Re:NEW Festival

Downtown Pittsburgh & multiple locations
September 22 — 25
Various times

Pittsburgh’s newest arts festival is in full swing and this week brings many new opportunities for getting Re:NEWed.

Packed with a thoughtfully curated mix of stand-alone events, ongoing exhibitions, workshops, tours, and more—all spanning an entire month—the Re:NEW Festival has put Pittsburgh on the international map in terms of creative reuse, sustainability and transformation.

Courtesy Re:NEW Festival.

Art with a (re)purpose is the guiding thread weaving together more than 80 events (most of them free!), 12 venues and 120 artists and performers—all activating traditional and non-traditional spaces. We recommend return visits in order to fully experience the breadth and depth of this evolving, multi-format festival which runs through October 9 at downtown program hubs and satellite locations around the city.

This weekend is a biggie, when Re:NEW teams with the quarterly Gallery Crawl Crawl in the Cultural District, so downtown is where you want to be on Friday night to take in a cornucopia of free art openings, live music and dance performances, film screenings, hands-on activities, and more.

What’s up at Re:NEW this week? Here are some not-to-miss highlights:

Thursday, September 22 at Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse: Six talented local artists were all given the same secret, reclaimed material to incorporate into a new piece of art. See how they rose to the challenge, come check out the new exhibiton, Secret Show, and see if you can figure out what material they used. The free opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. will also include drinks and snacks.

Night Market.

Friday, September 23 at 709 Penn Gallery: ReNEW Festival and The Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District join forces to host the opening of Gathering: Works in Sculpture by New York-based artist Jacqueline Metheny. Constructed from salvaged fabric, thread, yarn, and wire, Metheny’s textured works explore mass and assembly and are inspired by mathematics, microbiology, genetics and modular systems. Visitors to the gallery will discover how she transforms discarded, torn and deconstructed clothes, towels, sheets and textiles into solid and reassembled sculptures.

Friday, September 23 at 632 Smithfield Street: Re:NEW sets up shop during the popular Night Market to host a roundup of regional artisans selling art, accessories and home decor all made from upcycled, recycled and reused materials from 5 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, September 24 at Point Park University: Pittsburgh-based TEDx producers will host this daylong X-Speakers event, featuring 6 inspiring talks touching on themes of transformation, sustainability and creative reuse. Buy tickets.

Saturday, September 24 at US Steel Tower Plaza: 412 Food Rescue and SIX x ATE team up to host Revive, a collaborative dinner and lecture event. The unique night will feature a delicious meal crafted from fresh, healthy food that would otherwise be discarded, along with inspiring presentations and performances by six artists working with ideas of sustainability and reuse. Buy tickets.

Public art on the North Side.

Saturday, September 24 on the North Side: Join Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center for a North Side Art Tour throughout historic Deutschtown. Visit public art that’s popping up all around the neighborhood, see how national and international artists are activating vacant lots with murals and installations, and learn about how recycled, found and reusable materials are inspiring the community to get involved. The free walking tour starts at 1000 Madison Ave. at 1 p.m. Register now.

Sunday, September 25 at Carnegie Museum of Art: The week culminates with a free International Sculpture Center panel discussion focused on creative reuse. Eric Crosby, CMOA’s Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, will lead a dynamic discussion with artists Edith Abeyta, Vanessa German and Steven Siegel. Attendees will learn about each artist’s creative practice and how they incorporate found and reused materials into 3D work. RSVP now.

Ongoing: Anchoring Re: NEW is the highly anticipated North American premiere of Barcelona-based Drap-Art—the world’s leading international festival of recycling art. Named for the Catalan word meaning “cleaning rag,” Drap is housed inside Philip Johnson’s iconic, glass-walled PPG Wintergarden. Open to the public through October 9, the free exhibition boasts 80 works by 40 renowned international artists who transform reused materials into provocative and compelling artwork. Drap-Art has landed in the Burgh after being a hit in countries around the globe for the past 15 years. See NEXTpittsburgh‘s Drap-Art slide show here.

View a complete schedule.

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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...