Visual Arts: Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, September






PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the next Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, Downtown Pittsburgh, will take place on Friday, September 22, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. CrawlAfterDark events begin at 10:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted, at select venues throughout the Cultural District. The Gallery Crawl takes place quarterly and is free and open to the public.

Now in its 13th year, the Cultural Trust’s free Gallery Crawl provides the community the opportunity to curate their own evening and experience artistic expression up-close. The Crawl offers a variety of options, ranging from kid-friendly activities to side-splitting comedy and cutting-edge visual art exhibitions. September’s Crawl includes over 20 stops, including five featured events: kinetic light installations by Dutch art collective Macular, the one day art market CSA PGH Small Mall, a lecture by Deborah Willis, and performances by the Louis Cato Band, the New Hazlett Theater CSA and Texture Contemporary Ballet. The night will end with a ticketed CrawlAfterDark performance by renowned hip hop trio Digable Planets, Black Sheep and Jackie Gage at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

“We are excited to bring people together for the first day of the season with our Fall Gallery Crawl and to be featuring some new work created in Pittsburgh! Be sure to go take a look at the schedule of events in advance so you don’t miss a thing,” comments Sarah Gilmer, Program Coordinator, Strategic Partnership and Community Engagement for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Friday, September 22, 2017 Gallery Crawl Schedule

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit: or call 412-456-6666.

Wood Street Galleries

Members of the Dutch art collective Macular have developed four kinetic light installations for this Wood Street Galleries show. Each of the installations deals with the topic of interference within patterns of light and movement. The works are the outcome of the collective’s broader research into the applications of technology and science within art and their perpetual quest to probe the limits of human perception. The exhibition will be an immersive sensorial experience in which the audience can wander about through an abstract world of kinetic light machines.

Macular is an art collective of a group of artists who share a common interest in art, science, technology, and perception. The members of the collective collaborate on the creation and production of multi-sensorial artworks that are presented at media arts festivals, musea, galleries, and other arts institutions around the world. Macular collective consists of artists Daan Johan, Eric Parren, Jeroen Molenaar, Joris Strijbos, Matthijs Munnik & Nicky Assmann.

Featured Works:

Fading Shadows (2016) is a kinetic light installation by Joris Strijbos and Nicky Assmann which comes forth from their ongoing research project Moiré Studies under which the duo creates installations and performances based on the principles of the moiré effect. The moiré effect is the phenomenon of spatial interferences provoked by the superimposition of two patterns. In this installation the artists tune the phenomena to the limits of human senses and use the effect as a method for composition.

The work Fading Shadows consists of two vertical static grids placed against a white wall. Two kinetic light machines are placed in front of the grids with each their own motion, namely “Circular Motion” & “Pendulum Motion” and thus creating different movements in the visual patterns. The screens are transformed into optical fields of interference showing a choreography of shadow and light.

Parsec (2013)
is a kinetic audio visual machine consisting of 16 identical arms performing a generative composition based on swarm synthesis. Each arm holds two LEDs and a loudspeaker which will create abstract audio visual patterns while being rotated. The core of the installation consists of a swarm synthesizer, 16 identical analogue and modular synthesizers. The synths are programmed to perform swarm like behavior which can also be recognized in the movement and light patterns.

Shifting Structures (2017)

Undulator (2010-2017) is an immersive kinetic installation that explores both the color and reflective properties of light and the effects of flicker on our visual perception system. In a similar fashion to Thomas Wilfred’s Lumia machines from the early 20th century, Undulator is a cinematic display that celebrates light in its purest form. A pulsating pattern of complementary colors and gradients is projected onto a reflective surface, its undulating movement distorts the rays of light. Upon hitting the screen the light has been folded from a straight beam into a shape that hints at processes that happen at the microscopic level as well as the cosmic scale. The stroboscopic qualities of the projection add a layer of disorientation to the perception of this ever changing shape.

