Morimura and Morris, Two Art Exhibitions Not to Be Missed (CPs Wed., 1/8/14)

1) Self-portrait artist Yasumasa Morimura really throws himself into his work with his latest exhibit, Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self, at the Andy Warhol Museum. Borrowing works from such artists as Manet, Frida Kahlo, and Rembrandt, the Japanese appropriation artist puts twists on well-known paintings and photographs by inserting his own likeness in place of the original subject’s. The exhibit features Morimura’s take on Marilyn Monroe, Mao Tse-tung, and many others. The eye-opening display shows us that Morimura, and maybe all of us, can (and should) see ourselves in art. Runs through Jan. 14. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Shore.

2) Following in the footsteps of Pop Art icon Andy Warhol, another Pittsburgh native, Burton Morris, celebrates his first major exhibition in his hometown. Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris at the Heinz History Center features nearly 50 works by the Carnegie Mellon University graduate, including paintings, sculptures, and interactive works. Although his name is less familiar than Warhol’s, Morris’s iconic imagery is becoming better known through its use in such products as Absolut Vodka, Chanel, and Kellogg’s cereals. Bold colors and thick lines radiate a simplistic happiness reminiscent of the best colors from a Crayola 64 pack. Runs through Feb. 23. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 1212 Smallman St., Strip District.

3) Check out the bluegrass jam at the Park House. The Shelf Life String Band hosts this weekly event. Relax and enjoy the music or join the jam. Either way, Yuengling pints are only $2 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Jam starts at 9 p.m. 403 E. Ohio St., North Side.

4) Cappy’s Café in Shadyside is holding its Team Trivia contest tonight with Trivia Master John. 9 – 11 p.m. Trivia night Yuengling draft special, $3 for a 20 oz. brew.  5431 Walnut St.


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