials and content. Take a (virtual) walk through some of the biggest material shifts in art, as told by the CMOA Collection. Join the museum’s talented team of docents as they zoom in on the details and share stories of artistic pioneers and groundbreaking creations throughout history.
Recorded Sunday, April 11
Closed-captioning will be available soon.
Enrico Baj, The Curious Couple (detail), 1956 © Enrico Baj
March Mammal Madness: The Final Round
Are you ready to rumble? Forget debates on which team has the better 3-point shooter or full-court press. Join Carnegie Museum of Natural History Curator of Mammals John Wible for an insider’s take on which mammal has what it takes to take home the 2021 March Mammal Madness championship trophy. Not familiar with this alternate tournament? Catch up on this internet sensation that hypothesizes the outcome of combat between mammals based on temperament, physiology, weaponry, running speed, fight style, and more.
Recorded Tuesday, March 30
Women in Science
In celebration of Women’s History Month, come meet some of Carnegie Museums’ inspiring women working in science. Hear lightning talks from Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Annie Lindsay (Bird Banding Manager), Jennifer Sheridan (Curator, Herpetology), Stevie Kennedy-Gold (Collections Manger, Herpetogy), Lisa Saladino Haney (Curator, Egyptology), and more, as they talk about their research and why science is just so cool!
Recorded Thursday, March 25
Zoom In: How Scandalous!?
Love affairs, arguments between artists, shootings, American history, oh my! Hear some juicy stories revealed through works in Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection. Join the museum’s talented team of docents as they zoom in on the details and unearth the scandalous secrets that add dashes of drama and intrigue to the galleries.
Recorded Sunday, March 14
Closed-captioning is available by clicking ‘CC’ on the bottom right of the video.
Edwin Austin Abbey, The Penance of Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester, 1900
Fireside Chat with Curator of Historic Exhibits Patty Everly
If you’re among the throngs who have marveled at Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village, then you may know that each year a new model is unveiled. In 2020, Curator of Historic Exhibits Patty Everly helped to honor the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment by creating a miniature model of Daisy Lampkin’s home on 2519 Webster Avenue in the Hill District. Lampkin was an unwavering force within the Civil Rights and woman’s suffrage movements, and called Pittsburgh home for most of her adult life. Join Everly for a fireside chat as she explores Lampkin’s incredible legacy. She’ll also share insights into the technical and creative process behind bringing these historic landmarks to life each year.
Recorded Thursday, February 25
Zoom In: Types of Love
Love comes in many forms. Explore what makes your heart beat as we celebrate the visual language of love. This virtual experience explores relationships between family, friends, spouses, lovers, and even pets and their humans through artworks from Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection. Enjoy a close-up look at artworks and learn some of the stories they tell. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, so grab a loved one, a furry friend, or just a decadent box of chocolates and zoom in on the details!
Recorded Sunday, February 14
Benjamin West, Venus Lamenting the Death of Adonis, 1768
Standing Up for Change: African American Women and the Civil Rights Movement
In our latest virtual pairing, on two different days, we partner with the National Women’s History Museum and Carnegie Science Center to celebrate stories of African American women and their incredible contributions to the Civil Rights and women’s suffrage movements. On February 10, join Emma Rothberg, National Women’s History Museum Predoctoral Fellow in Gender Studies, for a virtual walk-through of the museum’s popular online exhibition Standing Up for Change: African American Women and the Civil Rights Movement. Through photographs and archival material, learn more about the grassroots leaders who challenged America to embrace justice and equality for all.
Recorded Wednesday, February 10
Warhol’s Magic Purse: The Philanthropy of a Pop Art Icon
Join Andy Warhol’s nephew Donald Warhola as he explores the generosity of his famous Pop artist uncle. Hear the story behind the “Magic Purse” and how Andy Warhol’s mother Julia planted the seed of giving early in his life. Donald Warhola will share personal anecdotes of Andy Warhol’s quiet but impactful acts of philanthropy over the decades, then dive into one of the greatest components of his legacy, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Recorded Thursday, January 28
A Virtual Introduction: Meet the Curator of the 58th Carnegie International: Sohrab Mohebbi
Learn about Sohrab’s ideas for making the Carnegie International a “document of its time,” how he conducts research in the middle of a pandemic, and what his plans are for spreading art and programming throughout the city. If you have ever been curious about the collaborative and interdisciplinary undertaking of the Carnegie International, then you won’t want to miss this event!
Recorded Thursday, January 21
Scientists Who Rock: Meet the new Dynamic Duo in Minerals and Earth Sciences
Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Section of Minerals and Earth Sciences consists of 30,000 specimens dating back to the 19th Century. Get to know the two incredible scientists tasked with stewarding this collection, as well as answering all-important questions about the environment. Assistant Curator of Minerals Travis Olds, a mineralogist, crystallographer, and materials scientist, and Assistant Curator of Earth Sciences Carla Rosenfeld, an environmental biogeochemist are joining forces here in Pittsburgh to better understand the impact of human activity. Hear more about their research, past and present, and why they’re excited to join the Carnegie Museum’s team.
