Friday, October 29, 2010

Another Saturday Night Event: Global Beats...AVA Lounge ...the Gypsy edition

October 30th Closing Reception Unsmoke Systems"The New Abstract"

Before you go off to your Halloween parties:Closing reception in Braddock for Unsmoke Systems "The New Abstract". Usually these openings also involve brick baked pizza and an outdoor fire.

UnSmoke Systems Artspace
1137 Braddock Ave
Braddock, PA

CLOSING RECEPTION: October 30th 6-10pm
Featuring LIVE Musical/Theatrical performances

Vanishing Point aims to present work that confronts the notion of a “new abstract”. Inclusive to all medium, the exhibition presents abstraction as a means of reconciliation to the dislocation of self in modern life.

...Engaging concepts of science, personal histories, politics and beyond, these artists build upon the histories of abstract art to fashion a sense of stability in an environment ever changing, ever updating – an environment built upon a constant feed for more information, with its reference point focused evermore on the self in synthetic environments.

Through this visual “storm” these artists have honed their use of abstraction not only as a means to understand their world, but as a mechanism to locate themselves as an individual in a sea of turbulent messages and meaning. Our understanding of our self becomes more abstract each day – these artists represent a direction where abstraction is no longer universal, but an intrinsically personal understanding.


Jenna Hannum / Katie Hinton / Simona Josan / Michael Kalmbach / Adam Lister / Caroline Santa / Phillip Scarpone / Cullen Stephenson / Matthew West

Various members of Drew + the Medicinal Pen will present an original “theatrical” performance in conjunction with Vanishing Point at UnSmoke Systems (Braddock, PA). ( )

Curated by Brookes Britcher and Alexander Conner

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Our goal is to provide challenging and dynamic curatorial interventions to traditional and non-traditional art venues. We curate, develop and produce exhibitions and related events at off-site venues ranging from houses, storefronts, backyards as well as traditional gallery and museum spaces. The activities generated and developed by Adaptation attempt to provide a venue and a context for artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, designers, architects and others of the creative ilk to actively engage in the cross-pollination of ideas, practice and inspiration through the activation
of a space.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Saturday on the Northside Warhol Museum Marilyn Opening 24 hour party AND....

The Warhol Museum opens a big Marilyn exhibit tomorrow...and it is the Museum's 15th anniversary. To celebrate, they will be open, and for free...for 24 hours. I tried to get into the party 15 years ago and couldn't...I expect to have better luck tomorrow. See details for tomorrow below

Join us as we celebrate our newest exhibition, Marilyn Monroe: Life as a Legend, as well as our 15th anniversary with a free 24 hour RADical opening.

October 23 Activities:

Noon - 4pm silkscreening and other art activities
6pm - midnight silkscreening and other art activities
8pm - midnight DJ Les Noise spinning a mega Marilyn mix
8pm curator gallery tour with Director, Tom Sokolowski
9pm curator film tour with Curator of Film & Video, Geralyn Huxley
10pm film quiz contest
11pm Marilyn look-a-like contest with Milton Fine Curator of Art, Eric Shiner as MC
midnight thru Sunday, Oct. 24, 10am ongoing Marilyn film screening


Also Tomorrow on the Northside: A hip hop concert sponsored by the Mattress Factory.
Free to museum members. 9 dollars for students with Pitt or CMU ID...12 dollars for everyone else.

We are thrilled to announce additional performers and a very special host who will join Soandry on stage this Saturday at the New Hazlett Theater. Soandry will be joined by special guests and Pittsburgh and international favorites FREESTYLE, HANDSDOWN (ShaRon Don and Deejay Huggy), and BZE! We are honored to have PARADISE GRAY host this special event!
Tickets will also be available at the door:
$12 general admission
Mattress Factory members (+1) free at the door
Pitt & CMU students with I.D. are $9 at the door
Performance begins at 8pm

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pittsburgh Weekend Art Events: 10/15-16/10.

c. David Grim (taken 9/25/10)


Lawrenceville has made attempts at an art crawl in the past. Years ago, when Digging Pitt was still open, a few of the neighborhood galleries made a half-hearted attempt to coordinate their efforts on Thursday nights, once a month. Unfortunately proper organization was always lacking. After that the businesses west of the 40th Street bridge got their act together, and sponsored what ended up being a fairly successful series of "Final Fridays". Even the retail stores stayed open late, and people began attending these events regularly. Eventually this too fizzled out, but I am at a loss as to why. Now another opportunity for "after-business-hours" fun along Butler is at hand.

Gallerycycle involves nine venues and starts at 6PM. It's part of what Bike PGH is promoting as a "Car-free Fridays" initiative. It looks like Fe Gallery (4102 Butler), with its "Out-of-Whack" multi-artist opening reception, and Wildcard's (4209 Butler) first anniversary group show, "Strangely Familiar: Uncanny Works on Paper" are the highlights of the evening. The latter features work by such local stalwarts as Mary Tremonte, Mike Budai, and Thommy Conroy, as well as relative newcomers like Heidi Tucker and Mario Zucca. That should be massively entertaining, folks!

Check out the schedule HERE.

If instead, you are willing to weather the hassles of the South Side on a weekend night- you must check out "Wicked Bitches" (7-10:30 PM), a group show of female artists at the Elixir Lounge (1500 Carson Street) that benefits the Animal Rescue League of Western PA. Pay your $5 and see the work of Pittsburgh luminaries like Lissa Brennan and Jenn Wertz.


Come down to Guardian Storage (2839 Liberty Avenue, 6th floor) in the Strip District for PIX, Pittsburgh's FIRST independent comics expo. The expo runs from 10-5PM on both Saturday and Sunday. This amazing production is presented by the Toonseum, and sponsored by Copacetic Comics Co., The Sprout Fund and The National Cartoonists Society Foundation. There will be tons of local and regional exhibitors and a few heavy hitters like Kevin Huizenga, Ed Piskor, Jim Rugg, AND Frankie Santoro. Good stuff.