Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sightseeing in Pittsburgh Before Exhibiting at the 3-day Pittsburgh Comicon

The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is seven floors of drawings, prints, paintings, sculpture, film and video - as well as archive material and documents of Warhol's life.  The iconic artist was born and educated in Pittsburgh; he moved to New York City when he was 21.

Warhol painted the 1972 BMW M1 - in the museum lobby - with chunks of red, green and blue; it's part of an exhibit titled Warhol and Cars:  the American Icons.

The car, which is part of the BMW art collection, raced in Le Mans in 1979.

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History houses 22 million objects, specimens and artifacts and is the third largest repository of dinosaur fossils in the world.  Doug and I were very impressed with the Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibit.

The Carnegie Museum of Art has an impressive collection of artwork- from ancient Egypt to the present; the Maya Lin exhibition features her original, spare approach to interpreting landscape - whether mountainous typography or tracing the flow of American rivers.

After seeing Claude Monet's Water Lillies - Doug and I have visited the water gardens of Giverny, we decided to enjoy the quiet space of the museum courtyard.

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, opened in 1893.  It's located in one of Pittsburgh's largest greenspaces, Schenley Park.

The Orchid Room is LOVELY!!

The Broderie Room at the conservatory recreates the design of formal French-style knotted gardens.

The National Aviary is America's only independent indoor non-profit aviary; it's home to over 600 birds and more than 200 different species.

(blog posts by Heidi Hutson)

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