Tuesday, April 19, 2011

the unveiling of HOME, a large-scale installation created by Homewood-based artists Tina Williams Brewer and Vanessa German


HOMEWOOD Artist Residency is proud to announce the unveiling of HOME, a large-scale installation created by Homewood-based artists Tina Williams Brewer and Vanessa German. The celebration takes place on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 12-4 pm at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum and includes a poetry performance by seventh grade students from Lincoln Technology Academy. DJ duoTracksploitation will be providing the music.

HOMEWOOD’s first residents, Tina Williams Brewer and Vanessa German, collaborated on this project conceiving HOME. Blending the memories and voices of Homewood’s residents into a 10 ft installation, Brewer and German incorporated found objects from the neighborhood such as items from demolished Homewood homes, donated shoes and pockets, and old photos. Brewer and German are nationally and internationally recognized artists who have a deep sense of community. Brewer is known for her exploration of African-American history and the personal experiences associated with it. She uses symbolism, textile and fabrics to create story quilts that are motivated by issues focusing on family, women and children, and the spirituality of the culture. Similarly, multi-disciplinary artist German draws upon the spirituality of African American culture evidenced by her mixed-media tar baby sculptures.

HOMEWOOD Artist Residency is a new artist-in-residence program initiated by The Andy Warhol Museum based in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The ultimate vision of HOMEWOOD is to rehabilitate abandoned homes in Homewood and split the homes into two spaces: living and studio/exhibition space for contemporary artists. Each artist would be asked to create a project that reflects upon the overarching history and culture of Homewood. The goal of HOMEWOOD is to support artists of color, bring diversity to the contemporary arts community in Pittsburgh, and to engage a community with limited access to the visual arts. HOMEWOOD is generously supported by a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund.

Join us for an afternoon of food and entertainment in celebration of Homewood’s creative spirit. For more information please contact Program Director, Ingrid LaFleur at Ingrid.lafleur(AT)gmail.com.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

12-4 pm

The Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum

7310 Frankstown Ave

Pittsburgh, Pa 15208


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