Carnegie Museum of Art

May 9
7 – 11 p.m.

Where can you not only experience cutting-edge art but also become part of it—all on a Saturday night in Pittsburgh? Carnegie Museum of Art and VIA are combining their talents to present a one-night-only collision of music and new media art.


Celebrating the inaugural year of the Hillman Photography Initiative, the multimedia event will activate a variety of spaces throughout the museum with live visual and interactive projects, music and sound performances and cutting-edge applications of photography and digital technologies.

On the music side of the cultural mashup, the event will feature headlining performances by Los Angeles-based vocalist and songwriter Kelela, Danish singer and producer Dinner (aka Anders Rhedin) and NYC-based producer Juliana Huxtable, who is also a writer, model and leading trans voice within contemporary pop culture.

Creating an immersive converge of image and experience will be Berlin-based collective Pussykrew, Pittsburgh-based artist Kevin Ramser and students from Carnegie Mellon, who will present interactive video and works exploring real and virtual spaces. Attendees will have the chance to mingle within and encounter digital environments generated from 3D scans of local people and places, check out live video performances and participate in hands-on activities using personal devices.

Juliana Huxtable

Ready to make your own art? Grab a friend or stranger and step into the group photo booth dubbed CrashKiss. Watch as your faces digitally collide to a create a surreal kiss in the premiere of this public art project created by Rollin and Tad Leonard. Take home a free print and add your own image to the online CrashKiss archives. Next, swing by the Augmentats temporary tattoo installation to apply some ink, download a custom app and explore digital imagery.

The party also serves as the launch celebration for a new publication documenting the online photo project, A People’s History of Pittsburgh. Edited by artists-in-residence Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar, the new photography book features images and stories submitted by area residents.

Open to ages 18 and up. Purchase tickets.

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.