Pittsburgh might not be the largest city in the country, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go toe to toe with places like Miami and LA when it comes to world-class art and cultural attractions. If you haven’t made time to check out our city’s incredible galleries lately, you’re missing out — but luckily, there’s still time to see some of the season’s best gallery exhibits before they’re gone for good (and if you think you have to be an art historian to enjoy these shows, think again!)

Here are a few of our must-see shows at galleries all across the city.

August Wilson African American Center –  I Came by Boat So Meet Me at the Beach and Vanishing Black Bars and Lounges. In I Came by Boat So Meet Me at the Beach, New York-based performance artist Ayana M. Evans and DC-based multidisciplinary artist Tsedaye Makonnen collaborate on works exploring black radical womanhood. In Vanishing Black Bars and Lounges, New Orleans-based photographer L. Kasimu Harris photographs the disappearing social halls that Africans Americans considered safe spaces for entertainment and socializing. Both shows end March 29, 2020 – closing reception with performances and refreshments that evening.

Wood St Galleries – Power Pixels 2020. Miguel Chevalier’s incredible displays of light and sound must be seen to be truly understood. In Oscillations 2020, his virtual-reality installation uses 3D graphics to visualize the music of Michel Redolfi. In its counterpart, Complex Meshes 2020, 3D wireframe “meshes” weave, overlap and evolve in real time. Ends April 5, 2020.

Mattress Factory – Laboratory for Other Worlds. Using painting, drawing, video, installation and performance, Patte Loper creates a science fiction film set inspired by views on social and environmental justice. The exhibit inhabits the entire first floor of the Monterey Annex and features hand-built structures, paintings, video, and sound powered in part by solar panel technology. Ends May 2020.

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Tomorrow! Join us this Thursday, March 5th from 6 PM – 8 PM for the opening reception of ORIGINS. The ORIGINS exhibition features innovative and expressive work from the region’s top emerging and established African American makers, designers, artists, and craftspeople. The exhibition elevates and celebrates a range of products and processes. Attendees are encouraged to engage with and support African American voices and aesthetics in the creative economy and ecosystem. Select products will be available for immediate purchase-and-carry during the show. The exhibition will be on view from March 5th – March 28th in our second floor gallery ✨ . . #Origins #AfricanAmericanArtists #Jewelry #Ceramics #Design #MetalWork #Craft #Skincare #FineArt #ContemporaryArt #Exhibition #ConceptGallery #Pittsburgh #WesternPennsylvania

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Origins – Concept Gallery. This short-run exhibit features works by the region’s top emerging and established African American makers, designers, artists, and craftspeople. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the artists, and select pieces will be available to purchase during the show. Ends March 31, 2020.

CMOA – Counterpressures. In the 83rd installment of the CMOA’s Forum series, ten Pittsburgh-based artists grapple with climate change and the urgency of global warming. The title is taken from Pittsburgh environmentalist Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962), and the exhibit features a wide variety of mediums and materials. Ends July 12, 2020.