Monday, October 28, 2013

Behind Our Scenes Photo Exhibit

For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust



November 8, 2013–January 26, 2014 | SPACE | 812 Liberty Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the presentation of the photographic exhibition Behind Our Scenes at SPACE in the Cultural District. Guest curated by Jen Saffron, the exhibition features works by five photographic artists exploring the relationship between the two-dimensional form and physical space through photographic installations and constructions. The exhibition is on view November 8, 2013–January 26, 2014.

“This conceptual exhibition of photography explores the fundamental relationship of what cameras really do, which is translate the three-dimensional world into something flat, a two-dimensional world,” says exhibition curator Jen Saffron. “Each photographer explores the tension between the built landscape and flatness through their installations, videos, and photography.”

Jen Saffron is a photographer and writer primarily focused on contemporary issues in documentary photography, exhibiting her own work, teaching, and curating exhibitions in both the United States and abroad. Saffron is the director of communications for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, currently teaches documentary photography at Grove City College (formerly at the University of Pittsburgh’s Film Studies Program), and writes for Afterimage. She earned a BFA in fine art from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in photography from Bard College.

Nancy Andrews is an award winning journalist and the managing editor for the Detroit Free Press. She is a former staff photographer of 10 years for the Washington Post, covering the salient issues of our time. She was the White House Photographer of the Year in 1998, and she was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year by the University of Missouri and the National Press Photographers’ Association in 1997. Andrews is a published author of two books, “Family: a Portrait of Gay and Lesbian America” (1994) and “Partial View: an Alzheimer’s Journal” (1998). Andrews is married to photographer Annie O’Neill.

Leo Hsu’s interests surround the intersection of documentary and fine art photography in contemporary photographic practice. He is a regular contributor to the online magazine Fraction, an independent curator whose projects include HomeFrontLine: Reflections on 10 Years of War Since 9/11, and a former news photographer. Hsu holds a PhD in anthropology from New York University, where his dissertation Hacking Development: How Geeks Do Good in the Digital Age explored nonprofit development organizations formed by technology experts at the end of the 20th century. Hsu is an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dennis Marsico’s photographic projects relate physical, mental, and sexual age-sensitive issues.  His project Age-Specific was exhibited at the 2013 Armory Shown as part of a special exhibition curated by Eric Shiner of The Andy Warhol Museum. A former engineer, Marsico has been a professional photographer since the late 1970s and spent years as a travel photographer for such publications as The New York Times andTravel & Leisure. He is the author of limited edition artist books, which are included in such collections as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Getty.

Annie O’Neill is a veteran photojournalist for such publications as LIFE Magazine and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and she currently shoots commercial work and personal projects around the world. Her work focuses on capturing the “parade of humanity” at events and importance occasions, such as Oprah’s week-long staff celebration in Hawaii or the Presidential Inauguration. She currently lives and works in both Pittsburgh and Detroit, and she is married to photographer Nancy Andrews.

Barbara Weissberger creates photographic collage and installations with play at the center of her process. She has shown at such venues as PS1/MoMA, New York; DUMBO Art Center, New York; White Columns, New York; Hallwalls, Buffalo; The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh;  Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh; Artist Image Resource, Pittsburgh; Artspace, New Haven, CT; Holter Museum, Helena, MT; ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA; and Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA.

SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Avenue. 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. SPACE is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit

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.

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