Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Seeing Jazz: A Tribute to the Masters and Pittsburgh Jazz Legends

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January 26* –April 3, 2009

Seeing Jazz: A Tribute to the Masters and Pittsburgh Jazz Legends

Reception: Thursday, February 5 from 6–9 p.m. including a special performance by the MCG Jazz Class of 2008 Legends and a book signing by "Pittsburgh Jazz" author John Brewer

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (MCG) is collaborating with artist and curator Gwendolyn Black to present Seeing Jazz: a Tribute to the Masters and Pittsburgh Jazz Legends. The exhibition will showcase works by well-known masters along with some of today's noted contemporary artists, all of whom have inspired many through their artworks dedicated to jazz. Master artists include Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Allen Stringfellow, Benny Andrews, Fred Brown, Richard Mayhew, Chuck Stewart and Edmund Yaghjian.Nearly ten years ago Gwendolyn Black created and introduced Visual Expressions on Jazz, which has been a recognized event for the past several years at the Annual JVC Jazz Festival in New York. To highlight Pittsburgh’s historic contributions to jazz, the exhibition will fittingly kick off a planned national tour starting at MCG in Pittsburgh’s North Side. Black’s motivation for organizing the exhibition is to “give more visibility to visual artists who not only listen to jazz music while working but who have also been at the forefront of documenting and supporting jazz music through their art.” When Seeing Jazz: a Tribute to the Masters arrives at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in January, the exhibition will coincide with the conclusion of the City’s 250th anniversary and will include a special focus on legends from the steel city including a slide show of Teenie Harris photographs from the Pittsburgh Courier archive.

*Please Excuse Us. Factors beyond our control have delayed the full installation of this exhibition a week from the originally scheduled opening date. We hope you’ll come back to see the show in its entirety after January 25, 2009 and join us for the reception that is free and open to the public.

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild is housed along with its sister organization, Bidwell Training Center, in a 62,000 square foot facility located at 1815 Metropolitan Street on Pittsburgh's North Shore. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Designed by architect Tasso Katsalas, a pupil of Frank Lloyd Wright, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild houses visual arts and recording studios, classrooms, galleries, a cafeteria, concert hall and conference rooms designed to showcase the roles of creativity and craftsmanship in learning. Natural light pouring in through windows and skylights, terracotta-toned masonry framing archways and circular portals evoke stylistic influences of indigenous African architecture. The building's sense of warmth permeates the organizations' work with the arts and career education. Handmade objects, furniture, photographs and paintings that adorn public and private spaces create a model environment for education, exhibitions, performances and social and professional gatherings.
How to get to Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
Directions originating north of the city: From I-279 South follow signs towards Fort Pitt Bridge/Downtown and then to Ohio River Blvd Exit. Get in the lane for the West End Bridge and Chateau Street. Exit onto Chateau Street. Stay in the left hand lane and exit onto Beaver Avenue. Cross Beaver Avenue making immediate right onto North Franklin Street. Go one block to stop sign and turn right onto Metropolitan Street. Proceed through first stop sign. Enter MCG parking lot on your left.
Directions originating south and east of the city: Take the Parkway to North Shore, Fort Duquesne Bridge Exit. Cross the Fort Duquesne Bridge. Follow signs to Ohio River Blvd. Get in lane for West End Bridge. Exit onto Chateau Street. Turn left at Beaver Avenue Exit. Cross Beaver and make an immediate right onto North Franklin Street. Go one block. Turn right onto Metropolitan Street. Proceed straight through stop sign. Enter MCG parking lot on your left.
Directions originating west of the city: Cross West End Bridge then take Chateau Street Exit and follow Chateau. Turn left at the Beaver Ave Exit. Cross Beaver Avenue and take an immediate right onto North Franklin Street. Go one block. Turn right onto Metropolitan. Proceed straight through stop sign. Enter MCG parking lot on your left
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