FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
MULTIMEDIA EXHIBIT ANNOUNCED
709 PENN GALLERY
Chris McGinnis: The Productive Machine
July 12 – September 1, 2013
Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced multimedia exhibit opening at 709 Penn Gallery, Chris McGinnis: The Productive Machine. The exhibit will be open to the public from Friday, July 12 through Sunday, September 1, 2013. McGinnis’ multimedia exhibit will feature oil paintings and video installations that explore American optimism and utopianism through the lens of industrial culture, past and present. Artworks from this series draw inspiration from Marx's theory of reification, scientific management and examples of collective optimism including Busby Berkely's dance routines and the 1939 New York World’ s Fair. McGinnis’ exhibit references 20th century entertainment including films and musical productions and the extent to which mechanical thought infiltrated the minds of both the country's most creative thinkers and their audiences. “20th century American modernity came to embody the characteristics of industrial democracy, which centralized the role of the worker and his family within an endless chain of mass-production and consumption, ” says McGinnis. “These characteristics have since become a recognizable part of national identity. I am interested in the reciprocal influences that created this phenomenon and the unlikely relationships that provide evidence of an entirely mechanical culture. ”
Chris McGinnis earned a Master of Fine Arts from University of Arizona and published his thesis “Progress and the Great Productive Machine.” McGinnis participates nationally and internationally with artist-in-residence programs, such as LOMEA Arts Symposium in Rousse, Bulgaria. His work has been published in National Studio Visit Magazine, European Art Magazine, The MFA Now, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. McGinnis’ works have been on exhibit in museums, galleries and universities throughout the United States and abroad. As both artist and educator, McGinnis has taught at Carnegie Mellon University and University of Arizona, as well as other institutions in the U.S. McGinnis is currently Assistant Professor of Art and Director of the Kipp Gallery at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. For more information about the artist, visitwww.chrismcginnisart.com
ABOUT 709 PENN GALLERY
709 Penn Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The gallery is located at 709 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun.11 a.m.–5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. For more information about all gallery exhibits featured in the Cultural District, please visit:www.TrustArts.org.
ABOUT THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
Photos Courtesy of Chris McGinnis