Essential Pittsburgh
6:40 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

A Wide World of Art Coming to Pittsburgh This Fall

Detroit artist Frank Pahl at the Mattress Factory through May 2014
Detroit artist Frank Pahl at the Mattress Factory through May 2014
Credit Jennifer Szweda Jordan / 90.5WESA

There are many exciting arts events coming to Pittsburgh this fall. From the 35th anniversary of the Mattress Factory to feminist punk rock and of course, a big ‘ol rubber ducky.

Bill O'Driscoll, Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Pittsburgh City Paper says installations from the Mattress Factory's Detroit in Residence exhibit use found objects to their advantage.

"It was opportunity rather than devastation."

He found the basement exhibit from Scott Hocking especially notable. It utilizes the imagery of the Carrie Furnace in Rankin and salvaged figures from a bible theme park for "a mediation on post-industrial society."

Astria Suparak's Alien She exhibit at the Miller Gallery is also not to be missed, with its multimedia works based on the Riot Grrrl culture.

A custom-made giant rubber duck comes to Pittsburgh next week for the Festival of Firsts, along with some exciting performance pieces such as Kiss & Cry, from NanoDanses.

And if those events aren't big enough for you, the 117 year old Carnegie International is back. With a theme of "play," O'Driscoll says this is Pittsburgh's largest influx of contemporary art.

"It's Pittsburgh's big chance to see what the rest of the world is doing at this point in time."