Friday, May 1, 2009

Beyond Shared Language: Contemporary Art and the Latin American Experience

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Beyond Shared Language: Contemporary Art and the Latin American Experience
This exhibition opens May 1 and continues through August 29, 2009. The exhibition, which includes works by contemporary artists of Latin American descent (from North, Central and South America), explores issues relating to cultural identity, ethnicity, religion and both the fragility and fluidity of their visual language. A free, public reception is planned for Friday, May 1, from 5:30—8 pm.

SCC Schedule:

Beyond Shared Language: Contemporary Art and the Latin American Experience Related Activities
May 1—August 29, 2009

Lectures, Tours, and Classes to Augment Beyond Shared Language Exhibition
In conjunction with the Beyond Shared Language: Contemporary Art and the Latin American Experience (May 1—August 29, 2009), which features works in craft media by 14 Latin American artists, a range of public programs, tours, and classes will take place:

Opening Reception, Friday, May 1, 2009 5:30—8 pm
Free public exhibition opening.

Latino Fest, Saturday, May 2, 2009 10 am—5 pm This community event offers families and friends the opportunity to see artist demonstrations in SCC’s main galleries and outdoors on the plaza, to participate in hands-on art making, to sample Latino foods and to listen to contemporary Latino music provided by Carl Leininger of Global Beats. Also featuring a puppet show by La Escuelita Arcoiris at 12:30 pm and performances by students from ADVENTURES IN SPANISH™ beginning at 1:30 pm. All activities are free to the public.

Cinco de Mayo!, Tue, May 5, 5—9 pm Join SCC and the Latin American Cultural Union (LACU) to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Live music, dance demonstrations, taco bar and mariachi contest. For more information visit or call 1.877.412.3702.

One Mellon Center, Satellite Gallery Reflect/Respond: Work By Local Area Students, May 22—June 22, 2009. Local area students reflect on the exhibition Beyond Shared Language and respond with their own artistic creations.

Faces Seen Heart Unknown — Saturday, June 20, 2009, 1 pm Individuals from the Latino community share personal stories offering a context to help understand issues of cultural identity. RSVP 412.261.7003 x 15.

Cuentos y Conciones — Saturday, June 27, 10:30 am Bring the little ones and enjoy a special story en EspaƱol read by Connie Matthews, of the Carnegie library, in our main galleries casual atmosphere. Make sure to leave time to see the exhibition! This event is free to the public.

Studio Workshop, Burned, Turned and Colored — Sunday, July 19, 10 am – 3 pm Students work with Venezualen artist Linda VanGehuchten and use bright paints, burned images and symbols to embellish simple wooden bowls. Call 412.261.7003 x 25 to register.

Visiting Artist Workshop — Saturday, July 18, 9 – 1pm & 2 – 6pm Beyond Shared Language participating artist Elia Alba will run a workshop that allows students to explore ideas of culture and identity through the creation of self-portrait masks. Call 412.261.7003 x 25 to register.

Immigration Essay Contest Event—Date TBD SCC will also host the American Immigration Lawyer essay contest reception where students will read their winning essays on themes related to immigration and tour the exhibition with their families.

Artist Demonstrations—Select Saturdays from 11—3 pm Regional artists offer insight about their techniques and artistic process through demonstrations on SCC’s outdoor plaza and in the main galleries. Visit for a list of demonstrating artists.

Catalogue A 32-page, full-color catalogue features photo-documentation the exhibition, artist statements and biographical information on each artist and an introductory essay by Elvis Fuentes, curator of El Museo Del Barrio in New York.

Gallery Tours, Interactive Programs & Hands-on Workshops Guided tours of the exhibitions are available for school students and groups of five or more visitors. Arrangements should be made in advance by calling 412.261.7003 x 24.

The Drop-In Studio Offers a free, hands-on activity for all ages developed by participating, ceramic artist Jeannine Marchand.
Beyond Shared Language: Contemporary Art and the Latin American Experience is made possible, in part, by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Allegheny Regional Asset District; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and the Elizabeth R. Raphael Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Society For Contemporary Craft Main Gallery
Presenting contemporary art in craft media by international, national and regional artists since 1971, the Society for Contemporary Craft offers cutting edge exhibitions focused on multicultural diversity and non-mainstream art, as well as a range of classes, community outreach programs and a fantastic retail store.
SCC is located at 2100 Smallman Street in Pittsburgh, PA’s Strip District.
Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Exhibitions and family friendly hands-on art activities in a drop-in studio are always free to the public.


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