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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
THE TAKEAWAY: MADE WITH LOVE
AN ARTIST-CURATOR PROJECT INCORPORATING AMATEUR ARTWORK
July 11 – August 1, 2014 | 937 Gallery | 937 Liberty Avenue, 2nd floor
Exhibition Opening & Reception | July 11, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of The Takeaway: Made With Love, an exhibition of nearly 100 amateur artworks handpicked from thrift store collections across several states. Throughout the run of the exhibition, visitors are able to enter into a free lottery for a chance to take home their favorite piece from the show. The exhibition, organized by Robert Raczka, is on view July 11–August 1, 2014, at 937 Liberty Avenue, second floor. An opening reception takes place Friday, July 11, 2014, from 5:30–9p.m., during the Cultural Trust’s quarterly Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.
Raczka purchased the exhibition’s artworks—paintings, hand-knit afghans, handmade ceramics, and objects crafted in wood—for their aesthetic appeal and all-around interest, though they are artworks not generally presented in a fine art context. Among the works included are painted landscapes, pet portraits, spiritual imagery, and a wood mosaic Mayan calendar.
Raczka uses the exhibition budget, generally reserved for shipping and materials, to buy the art in thrift stores while exercising his curatorial eye. He sees the distribution of the artwork to the audience through a free lottery as a gift from the gallery as well as from himself.
At the conclusion of the exhibition, Raczka will select the winners at random, who are notified and able to pickup their artwork at the closing party Friday, August 1, 5:30–9 p.m., with an additional pick-up time Saturday, August 2, 1–5 p.m.
This is the forth in a series of exhibitions of thrift store art, the first held at Future Tenant in 2008, and combines Raczka’s roles as artist and curator. For these exhibitions, he has been incorporating ideas artists have been working with in relational aesthetics, or the practice of artist-constructed social experiences where the artist becomes the facilitator rather than the focal point, such as Rirkrit Tiravanija’s untitled project in which he cooked and served food in the Carnegie International, and Tino Sehgal’s “The Progress” at the Guggenheim where visitors were engaged in a series of conversations about progress. Similar to these projects, Raczka’s lottery is designed to reconsider and make use of art’s social and institutional context and to create a nontraditional social interaction between artist/curator, the gallery, and the audience.
About 937 Gallery
937 Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The multiuse exhibition space is located at 937 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 12–5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org.
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