Visual Art: April 21, Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District





Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the next Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, Downtown Pittsburgh, will take place on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. CrawlAfterDark events begin at 10:00 p.m. at venues throughout the Cultural District.

Now in its 13th year, the Gallery Crawl, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, takes place quarterly and is free and open to the public. The Crawls showcase exhibit openings at various locations, continuing exhibits, and a variety of other free happenings of music and dance performances, comedy and more. Featured events at this quarter’s Gallery Crawl include the opening of works by robotlab at Wood Street Galleries, Instill & Inspire: The John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African American Art at the August Wilson Center, Non-Punk Pittsburgh at SPACE Gallery, and performances of Supernatural Shakespeare.

For more information and a map of the Gallery Crawl events, visit or call 412-456-6666.

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District events for Friday, April 21, 2017 include:

Wood Street Galleries
601 Wood St
“bios [bible]” & “the big picture” | robotlab
robotlab works with industrial robots in public spaces. It explores the relationship between man and machine by means of installations and performances. robotlab was founded in 2000 by Matthias Gommel, Martina Haitz and Jan Zappe.

812 Liberty Ave
Non-Punk Pittsburgh | curated by Dennis Childers and Larry Rippel
Non-Punk Pittsburgh is retrospective of the music and arts during the fall of the industrial revolution opening the door for the vibrant arts community Pittsburgh has today. During the Gallery Crawl, SPACE will host an album release with live performance by Carsickness.

Trust Arts Education Center
805-807 Liberty Ave
Peirce Studio
Supernatural Shakespeare | Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks and Trust Arts Education Department
This innovative performance explores how the Bard intertwines the real with the magical throughout his canon of work. Actors, music and puppetry reimagine some of the most memorable supernatural scene from Hamlet, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and MacBeth

3rd and 4th Floors
All City Arts Showcase | Pittsburgh Public Schools
The All-City Arts Showcase features student works from all Pittsburgh Public Schools. The Visual Arts Exhibition includes both 2D and 3D works from various media and themes including ceramic and metal works of art located on the third and fourth floors of the Trust Arts Education Center – including a preview of student portfolios from Obama’s International Baccalaureate program.

The exhibition will feature performances from PPS Alt-City.

Photo Booth
807 Liberty Ave
How and Why do we express love? | Love Without Labels PGH
Love Without Labels PGH is on a mission to amplify the voices of the Pittsburgh community and share stories and feelings surrounding all varieties of love. If you feel like you have a story to tell, or want to share your perspective on how love plays a role in day-to-day life, then stop by the photo booth for an interactive experience. Photos and stories will be incorporated into the final public art exhibit during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Harris Theater
809 Liberty Ave
The Animation of Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam: Screening and Workshop
Collage-inspired animations by Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam have enchanted audiences for decades with their surrealism. Animators employing this technique make extraordinary use of flat props, backgrounds, manipulated cutouts and other mixed materials to bring a story to life on-screen. Come to the Harris Theater to view collage-inspired animations and then create one of your own, using tablets, apps, and the stop-motion animation technique.

Arcade Comedy Theater
811 Liberty Ave
Stop by the Cultural District’s home for live comedy and see family-friendly improv shows every half hour. Audience suggestions will inspire our al-star cast of imrpovisers in a series of hilarious games and scenes. Then come back for a special 10 pm Crawl After Dark show!

937 Liberty Ave
The Very Best Deserts on Planet Earth | 2018 & 2019 Carnegie Mellon School of Art MFA candidates
Carnegie Mellon University School of Art 1st and 2nd year graduate students present their annual MFA program exhibition. The exhibit showcases new work by a diverse group of eleven emerging artists working in a range of methodologies, conceptual frameworks, and media.

Artists include Shobun Baile, Katie Rose Pipkin, Nick Crockett, Gray Swartzel, Paper Buck, Erin Mallea, Jisoo Yeo, Joy Poulard Cruz, Alex Lukas, Lee Webster, and Shohei Katayama.

945 Liberty Ave
Hermetically Sealed: The Art of Ed Piskor & MLK to March: Civil Rights in Comics and Cartoons Hermetically Sealed is a retrospective show by Pittsburgh native and New York Times Best-Selling cartoonist Ed Piskor whose Hip Hop Family Tree series received the 2015 Eisner Award for “Best Reality-Based Work.”

