Musical, theater works to debut at Arts Festival

Artists market this year to be largest ever

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced programming Friday for the 2014 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival that includes a new Squonk Opera work, dance, the artist market, public art and other visual art. Music headliners were announced in March. The festival runs June 6-15 at Point State Park and throughout Downtown.

The works debuting are Squonk's new outdoor piece, "Pneumatica," described as "made of air, powered by air and about air," June 13-15; "OJO," an immersive theater experience produced by Pittsburgh-based Bricolage, June 7-15; and "Complaints n'at Choir," part of an international project, Complaint Choirs of the World, that will transform Pittsburghers' grievances into song, June 6-11 and 15.

Dance includes "Boomerang," which recognizes the body as "an evolving repository of both physical and psychological life," June 7; "We Sing the Body Eclectic," with four dancers and 14 musicians, by Shana Simmons Dance and The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra, June 8; "Alba Flamenca," Flamenco with a personal touch, June 14; and "Reed Dance," which celebrates the music of Stevie Wonder, June 15.

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Fest announces lineup

The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival announced its music lineup, headed by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, as well as other events scheduled during its June 6-15 run. (Video by Andrew Rush; 5/9/2014)

Public art highlights are "Before I Die," a global project that invites participants to reflect publicly upon their lives, by artist, designer and urban planner Candy Chang; "No Limits," four of 10 sculptures by Cuban-born artist Alexandre Arrechea's "No Limits" series that were installed on New York's Park Avenue in 2013; and the "People's Clothing Archive and Library Initiative No 1: o:ne:ka," a large-scale sculpture fabricated from recycled T-shirts.

Other art includes "The China Express," Carlan Tapp's documentation of the people and places affected by coal shipping; "Portraits of Air," the results of Detroit-based artist Susan Goethel Campbell's study of local air quality resulting from 100 air filters crowd-sourced during last year's arts festival; and the juried visual art exhibition, which comprises 59 works by 53 artists and was selected by John Carson, professor and head of the school of art at Carnegie Museum of Art; Rachel Delphia, curator of decorative arts and design, Carnegie Museum of Art; and Nicholas Chambers, curator of art, The Andy Warhol Museum.

The artist market will host a record 338 artists/artisans from 30 states at Gateway Center and Point State Park. Also, Pittsburgh Filmmakers will screen eight art-themed films at the Harris Theater, and the Laurel Foundation Miniature Marina and Giant Eagle Creativity Zone will present artist demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages.

Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: or 412-263-1925.

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