Pittsburgh’s John Kane: The Life & Art Of An American Workman

Date(s) - 05/21/2022 - 01/08/2023
12:00 am

Senator John Heinz History Center


Take an unprecedented deep dive into the unlikeliest of success stories through this dynamic exhibition.

John Kane (1860-1934) is considered by scholars as the first self-taught American painter in the 20th century to be recognized by a museum. Kane was a hard-fighting, heavy-drinking worker who once lost his leg in a railroad accident, yet he possessed a sensitive side and an artist’s soul. Without any formal training, Kane used his spare time to paint scenes of Pittsburgh. Where others saw tortured industrial landscapes, his artistic eye saw the beauty and can-do spirit of Pittsburgh and its people. 

The exhibition features 36 original works of art and dozens of artifacts that explore the world of John Kane.

1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States