Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Public Art
Spring 2013 Public Art Events
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is excited to present a weekend highlighting unique public art in Downtown Pittsburgh. Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24, Market Square will welcome the big top thrills of Zany Umbrella Circus, while a parking lot located at 921-923 Liberty Avenue will be activated Friday and Saturday evenings with a film screening and ceremony presented by the Sisters of the Lattice. The Office of Public Art will also be presenting a walking tour of public art and a happy hour event. Continuing the theme of bringing art to unique spaces Downtown, Continuum Dance Theater will pop up at the Fairmont Pittsburgh on Thursday, March 28, see below for details.
This March the Zany Umbrella Circus turns ten years old. The circus spent multiple summers performing, devising material and teaching in Amman Jordan, Awassa Ethiopia and Kabul Afghanistan. Their presentation in Market Square marks a retrospective focusing on the many acts of this Pittsburgh-based performing arts group’s career. In addition to multiple performances, they will be presenting a photo and video gallery museum on their school bus. This will be an interactive experience featuring artists sharing their global experiences. There will also be a teaching series offered, including classes in juggling, plate spinning and mini stilting.
Cake is a visual storybook acted onstage. Bold colors and 1950’s era stylings mark this zany new show. A young child anticipates an exciting birthday surprise, but things do not go as planned. Hijinks ensue as they family attempts to recover, discovering that magic can be found in mishap. This delightful and highly physical new show integrates aerial, trapeze, clowning, mask work and other circus feats.
Zany Umbrella Circus - Cake Performance Schedule in Market Square
Friday, March 22, 2013: noon, 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 23, 2013: noon, 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 24, 2013: 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Zany Umbrella Circus - Bus Museum Hours in Market Square
Friday, March 22, 2013: 8:00 a.m. - noon, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 23, 2013: 8:00 a.m. - noon, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 24, 2013: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Zany Umbrella Circus - FREE Workshops in Market Square
Friday, March 22, 2013: 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 24 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
For more information and to sign-up for the workshops, please visit Office of Public Art's website. Registration is limited!
HOTSPOT is a group meditation designed to create a wireless network from the energy of its participants. Members of the public are invited to participate in this unique outdoor group meditation centered around an 80-min film. In addition, 10 selected individuals from all over the city will sit for this ceremony in one of the Sisters' personal steam saunas from 8:30-10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings.
The Sisters of the Lattice present: Hotspot at 921-923 Liberty Avenue
Friday, March 22, 2013 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 23, 2013 8:30 p.m.
In addition to these exciting installations, the Office of Public Art is offering two additional opportunities to connect with art and artists in Downtown Pittsburgh.
On Friday, March 22, join the Office of Public Art for a walking tour of public artworks on the Northside, including Keny Marshall's reCARstruction and the house publications of City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. More information and registration online here. $7 in advance; $10 on-site.
On Saturday, March 23 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. join the Office of Public Art for a happy hour at Tavern 245 to celebrate the relaunch of the Pittsburgh Artist Registry. Meet up with artists and colleagues and enjoy a variety of drink specials courtesy of Tavern 245. Free to attend, but registration is appreciated. Register online here.
This weekend of events is presented by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership with assistance from the Office of Public Art and the Urban Redevelopment Authority. The Sisters of the Lattice received additional support from the Sprout Fund.
On Thursday, March 28, Continuum Dance Theater, a Pittsburgh-based professional dance company, will continue to bring public art to the city by presenting one of their 7at7 Pop Up open rehearsals at Fairmont Pittsburgh at 7:00 p.m. This event is one in a series of 7 events, designed to be fun, free, casual happening. For additional information on Continuum Dance Theater, please visit Continuum Theater's Facebook page for more information.