Art notes: Goodbye Duck; violence talks linked to exhibit

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The last day Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's giant Rubber Duck will be docked off Point State Park is Sunday, when the Steelers play the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field. Based upon the steady flow of admirers to date, I predict a traffic back-up to Philadelphia.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust scored big by landing the U.S. debut of the smile-inducing sunshine-yellow ducky as part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts.

In other festival news, the trust announced last week the continuation of Austrian artist Kurt Hentschlager's immersive audiovisual installations "HIVE" at Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood St. (through Dec. 31) and "Granular Synthesis" at SPACE gallery, 812 Liberty Ave. (Sunday), Downtown. Mr. Hentschlager's "Zee," scheduled to run through Oct. 27, closed Sept. 29 after three exhibition visitors suffered seizures.

Anti-violence program

The Society for Contemporary Craft is supporting the YWCA's Week Without Violence from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday with special programming in conjunction with the exhibition "ENOUGH Violence: Artists Speak Out."

Norman White of Saint Louis University will speak about urban street violence, followed by Rolf Loeber of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry. Light refreshments will be served. Free with a $5 suggested donation.

The evening is presented by the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh in partnership with the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office, the FBI Pittsburgh Citizens' Academy Alumni Association, and the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Western District of Pennsylvania. It is co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh.

"ENOUGH" continues through March 22 at 2100 Smallman St., Strip District. Information: 412-261-7003 or

Marlene Boyle memorial

"Wonderful person, Pitt Studio Arts graduate, superb calligrapher (once wrote perfect Hebrew inscription for me without knowing any Hebrew!), pinch pot ceramist, cartographer ... ." That was how Frank Toker, University of Pittsburgh history of art and architecture professor, remembered Marlene Boyle in a recent email. "Marlene died last month, far too early, left behind two talented children [Jeremy and Jamie] and one grandchild, and husband Chuck."

A "Celebration of Marlene's Life" will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the 3rd Street Gallery, 220 Third St., Carnegie (15106). "Memories, mingling, refreshments and live jazz," Mr. Toker wrote.

Bellan-Gillen talk

Patricia Bellan-Gillen will give an artist talk about works in her exhibition "Necessary Fictions" at 11 a.m. Saturday at James Gallery, 413 S. Main St., West End. Ms. Bellan-Gillen will be at the gallery from 10:30 a.m. to noon. RSVP at 412-922-9800. The exhibition continues through Nov. 9. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information:

Castonguay opening

An opening reception for Elizabeth Castonguay's exhibition "Endangered," inspired by 10,500 endangered species, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Borelli-Edwards Galleries, 3583 Butler St., Lawrenceville. The exhibition continues through Nov. 16. Information: 412-687-2606 or


Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: or 412-263-1925. First Published October 15, 2013 8:00 PM


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