Art exhibit shut down after 3 suffer seizures


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A Downtown art exhibit that closed early Sunday after three people were treated for reported seizures has shut down.

Shaunda Miles, spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, said the exhibit titled "Zee" by Austrian artist Kurt Hentschlager at 943 Gallery on Liberty Avenue is closed indefinitely, as of Monday.

"That is where it stands, and we're just taking some time to assess," she said.

Mr. Hentschlager could not be reached.

The installation, part of the Cultural Trust's Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, was scheduled to run through Oct. 27. It includes heavy fog and intense strobe effects, and attendees must sign a waiver before entering.

Pittsburgh Acting Deputy EMS Chief Bob Farrow said medics responded to 943 Liberty Ave. Sunday afternoon for a report of a seizure, the third such incident since the installation opened Friday. A woman was treated at the scene, and the exhibit closed early.

Chief Farrow said Monday morning that EMS is "by no means asking them close their exhibit." The Cultural Trust, Ms. Miles said, is choosing to shut it down.

The two other people who reported suffering seizures there this weekend were taken to the hospital, Chief Farrow said.

The same exhibit was here in 2008 at the Wood Street Gallery. Ms. Miles did not have any information Monday about whether seizures also were reported then.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944. First Published September 30, 2013 2:00 PM


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