CSA PGH Small Mall

CSA PGH Small Mall is back and better than ever! Join us for this one day art market at Space Gallery, where we will feature some of your favorite CSA PGH artists and a few new friends. These artists will be selling their incredible wares (prints, ceramic objects, clothing, food, and more) and CSA PGH will be releasing the 2017 shares for the public.

CSA PGH creates “shares” of art to feed the public’s cultural appetite. Each season, we commission local artists to produce editioned work, which we collate into shares available for purchase by the public. We are part of a national artist- driven movement inspired by agricultural CSAs.

Agnes R. Katz Plaza
Louis Cato Band

“Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and singer, Louis Cato is a ball of versatility and a special brand of bright.”
-Revive Music

Portuguese-born, Carolina-bred, and current Brooklyn, NY resident Louis Cato is no stranger to planes, tour buses, recording studios, TV sets, liner-notes, and airwaves. He’s a Grammy-nominated and internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter. He has recorded with Beyonce, Q-tip, John Legend and Mariah Carey, among other household names. He has toured with some of the most influential acts in music, such as Bobby McFerrin, Snarky Puppy, Marcus Miller, John Scofield, David Sanborn, and George Duke. Currently, Cato is featured nightly on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” as a member of Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

Trust Arts Education Center

Peirce Studio
Community Art Making

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust teaching artists will guide participants in contributing to a community visual art project. This event is suitable for all ages and abilities.

3rd Floor
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Friends

Join Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh at their table where you can sign up for a library card and enjoy hands-on demonstrations of downloadable resources such as ebooks, streaming audio and visual, and art databases. Our friends will also be selling great used books with a focus on art.

4th Floor
New Hazlett Theater CSA

Performance Times:
7 – 7:10 pm, 7:30 – 7:40 pm, 8 – 8:10 pm (subject to change)

Come get a taste of the freshest crop of artists Pittsburgh has ever seen. The New Hazlett Theater Community Supported Art Performance Series artists will preview their upcoming work throughout the night. Talk and mingle with the artists afterwards.

The New Hazlett CSA, the first and only performance series of its kind, introduces you to the freshest, most original artists in the Pittsburgh area. On the surface, our CSA seems like a regular subscription series, but underneath it’s so much more. Your share in the CSA doesn’t just pay for a seat at a show. You’re providing the resources these artists need to create professional caliber work. Beyond that, you’re helping to support Pittsburgh’s next crop of groundbreaking artists.

7 pm show – will feature a section from Clare Drobot and Nathan Zoob’s 10/26/17 performance of “Between Us and Grace,” plus John Petrucelli previewing his 12/7/17 performance of “Presence.”

7:30 pm show – will feature H. Gene Thompson, Arvid Tomayko, and Ru Emmons performing a portion of their February 8th performance “Apart From Me,” plus Carl Antonowicz will share an in-progress performance from his 4/12/18 performance entitled “Büer’s Kiss.”

Texture Contemporary Ballet

Performance Times:
7:15 – 7:25 pm, 7:45 – 7:55 pm, 8:15 – 8:25 pm , 9 – 9:20 pm (subject to change)

Texture Contemporary Ballet creates authentic and dynamic movement that is based in classical ballet. Artists express originality and passion through collaboration and performance and seek to inspire audience members by presenting ballet in a way that many people have never before seen.

Catholic Charities
Susan Zubik Welcome Center

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild high school students display their photography from Yellowstone National Park.

Shaw Galleries
Rouault: Visages

An exhibition of original pochoir prints from the late French Expressionist Georges Rouault’s (1871 – 1958) very rare Visages Portfolio (Album of Faces).

937 Liberty
may you live in interesting times

Casey Droege Cultural Productions is pleased to present “may you live in interesting times,” new work investigating visual thinking in the new world order. This exhibition, curated by Vicky A. Clark, features Sarika Goulatia, Brenda Roger, and Thomas Waters.

With special programming in partnership with the Arts and the Law Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association, ACLU of Pennsylvania, City of Asylum and their writer-in-residence Tuhin Das.

