Friday night's Gallery Crawl is beginning of an arty weekend
April 25, 2013 8:00 AM
Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District.
By Scott Mervis Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh's art-filled weekend begins right after work lets out on Friday with the Gallery Crawl and continues, after a night's sleep and a few meals, on Saturday with the opening of Art All Night in Lawrenceville.
The Gallery Crawl, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, has become a popular trek through the Cultural District, attracting as many as 5,000 crawlers when the weather cooperates, like it is scheduled to do on Friday (bring a jacket).
It started in 2004, says Darcy Kucenic, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's manager of education and operations, with four or five stops, mainly Wood Street Galleries and SPACE. Now there are three dozen.
"We have more participating venues, I think, than ever. We actually had to add an extra printed flap to our map."
Keeping with tradition, there is a new exhibition at Wood Street Galleries with the opening of "Momento Mori," Brooklyn-based Gregory Barsamian's dream-inspired kinetic sculpture spinning rapidly in a strobe-lit room.
That is not to be confused, but certainly will, with "Memento Mori," a new set of billboards in Tito Way by Mary Mazziotti serving to remind the viewer that Death keeps a very hectic schedule. They will be there for two years, replacing the long-running Shepard Fairey billboards.
SPACE is the place for the ongoing 10-woman exhibition "Mean Girls," guest-curated by Jill Larson, that explores the epidemic of bullying among girls. Ms. Larson told the Post-Gazette that "Mean Girls" is "a gateway for a conversation about something very important. Bullying and the trauma that comes with it can devastate an individual and alter a family for life."
Other crawl highlights include a sneak peek at the Community Supported Art program for the new series at the New Hazlett Theater at 937 Liberty Ave.; the Pittsburgh Public Schools All-City Visual Arts and Music Showcase at the Trust Arts Education Center and August Wilson Center; and Night Market IV, at the Eighth Street and Penn Avenue parking lot, offering food, art vendors, music and dance.
Among the musical treats will be sets by JD Eicher & the Goodnights, Elevations, and Shay and Bryan William Kinney.
If you want to leave the crawl with new talents, you can learn to fold pierogi at Braddock's American Brasserie, fold origami at Magnolias for Pittsburgh or salsa at Arthur Murray Dance Studio.
All events are free. For more information, visit www.TrustArts.org or call 412-456-6666.
-- Scott Mervis
Gallery Crawl highlights
Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood St.: "Momento Mori," Gregory Barsamian. Kinetic sculpture in a strobe-lit room.
SPACE, 812 Liberty Ave.: "Mean Girls." Guest curated by Jill Larson, "Mean Girls" examines the reality that bullying among girls in America has become an epidemic in our society. Music by DJ Pingting.
Urban League, 610 Wood St.: Leslie Ansley creates paintings and murals to celebrate the Urban League's 100th Anniversary.
"Memento Mori": Mary Mazziotti's set of billboards reminding the viewer that life can be short and its end unpredictable.
Cell Phone Disco: Several thousand lights illuminate when you make or receive a phone call in the vicinity of the installation.
Shaw Galleries, 805 Liberty Ave.: "Brave New World: Maps of the 19th Century" explores world cartography in the 19th century through period maps and engravings.
Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Ave.:
Peirce Studio (lower level): Pittsburgh Public Schools All-City Music Showcase.
CAPA and Brashear collaboration: Wearable art fashion show and student musical performances, 5:30 p.m.; CAPA Student Interpreters, 6:30 p.m.; Westinghouse Lighthouse Project Hip Hop and Step Team Show, 7:30 p.m.
Third and fourth floors: Pittsburgh Public Schools All-City Visual Arts Showcase All-City K-12 Visual Arts and Cultures exhibitions.
Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Ave.: Regionally made short films shown on a loop: "Pierogies" by Kristen Lauth-Shaeffer; "Oneironauts" by Jared McLaughlin; "Steel City Sights" by Brad Oskowski; "Blast Off" by Jonathan Gribbin.
Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Ave.: Sketch, improvisational and alternative comedy.
Catholic Charities Susan Zubik Welcome Center, 212 Ninth St.: "Darkroom Mania," photo exhibit by students at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild.
937 Liberty Ave.:
Second floor: Community Supported Art -- Sneak peek of the homegrown performance artists cultivated for the new series at the New Hazlett Theater.
CSA PGH (Community Supported Art): Meet the six visual artists who will create works to be packaged and turned into shares available to the public for $350 each. www.csapgh.com.
Third floor: Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Lobby: "August Wilson X: 10 Years of August Wilson on Stage": Photos, artifacts and props from the past 10 years of performing August Wilson's Century Play Cycle. Monologues from the 10 plays will be performed.
Toonseum, 947 Liberty Ave.: Cartoon Quickies!: Rapid-fire cartooning lessons. Each session is 4 minutes.
