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What’s the skinny: Pittsburghers strip for Underwear Bike Ride

What’s the skinny: Pittsburghers strip for Underwear Bike Ride

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

June 2, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

As nearly-nude bikers began to fill the sidewalk near John (Baldy) McGrane Memorial Field for the Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride, onlooking children shouted, “Put some clothes on!”Roughly 400 bikers in their drawers gathered near John McGrane Memorial Field in Lawrenceville last Thursday night for t...

New nationality room to celebrate shared Korean culture

New nationality room to celebrate shared Korean culture

By Kelechi Urama / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

After he moved from Tokyo to Pittsburgh with his wife and children to attend graduate school at Carnegie Mellon, Jim Nakajima visited the nationality rooms twice. Though he considers the Austrian Room his favorite because of its regal decor, he feels a special connection to the Japanese Room.“[The Japanese room] ...

Pitt Arts decorates student life with culture and class

Pitt Arts decorates student life with culture and class

By Chang Zuo / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Movies, Music, Theater

For Pitt student Stephanie Liang, one of her most memorable experiences at Pitt Arts was watching a 4D play. As an audience member, she and other students got up on stage and  followed the actors of “Tamara” at Quantum Theater while they watched scenes unfold.“It showed me how far people can pu...

To the Point: Three Rivers Arts Festival gives students a taste of the artistic side of Pittsburgh

To the Point: Three Rivers Arts Festival gives students a taste of the artistic side of Pittsburgh

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music

Next month, Downtown Pittsburgh will transform from a bustling metropolis into a world-class festival and celebration of the arts.Sponsored by Dollar Bank and produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Three Rivers Arts Festival will take place downtown at Point State Park, Gateway Center and in th...

Painting Pittsburgh, one neighborhood at a time

Painting Pittsburgh, one neighborhood at a time

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

May 19, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Local artist Ron Donoughe captured his love for Pittsburgh through his paintings.“This was a visual love letter to Pittsburgh. I wanted to experience this place one painting at a time. I wanted to dig deeper into why I love this place so much,” he said.For a few years, the Lawrenceville-based art...

The brush is mightier than the sword: quick hands, minds dominate the war at ArtAttack

The brush is mightier than the sword: quick hands, minds dominate the war at ArtAttack

By Brady Langmann / For The Pitt News

May 19, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Some artists prepare for their craft by throwing on a smock and grabbing a painting palette. Others strip.At Wednesday night’s ArtAttack, a live painting competition at the Rex Theater on East Carson Street, artist Jake Steele performed the only way he thought was appropriate for the event — in his underwear.“Doin...

Mixed media: Artists rave at museum’s cultural extravaganza

Mixed media: Artists rave at museum’s cultural extravaganza

By Chris Estes / For The Pitt News

May 12, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Music

Guests of the #NOWSEETHIS party at the Carnegie Museum of Art this Saturday had an opportunity to check out local fifth graders’ art projects before breaking it down on a sweaty, chaotic dance floor.The Carnegie Museum of Art, in partnership with VIA — a Pittsburgh group dedicated to showcasing local an...

Make art, not money: local artist challenges gender inequality

Make art, not money: local artist challenges gender inequality

By Kelechi Urama / For The Pitt News

May 5, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

For local artist Elana Schlenker, gender discrimination was just something that she read about in books. But when a graphic design company hired her, she found that she was the only woman designer.“We did all kinds of products, but I would always get the stuff for girls. I like architecture, and all...

Recalling Warhol: Experts discuss timelessness of pop art

Recalling Warhol: Experts discuss timelessness of pop art

By Elaina Zachos / Staff Writer

April 1, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Although it’s not as timeless as Renaissance sculpture, three art experts argued on Wednesday night that pop art deserves its place in the modern art world.   Terry Smith, a Pitt professor of contemporary art history and theory, joined scholars Thomas Crow and Eric Shiner to discuss the relevance of pop...

