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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces
Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, and New Art Exhibitions in its Galleries as
Part of Lights On! A Three-Day Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District
September 10, 2021 | 5:30 p.m. - midnight
Pittsburgh’s Cultural District | TrustArts.org/Crawl
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is honored to partner with its neighbors in the Cultural District and beyond to present Lights On: A Three-Day Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Collectively returning to in-person arts experiences in downtown Pittsburgh is a special moment, and the Cultural Trust’s Fall Gallery Crawl will mark the occasion with a return to in-person exhibitions and activities on September 10.
“The Cultural Trust is excited to present a couple of events as part of Lights On!, and the Gallery Crawl moving back from virtual to in-person activities is particularly exciting,” says Terri Bell, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “Since 2004, our Gallery Crawl has been a free showcase of Pittsburgh’s dynamic art and entertainment scene. After presenting a virtual edition in the spring of 2021, we are thrilled to be back inside our galleries, venues, and supporting the businesses and restaurants in downtown Pittsburgh.”
Gallery hours during Lights On! are Thursday September 9 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Friday September 10 from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m., and Saturday September 11 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Beginning September 12, normal gallery hours resume: Wednesday – Thursday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This Lights On! Fall Gallery Crawl also features a special Crawl After Dark event – the ever-popular Silent Disco, where dancers choose their own music through headphones. The dance party features DJ Femi, DJ Nate da Barber, and Selecta from 10 p.m. – midnight. Check in for the Silent Disco at the Allegheny Overlook on Ft. Duquesne Boulevard.
Information on partner organizations and a full event listing will be continually updated at TrustArts.org/Crawl. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery lineup is as follows:
This Sacred Thing
On View: September 9 – October 31
Curators: Ian Brill and Sam Smith
SPACE Exhibition Assets
This Sacred Thing examines perspectives related to relics, ranging from the divine to the obsolete. The exhibit features work from 37 local and international artists. Curated by Pittsburgh-based artists Ian Brill, Sam Smith, and Keith Tassick, the show questions how objects, possessions, rituals, and artwork are given or lose meaning.
Wood Street Galleries
On View: September 9 – March 13
Artist: Matthew Schreiber
Wood Street Galleries Exhibition Assets
Matthew Schreiber produces artwork in a wide variety of media, including drawing, performance, sculpture, video, and light.
Explore two floors, and three new installations, at Wood Street Galleries, incorporating all of these media intertwined with physics, technology, and the exploration of perception. Works include Double Gemini, a major new laser sculpture commissioned specially for Wood Street Galleries, along with a video installation, Summoner, and a dark space, Gift Shop. While physically silent and static, the geometry of Double Gemini flows in and out of form, activated by the audience’s movement and point of view.
The site scaled video installation, Summoner, combines family footage shot in Zugarramurdi Cave, Spain and Juniper Springs, Florida. The manipulated video is produced with custom strobing software combined with a massive fresnel lens. The installation forces a meditative or trance state for the audience.
The final space, Gift Shop, reflects on Schreiber’s childhood experiences visiting novelty and head shops around Cleveland, Ohio. The room contains sparsely placed items that include holograms, black light drawing, and found objects.
707 Penn Gallery
On View: September 9 – October 31
Artist: Phillip Rostek
707 Penn Gallery Exhibition Assets
After receiving his MFA at Carnegie Mellon University, Philip Rostek has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally, his work often inspired by the life and legends of St. Francis of Assisi. Philip's work is idea-oriented and decidedly autobiographical. In addition to being an accomplished visual artist, he has composed music for both theater and ballet. His book A Foreigner in Hades speaks of his experience in New York City during the volatile 1980s art scene. The miracle of a heart transplant has enabled him to further pursue his dreams without major interruption. He considers this to be fortuitous beyond anything reasonable or comprehensible, crediting his doctors at Presbyterian hospital as being "uniquely inseparable" from the presentation of his modern work.
In his latest show, Remnants, Philip explores his body of work through the lens of this "post-medical miracle," which deepened his belief that the relationship between art and life is best understood as a continuum that ties the iterations of his work together. Over his entire career, Philip has advanced the thesis that art can be anchored in Ritual, Remnants, and Reminiscing - what Philip calls the "Three Rs." Remnants revisits Philip's speculations, inquiries, and memories spanning the course of the last half-century in 20-30 works. These pieces, curated and rearranged, stand side by side with brand new works inspired by his recollections of the televised funeral of JFK, St. Francis Preaching to the Birds, bonobos and tadpoles, and his own heart transplant in 2008.
820 Liberty Gallery
On View: September 9 – October 31
Curators: The Coloured Section's Natiq & Zeal Eva
Supported by: Redfishbowl and The Ohringer
820 Liberty Gallery Exhibition Assets
The brainchild of Crystal Noel Jalil, and curated by The Coloured Section's Natiq & Zeal Eva, An<says>tors explores the concept of ancestor veneration and how we receive the lessons of those who came before us.
It asks us, “What has been passed down?” “What has been heard?” "What would you say?” “What should be given?” “What do we leave behind?” “How have we received?”
The questions are answered through a collection of visual art, multimedia voice/video recordings, written and spoken word poetry, jewelry, and various other creative forms. These works, as a collection of afrofuturistic art installations, will not only pay homage to the past, but also encapsulate our hopes for the future.
This exhibition, brought to you by The Coloured Section Black Artists' Collective, will consists of visual art pieces ranging in size from small paintings including mixed media, watercolor, acrylics, oils, graphite/charcoal, and collage, to larger pieces including installations and sculpture. These works draw inspiration from various philosophies of ancestor veneration that are traditionally practiced across the African diaspora. Antors demonstrates the various ways that the current African American experience has been shaped by the lived experiences of generations passed, the stories of our elders, the hopes of our youths, and the latest scientific study into genetic memory.
The US is a country that deifies it's heroes and reveres the collective heritage of some as patriotic and good. However, history has shown mostly contempt towards the black experience, diminishing the accomplishments of their past generations into obscurity, and reducing past populations to slaves, criminals, agitators, or pacifists. This exhibit takes the personal approach to our history, addressing the nuances of the African American experience, bringing it into sharp focus.
Join the Coloured Section Black Artists' Collective as they take you on a journey into the past and future, and witness it's debut event with your own eyes.
Among Women: Contemporary Art from Serbia
On view: September 9 – November 7
Guest Curator: Rachel Klipa
937 Gallery Exhibition Assets
Among Women: Contemporary Art from Serbia will feature works by artists: Šejma Fere, Bojana S. Knežević, Marina Marković, Tijana Radenković, Simonida Rajčević, Vahida Ramujkić, Milica Ružičić, Maja Simić, Nina Todorović, Anica Vučetić, and Gordana Žikić.
Exhibited for the first time in Pittsburgh, Among Women: Contemporary Art from Serbia presents the work of eleven female artists who are deeply connected to Belgrade, Serbia. Shown together, the artworks produced by these women provide a snapshot of Belgrade's productive and multilayered contemporary art scene, drawing on themes such as memory, the importance of place, and the ability of the female body to reveal personal narratives.
Among Women: Contemporary Art from Serbia is supported by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, a partnership between the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.
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 Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.