From MLK to March, Civil Rights in Comics and Cartoons features dozens of civil rights-era editorial cartoons, including the 1958 comic book Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, graphic novel trilogy March (2013-16), and work by Herblock of the Washington Post, Sam Milai of the Pittsburgh Courier, Bill Mauldin of the Chicago Sun-Times, and others. Curated by Dr. Sylvia Rhor, Professor of Art History, Carlow University and Rob Rogers, ToonSeum President.

Catholic Charities
Susan Zubik Welcome Center
212 9th St
Photo 101 | Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Youth and Arts Photography
High school students participating in Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Youth and Arts Photography program engage in both traditional film and digital photography. Students have the opportunity to learn the art of photography using pinhole, 35mm, 2 ¼ , 4×5 film cameras as well as professional digital single lens reflex cameras. Photography 101 features dynamic images from first and second year students.

August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave
Lobby – 1st Floor
Art-to-Wear from the Heart of Hazelwood
Arts Excursions Unlimited is a program designed by Hazelwood residents in collaboration with Artist-in-Residence, Edith Abeyta (funded by the Office of Public Art and the Heinz Foundations).
Jewelry Workshop Artist, Memphis George, worked with the residents of the Hazelwood community through AEU in Novermer of 2016. Open studios and jewelry skill workshops were held twice weekly. Up to eleven wearable art works created during these workshops will be featured in runway segments throughout the evening, in addition to a short video highlighting the experience.

Happy Birthday August
Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company will perform scenes from August Wilson’s Pittsburgh 10-Play Cycle throughout the August Wilson Center.

BNY Mellon Gallery – 1st Floor, Claude Worthington Benedum Gallery – 2nd Floor, and 1839 Gallery – 1st Floor
Instill & Inspire: The John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African American Art
INSTILL & INSPIRE tells the fascinating story of how John and Vivian Hewitt formed an outstanding collection of works by African American artists between the late 1940s and the 1980s. Starting with a purchase in 1949 using money given them for their wedding, the Hewitts acquired paintings, drawings, collages, lithographs, and other works by nearly two dozen artists. Some artists in the collection, such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, and Henry Ossawa Tanner, will be well-known to visitors; others will be a revelation. Together, this collection of 58 works vividly brings the African American experience to life.

Urban Pathways Charter School
925 Penn Ave
K-5 Charter School
Original Student Art
Urban Pathways K-5 students use art to explore an array of artists and mediums. Students’ understanding of art builds as they create projects independently and collaboratively to learn about how artists can be an inspiration to their own art making processes.

914 Penn Ave
6 – 12 Gallery
Sounds of Steel & Original Student Artwork
Happy Spring! Enjoy new student artwork and hear the Sounds of Steel, just back from the recent Steel Pan Festival at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA. Plus, try paper quilling at the Family Arts table.

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
810 Penn Ave
Parallel Mutation | Contemporary Comics Makers In Pittsburgh
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council continues its Art on the Walls exhibition program, designed to showcase local and regional talent on office walls, with an exhibit in their own 7th Floor Big Room.

Parallel Mutation, curated by comic artist Juan José Fernández, features original art, publications, and related ephemera by 12 comics makers: Asia Bae, Caitlin Rose Boyle, Em DeMarco, Phil Dokes, Juan Fernandez, Jenn Lisa, Rachel Masilamani, Sam Ombiri, Jayla Patton, Nat Sampson, Mont Tucker, Camden Yandel. The reception includes a pop-up book fair with comics, zines, prints and original art by each artist, available for purchase.

ColorPerfect Printing
804 Penn Ave
Dante Lombardi and Matt Hunter | What’s The Point? My Point Exactly.
Pittsburgh artists have been collaborating over the past few months towards a series of shows culminating in this window display at Colorperfect Printing.

709 Penn Gallery
Communal Resurrection: The Soul of a Community | Work by Steve Prince
The Communal Resurrection exhibit chronicles the progression of Black music from the fields to hip-hop. The series reveals how the music made from the wealth that they had became a balm for people whose names, culture, and Gods were under siege through the stultifying system of America capitalism. Each image is laden with symbolism to craft a narrative of resistance, survival, and creativity in the face of hegemony. Communal Resurrection is America’s story of how a people made a way out of no way and transformed the world with a sound that could not be silenced!

