Despite a 100+ year relationship with new art, Pittsburgh has sometimes had an awkward relationship with the avant-garde. In the early 1940s, Outlines Gallery was way ahead of the Carnegie International (abstract art wasn’t really shown in the Internationals until the 1950s).
In 1941, 21-year-old Elizabeth Rockwell opened a gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This little gallery, Outlines, showcased the works of now iconic artists such as Alexander Calder, John Cage, Maya Deren, Merce Cunningham, and more. Outlines featured performances, lectures, music, and film, and it hosted many exhibits before it was finally forced to close its doors in 1947 due to lack of support. With the recent discovery of the gallery chronology and two scrapbooks kept by Elizabeth Rockwell, we embarked on a journey four years ago and have ever since been Tracing Outlines! @outlinesfilm
I love this store. It made my day when I met Melissa Catanese, its proprietor, a photographer and book lover who moved back to Pittsburgh from New York in early 2011 and opened Spaces Corners a few months later. The second floor of 3803 Butler Street is a quiet and serene space for book buying and perusal. Don’t miss it during your Lawrenceville outing, but if you do, check out their booth at the upcoming Pittsburgh Photo Fair.
Pop City Media – Pittsburgh just sent out the link to the new Public Enemy song & video, Everything. First reason to watch it: an unexpected song for Public Enemy (not sure if it isn’t kitsch though). Second reason to watch it: a lot of it is filmed in Pittsburgh and it renders some of the city’s mood. I always argue that Pittsburgh is a real city with real people (and no boring boutique town) and it pretty much looks like it is in this film. Love it!