Visual Arts: Communal Resurrection, 707 & 709 Penn Galleries

THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES

COMMUNAL RESURRECTION: THE SOUL OF A COMMUNITY
WORK BY STEVE PRINCE

OPENING RECEPTION | APRIL 21 | 5:30 PM

Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of Communal Resurrection: The Soul of a Community, an exhibit by Steve Prince. The exhibit will be on display at 707 and 709 Penn Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, from Friday, April 21st through Sunday, June 18th. An opening reception will be held in conjunction with the quarterly Gallery Crawl on Friday, April 21st from 5:30-10:00 p.m.

“I have been fascinated with music my entire life. I grew up in New Orleans and I was baptized in sound at an early age. From the spirituals in church, to the rhythm and blues my father played in our home, to the Mardi Gras parades cascading the streets of my city, to the street corner performers playing jazz and syncopation in the French Quarters, and to the birth of Hip Hop and its transformative, creative, stylistic foundation that has affected multiple musical genres feed this work,” shares Prince.

Communal Resurrection centralizes around the theme of Black Music, tracing its social impact from slavery to present. Prince has created a multi-panel woodcut panel that chronicles the way in which music serves as a conceptual balm for people under mental, physical and spiritual stress. Coupled with the woodcut, he will display several images that speak to human experience as it relates to historical moments and representations of possible solutions to our social and modern moral dilemmas.

In addition to the works exhibited in 707 Penn Gallery, Prince will be working with two high school groups to create a communal piece in 709 Penn Gallery. Using the prompt of the power of a seed, Prince challenges students to interrogate what is in the soil of America. The work will symbolically represent problematic elements in the soil America, while conversely representing what is good and wholesome. “Communal Resurrection is a call to us all to collectively ban together to grapple with long-standing communal issues in order to birth new relationships centered on inclusion, and acceptance of difference,” comments Prince.

707 Penn Gallery
A project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust  and managed by the Trust’s Education and Community Engagement department, 707 Penn Gallery features exhibits by local and regional artists working in multiple disciplines and is located at 707 Penn Avenue near the intersection of Penn and Seventh Street. Gallery hours are Wed., Thurs. from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Fri., Sat. from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sun. from 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org.

709 Penn Gallery
A project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust  and managed by the Trust’s Education and Community Engagement department, 709 Penn Gallery features exhibits by local and regional artists working in multiple disciplines and is located at 709 Penn Avenue near the intersection of Penn and Seventh Street. Gallery hours are Wed., Thurs. from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Fri., Sat. from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sun. from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.trustarts.org.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Visual Arts
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is unique in the arts industry for its commitment to providing high-quality, contemporary visual and public art along with a robust performing arts schedule. The Trust owns and operates eight galleries, offering arts exhibits that are free and open to the public. In addition, the Trust showcases the visual arts through its popular Gallery Crawls and festival programming as well as through its outdoor parks that feature award-winning public art.  For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org.

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 TrustArts.org.

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