Downtown Cultural District
5:30 – 9 p.m.
Spring into art Downtown at the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s signature quarterly showcase celebrates its 10th anniversary year with a free night of immersive art, live music and DJs, performances, film screenings, hands-on activities, independent shopping and dining, and more—and it’s all free from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The Spring edition features programming at 34 venues, so look for the green Gallery Crawl sidewalk signs identifying participating locations.
Start your culture crawling at Wood Street Galleries to experience the North American premiere of Electrified, featuring multimedia installations by Danish artist Edwin van der Heide and Québec-based composer and digital instrument maker Alexandre Burton. Paying tribute to the pioneering work of Nikola Tesla, known for his groundbreaking work with electricity, x-rays and wireless communication, the audiovisual and sculptural installations explore the inventor’s scientific practives and artful techniques, while engaging the public in visceral visitor-activated experiences.
Swing by 707 Penn Gallery for the opening of the interactive exhibition, The Occasional Market, created by Pittsburgh-based artist Tom Sarver. On view through June 22, the exhibition blurs boundaries between a conventional art gallery and the experience of shopping. Throughout the show’s duration, Sarver will interact with the drawings, collages, sculptural assemblages, and collections of objects by making alterations, playing records, performing puppet shows and pawning his wares. Many of the artworks on display are available for trade or purchase, and as the works sell, Sarver will restock the shelves, announce new deals and host unscheduled activities and performances.
At 937 Liberty, catch Bricolage’s Echoloco, an immersive experience for one, and upstairs, explore the psychological effects of color through music during The Orange Experience, a live performance and mural presented by Sound Elevator and 20-plus local artists. Pop into Arcade Comedy Theater for some laughs served up by Pittsburgh’s leading sketch, improvisational and alternative comedy figures, and head to Shaw Galleries to see Historic Pittsburgh, 1900–192, featuring 36 vintage images of the city painstakingly re-produced as digital prints by artist Mark Muse.
Extend your Downtown fun during the newly launched CrawlAfterDark, offering late-night programming at eight select venues. One CrawlAfterDark happening not to miss is Interioractive, starting at 10 p.m. at Wood Street Galleries. Rethinking the nightlife scene as a creative mash-up of making and being, Interioractive includes installations that party-goers will interact with and contribute to. Inviting the crowd to help create the experience, Interioractive features art by LinShuttr, Gianna Paniagua, Patrick Schmidt, Jay Grassel, Kyle Milne, John Geiger and JMY JAM, as well as music by DJ Pete Butt and desserts by Bluebird Kitchen.
Stay late and shop local at Night Market VIII, an outdoor selection of food, music, art, jewelry, clothing and crafts vendors located at the corner of Penn Ave. & Eighth St. and open until 11 p.m.