Wednesday, September 17, 2008

MCG Arts Summer Students and Staff Show Reception: Friday, September 26 from 5:00–7:00 p.m.

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2008–09 MCG Youth & Arts Exhibitions

Admission to all MCG Youth & Arts exhibitions, lectures and receptions is always FREE and open to the public. The exhibitions below are organized by two gallery spaces that we operate: the Connie Kerr Gallery—located at our main facility at 1815 Metropolitan Street—and a satellite gallery——located in the heart of the cultural district. Contact Heather Powell, 412-322-1773 Ext. 196, if you are interested in scheduling an exhibition....


September 15–October 10, 2008 2008 Summer Students and Staff Show Reception: Friday, September 26 from 5:00–7:00 p.m.

MCG Youth's uniqueness lies in its people: the hard-working and talented students, and the dedicated staff who mentors and inspires them. From ceramics to photography, digital arts to sculpture and fashion—plus everything in between—this exhibition celebrates the diversity and power of our creative community. Download the exhibition announcement!


September 22 - October 19, 2008

HMH@MCG Reception: Friday, October 3, 6–9 p.m., in conjunction with the Cultural District Gallery Crawl

MCG@800 Penn Avenue—For nine days during the month of July MCG Youth's summer students learned from Pittsburgh's Hot Metal Happening (HMH) the process of creating cast iron forms--beginning with a concept then modeled wax to molten metal and eventually hardened iron. View the results of the students' hard work during this exhibition showcasing their cast iron works of art as well as documentation of the process

October 20, 2008–January 9, 2009

Altered Meanings: Featuring works by Cat Chow & Jesse McLean
Receptions: Wednesday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m.—Artist Talk with Jesse McLean & Thursday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m.—Lecture and performance by Cat Chow

From recycled and reclaimed materials to familiar images, Altered Meanings explores the unique art-making processes of Cat Chow and Jesse McLean. Two, young contemporary artists, Chow and McLean both collect and repurpose to produce compelling and innovative works of art.
Jesse McLean creates images by deconstructing scenes from news media and pop-culture. Replacing original content with remnants of obvious manipulation—such as the cursor or Photoshop Magic Wand selector—she questions their cause and meaning while challenging viewers’ understanding of their relationship to these popular photographs.

Cat Chow is well known for her transformation of everyday objects into wearable art. Her earlier works are fabricated from materials like dollar bills, zippers, and keys. While her new works forge the frontier of sculptural and installation art, her technique remains the same: presenting common materials in a new context that provokes reflection about social and identity issues.

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