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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Pittsburgh Biennial Opens Around Town

This Friday, June 10th marks a great leap forward for The Pittsburgh Biennial.

A signature exhibition of Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts since its founding in 1994, the bigger than ever biennial is launching a newly expanded focus and setting for its 2011 installment. The show's unprecedented collaborative approach--which brings together four of the city's top arts institutions in Pittsburgh, is designed to showcase some of the most thought provoking and compelling work being created throughout the region today.

Pairing young emerging contemporary art curators from each organization, the ambitious show finds the venues breaking with tradition and creating a new collaborative model for the presentation of contemporary artworks. The powerhouse curatorial team includes Eric Shiner, Milton Fine curator of art at The Warhol; Dan Byers, associate curator of contemporary art at Carnegie Museum of Art; Astria Suparak, curator/director of The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon; and Adam Welch, curator of Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Featuring distinct exhibitions that reflect each curator's and partner institution's engagement with artists working in around Pittsburgh, the Biennial will also include the public in dialogue about contemporary art practice and production, via monthly receptions, artist and curator talks, exhibition tours, film screenings, family-friendly workshops, and culture club happy hours events.

"We are quickly becoming one of the most dynamic art communities in America, and the Pittsburgh Biennial is going to prove that Pittsburgh is a place that cherishes and supports the arts," says Warhol curator Eric Shiner.

Highlighting a broad spectrum of works and providing increased recognition for more than 60 of the region's top artistic talents, the survey-style show features everything from 2-D work, installation and sculpture, to time-, interactive- and process-based works.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers will dedicate its galleries to a presentation of media arts, while works on view at The Miller Gallery will examine the city's long labor history as well as CMU's legacy of presenting courses that explore the social role of art in public contexts. Featured at the Miller will be collectives and artists who work collaboratively in socially engaged ways, such as in publishing, installation, art education, new media, performance, and printmaking.

Don't miss the Biennial's opening bash this Friday, June 10th. The double-header event features a reception at  Pittsburgh Center for the Arts from 5:30 to 9 p.m., followed by festivities at Filmmakers from 8 to 11 p.m.

The second half of the Biennial will open during fall 2011 at the Miller Gallery and The Warhol.

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