707 Penn Gallery
Communal Resurrection: The Soul of a Community, continued.

Agnes R. Katz Plaza
Penn & 7th
Carnegie Library and Friends
Art yourself with librarians! Make a keepsake button and experiment with stop motion animation. Also, the Friends of the Downtown Library offer an amazing array of unique used books for sale. All proceeds benefit the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Backstage Bar
655 Penn Ave
Mark Brewer | Drawings from Brewology, An Illustrated Dictionary for Beer Lovers
Enjoy these humorous illustrations from the pages of Mark Brewer’s book, Brewology. Each Giclee print in this traveling exhibition has been hand embellished, signed in pencil, and is available for purchase. Mark’s drawings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Newsweek to name a few. His original works and Giclee prints are in private collections and have raised thousands of dollars for numerous charities.

Funky Fly Project
The Funky Fly Project is a funk and jazz group out of Pittsburgh, PA consisting of Winston Bell, Henry Schultz, Brandon Terry, and Eric Dowdell Jr. A powerful combination of skill and virtuosic playing, you would never know by listening that each member of the project is less than seventeen years old.

Braddock’s American Brasserie
107 6th St
The Art of Mozzarella | Prepared by Executive Chef Chuck Ney
From 6 – 6:30 pm and 7:30 – 8 pm, Gallery Crawlers can indulge in the Art of Mozzarella with a fresh-made mozzarella demonstration prepared by Braddock’s Executive Chef Chuck Ney.

Crawlers will also enjoy a meet ‘n’ greet in-between demos with artist Mia Tarducci, whose work is currently on display at Braddock’s. Braddock’s has also prepared a signature cocktail, inspired by Mia Tarducci and her work.

142 6th St
bombyx collective presents DISSONANCE
Dissonance is bombyx’s reaction to the current civil climate shown through nine vignettes choreographed by each member of the collective. Moving from butoh-inspired dance to absurd theatrics, they confront a wall, analyze the role of the woman, and respond to the changing role of truth in society.

50% of all donated money will be given to Hello Neighbor, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of refugees and immigrants by matching them with dedicated neighbors to guide and support them in their new lives.

Revel + Roost
242 Forbes Ave
Revel + Roost presents Friday Night Live at Revel | Two Tall Twins
It’s an upstairs and downstairs celebration of art and music at Revel and Roost in Market Square. Friday Night Live at Revel Streetside will be featuring Two Tall Twins performing an acoustic night of music. Upstairs at Roost will host a local art curation. #RevelFNL

the Lantern
600 Liberty Ave
Remembering Pittsburgh | Works by David Aschkenas
The exhibition features photographs of Pittsburgh made between 1978-1982. In 1980 the artist received a grant from the NEA to photograph Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods. He recently scanned 450 4×5 inch black and white negatives from the project and made new prints, many of which were never printed at the time. This exhibition showcases a selection of these new prints.

In addition to the exhibits and performances, the Cultural  District is home to numerous works of public art, including the Water Cube, Art Bike Racks, Magnolias for Pittsburgh, Cell Phone Disco, Memento Mori, and the Haas Mural.

Crawl After Dark
Arcade Comedy Theater
811 Liberty Ave
CMOA presents CrawlSpace
Carnegie Museum of Art teams up with Arcade Comedy Theater to present “CrawlSpace,” an interactive, improvised comedy show that draws inspiration from the museum’s 30,000 works of art. Each show gives audiences a chance to see pieces from the museum…and improvised art lectures, dubbed paintings, and fun games inspired by these great artworks.

Tickets are $7, and can be purchased in advance at For ages 18+.

Future Tenant
Nightcap: The Premiere Post-Crawl Party
819 Penn Ave
You came, you saw, you crawled. Now what? Head over to Future Tenant for the ultimate post-Gallery Crawl experience. We’ll have alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, live music, and interactive art activities.  Be sure to run—not crawl—to the hottest Crawl After Dark party this season. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase online or at the door.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is committed to making our performances and facilities available to all of our guests.  All locations participating in the Gallery Crawl are wheelchair accessible unless otherwise noted.  For more information, visit or call 412-456-6666.

All Gallery Crawl locations are wheelchair accessible unless otherwise noted.

Car Free Fridays
Walk, bike, bus or carpool to the Gallery Crawl and celebrate another Car Free Friday with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Port Authority and BikePGH.

All official Gallery Crawl locations will be marked with a Cultural District Stop sidewalk sign.

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust thanks the following sponsors: City Paper, WYEP 91.3 FM and Kreider Printing.  

All information and locations are subject to change.
For updates and information, visit

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, visit

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