Here’s how one student group plans to protect jaywalker rights on Forbes Avenue

Here’s how one student group plans to protect jaywalker rights on Forbes Avenue

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

March 31, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Editor's Note: This is a satirical story.Shawna Rhodes was crossing Forbes Avenue between Litchfield Towers and David Lawrence Hall when a car traveling 30 mph in a 25 mph zone whooshed by her and clipped her backpack at approximately 8:35 p.m. on Tuesday.“It was so scary,” Rhodes said. “After it...

‘RAD’ blogs: Pitt fashion bloggers bring latest trends to campus

‘RAD’ blogs: Pitt fashion bloggers bring latest trends to campus

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

March 23, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Some students are turning to the Internet to vary the campus style palette of sweats or Uggs that accompany a long Pittsburgh winter. Fashion blogs allow students to become representatives for national fashion platforms while still showcasing their own personal style. Many national fashion sites, such as ...

Pitt students sell handmade goods on Etsy

Pitt students sell handmade goods on Etsy

By Meghan Bray / For The Pitt News

February 19, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

There’s something inherently old-fashioned about knitting and craftsmanship, but that hasn’t stopped students from selling their own handmade goods on the web. Anyone can easily sell their handmade goods on Etsy, an online marketplace for creative entrepreneurs that was founded in Brooklyn, New York...

Local artists vow to revamp city public art laws

Local artists vow to revamp city public art laws

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

February 16, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

If public art in Pittsburgh had a Facebook page, it would be in a “complicated relationship” with the city — a relationship worthy of a dramatic soap opera script. Last Thursday, the city and the Public Art division of the Department of City Planning sat down to talk. This formal meeting was a...

Sex in the ’60s: The more things change, the more they stay the same

Sex in the ’60s: The more things change, the more they stay the same

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

February 13, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

It’s natural to think of frank, unapologetic, casual sex as a modern creation. Since we’re always just a “right swipe” away from being matched with a potential partner, it may seem like we’ve reached the hook-up culture’s high-water mark.But sexual liberation dates back to long before Gener...

Pittsburgh Glass Center melts hearts for Valentine’s Day

Pittsburgh Glass Center melts hearts for Valentine’s Day

By Elaina Zachos / For The Pitt News

February 11, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

If you dropped most valentines into a 2,000 degree flame, it would be the worst-case scenario. But for couples on a date at Pittsburgh Glass Center this Valentine’s Day, it’s a necessary part of the art.The East End’s PGC hosts its seasonal Make-It-Now workshop for glass-art amateurs to make their ow...

How to publish a bestseller: faculty and students weigh in

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

February 9, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Before a book can fly off the shelves, it usually has a long, methodical process to get there.Every year, thousands of writers try their luck in the world of freelance by sending out manuscripts to publishers with hopes that they’ll land a writing gig. The ugly truth at the end of the paper trail is th...

Creative careers demand inventive and versatile portfolios

By Michael Bichler / For The Pitt News

February 6, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

For some job seekers, simply attaching a resumé and cover letter won’t cut it.In order to get any job in an art or writing profession, a portfolio sampling your best work is a must to display your accomplishments in your college career. However, deciding what you put in a portfolio can be as important as the...

‘The 20-something-year-old-quarter-life-crisis’: A humanities student embraces her uncertain future

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

February 6, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

From the first rosy day of freshman year, being an art history major has been a challenge. Even other students, amidst their own “starting-college-I’m-a-grown-up-now” high, would blurt out, “What are you going to do with that?” This question has clung to me like a bad hangover for the past...

Local artist John Peña documents life with ‘Daily Geology’

Local artist John Peña documents life with ‘Daily Geology’

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

January 22, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

“Daily Geology” sounds like the title of a leather-bound textbook containing illustrations of glossy, fuming volcanos and cliff faces. Assumptions aside, it’s really the title of a daily autobiographical comic, drawn by Lawrenceville-based artist/cartoonist and CMU professor John Peña, whose every...

‘Gatherings’ explores common peace in worship and art

‘Gatherings’ explores common peace in worship and art

By Elaina Zachos / For The Pitt News

November 24, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture

In January 2011, a woman clad in an asymmetrical patchwork dress approached the Agape Christian Fellowship Church of Pittsburgh in Larimer County. Adjusting her scarf, she entered the church and stayed for the service.Once the ceremony was over, the woman drove back to her studio. There, she added more textile puzzle ...

