Ashley Jean Hickey, I've Been Out Walking.
Ashley Jean Hickey, I've Been Out Walking.
Ashley Jean Hickey, I’ve Been Out Walking.
Ashley Jean Hickey, I’ve Been Out Walking.

Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District

July 10
5 – 11 p.m.

Take advantage of the extra daylight hours to crawl your way through art downtown this Friday night.

Photo courtesy of Space Gallery.

More than 25 venues large and small will swing open their doors for the summer installment of the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s quarterly showcase features a rotating lineup of thought-provoking and award-winning works by local, national and international artists, accompanied by a variety of free music, dance and film happenings, hands-on activities and special events. And did we mention that it’s all free?

What’s new this month downtown? At Wood Street Galleries, see the first solo U.S. exhibition and a special audio visual performance by London-based artist collective D-Fuse. Step into Pattern and Noise to explore data visualization, environmental issues, global interdependency and qualities of light and motion throughout two floors of the gallery.

D-Fuse, Pattern and Noise. Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

At nearby SPACE, see how 12 artists created large painting directly on the gallery walls in a group show curated by Robert Raczka. The opening event will also feature a live art happening and music by DJ Dave Zak Party Time.While there, be transfixed by Randy Gilson’s ongoing Thinkerers installation, which is part of the gallery’s ongoing windowSPACE installation project. Gilson, who is known the world over for his Randyland public art house in the Mexican War Streets, has created the large-scale work out of 200 colorful faces that are hand-painted on reclaimed slate tiles.

Randy Gilson. Photo courtesy SPACE Gallery.

Explore ancient African societies, pop culture and hip hop at Grits Capone’s new exhibit, Deeper than Rap, at 717 Liberty Avenue, and then walk amongst pop art at an outdoor exhibition created by CAPA high school students in Triangle Park. 709 and 707 Penn Gallery will host mixed media abstract paintings and conceptual sculptures by Ashley Jean Hickey as well as Travis Mitzel’s photographic exhibition entitled As Best I Can Remember.

Head to Katz Plaza for live music throughout the night by Lindsey Smith, Soul Distribution and DJ SMI.

Shop al fresco long into the summer night from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at the Night Market teeming with independent artists, gift vendors and food purveyors at the corner of 8th Street and Penn Avenue.

Stay late and extend your stay downtown at special CrawlAfterDark events taking place at the Trust Arts Education Center, Wood Street Galleries, the Harris Theater Arcade Comedy Theater, August Henry’s City Saloon and more.

Look for the bright green Gallery Crawl sidewalk signs identifying participating locations. View a complete Gallery Crawl schedule and a map.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...