August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave.:
Theater: Pittsburgh Public Schools All-City Music Showcase featuring the PPS All-City: ESL Student performances, Elementary Choir, Junior Honors Choir, CRAE Drumming, Dancing and Performing Ensembles, and CRAE Visual Art Exhibit. Begins at 6 p.m.
"SOLO Exhibits" feature individual exhibitions of fiber art, printmaking, painting and sculpture by Leslie Ansley, Jo-Anne Bates and Tina Brewer.
"Glamazonia" by Mario Epanya features more than 30 images of black women from contemporary full color photography to vintage black-and-white images.
"Pittsburgh: Reclaim, Renew, Remix" -- Imagery, film and oral history narratives explore communities, cultures and innovations.
Tonic, 971 Liberty Ave.:
Second-floor Gallery: "NOT UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE" -- works by D. Hopper and Justice Coughenour from Modern Pop Art and live music by Shay and Bryan William Kinney.
August Henry's City Saloon, 946 Penn Ave.: Magic by Peter Corbett.
Urban Pathways K-5 Dance Studio, 925 Penn Ave.: Free dance lessons by Pittsburgh Dance Center's Holly: merengue at 6:30 p.m. and salsa at 7:30 p.m. Freestyle dance between and after the lessons.
Urban Pathways 6-12 Gallery, 914 Penn Ave.: "Wild Life," student artwork, photography and three-dimensional design. Music by the Sounds of Steel steel pan band, 6:15 and 7:45 p.m.
Pilates Sol, 900 Penn Ave.: Pilates as Art in Motion. Stop by at 6 and 7 p.m. to play this interactive game.
CAPA, 111 Ninth St.: "Push-pinned Prints and Drawings," an exhibition of screen prints, relief prints, blotted line prints, printouts, conceptual drawings and formal portrait studies by Pittsburgh CAPA visual art students in grades 6-12.
Future Tenant, 819 Penn Ave.: "Displacement" is guest curated by Kristen Kovak, featuring artwork by Phil Hessler and Natalia Gonzalez Requena.
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, 810 Penn Ave., Suite 200: "carbon first, then light" by Ivette Spradlin, a photography survey of three projects, from Havana, Cuba, to Philadelphia.
Bend Yoga, 808 Penn Ave., second floor: Guided meditation, 6:30 to 7 p.m. (register at firstname.lastname@example.org). Poetry reading with Tarun Reddy from his haiku book "Bru-ku," 7:30 p.m., with signing afterward.
Eighth Street and Penn Avenue parking lot: "Night Market IV" is a collection of Pittsburgh's most creative independent food and art vendors combined with music and dance in a parking lot on Penn Avenue. 7 to 11 p.m.
709 Penn Gallery, 709 Penn Ave.: "Cast of Characters," curated by Cindy Lisica and Vicky Clark. Dramatis personae, fictional figures who tell a story, reveal insights while helping us to make sense of our world and our place in it.
707 Penn Gallery, 707 Penn Ave.: "Adult Arcade" by Marc Burgess, a new media installation composed of a variety of organically textured paintings, large geometric sculptures, robotic lasers and disorienting soundscapes.
Magnolias for Pittsburgh, Seventh Street and Penn Avenue.: Learn how Tony Tasset created this sculpture installation and craft your own (origami) magnolias with the Office of Public Art.
Katz Plaza, Seventh Street and Penn Avenue.: Live Music by JD Eicher & the Goodnights and button-making with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
Backstage Bar, 655 Penn Ave.: "Places & Faces: Recent works by Joyce Werwie Perry" using rapid application and detraction of oil with knives. Live music by Elevations, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
kNOT Dance at Verve Wellness, 142 Sixth St., third floor: Creating Your Own Perspective: "kNot Dance explores the diversity of individual perspectives from the lofty heights of the aerial silks to the baser human emotions that bubble from below." 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 136 Sixth St. (above Melange Bistro): Free dance lessons and demos: merengue at 7:30 p.m.; bachata at 8 p.m.; salsa at 8:30 p.m.
Braddock's American Brasserie, 107 Sixth St.: "The Art of Pierogie Making" with chef de cuisine Brian Volmrich.
Boutique 208, 208 Sixth St.: Meet several of the local artists creating art and artisan products for this all local all handmade boutique.
Robot Repairs, 210 Sixth St.: The best repair place in town for your robot.
PNC Legacy Project, 600 Liberty Ave.: An interactive exhibit showcases Pittsburgh's transformation. New oral histories feature Dan Bylsma, Arnold Palmer, Art Rooney, Joe Grushecky and George Benson.
After The Crawl: Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.: Free admission to Salsa Friday at the Cabaret at Theater Square with DJ Jeff Shirey of Salsa Pittsburgh from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.