Arcade Comedy Theater
Arcade Comedy Theater

Stop in for a sneak peak at the brand new Arcade Comedy Theater at 943 Liberty Avenue. Check out some pop-up improv shows for the whole family in the theater’s brand new venue.

The ToonSeum
Batman: The Animated Series

Batman: The Animated Series exhibit celebrates 25 years of the four-time Emmy Award winning cartoon. Decades of fans will love this personal collection of animation cels, cards, collectibles and more!

August Wilson Center

Highmark Room
In Pursuit of Beauty

The lecture In Pursuit of Beauty explores the ways in which the concept of beauty and desire has been represented in an historical and contemporary context through intimate and public spaces. Throughout the history of art and image-making, beauty as an aesthetic impulse has been simultaneously idealized and challenged, and the relationship between beauty and identity has become increasingly complex within contemporary art and popular culture. From the late 19th century women photographers established studios around the country creating images about their experiences. This lecture draws from Willis’ own work and interest in women photographers who explore personal and collective memories on beauty from early photography to now. Her work challenges the relationship between beauty and desire by examining the representation of fashion, spirituality, and reinvention. This talk focuses on the abilities of the photograph in framing new narratives.

Art photographer and professor, Deborah Willis, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University/Tisch and has an affiliated appointment in Africana Studies. Professor Willis was a 2014 Richard D. Cohen Fellow of African and African American Art History at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University, a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and Fletcher Fellow, and a 2000 MacArthur Fellow. Professor Willis has received the NAACP Image Award in 2014 for her co-authored book “Envisioning Emancipation.” Other notable projects include “Framing Beauty: Intimate Moments,“ “Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers – 1840 to the Present;” “Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present;” “Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs,” a NAACP Image Award Literature Winner, and she has exhibited widely in the U. S. and abroad.

BNY Mellon Gallery
Latoya Ruby Frazier

Silver Eye presents a solo exhibition by LaToya Ruby Frazier at the August Wilson Center’s BNY Mellon Gallery and Silver Eye’s Penn Avenue gallery. Frazier will exhibit a large selection of works, which offer an incisive exploration of the legacy of racism and economic decline in America’s small towns, as embodied by her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. Frazier’s work focuses on African American life in Western Pennsylvania.

Ms. Frazier is a 2016 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” who works in photography, video, and performance to build visual archives that address industrialism, rustbelt revitalization, environmental justice, health care inequity, family, and communal history. Her work is exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally, with notable solo exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum; Seattle Art Museum; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. In 2015, her first book The Notion of Family (Aperture, 2014) received the International Center for Photography Infinity Award.

1839 Gallery
ARTivism: August Wilson Community Mural

Muralist, puppeteer and street performer Tarish Pipkins will create a community mural that will allow people to engage, contribute and add their perspective to a wall painting he creates to celebrate the legacy of August Wilson. Pipkins is a former member of the BridgeSpotters Collective and is renowned for his live paintings and poetry performances.

Claude Worthington Benedum Gallery
Went Looking For Beauty: Refashioning Self: Photographs by Deborah Willis – Gallery Opening

The August Wilson Center presents Went Looking for Beauty: Refashioning Self, a fine art photography exhibition by Deborah Willis, Ph.D. Through the exploration of two main themes, My Friends’ Closets and Street Views, Willis’ photos reconstruct an imagined past through images depicting its beauty, identity, and cultural memory. This project is a new way of looking at fashion, art, and women and men as consumers through the private space of the closet and the public space of city streets and boxing rings.

Deborah Willis, Ph.D, is Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation, contemporary women photographers and beauty. She received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and was a Richard D. Cohen Fellow in African and African American Art, Hutchins Center, Harvard University and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Professor Willis received the NAACP Image Award in 2014 for her co-authored book Envisioning Emancipation.

Urban Pathways Charter School
Urban Pathways 6-12 Charter School

Let the sounds of the islands soothe you as you listen to the Sounds of Steel debut a few new songs and resurrect some old favorites. Middle school and high school art will be on display as well. A family art table will be available for new creations.