Recorded Wednesday, January 20
Zoom In: Ring in the New!
It’s a new year and we have new art! Don’t miss this monthly member tour highlighting artwork new to the Carnegie Museum of Art collection or recently installed in our galleries. Although they could not be more different when it comes to subject matter and artistic expression, all of these works call CMOA home. Join the museum’s talented team of docents will zoom in on the details and tease out the stories that make these works important and exciting additions to our collection.
Recorded Sunday, January 10
Cy Gavin, Untitled (Gibbet Island), 2019, purchase, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Scaife © Cy Gavin
When we’re able, we’re recording virtual content created just for members. Due to copyright restrictions, we’re unable to record virtual events that show artworks not in the public domain.
Zoom In: The Neapolitan Presepio
This month’s member tour is getting an extra dash of holiday spirit and features a special guest from the Carnegie Museum of Art! Join The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design Rachel Delphia as she dives into the museum’s exquisite, handcrafted exhibit – the Neapolitan presepio. Find out why the presepio is one of the finest Nativity scenes of its kind and see some of the amazing details that has made this 18th century artwork a Pittsburgh holiday tradition since 1957.
Recorded Sunday, December 13
The 2020–2021 presentation of the Neapolitan Presepio is supported by DeLallo
Drawing Workshop: Sketching our Collection, Patterns
Gather the whole family together and discover who among you is the most likely to be the next Van Gogh. Teaching artist Joke Slagle has designed this drawing workshop for all ages and experience levels. Start out with some simple and fun warm-up exercises, then go on a virtual tour of the galleries, stopping at various objects to collect pattern swatches. Then combine your favorites, and create your own pattern for a piece of furniture.
Recorded Monday, November 16, 2020
Virtual Star Party
Journey through the constellations on a digital tour of the cosmos with the staff of Carnegie Science Center’s Buhl Planetarium. Science Educators Mike Hennessy and Charissa Sedor will be your guides as you look up and gaze at the Stars Over Pittsburgh. Specialized software will point the way to the Pleiades star cluster and other wonders in the November night sky. You’ll also hear the inside scoop about the exciting new updates taking place in the planetarium you know and love.
Recorded Saturday, November 14, 2020
Virtual Live Animal Show
Carnegie Museum of Natural History is home to a variety of animal ambassadors. Meet some of these amazing feathered, furry, and scaly creatures during a virtual live animal encounter just for members. Educators will introduce you to different members of the museum’s living collection, while highlighting interesting behaviors, wildlife habitats, and exciting scientific studies.
Recorded Friday, November 13, 2020
Drawing Workshop: Sketching our Collection, Sculpture
Gather the whole family together and discover who among you is most likely to be the next Van Gogh. Carnegie Museum of Art teaching artist Joke Slagle has designed this drawing workshop for all ages and experience levels. Start out with some simple and fun warm-up exercises, then create a few close observation drawings of sculptures from different time periods in the museum’s collection. All you need is your favorite “mark-making tool” and paper.
Recorded Thursday, November 12, 2020
The African Chronicles Series: Nairobi, Kenya with Giraffe Manor
Join us on a trip to Kenya without leaving the comfort of home. Siobhan Byrne Learat, Founder & CEO of Adams & Butler – Private Luxury Travel will take you on a virtual travelogue featuring The African Chronicles Series: Kenya with Giraffe Manor. Discover why Kenya is regarded as the quintessential safari destination through visits to Maasai Mara National Reserve, Segera Ranch and Retreat, The Elephant Orphanage and The Karen Bixen Museum.
Recorded Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Andy Warhol: In Remembrance
Buried at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Bethel Park, Andy Warhol’s resting place is a pilgrimage site for the many inspired by his life and work. Join Warhol’s nephew, Donald Warhola, and artist Madelyn Roehrig, to learn about how the pop art icon’s gravesite became a frequent destination for his fans. From Chanel perfume bottles to Coca Cola bottles to Campbell soup cans, visitors have transformed an unassuming grave into a shrine for a world-renown artist.
Recorded Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Q&A with Curator of Mollusks, Tim Pearce
Tim Pearce has loved mollusks since he was a child, transporting a collection of snails around in a cottage cheese carton at the age of three. Now he’s the head of the section of mollusks at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, a collection made up of about 1.4 million specimens. The social media “shell-ebrity” himself will be at your service with a joke or two, and answers to your questions about snails, octopi, clams, and more!
