Art show will arrive by train in September

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A one-day arts festival will ride into Pittsburgh by rail and set up Downtown on Sept. 8, thanks to Carnegie Museum of Art and the city's growing prominence as a cultural destination. "Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening" is a public art project that will deliver artworks, musicians and other creative types to 10 cities from New York to Los Angeles.

The project, designed by artist Doug Aitken, was inspired by a decrease in funding for cultural programs. Funds raised through ticket sales and donations will be divided among seven partner museums, including The Carnegie, to support non-traditional programming.

During the 2008-09 Carnegie International, Mr. Aitken's "Migration: 365 Hotel Rooms" stopped passers-by on Forbes Avenue as they looked over to the usually dark facade of Carnegie Museum of Art and saw animals cavorting about various motel rooms. The video was projected onto the building evenings throughout the run of the exhibition.

"Station to Station" will debut in New York and its final venue is the San Francisco Museum of Art.

Correction: posted June 24, 2013. An article about Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening public art project misidentified the curator. Doug Aitken, who designed the traveling arts festival, also selected the artists.

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


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