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Pattern Makers

Presented by The Westmoreland Museum of American Art at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg

February 07 - May 09

Patterns are all around us. Designs made with stripes, spots and other repetitive motifs often catch the eye, while other patterns are less obvious. Some patterns can even contain coded political messages. This exhibition tracks the presence and meanings of pattern across a selection of works from the Westmoreland’s collection that are not often on view.

Pattern makers may be inspired by nature or by geometry and the patterns they create can be as simple as a brick wall or as complex as a...

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Patterns are all around us. Designs made with stripes, spots and other repetitive motifs often catch the eye, while other patterns are less obvious. Some patterns can even contain coded political messages. This exhibition tracks the presence and meanings of pattern across a selection of works from the Westmoreland’s collection that are not often on view.

Pattern makers may be inspired by nature or by geometry and the patterns they create can be as simple as a brick wall or as complex as a snowflake. A pattern can also be a template for tracing or copying a design, like the pattern for a dress or a quilt. When an artist uses a preexisting image, such as a photograph, as the basis for their work, they too are working from a kind of pattern. By focusing on how patterns are made, this exhibition considers who is and who isn’t recognized for this work. Why, for instance, are abstract patterns by modern painters more highly valued than intricate designs made by anonymous craftspeople for everyday objects?

Curating also involves forms of pattern recognition. To make this exhibition, students from the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh have mined the museum’s collection storage to discover new relationships between objects, revealing patterns that connect diverse works of different styles and periods.

Curatorial Team: Annie Abernathy, Isaiah Bertagnolli, Alan London, Katie Loney, Janina Lopez, Emily Mazzola, Morgan Powell, Olivia Rutledge, Alex Taylor and Vuk Vuković.

Full Credit Line: John Grillo (1917-2014), Untitled, 1951, Oil on Canvas, 34 1/2 x 50 1/2 in., Gift of the Westmoreland Society, 2017, 2018.2

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Dates & times

Sat, Feb 27 @ 10:00 am Sun, Feb 28 @ 10:00 am Wed, Mar 03 @ 10:00 am + 49 more dates and times

Thu, Mar 04 @ 10:00 am Fri, Mar 05 @ 10:00 am Sat, Mar 06 @ 10:00 am Sun, Mar 07 @ 10:00 am Wed, Mar 10 @ 10:00 am Thu, Mar 11 @ 10:00 am Fri, Mar 12 @ 10:00 am Sat, Mar 13 @ 10:00 am Sun, Mar 14 @ 10:00 am Wed, Mar 17 @ 10:00 am Thu, Mar 18 @ 10:00 am Fri, Mar 19 @ 10:00 am Sat, Mar 20 @ 10:00 am Sun, Mar 21 @ 10:00 am Wed, Mar 24 @ 10:00 am Thu, Mar 25 @ 10:00 am Fri, Mar 26 @ 10:00 am Sat, Mar 27 @ 10:00 am Sun, Mar 28 @ 10:00 am Wed, Mar 31 @ 10:00 am Thu, Apr 01 @ 10:00 am Fri, Apr 02 @ 10:00 am Sat, Apr 03 @ 10:00 am Sun, Apr 04 @ 10:00 am Wed, Apr 07 @ 10:00 am Thu, Apr 08 @ 10:00 am Fri, Apr 09 @ 10:00 am Sat, Apr 10 @ 10:00 am Sun, Apr 11 @ 10:00 am Wed, Apr 14 @ 10:00 am Thu, Apr 15 @ 10:00 am Fri, Apr 16 @ 10:00 am Sat, Apr 17 @ 10:00 am Sun, Apr 18 @ 10:00 am Wed, Apr 21 @ 10:00 am Thu, Apr 22 @ 10:00 am Fri, Apr 23 @ 10:00 am Sat, Apr 24 @ 10:00 am Sun, Apr 25 @ 10:00 am Wed, Apr 28 @ 10:00 am Thu, Apr 29 @ 10:00 am Fri, Apr 30 @ 10:00 am Sat, May 01 @ 10:00 am Sun, May 02 @ 10:00 am Wed, May 05 @ 10:00 am Thu, May 06 @ 10:00 am Fri, May 07 @ 10:00 am Sat, May 08 @ 10:00 am Sun, May 09 @ 10:00 am - Less dates

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