Recorded Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Zoom In: Teacher Artists – Artist Teachers
Join Carnegie Museum of Art for a virtual collection tour honoring teachers who had careers as artists, as well as artists who were incredible teachers and mentors. The museum’s talented team of docents will Zoom in on the details that you may overlook in the gallery and share the colorful stories behind some incredible artists.
Recorded Monday, November 8, 2020
Raymond Simboli, Self-Portrait (detail), c. 1929, Gift of Mabel Tito Simboli in memory of Raymond Simboli
Black Cats, Vampire Bats, Spiny Rats, and Devils: The Mammals of Halloween
Forget the tricks and treat yourself to some science this Halloween! Join Curator of Mammals John Wible as he delves into a spooky ensemble of creatures from around the world. After hearing stories about these nocturnal felines, nefarious flying mammals, and devilish characters from Down Under, it will be clear why they all connect to the creepiest of holidays.
Recorded Thursday, October 29, 2020
Museums on a Mission: Learning at The Warhol
Join members of The Andy Warhol Museum’s Learning team for a virtual tour, a live printmaking demonstration, and an immersive look at innovative programs and creative strategies that have kept audiences near and far engaged and inspired during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take advantage of a special offer to purchase a T-shirt, a custom silkscreen print or art box, and more!
Recorded Monday, October 12, 2020
Zoom In: Into the Woods: Object, Idea & Material
Throughout time artists have sourced trees as their inspiration, subject matter, and medium. Join the CMOA for a virtual tour of the collection exploring wood as an artistic resource The museum’s talented team of docents will zoom in on the details that you may overlook in the gallery.
Recorded Sunday, October 11, 2020
Paul Cézanne, Landscape Near Aix, The Plain of the Arc River, 1892-1895
Toxicology: The Myths and Legends Behind the Science
What do Vikings, werewolves, and Van Gogh all have in common? They’re all connected to the deadly world of poisons. Find out how, by joining Dr. Derek Fikse, Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology Fellow as he explores the myths and legends behind the field of toxicology using a cast of familiar characters.
Recorded Thursday, October 8, 2020
Poisonous Plants and Deadly Animals
Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Curator of Botany Mason Heberling, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Ainsley Seago, and Curator of Herpetology Jen Sheridan, are here to give you the scoop on the plants you do not want to eat, the insects you should best avoid, and the amphibians & reptiles who pack a poisonous (or venomous) punch. Bring your questions for these three incredible scientists!
Recorded September 24, 2020
Zoom In: A Pittsburgh Staycation
Forget the pina colada and the palm trees, and vacation with Carnegie Museum of Art right here in “The Burgh”. You bring the perogies and we’ll provide a virtual tour featuring art and artists with a strong connection to our hometown. We promise “yinz” will have a wonderful time!
Recorded September 13, 2020
Duane Michals, A Gursky Gherkin is Just a Very Large Pickle, 2001, The Henry L. Hillman Fund © Duane Michals. By permission;
Absolute Julia Warhola: The Life and Influence of Andy Warhol’s Mother
A Carpatho-Rusyn immigrant, Julia Warhola lived with her son Andy for most of his life. Join Andy Warhol’s nephew Donald Warhola and author Elaine Rusinko, as they share insights and swap personal stories about the incredible woman who helped shape the art and persona of one of the greatest American artists.
Recorded September 3, 2020
Photo credit: Unknown, Warhola Family, 1946–1947, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Journey Through Ancient Egypt
Meet Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s new curator, Lisa Saladino Haney. Dr. Haney is an expert on Egyptian art and archaeology, particularly that of Egypt’s Middle Kingdom (c. 2030–1650 BCE). She looks forward to discussing her work in Egypt, her current research, and her role in the museum’s new permanent exhibition, Egypt on the Nile, which is currently in development.
Recorded August 13, 2020
Zoom In: Women Artists
It’s time for another monthly member tour with Carnegie Museum of Art! This month, the museum is celebrating the many contributions women have made to the world of art. Join the museum’s talented team of docents for a virtual tour of the collection featuring works by some incredible female artists. They’ll zoom in on the details that you might overlook in the gallery, and share the colorful stories behind these masterpieces.
Recorded August 9, 2020
The Paleopathology of South American Mummies
Journey to the southern hemisphere with Dr. Peter Gerszten, the Peter E. Sheptak Professor of Neurological Surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He’ll introduce you to the field of paleopathology, the methods employed to study the diseases of ancient remains, and the medical findings of those who lived thousands of years ago in South America.
Recorded August 6, 2020
Virtual Café Sci: The Button Wall
Learn about what it took to create the Science Center’s fan-favorite attraction with the museum’s head of mechatronics, Doug DeHaven. Through interactive prototyping and visitor testing, explore how the wall can control powerful thunderstorms, make a submarine dive deep underwater, and deploy cascades of tomatoes all through the fingertips (and imaginations) of early learners.
