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May 17, 2023

Maxo Vanka in Context—Gallery Talk with Dr. Sylvia Rhor Samaniego

Wednesday, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

“What we start to see in this collection is Vanka as an observer, Vanka as a laborer, artist as laborer, who takes the time to look, to investigate and to draw.”

In this gallery talk, Dr. Sylvia Rhor Samaniego, lead curator of the Vanka Murals Collections, will reflect on Gledaj! The Gaze of Maxo Vanka, using the exhibition to explore the many of the themes, portraits, and scenes in the murals across his creative life.

Sylvia is the director and curator of University Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh and lead curator of the Vanka Murals Collection. She is an art historian who has written extensively on public murals in Chicago and Pittsburgh. Her current research focuses on Pittsburgh’s historic murals of the 1930s and 40s and Vanka’a pivotal role in this context.

Hours & Admission*

Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

General Admission 

Free, registration required.


Location & Directions

The Bost Building is located at 623 E. Eighth Avenue, Homestead, PA 15120. Free parking for visitors is available in the lot behind the building which is accessed from Heisel Street.

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What to Know Before You Go

  • Restrooms: Restrooms are located on the first floor.
  • Photography: Photography is permitted. 
  • Parking: Parking is available directly behind the building. Please do not park in the Post Office parking lot or on Heisel Street.
  • Accessibility: The Bost Building is wheel chair accessible. Handicapped parking is available. 
  • Masks Not Required: Please be advised of our current COVID-19 policies. 
  • Maintain social distance: Social distancing is no longer mandatory, but we do ask that you be mindful of the people around you, allowing for a comfortable amount of space when possible.
  • Admission: Site access is limited to designated exhibition areas and gift shop only.  Registration is required. 
  • Location: The Bost Building is located at 623 East Eighth Avenue, Homestead, PA 15120.

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May 17
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Bost Building
623 East Eighth Ave
Homestead, 15120 United States
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