Visual Arts: Doubt, SPACE


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES 

DOUBT
A MULTIMEDIA EXHIBIT

CURATED BY
NADINE WASSERMAN

FEBRUARY 10-MARCH 26, 2017 | SPACE | 812 LIBERTY AVENUE 

OPENING RECEPTION | FEBRUARY 10 | 5:30-10:00pm

Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of Doubt, a multimedia exhibit curated by Nadine Wasserman. Doubt will be on view at the SPACE Gallery from February 10 through March 26, 2017. An opening reception will be held on February 10 from 5:30-10:00 pm featuring DJ Gordy and a special performance using technology, light and photography by artist Lori Hepner.

To doubt is to lack certainty. But beneath an absence of certainty and a hesitance to believe is a question. Through the works of six artists (Lenka Clayton, Lori Hepner, Mindy McDaniels, Gina Occhiogrosso, Diane Samuels, Mary Temple), Wasserman explores the way uncertainty can open our minds to new ways of perceiving. The work included in this exhibition privileges questions over answers in order to reveal the edge between what we see and what we think we see, what we know and what we think we know.

“I chose the topic of doubt based on work I had seen by these artists. I don’t want to give anything away because I want visitors to discover for themselves. What I will say is that what at first might seem like a picture of the moon, or a portrait, or an abstract actually might be something else. When you have doubts and questions you see things differently,” shares Wasserman. The mediums are as varied as the artists themselves, ranging from neon to photography and ink to audio.

In addition to the exhibition, Doubt will feature a series of special events centering upon the theme, allowing various ways through which to engage and explore the question of certainty. DJ Gordy Greenawalt will provide music and artist Lori Hepner will present a performance piece for the opening night reception on February 10th from 5:30-10:00 p.m. On February 18, Space Gallery will host a Game Night from 6:00-8:00 p.m., including I Doubt It and other games of uncertain outcome. There will also be a Media Literacy Workshop from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on March 10, focusing on how to use doubt to distinguish between truth and fiction on the internet and on social media. Each of these events will take place at SPACE Gallery and are designed to complement the works and emphasize doubt and uncertainty as important aspects of critical thinking.

Nadine Wasserman is an independent curator and freelance art critic. She has organized many exhibitions and worked with both emerging and established artists. Wasserman also curated the public art component, “Unseen/Unheard,” for the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival in 2015.

SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Avenue. Gallery Hours: Wed & Thurs: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. SPACE is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit TrustArts.org.

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