Recorded August 3, 2020
Donor Event*: A Deep Dive into H2Oh!
Join Manager of Animals and Habitats Carla Littleton and Director of Exhibits Dennis Bateman on a virtual behind-the-scenes tour of Carnegie Science Center’s fresh-water science gallery, H2Oh!. Dennis will share the early design concepts that eventually became the experience you enjoy today, while Carla will take you into the Field Station to meet some of her favorite aquatic residents.
Recorded July 30, 2020
Zoom In: A Sense of Place
Tune in for a virtual tour featuring works of art from Carnegie Museum of Art’s expansive collection. One of the museum’s talented docents will be zooming in on the details, giving you the kind of closer look at masterpieces that you couldn’t get in the galleries.
Recorded July 12, 2020
Some Good News from the Age of Dinosaurs
In honor of the opening the temporary exhibition Dinosaur Armor, tune in to hear Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Matt Lamanna discuss some of his and his collaborators’ latest exciting discoveries from the world of dinosaurs. Afterward, Dr. Lamanna will take your questions about all things paleontological!
Recorded July 11, 2020
“The Charlie Chaplin Live Picture Show” with pianist Tom Roberts
Join the Carnegie Science Center and pianist Tom Roberts for a night of live music and silent films. In the spirit of Chaplin’s incredible legacy, listen to Robert’s original arrangements performed live against Chaplin’s films. Roberts has played everywhere from New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Tonight Show to the major jazz clubs in the French Quarter.
Recorded July 9, 2020
Hummingbirds, Bees, and Coffee:
The Consequences of Deforestation in the Tropics
Join Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Curator of Birds Chase Mendenhall to find out how deforestation in the tropics is impacting pollinators such as hummingbirds and bees. Sip on your own cup of coffee while learning about the benefits of climate-friendly coffee farming for local fauna.
Recorded June 20, 2020
A Very Andy Show-and-Tell with Donald Warhola
Andy Warhol was an artist with global fame and celebrities for friends, but to Donald Warhola he was always just “Uncle Andy.” Donald frequently visited his uncle in New York City, and is excited to host a show and tell of a selection of items Warhol gave him on those trips. This is a special opportunity to learn about a side of Warhol most never got to see.
Recorded June 18, 2020
Zoom In: Artist Self-Portraits
Join Carnegie Museum of Art for a virtual collection tour highlighting artists’ depictions of themselves. Zoom in on details that reflect both public and private aspects of their lives and personalities.
Recorded June 14, 2020
Virtual Star Party
Join us for a digital tour of the cosmos with the staff of Carnegie Science Center’s Buhl Planetarium. Explore the constellations of the summer night sky then travel to the Red Planet and preview the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission, launching in July!
Recorded June 12, 2020
What Happens in the Life of a Tree
Join Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Director of Science Rose-Marie Muzika to learn all about the art and science of dendrochronology (the study of tree rings). She explains how scientists use tree rings to understand what was happening locally or globally, recently or thousands of years ago.
Recorded May 30, 2020
All Aboard! The Miniature Railroad & Village Through the Years
The Miniature Railroad & Village is turning 100 this year. Patty Everly, curator of historic exhibits at the Science Center, shares the beloved exhibit’s unique history and some of her favorite memories as its expert caretaker.
All About Salamanders!
Carnegie Science Center is giving members a sneak preview! Go behind the scenes with resident salamanders and Animal and Habitat Specialist Carla Littleton. After watching the video, join Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Assistant Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles Jen Sheridan for a live Q&A. Good luck stumping her!
Recorded May 27, 2020
Inner Circles Event*: A Curator’s Guide to Working From Home
Tune in at 5:30 p.m. for a special happy half-hour with art critic Blake Gopnik. His new biography Warhol is the product of extensive research in The Warhol archives. Afterwards, Milton Fine Curator of Art Jessica Beck will give you the scoop on her current research on Andy Warhol and share what it’s like to create an exhibition from home.
Recorded May 21, 2020
Virtual Collection Tour: Zoom in on the Details
Do you miss our monthly member tours at Carnegie Museum of Art? We do, too! Join one of their talented docents on a virtual tour of the collection, and get reacquainted with some of your favorite works of art.
Recorded May 17, 2020
Everything Wrong with Jurassic Park
Is a T-rex’s vision based on movement? Were velociraptors really that deadly? Matt Lamanna, Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s very own dinosaur hunter, is here to give you the facts and tell you about his current research.
Recorded on May 16, 2020
Secrets Behind the Science Center’s Flip Clock
Join Mechatronics Engineer Doug DeHaven on a journey from design to construction of the largest binary flip clock every created. Learn how all the letters in STEAM were used to bring this project to life. Recorded on May 6, 2020