Sheryl Oring

Market Square Downtown
April 28 & 29
4 to 7 p.m. & 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This weekend, artist Sheryl Oring will empower people to use free speech, political protest and human expression in a public art performance coming to Pittsburgh for the first time.

Have a message for President Trump? Oring is here to make sure it gets dictated and delivered. Riffing on the rich history of soapbox oratory—as well as today’s use of social media sites like Twitter—Oring invites you to share your thoughts, feelings and suggestions.

Watch as 10 diligent typists—dressed as 1960s-era secretaries and armed with vintage manual typewriters—set up makeshift public offices in bustling Market Square. Carbon paper copies will be sent to the White House and will become part of Oring’s vast “archive of America’s commentary.” Each message will be hand-stamped and dated, with notices like “urgent” or “past due.”

Dubbed, I Wish to Say, Oring’s project coincides with the 99th and 100th days of Trump’s administration.

Some 3,200 postcards have been mailed to the White House since Oring launched the project in 2004.

Don’t miss Oring’s free Artist Talk April 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 11 Stanwix St. Register here.

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

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 of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.