Re:NEW Festival
Hull by Ian Brill.

Downtown and multiple locations
Through October 9
Various times

Seeing the word Drap-Art all around town and wondering what it’s all about?

This is one art exhibition you have to see—and experience—to believe. Thanks to the ongoing Re:NEW Festival, you now have even more chances to take it all in. Due to demand, Re:NEW has just extended the public hours for its centerpiece exhibition of Drap-Art.

Courtesy Re:NEW Festival.

On view through October 9 at downtown’s glass-enclosed PPG Wintergarden, Drap-Art’s new hours are: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring 120 works by 60 artists hailing from 17 different countries, the world’s leading International Festival of Recycling Art also raises awareness about many pressing environmental issues. With something for every art lover, the provocative showcase features art made from re-used or re-purposed materials, including furniture, sculpture, jewelry, photography, paintings, and design.

This week brings many new opportunities for getting Re:NEWed—from creating your own board game using upcycled materials at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to making mobiles (while sipping Manhattans) at Wigle Whiskey. Between now and October 9, visitors can explore creative reuse, sustainability and transformation via Re:NEW‘s full breadth of events, including films, workshops, markets and performances.

We strongly recommend return visits to experience this evolving, multi-format festival which is animating both downtown program hubs and satellite locations around the city.

Here’s what on tap this week at Re:NEW:

Through October 9: Hull by Ian Brill at US Steel Tower Plaza
The change of seasons is a perfect time to immerse yourself in Hull, a mesmerizing, site-specific installation created by Pittsburgh-based artist Ian Brill. Constructed from a customized, reconfigurable, flat-packable technology, the navigable corridor of light and sound is located inside a giant, hollow retaining wall adjacent to downtown’s iconic US Steel Tower Plaza. Brill’s “secret” installation is open to the public daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m.

SEED: The Untold Story.

Thursday, September 29: Food Systems Chapter 4 at the Harris Theater, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
The public is invited to a screening of the fourth film in David Bernabo’s Food Systems documentary series. Food Systems, Chapter 4 completes the project with an in-depth look at home cooking, hunger, poverty and solutions to the growing food problem. Starting with the creation of a multi­-course traditional Indian meal, the film examines how food and cooking can shape community, family and personal histories and can also help to improve nutrition and raise awareness about food education.

Friday, September 30: KEEPERS at 623 Smithfield Street, 7:30 to 8 p.m.
Don’t miss this free public performance of Joan Wagman’s KEEPERS. Featuring a dance trio performing within a maze of objects that are typically thrown away, the show invites audiences of all ages to participate in a “zany adventure.” The performance will be accompanied by a recorded collage of music ranging from vintage jazz by Louis Armstrong to a “nonsensical vocal solo” amplified through a tuba. KEEPERS will also be performed on Saturday, October 1, from 4 to 4:30 p.m.

Joan Wagman, KEEPERS.

Friday, September 30 through Tuesday, October 4: SEED: The Untold Story at Melwood Screening Room
What is the connection between seeds and human civilization? Did you know that over the course of the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared? Explore these questions and much more at the not-to-miss Pittsburgh premiere of the brand new award-winning documentary, SEED: The Untold Story. Directed by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz, the gripping film tells the story of dedicated seed keepers working to protect humankind’s 12,000-year-old food legacy. Featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel, the compelling film exposes how biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, while “farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.” View show times.

Saturday, October 1: Tireless Cleanup at South 4th Street, 9 a.m. to noon
Help to improve our environment as you join Allegheny CleanWays along the Monongahela River for a riverbank cleanup around the South Side and downtown. Volunteers work from land and water—via Allegheny CleanWays’ Rachel Carson river cleanup boat—to remove accumulated trash. Attendees will also complete vital stewardship tasks such as trail maintenance, graffiti removal, and clearing invasive species. Register here.

Saturday, October 1: WYEP ReImagination Youth Music Showcase at the Market Square Farmer’s Market/Artisan Market, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Enjoy local music outdoors at lunchtime with live performances by emerging singer-songwriters Angela Autumn Cash and Mimi O’Malley, and then shop for fresh goods in Market Square. The Re:NEW Festival Farmer’s Market/Artisan Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Still from the film, Food Systems, David Bernabo.

Saturday, October 1: Free Workshop at Drap-Art, 1 to 4 p.m.
You’ve seen some Drap-Art, now make your own! Join teaching artists from Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse for a fun artmaking workshop using reclaimed materials. Audiences of all ages are invited to pop in and create their own assemblage, sculpture, collage, or model inspired by the international Drap-Art show. Creative Reuse teaching artists will provide materials, tools, supplies and hands-on guidance.

Ongoing: Re:NEW Festival Juried Exhibition at 623 Smithfield Street
Featuring new work by 21 regional artists, the multi-media showcase explores themes of creative reuse, sustainability and transformation.

Looking for more events? Read our 12 Pittsburgh events not to miss in October, Everything you need to know about Pittsburgh concerts in October and our 10 great family adventures in Pittsburgh this September feature stories.

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...