Drag Show, Live Music and Visual Arts at Pittsburgh’s Summer Gallery Crawl
The Summer Gallery Crawl is regularly the largest of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s quarterly art crawls. And this year’s edition has some new attractions.
The Friday, July 22 event features visual arts, live music, comedy and more at approximately 15 downtown venues. Artistic offerings include everything from “Supply and Demand,” an immersive new show from sound and light artist Ian Brill, to a final look at “__alachian [ah-LATCH-en]», a group exhibition exploring the many cultures and identities that make up Appalachia beyond stereotypes.
This year’s Summer Crawl is the first to feature the Trust’s new outdoor venue, Backyard at 8e & Penn. On Friday, the stage will host a special edition of the Soul Stage live music showcase, featuring DJ Arie Cole and performances from Anyah Nancy, Cam Chambers and Mani Bahia & The Mob.
Also new is Crawl After Dark: Drag Edition featuring Dixie Surewood and Friends. This is a late night drag version, for 18+, of the traditional Closing Crawl celebration, featuring Surewood and fellow drag queens Tamara Knight, Leia Way LeStat, Phoenix Fatale, Dynasty and Annasteezia. ” Were going dancing. We will laugh. It’s going to be a big party until midnight,” Surewood said.
The Crawl also includes pop-up improv performances at the Arcade Comedy Theater, street performances by Liberty Magic house magicians, and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Night Market in Market Square.
Visual art offerings include A Night of Art at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center; “Little Girl Urn,” a solo exhibition by Shori Sims, at 707 Penn Gallery; “Traveling Show,” a multimedia exhibition of works by Renee Piechocki, at 820 Liberty Ave.; “Radiant Works: Out of the Studio,” a pop-up group exhibition of artists from Radiant Hall Studios, at the Trust Arts Education Center; and “A Sign of the Times”, by Deeper Than Grits Studios, at the Backstage Bar of the Greer Cabaret Theatre.
“__alachian [ah-LATCH-en]”, at SPACE, is the visual arts juried exhibition of this year’s Three Rivers Arts Festival. Curator Tereneh Idia said the show’s purpose was not just to confirm Pittsburgh is part of Appalachia, but to expand the idea of who lives in this geographic region that stretches from the Deep South to the North. of New York State.
Idia’s grandfather was a coal miner in western Pennsylvania, but because she’s black, she said, she grew up not thinking of herself as Appalachian. But cities are part of Appalachia, and people of all colors and identities live in the small towns and rural areas that most people think of as Appalachia.
“Pittsburgh is so much more interesting when it comes to all of us. Appalachia is so much more interesting when it comes to all of us,” she said.
She noted that the People’s Choice Award for the show went to Selva Priya for her painting “Appalachian Girl”, a portrait of an Indian girl.
“I really love that that’s what happened, because that was really the point of the show, to celebrate all of us, and so to have a visual representation of Appalachia, and to be a girl of South Asian origin, it really made me happy.”
“_alachian” is valid until July 31.
The Summer Gallery Crawl takes place on the same evening as the 2022 Fleet Feet Liberty Mile race. The race will require temporary closures of Liberty and Penn avenues, but a Trust spokesperson said the group does not anticipate an impact major on the Crawl.
For more information on the Crawl, including parking alternatives, visit the event website.