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Warhol announces several exhibitions

April 7, 2011
The Herald-Star

PITTSBURGH - The Andy Warhol Museum has announced several upcoming exhibitions.

They include:

"The Word of God: Sandow Birk's American Quran," through May 1. In an ongoing series, Birk uses traditional Islamic calligraphy and painting techniques to illustrate the 114 Suras of the Quran and, using ink, gouache and a hand-lettered font based on graffiti tagging, illuminates the verses with scenes from contemporary American life.

"Maria Callas Concrete," through May. Ragnar Kjartansson and Curver Thoroddsen have taken Andy Warhol's collection of Maria Callas opera recordings made from the radio and transferred them to digital audio, laying them on top of each other to create a wall of sound. The abstraction leaves the longer works alone until only one melody remains.

"Youth Invasion 2011," May 6-13. A yearly, youth-curated exhibition of their peers' works, "Youth Invasion" is created by a team of high school students with the museum's artist-educators.

"The Word of God: Helene Aylon's The Liberation of G-d and The Unmentionable," May 8-June 26. Aylon, a New York-based eco-feminist artist, comments on the Hebrew Bible and features Aylon's ideas of how God has been confined by human translation.

"My Mommy is Beautiful: An Installation by Yoko Ono," May 8 through June 5. "My Mommy is Beautiful" is an ongoing project featuring public participation.

This installation is intended to bring awareness to the Japan earthquake disaster relief effort and is sponsored by the Japan-America Society.

"Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports," May 26 through Aug. 17. An exhibition of contemporary art dealing with the subject of male athletes and featuring 17 artists. Artists include Matthew Barney, Catherine Opie, Collier Schorr, Sam Taylor-Wood, Shaun El C. Leonardo and Joe Sola. Christopher Bedford is guest curator.

"Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project," May 26 through Aug. 7.

"The Word of God: Chitra Ganesh," July 9 through Sept. 2.

"Pittsburgh Biennial - Getrude's/LOT," Sept. 17 through Jan. 8.

"Heroes and Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross," Oct. 1 through Jan. 8.

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