Get inked: a rundown of Pittsburgh’s tattoo options

Get inked: a rundown of Pittsburgh’s tattoo options

By Kat Prosachik / Staff Writer

November 17, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture

Years ago, tattoos signaled nonconformity and originality. Body art, now a very mainstream trend, is considered socially acceptable by most, especially the millennial generation.The first evidence of tattoos were in depictions of ancient Polynesian cultures and on the statues around Easter Island. The m...

’13 Most Wanted Men’ revives censored, cynical Warhol mural

’13 Most Wanted Men’ revives censored, cynical Warhol mural

By Richard Koppenaal / Staff Writer

November 3, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture

In April 1964, Andy Warhol debuted his famous “13 Most Wanted Men” mural at the World’s Fair in New York. Just a few days later, it was painted over.The World’s Fair organizers and Gov. Nelson Rockefeller took issue with Warhol’s snapshot of America, and they ordered its removal.Andy Warhol’s “...

Society of Contemporary Craft not entirely ‘DIY’ approach to art

Society of Contemporary Craft not entirely ‘DIY’ approach to art

By Meghan Bray / For The Pitt News

October 27, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture

In the emerging world of contemporary craft and do-it-yourself projects, schools focusing on crafts and non-traditional artistry like the Society for Contemporary Craft make a case for not always going it alone. Tucked away in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, it’s a hidden gem for crafters and art ...

Tips for a comfortable, cheap tailgate before the game

Tips for a comfortable, cheap tailgate before the game

By Megan Wholey / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Tailgates are a quintessential part of the college experience, and with Homecoming weekend upon us, many students are planning for the biggest tailgate event of the fall.So how can tailgaters tackle the best of casual fall fashion? Follow these three steps, and you’ll make blue and gold fashion both ...

Clothes on wheels: Fashion trucks take Pittsburgh

Clothes on wheels: Fashion trucks take Pittsburgh

By Elizabeth Rakow / For The Pitt News

October 22, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture

We’ve all heard of — and most likely eaten from — the food trucks that pop up around Pittsburgh. These trucks have all the benefits of owning a business with the convenience of traveling directly to the customer.It’s a popular concept — they pull up, serve customers and relocate. In fact, it’s become so prev...

Pitt: take art cues from rest of ‘Burgh

Pitt: take art cues from rest of ‘Burgh

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture

Quick: what’s the most dismal building on campus? Chances are you answered Posvar Hall — a five-story, concrete slab. With its bare, dimly lit halls that transcend zip codes and colossally bleak walls, it’s no wonder why the answer is so obvious. So what’s the answer to this one: what should we d...

Penn X Roup Gallery more ‘incubator space’ than art gallery

Penn X Roup Gallery more ‘incubator space’ than art gallery

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture

Don’t let the name fool you — Penn X Roup Gallery is much more than just a place to look at artwork.The space located at 5450 Penn Ave., between Garfield and East Liberty, does display and sell artwork. However, it’s also a clothing retailer, a shoe refurbishment center and a music venue.“I’v...

Artists from Mattress Factory discuss making it in Pittsburgh

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

September 12, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture

For many artists living and working in Pittsburgh, creative expression isn’t just a fun hobby or a means of making extra cash — it’s a way of life.That’s the case for local artists Danny Bracken, John Peña and Ben Sota, whose work will be featured in the upcoming “Artists In Residence” exhi...

MLK Project honors August Wilson, strives to ‘break the cycle’

MLK Project honors August Wilson, strives to ‘break the cycle’

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

August 25, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture

The vibrant painted leaves on the exterior of  the Mad Mex in Oakland demand your full attention, but they don’t reveal the scope of the project that brought them to life.Oakland’s newest mural — designed by Lucas Stock — is a part of Moving the Lives of Kids Community Mural Project’s (MLK...

Panther Card every Pitt student’s pass to free entertainment

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Getting around in a big city can be confusing for a lot of students, especially freshmen who are leaving a small town for the first time. Here’s a piece of advice: Keep your student ID (Panther Card) on you at all times — more so than your newly acquired just-for-college credit card, but try not...

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