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Happy 400th, Rembrandt!

Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch, 1606–1669; Old Man with a Divided Fur Cap, c. 1640; Etching and drypoint; Carnegie Museum of Art Gift of the estate of Charles J. Rosenbloom.

Like Madonna and Cher, Picasso and Degas, Rembrandt isan artist whose status precludes the use of his full name. (For the record, it’s Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.) Incelebration of his 400th birthday (he was born in theNetherlands on July 15, 1606), Carnegie Museum of Art is presenting Rembrandt’s Great Subjects: Prints from the
. From November 4, 2006 through February 2007, the Scaife Works on Paper Gallery will showcase the artist’s skill as a printmaker. Selecting etchings and drypoints— includingsome of his most famous works—from its own extensive collection, the museum plans to focus on three decades: the 1630s through 1660.


Ernesto Neto, Brazilian, b. 1964;
Okitimanaia Ogu (detail), 2000, clove, turmeric, annatto, nylon; Carnegie Museum of Art, A.W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund. Image courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

Two Artists’ Views of the
World at Large

At first glance, it seems like an unusual pairing. But the works of Italian photographer Luisa Lambri and Brazilian sculptor Ernesto Neto will both be featured in the 57th Forum Gallery exhibition, organized by Douglas Fogle, Carnegie Museum of Art’s curator of contemporary art and curator of the 2008 Carnegie International (in his first exhibition at the museum). “It might seem odd to bring together two artists working in such divergent media,” Fogle admits. “On closer examination, however, it is apparent that both artists share a near obsession with the subjective, phenomenological experience of space and our own perceptual relationships with the world at large.” Forum 57: Luisa Lambri and Ernesto Neto is on view at the museum through November 12.

Catch a Good Chill at Polar World’s New Exhibit

There will be a definite chill in the air this month at CarnegieMuseum of Natural History when Needle to the North, the new permanent exhibit in the entry hall to Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Artic Life, officially debuts Saturday, September 9. Opening day festivities include a Science Speaks lecture (11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m.), children’s activities (noon-4 p.m.), Discovery Room fun (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), and docent-guided tours (noon-3 p.m.). All opening-day events are free with museum admission. Call 412.622.3131 for more information. Highlighting the museum’s research in the Artic from 1901 through 2004, Needle to the North will feature field equipment used in early expeditions, flora and fauna specimens, photographs, and Inuit sculpture and prints.

Wade in a “Sea of Pearls” at This Year’s Gem & Mineral Show

Always a dazzling event, the 9th Annual Carnegie Gem & Mineral Show is set in stone for November 17, 18, and 19 in Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Hillman Hall of Minerals & Gems. This year’s theme, Sea of Pearls, promises plenty of attractions and activities for both the serious collector and amateur enthusiast—and everyone in between. For more information call 412.622.1313. The Show’s Preview Gala will take place Thursday, November 16 from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $150. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 412.587.2479. And elementary school groups are invited to see the Gem & Mineral Show for themselves on November 17. The cost is $9 per participant and pre-registration is required. For more information call 412.622.3289.


Big-Time Bugs

Enjoy the bug’s life at Carnegie Science Center’s Bugs Weekend, September 9 and 10. The world’s smallest stars will get their 15 minutes of fame on the giant Rangos Omnimax Theater screen with the IMAX film, Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure. Get ready: Viewers will be seeing a variety of bugs magnified as much as 250,000-times their normal size! And the Omnimax lobby will be crawling with exhibits of preserved and live insects, compliments of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Anyone who brings his or her own bug to the party will receive a “Bug Buck,” good for $1 off any purchase at the Max Snacks concession stand.


Miniature Railroad Crossing: Members-Only on November 14

For more than 50 years, the Miniature Railroad & Village® has been chugging along as one of Pittsburgh’s most popular traditions. Widely recognized as the most detailed exhibit of its kind, it shows visitors what life at the turn of the last century looked like—and, for many Pittsburghers, it marks the start of the holiday season. The railroad is currently getting all spruced up for its big annual reveal, and members will have an opportunity to get onboard early with a special sneak peek on Tuesday, November 14 from 5-8 p.m. That evening, members will also receive a special discount in the XPLOR Store. The café will be open until 7 p.m. Reservations are not required. The Railroad opens to the public on November 24.


Glenn Ligon, Meet Andy Warhol (and Tom Sokolowski)

As The Andy Warhol Museum prepares to open its exhibition Glenn Ligon: Some Changes on September 30, the artist himself will be making a special guest appearance on Friday, September 29, from 6-7 p.m, in The Warhol theater. He’ll be joined by The Warhol Director Thomas Sokolowski to engage in what promises to be a lively discussion. Tickets for this exhibition opening party are $15 and available in advance or at the door. A reception, complete with a cash bar and light bites, will be held in the Entrance Gallery from 7-9 p.m. The Ligon show surveys the breadth of the artist’s oeuvre over the past 17 years and includes more than 50 paintings, sculptures, prints, videos, and installation works.

The Warhol Celebrates The New Hazlett with Live Music

One of The Andy Warhol Museum’s fall Live Music performances will be hitting the road this fall at The New Hazlett Theater. On Saturday, October 7, at 8 p.m., Matmos with special guest So Percussion will take center stage for an evening of dynamic electro-acoustic music. Tickets are $15 and available by calling 412.237.8300.


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