Future Tenant
Welcome Home

Welcome Home shares with viewers the intimate perspectives of artists, Kasem Kydd and Brendon Hawkins, while taking a look at their past and how it has shaped their present and future. Brendon pays tribute to significant male relationships he’s had throughout his life that have influenced who he is today and shining a new light on the black gay experience.

Kasem’s work deals with the displacement of his West Indian ancestry and the presence of his blackness and the black diaspora in 21st Century America. Blackness as a color, a metaphor, and black under surveillance. Imagined and created potential futures of the black diaspora through movement, power manifestation, and cultural artifacts that have evaded, conquered, and subjugated white supremacy.

Café 808
Jeffrey Forse

Jeffrey Forse, a resident of Mt. Washington, has been photographing Pittsburgh, its skylines, and river views for many years. Over that span of time, he has grown a collection of color and black & white photographs featuring many unique perspectives of our city.

707 and 709 Penn Galleries
Clickbait: The App Expo

The App Expo is a multi-disciplinary project of artists Ashley Andrews and Ashley Andrykovitch. Since 2012, The App Expo has explored the intersection of humanity and technology through experimental performances, video, sculpture, installation, group exhibitions, and an app. Clickbait: The App Expo will include a selection of collaborative works from the last five years as well as new works by each artist.

Market Square
The Night Market in Market Square

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership presents The Night Market in Market Square. This pop-up festival features some of Pittsburgh’s most creative independent vendors selling art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, and more, local food and drinks, giant games, and music from DJ Pandemic. This is a special Friday edition of the Night Market series that runs every Saturday evening through October 28 in Market Square.

Omni William Penn Hotel
Jen Joyce

Jen Joyce is an emerging artist based in Pittsburgh, PA. Inspired by the beautiful architecture and bridges of the Steel City, Jen has successfully encapsulated Pittsburgh’s stunning landscape in a series of whimsical watercolors. Jen first collaborated with Wigle Whiskey to develop the label for the MaltMalt whiskey in the distillery’s “Brewer’s Series,” which will be on view and available for sampling during the event.

Outdoor Installations/Public Art
Along the way to various indoor Crawl locations, be sure to stop and see some outdoor public art installations:

FLOW, 2017
Light installation with 40,128 animated red LEDS.
Artist: Erwin Redl
Flow has been made possible through generous support from The Fine Foundation and the David Nimick Family Foundation.

Water Cube
Penn Avenue at 8th Street

The Water Cube is an artist-designed water fountain that dispenses both still and sparkling water. Located at the parklet of the 8th Street block of Penn Avenue, this new permanent installation opened during the 2016 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and adds to the functional public art work presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust throughout the Cultural District. The Water Cube was designed through a collaboration of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and GBBN Architects / EdgeStudio with generous support by Colcom Foundation.

Art Bike Racks
various locations: Cultural District

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust installed 16 artist-designed bike racks between 2014 and 2015. The project was produced in collaboration with Bike Pittsburgh, and the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Pittsburgh. The Cultural District Public Art Bike Racks have been made possible through the generous support of the Colcom Foundation.

Magnolias for Pittsburgh
Penn Avenue at 7th Street

Agnes R. Katz Plaza
Penn Avenue at 7th Street

Tito Way

Cell Phone Disco

Memento Mori

Haas Mural
Ft. Duquesne Blvd., between 6th Street and 7th Street

Crawl After Dark

August Wilson Center
Digable Planets

Hip Hop jazz trio, Digable Planets, return with classics like “”Cool Like That”” after 20 years in the music industry. The trio is comprised of Brooklynite rappers Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, Mary Ann “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira, and Craig “Doodlebug” Irving.

Joining them on this old school hip hop tour is Black Sheep, known for classics like “The Choice is Yours”. Black Sheep is Andres “Dres” Titus and William “Mista Lawnge” McLean.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit

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