We hope you enjoy this virtual tour for the Heinz History Center’s past exhibition, Pittsburgh’s John Kane: The Life & Art of an American Workman.  

The exhibition explores the gripping story of a Pittsburgh immigrant who endured poverty, tragedy, and other adversities to become one of the world’s most revered self-taught artists. Grounded in scholarship from Louise Lippincott and Maxwell King, authors of the book “American Workman: The Life and Art of John Kane,” the exhibition features 37 original works of art and dozens of artifacts that showcase the world of John Kane – a turn-of-the-century Scottish immigrant who achieved breakthrough success as a painter after toiling for more than 40 years as a laborer in industrial-age Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh’s John Kane exhibition was on view May 21, 2022 through Jan. 8, 2023 and was made possible thanks to support from The Heinz Endowments, Hillman Family Foundation, Richard King Mellon Foundation and Allegheny Regional Asset District.