Future Tenant's annual visual exhibition showcases the talents from the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University.
Southeastern College Art Conference | Jessica Beck, Assistant Curator of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum
The SECAC (Southeastern College Art Conference) Members Exhibit is an annual event that traditionally occurs in collaboration with the SECAC Conference. Every year SECAC member artists from coast to coast compete and exhibit in the annual show. Pittsburgh represents the first time the SECAC conference will be held north of the Mason-Dixon Line and we are proud to have Jessica Beck, Assistant Curator at the Andy Warhol Museum as our juror. Art works selected in this year’s show represent the broad creativity of SECAC member artists from thirteen different states.
Jessica Beck joined the Andy Warhol Museum as the Assistant Curator of Art in March 2014. Since starting at the museum, Jessica has co-curatedChuck Connelly: My America, the Warhol’s submission to the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial. She is also co-curator of Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor: From Pittsburgh to New York, which will open at the Warhol during summer 2015. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Jessica worked at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC as a Programs Associate for the Director’s Office. There she organized the lecture series Talking About Andy, which coincided with the Warhol Shadows exhibition and included special guests Hal Foster and Kara Walker. She also invited Douglas Crimp to debut his 2012 publication Our Kind of Movie: The Films of Andy Warhol. Jessica has written for The Burlington Magazine and the Curator’s Office and focused both her undergraduate and graduate research on Warhol. She received her BA from the University of Chicago and completed an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art.
AMP'd students will be curating the exhibit, and selected work will be part of the “Transformation Generation” show at Future Tenant Gallery, up from May 14-18 during the Pittsburgh International Children's Festival. An open reception with student performances will also be on May 17 from 6-9pm.
Shame of the City: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Comic Book Narratives ran from December 13, 2013 - January 12, 2014 at Future Tenant. The exhibition was curated by artist, Joseph Lupo and featured 23 regional and national artists.
Using this comic as source material,, 23 nationally recognized artists were invited to create new work inspired by the original comic. Each artist was assigned one page and was given a hi-resolution digital copy. The artists in this exhibition have a wide range of working methods. Some make comics for a living, some make comic inspired artwork, and some are interested in collage. There was essentially one stipulation regarding the creation of the work. Although the artists were free to interpret this challenge however they best saw fit, the final image needed to include the “spirit or essence” of the original imagery. The results created a traditional two-dimensional exhibition of 23 unique works of art hung in the sequence of the page numbers each artist was given.
This November, Future Tenant is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity's ReStore to celebrate the possibilities of creating beautiful art while also being kind to the earth. Surrounded by the repurposed artwork of Tree Pittsburgh’s Arbor Aid exhibit, The Upcycle Make and Take event allows you to channel your own inner artist! Guests will be able to get creative and do their own upcycling by using a variety of recycled materials to create holiday ornaments. RSVP is required by November 20th to ensure enough supplies for the event.
An exhibition in collaboration with Tree Pittsburgh, an environmental non-profit dedicated to protecting and enhancing our urban forest, featuring artwork that is either made out of, or relates to, reclaimed urban wood. That wood can come from downed or removed trees, from fixtures, from flooring, from beams, etc. that have an urban source. The exhibition will be held at Future Tenant from Saturday, November 2 to Sunday, December 1, 2013. The exhibition is part of activities by Tree Pittsburgh for the 2013 Arbor Day Foundation Partners in Community Forestry National Conference and the opening night Arbor Aid event on Saturday, November 2nd.
Witness RRRECYCLE BIN, a digital collective of reborn art by John Zobele. Taking old to make new, the show features artists across the globe. It’s a loud, flashy and new audio visual experience.
An opening reception will be held Thursday, September 12 from 6-9pm featuring live music by bye-product as well as a pre-recorded audio/video set by smashtv. Complimentary drinks will be served.
Future Tenant Art Space invites all to the latest Trespass Series, happening September 12-29. The bi-annual residency offers a chance for three separate artists or groups to reside in the Future Tenant space for one full week to practice, plan, and create new work. This year’s Fall Series features Andrew Huntley with Theatre Sans Serif, Meagan Reagle and Peter Milo with 5THWAll Theatre, and John Zobele.
