This Friday, January 28th from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m., marks the return of the seasonal Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The winter edition includes over 20 free crawl stops featuring exhibits, live music, and other fun activities that Pittsburghers are sure to enjoy and love!
“We have some very exciting events planned as we welcome people Downtown for the first stand alone Gallery Crawl since the start of the pandemic and are super excited to be working with several community partners again to bring free programming to the District,” shares Crawl Programming Manger, Sarah Gilmer.
Keep reading for our guide to navigating the crawl, and for more information on the event’s health and safety protocols, the full event line-up, and tickets to the Crawl After Dark event visit trustarts.org/crawl.
Exhibits and Public Art
There can’t be a crawl without galleries, and these exhibits won’t disappoint! Free and open the entire duration of the crawl.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery lineup:
- New Work by Matthew Schreiber at Wood Street Galleries
Three immersive exhibits in one, Double Gemini, a laser sculpture, along with a video installation, Summoner, and a dark space, Gift Shop.
- FRILLS: Glories, Excess, and Getting Weird by Several Artists at SPACE
Contemporary art exhibit featuring work that subverts common notions of extravagance by playing with the boundaries between frill and the plainness of everyday life.
- For Tonight It’s Everything by Wren at 707 Gallery
Explores the cycles of death and rebirth.
- The Border is a Weapon by the Other Border Wall Project at 937 Gallery
A brand new exhibit of artwork from the US/MX border region featuring rising-star artists whose work includes sculpture, printmaking, video, and performance.
This exhibit will include a special performance by artist José Villalobos at 8:00 p.m.!
Pop up Galleries and Exhibits:
- InVisible by The Coloured Section Black Artists’ Collective at 820 Liberty Ave
Centers on mental health from the Black perspective, and features painting, sculpture, performance, multimedia installations, and poetry by 12 artists.
- Intrude by Amanda Parer at Trust Oasis\8th Street Parking Lot
Larger-than-life rabbits much like human’s impact on natural work – big and in plain sight, but still chosen to be ignored.
The Winter Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District will be the last opportunity to view Intrude.
NFTs, Pop-up Artist Market, Live Music, Magic, and More!
In addition to the galleries other crawl stops include Hear Me Out…NFT Cocktail Bar by Creatives Drink located in the lobby of the Trust Arts Education Center, a Pop-up Artist Market featuring Nafasi on Centre & The Ohringer Artists in Residence on the 4th floor. Also taking place in the Trust Arts Education Center is a musical showcase presented by WPTS Radio (University of Pittsburgh’s radio station) at the Pierce Studio including performances from Byron Nash and SpeciàlK at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. BLKNVMBR: A Renaissance Showcase will feature music artists Mani Bahia & The Mob, Jrouz3, and Arie Cole between 5:30 and 9:00 p.m. at the Greer Cabaret.
The August Wilson African American Cultural Center will be offering visual art, live music, and literary conversations throughout the night. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership brings drag shows to downtown at the top of every hour at the Heinz Hall Courtyard. Crawl goers will also enjoy street magic, improv shows, local art, performances from local students and much more.
Crawl After Dark
The crawl may officially end at 10:00 p.m. but there’s still plenty of fun to be had at Crawl After Dark! Head over to the Greer Cabaret for a special hour and a half live performance from Benji. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased online or at the door. Also happening after dark is live music from the Reggie Watkins Quartet at Con Alma.
Note from organization: The 2022 Winter Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District is in accordance with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s health and safety policies. For Cultural Trust galleries and venues, guests are required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination before entering as well as wear a mask for the duration of their visit indoors. Community partners will adhere to their own health and safety protocols, please visit TrustArts.org/Crawl for more information.This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.