While the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, PA undergoes a major renovation (lead by Ennead Architects of Brooklyn Museum and Newseum fame), the staff is working business-as-usual from its temporary home in the nearby former Stickley-Audi furniture store. The 30,000 sq. ft. building allows curators to organize fun “Pop-Up Exhibitions” – month long exhibitions featuring local artists including conceptual installation artist Wade Kramm (who also teaches art at nearby Carnegie Mellon).
Meanwhile, The Westmoreland collection is on tour. “Picturing America: Signature Works from the Westmoreland Museum of Art” just opened at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, TN (August 4-October 6, 2013). Be sure to visit on a “Food Truck Friday.” The Dixon invites a different food truck (from Tamale Trolly to Hunger Monkey) to the museum every Friday, (11am-1:30am, May-October). Can you picture anything more American than art lovers scarfing down tamales after pondering the work of modernists Milton Avery and Doris Lee?