Explore, discuss, draw, dance—even partake in a sumptuous feast! Three new Carnegie Museums exhibitions and a slate of great programs celebrate the science and art of the body.
Hélio Oiticica : To Organize Delirium
Carnegie Museum of Art is inviting visitors to immerse themselves—literally—in Hélio Oiticica : To Organize Delirium. It’s the first comprehensive U.S. retrospective of this influential Brazilian artist, whose ground-breaking, immersive art installations and wearable Parangolés (capes) depend on bodily engagement. They transform the spectator into an active participant, just as they dissolve the age-old divide between art and life! The long-awaited show is co-organized by Carnegie Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago.


Third Thursday: EDEN, a Celebration of Hélio Oiticica
October 20, 8-11 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Art

Samba in Braddock
October 29, 12:30–3:30 p.m.
Braddock Carnegie Library

FEAST: Oticica's Brazil With Guest Chef Ana Luiza Trajano of São Paulo’s acclaimed Brasil a Gosto
November 4, 6-9 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Art

Art History: Art / Culture / Politics – Oiticica’s Brazil
Wednesdays, November 9 & 16, or
, November 12 & 19 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Art

Through Adversity We Live: An Evening of Brazilian Music and Conversation with MCG Jazz & Special Guests
November 11, 7:30-9 p.m. (Tickets Available Soon)
Carnegie Music Hall

What a Body Can Do: Conversations about the Science of Art
December 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater; Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History galleries An evening with Irene Small, who recently published Hélio Oiticica: Folding the Frame. She’ll be joined by Carnegie Museum of Art curators and Carnegie Museum of Natural History scientists for a special cross-disciplinary discussion of Oiticica’s immersive, environmental, and multi-sensory work.

BodyWorks—opens October 15
Carnegie Science Center is celebrating and demystifying the inner workings of the human body in BodyWorks, its new permanent exhibition packed with interactive experiences. . Pull 30 feet of rope out of a body to see the actual length of your body’s intestines; work on those dance moves in front of the “Skeleton Mirror;” or try your hand at simulated endoscopic surgery! Partnering with the Science Center is Allegheny Health Network and its medical professionals, who will be part of BodyWorks’ opening festivities.

Also part of opening weekend: a sneak peek at the Science Center’s new traveling science show, Journey through the Human Body: An Anatomy Adventure—a virtual voyage through the blood stream courtesy of a miniature robotic probe!


Touch a five-pound block of “fat,” examine real MRI images, and taste healthy edible science! Live demonstrations take place every day on the Science Center’s BodyStage

Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body
—opens October 21
It’s the first comprehensive look at Andy Warhol’s love-hate relationship with the body. Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body taps The Warhol’s permanent collection and some rarely traveled loans to explore Warhol’s body-related work—from student drawings to late paintings of the 1980s. It also factors in the Pop-art icon’s personal history, including his struggles with his own physical appearance.


21+ Sip and Sketch
November 17 – 6 p.m.
The Warhol entrance space

John Giorno and Flaming Creatures screening
November 19 – 7 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Teen Sketch Party
December 2 – 6-9 p.m.
The Factory at The Warhol

Douglas Crimp and Before Pictures reading
December 8 – 7 p.m.
The Warhol Theater

Body Beats Dance Party featuring Prince Rama
Friday, December 16 – 10 p.m.
The Warhol entrance space

James Elkins lecture
January 20 – 7 p.m.
The Warhol Theater

Body Boundaries Gallery Activities
To celebrate the nexus of art and scientific study at Carnegie Museums, body-themed activities developed by educators from all four Carnegie Museums will be popping up in the galleries this November, giving visitors unique perspectives on the body and its transformations. One example: “Take me by the hand,” where visitors will rediscover representations of the hand in sculpture and paintings by artists as diverse as Paul Thek and August Robin.

Paul Thek, Warrior's Arm, 1966-1967, The Henry L. Hillman Fund, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Rich Fund, Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery Fund, and A. W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund

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