Arts Festival aims to give voice to the unheard
Mary Thomas, May 31, 2015 Pittsburgh Press
“The theme underlies the festival’s public artworks — visitors’ repressed feelings or unfortunate historic events in Rudy Shepherd’s Energy Absorber; muted memories in M. Michelle Illuminato’s Factory; the complicated fallout of colonization and inter-cultural encounters in Fernando Orellana’s “Confluence” and Michael Arcega’s “Baby, Corps of Rediscovery,” inspired by encounters with Native Americans and the Lewis and Clark expedition. respectively.
Independent curator Nadine Wasserman selected the public work artists with the hope that they “will help visitors to see the location in a new light and that the art will inspire new discoveries that are waiting to be uncovered and explored,” she wrote in a curatorial statement.”
Photo: Bill Wade Post Gazette
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Free art, music & more at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
Jennifer Baron, June 1, 2015 NextPittsburgh
“Public art has long been a focal point at TRAF, and this year, festival-goers can experience art as psychic healing during the induction ceremony for Rudy Shepherd’s Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber, visit Michelle Illuminato’s Lost & Found Factory to watch artists work to recreate and return lost items to their owners, learn about the 60 million Native Americans who perished between 1492 and 1600 in Fernando Orellana’s Confluence and explore migration via Michael Arcega’s Baby: Corps of Re-Discovery.”
Read full article here: http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/events/56th-annual-dollar-bank-three-rivers-arts-festival/
Photo: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
with curator Nadine Wasserman!
Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Registration: Free, but RSVPs are appreciated at publicartpittsburgh.org
Meeting location: Michelle Illuminato’s Lost + Found Factory, the former Visit Pittsburgh kiosk, around 450 Liberty Avenue
Notes: Event takes place rain or shine, but thunderstorms will cancel the tour.
Join the curator of the 2015 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival public art program, Nadine Wasserman, for a public art walking tour of the 2015 TRAF projects. Participants will see work by artists Michelle Illuminato, Rudy Shepherd, Fernando Orellana, and Mike Arcega.
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“Festival-goers can experience public art as psychic healing while viewing Rudy Shepherd’s Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber, visit Michelle Illuminato’s Lost & Found Factory to watch artists recreate and return missing items to their owners and learn about Native Americans who perished between 1492 and 1600 in Fernando Orellana’s Confluence.”
Brandon Getz’s article “Public Art Converges at the Point”
M. Michelle Illuminato’s Lost + Found Factory pays tribute to the city’s industrial history, merging it with the personal history of festival-goers as it attempts to manufacture lost things. “She not only wants to make a factory where you can watch things being made,” explains Wasserman, “she also wants to create this sentimental history—she and the artists she brings will try to recreate something you’ve lost.” From your description, the artists will build the item in the “factory” as you watch. “What [Illuminato is] trying to do is expose the hidden labor few of us think about.”
Read the full article here : http://www.3riversartsfest.org/2015/05/public-art-converges-at-the-point/
The Lost and Found Factory Sign Is Up!
The sign for the Lost & Found Factory has been installed. Soon we’ll be ready for business.
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A big thank you to the lovely people at the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse for the material sponsorship!
The LFF will be recycling and reusing loads of fabric, paper, paint, thread, stuffing and oddball bits and bobs!
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