Future Tenant presents Obscuro Bezango!, a body of work by three creators in a little known arena of art called Obscuro Culture. This four-week visual arts exhibit curated by Thomas Rehm will feature traditional sculpture, outsider sculpture, and Obscuro art and comics all unified by their singularity of vision.
Steve Londy Willis, renowned Obscuro cartoonist, will be the guest of honor for the evening to open the show. Willis is perhaps one of the most loved and respected cartoonists in the underground comics scene. His work, most especially his comic character, Morty Dog, surpasses in quality and creativity most of the mainstream comics that receive syndication.
I N V E N T O R Y: The Orgone Archive, Pittsburgh 13 (2002-2013) will showcase a decade’s worth of the Orgone’s Archive promotion and propaganda. Curated by Greg Pierce, Assistant Curator of Film and Video of The Andy Warhol Museum, this exhibit will put on display an eclectic mixture of posters, stickers and bits of paper created by The Orgone Archive for its cinema outings.Orgone is a motion picture archive and screening outfit based in Pittsburgh specializing in inscrutable epiphanies, toilet trims, unknown what-have-yous, perfect industrial rolls, home movie printing tests, corporate comedies, Warholian strikebreaking screeds, the all-around beautiful and everything else. Originally founded in 1993 as Orgone Cinema by Jeff Armstrong, Michael Johnsen and Greg Pierce as a break-even motion picture exhibition group dedicated to a sincere film culture, it presented unique monthly shows of home movies, industrial, educational, experimental, and documentary films, light and sound performances, and visiting film and videomakers at the Silver Eye Center for Photography on the South Side. Orgone is also (and was) a traveling cinema band that screens and performs films at home and nationally. Greg Pierce is the current custodian of this proudly fringe collection.
BAs part of our Trespass performance residency series, local artist Dani Lamorte transforms Future Tenant into a space to explore Pittsburgh's queer past through interactive gallery hours and live performances.
DØ.YOU.ND3RST@ND?: Communication and Technology as Art presents work by 20 artists, ranging from video installations to Marissa Miskanin and Kari Kramer's "communication technology dress," with wires hanging out the back.
Ritual Decadence, Future Tenant’s spring show guest-curated by Joe DeFerrari, will feature new and original two-dimensional works inspired by animal mating rituals. While many critique our hyper-sexualized contemporary culture, the animal world is full of sexual displays, from the ridiculous to the deadly. Ritual Decadence will provide the viewer with insight into the urgency and importance of life’s drive to procreate, and give perspective into our own position within this system. The opening will be held at Future Tenant on Friday, April 17 from 6-10pm and will feature a reactive sound installation by Jeremy Hedges. Additionally, a collaborative group piece will be sold as a limited-edition run of prints, with proceeds to benefit a local animal shelter. performances by spoken word artist Brian Francis, as well as Dr. Strange K (of The People in the Red Balloon) Time TBA
Potato/Tomato: The Cover Project
Future Tenant is pleased to present Potato/Tomato: The Cover Project, featuring eleven artists in an exhibition of semi-collaborative projects that challenge the concept of artistic authorship. The show will open with a reception from 6:00-9:00pm on Friday, March 27th, and runs through Friday, April 10th.
ellipsis: a public intervention by Nayda Collazo-Llorens
ellipsis consists of a video projection onto Future Tenant's storefront windows at 819 Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. A constant flow of text moves across the window, viewable from the street by pedestrians and passing drivers. The work interweaves the narrative of a personal journey with specific references to air travel, weather conditions, technological data and current news headlines. ellipsis invites viewers to reflect on the complexities of the mind, language, and the fragmented manner in which we percieve and process information. This project was supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through its regional arts funding partnership, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.
Future Tenant, Downtown, will be renovated to look like a parlor in the White House for "Sworn In," a new exhibition curated by Lauri Mancuso that is themed for and coincides with the inauguration of Barack Obama. Exhibiting artists include Darien D'Alfonso, Edgar Um Bucholtz, Sarah Smith, Akil Harris, Spoon Popkin, Benjamin Gersch, Jennifer Lee, David Miriello, Suzann Miriello and John Riegert. The exhibition also offers patrons a platform for dialogue and an opportunity for critical thinking.
Edgar Um Bucholtz