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Pop Up Galleries and Exhibitions

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There is always something new in the Cultural District. Throughout the year, the Trust features unique pop-up visual arts exhibitions and new galleries in empty storefronts throughout the downtown area. Produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust with many neighborhood partners, these projects often allow new voices in the visual arts to serve as guest curators, bringing exciting new artistic collaborations into the District.

Current Exhibitions

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Pathway to Joy by Janel Young

The Cultural District is getting a splash of color, courtesy of Janel Young! Check out Pathway to Joy on Fort Duquesne Boulevard and enjoy it throughout the summer with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's Allegheny Overlook Pop-up Park.

Janel Young is a Pittsburgh native, painter, muralist, and community leader on a mission to inspire through creativity and play. Her work has been recognized locally and internationally, from New York City – where she resided for six years – to the coast of Sydney, Australia.

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Downtown Renown

Sports is a serious subject for the Pittsburgh region, with a well-recognized fan base that reaches across the entire country. A long legacy of sports achievement has been well forged into the hearts of every Pittsburgher, and steadfastly remains wherever they may roam. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, in collaboration with the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center, felt that those feelings offered a great opportunity to combine that enduring love of sports with a unique public art experience called Downtown Renown.

Featuring 14 artworks and stories that celebrate the careers of Pittsburgh sports icons and athletic groundbreakers, you’re invited to explore the new series that features vibrant new designs from acclaimed artist Gavin Benjamin. Athletes featured as part of the series include Mario Lemieux, Franco Harris, Swin Cash, Dan McCoy, and others.

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Invisible Ecologies

Currently, Allegheny Riverfront Park features an additional temporary exhibition from Riverlife entitled Invisible Ecologies. This project seeks to reveal the latent potential for human, plant, and wildlife interaction within the constructed urban environment. This sculpture repositions man-made materials found in the urban environment - objects like concrete, graffiti, and discarded plastic and glass - and aggregates them into a series of structures mounted on steel pedestals. The piece is arranged in a cloud‐like form reminiscent of a flock of birds along a path in Allegheny Riverfront Park. Each “house” is carefully designed with a ventilated wooden interior to provide shelter to native river‐edge bird species like eastern bluebird, house wrens, purple martins, tree swallows, and black‐capped chickadees, among others.