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October 14, 2020

Jasmine Cho’s Portraits in Icing

As part of the ongoing program series for the Portraits of Pittsburgh exhibition, the History Center has been exploring aspects of this challenge in different formats. A recent virtual event presented the incredible creations of Pittsburgh’s own celebrated “cookie portraitist” Jasmine Cho, whose advocacy efforts to raise the profile of Asian American histories has been featured through such national forums. As part of this event, Jasmine selected six Pittsburgh cultural leaders to be featured in her cookie portraits. Keep reading to learn more about them, then stop by the museum to check them out in person!

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September 5, 2020

Behind the Portrait: Bill Hartack’s Derby Disappointment of 1958

One of the most striking portraits on display in the History Center’s current exhibition, Smithsonian’s Portraits of Pittsburgh: Works from the National Portrait Gallery, depicts famous jockey Bill Hartack suited up for a horse race and standing in front of a row of racing silks.

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September 1, 2020

Martha Graham Inspires Modern Dance in Pittsburgh

Inspiration takes many forms. American artist Paul Meltsner was fascinated by modern dancer and Allegheny City native Martha Graham. His oil portrait from 1938, currently on display in the Heinz History Center’s Smithsonian’s Portraits of Pittsburgh: Works from the National Portrait Gallery, was one of at least seven images of Graham that he created during the late 1930s and early 1940s.

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