PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
GALLERY CRAWL IN THE CULTURAL DISTRICT
THE CRAWL THAT STARTS IT ALL
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018, 5:30 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M.
PITTSBURGH’S CULTURAL DISTRICT
PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the fall Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District taking place on Friday, September 21, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Crawl After Dark events begin at 10:00 p.m. This year’s fall Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District is presented by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan.
The Crawl happenings will take place in 35 eclectic outdoor and indoor spaces located throughout the Cultural District’s 14-block footprint. The Gallery Crawl is free and open to all ages and boasts a combination of visual art, multimedia artists, music, live theatre, and dance events. The fall Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and also serves as the kick-off for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts.
“We welcome everyone to join us for an exceptional, globally-infused evening of activities taking place during the fall Crawl. Our community partners are presenting a wide range of artistic happenings that will create memorable experiences, engage us with cultural exchanges, artistic vision, and wonder. We’re especially excited that the fall Gallery Crawl also serves as the kick-off for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts,” shares Terri Bell, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Highlights of the September 21st Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District
Art in the Alley, curated by Redfishbowl
Locations: Tito Way, Exchange Way and Garrison Place
This expansive outdoor event takes place in the Cultural District's alleyways and invites you to experience interactive art, music, performances, installations, food trucks, and more in a pop-up outdoor setting. Throughout the evening, each of the Art in the Alley locations will feature exclusive happenings curated by Redfishbowl.
Manifold is a multi-media work complete with projection mapping by Filip Roca, original music composed by Wang Lu, and 30+ Pittsburgh musicians conducted by Daniel Nesta Curtis. Two Night only & four total performances: Friday, September 21: 8:15 & 10:15 p.m.; Saturday, September 22: 8:15 & 10:15 p.m. The eight-minute performance is a must-see!
For two days only and four total outdoor performances, the exterior façade of the Benedum Center becomes the canvas for Filip Roca’s world premiere projection mapping spectacle, Manifold. In the foreground, near the intersection of Penn Avenue and 7th St., acclaimed Chinese composer Wang Lu’s original score, written specifically for Manifold, will be brought to life by an ensemble comprised of outstanding Pittsburgh musicians from many worlds. (Also part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts.)
Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts World Market
Attendees will enjoy a stop at the World Market (Seventh Street and Penn Avenue) where local and regional artisans showcase one of a kind artwork that is available for sale. These talented artists’ partnerships enhance the Crawl’s offerings by bringing their globally minded works of art to share with all.
Wood Street Gallery will feature the world premiere of Nonotak, the work of talented duo, Takami Nakamoto and Noemi Schipfer, who are presenting two impressive installations at the gallery. The pair work on light and sound installations, creating an ethereal, immersive and dreamlike environment meant to envelope the viewer, capitalizing on Takami Nakamoto’s approach of space & sound, and Noemi Schipfer’s experience in kinetic art. (Also part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts.)
SPACE welcomes the exhibit Machine Culture which aims to highlight the absurdity of digital culture in the modern age. This world premiere exhibit features artists Zoro Feigl, Peter Flemming, Oz Malul, Keny Marshall, Henrik Menné, Ali Miharbi, Kausik Mukhopadhyay, Kristoffer Myskja, Samuel St. Aubin, and Ujoo & Limhee Young. These artists utilize creative mediums to portray their message. (Also part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts.)
707 Penn Gallery displays the works of artist Keny Marshall. Marshall builds kinetic and sculptural works as an alternative to the invisible “blackbox” world that popular technology inhabits. Using found objects and hand-built devices, he constructs mechanisms that are often ridiculous parodies of technology. Models of natural systems and collections of objects re-combined with transparent inner workings oppose the idea that the things you own should be controlled by someone else. (Also part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts.)
937 Gallery displays 50 Cities, 50 Traces, International Art & Peace Project (2018 - 2020). This international art and peace project commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons signed by the nuclear-weapon states USA, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain in 1968. The artistic concept behind 50 Cities - 50 Traces is to juxtapose individual traces from 50 Mayors for Peace cities, highlighting the diversity and beauty of these cities and the daily life taking place therein.
The exhibition is conceived as an invitation to respect and preserve the world’s visible remainders, which are bearers of memory. It is an appeal against the destruction of our cities, against the deployment of nuclear weapons – thus supporting the core idea behind the Mayors for Peace movement: “Cities are not targets.” This exhibition is presented by Remembering Hiroshima Imagining Peace, Mayors for Peace, City of Asylum, and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. (Also part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts.)
Highlights of the Crawl After Dark
Trust Arts Education Center, 805 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
All events begin at 10:00 p.m.
Silent Disco is a unique experience, in which participants use headphones to partake in a dance party featuring DJ Nate Da Barber, Arie Cole, and Glo Phase. This inclusive event is open to all ages and is CI and HA compatible with music-controlled lighting.
Official After Party, co-hosted by FarESH Brand and Redfishbowl, ages 18+, featuring entertainment by Jonny Goood, JunkFoods, My Favorite Color and DJ Coleblooded.
Information and Events Schedule
For more information and a complete schedule of events taking place during the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, visit: call 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.
About the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District
The quarterly Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and exists to promote inclusion and diversity through collaborative partnerships. Since its inception in 2004, the Gallery Crawl also serves to promote the exhibition openings of Trust visual art galleries. The partnerships between the Trust and local businesses, artists and nonprofits facilitate an immersive atmosphere for communal artistic expression. Each business partner has creative choice over the content displayed in their space during the Gallery Crawl.
The Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl serves as a medium to bring together and welcome the community to participate in an immersive artistic experience throughout the 14-block Cultural District. The Crawl serves to showcase the exhibition openings of the Trust’s visual art galleries (SPACE, Wood Street, 707 Penn Gallery, 937 Liberty). Each Crawl, the Trust partners with local businesses, artists and nonprofits to create a dynamic collaboration to engage artists and the greater Pittsburgh community.
Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
This fall, Pittsburgh’s Cultural District welcomes U.S., North American, and World Premieres during the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, September 21 – November 11, 2018. Featuring 30 international companies and artists from 20 countries, including representation from Pittsburgh’s own arts community, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Festival of Firsts will electrify downtown with never-before-seen theater, dance, music, visual arts and immersive experiences. These are the ones you can’t describe in words.
The Festival captivated millions of visitors in 2004, 2008, and 2013, reinforcing the city’s reputation as a premier global destination for arts, entertainment, and culture. This time around, the Trust has doubled the Festival’s length and tripled its attractions, presenting more than 500 opportunities for everyone – locals and visitors alike – to experience groundbreaking international works in Pittsburgh. These are the ones that will change you. TrustArts.org/Firsts
Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts is supported by the FACE Foundation, the Richard King Mellon Foundation, and The Opportunity Fund.
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 Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.