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Pittsburgh’s Urban Fabric Creates Motion at Future Tenant

(January 14, 2005) Architecture meets art gallery January 28 through February 25 at Future Tenant. The artists of SO-AD – newcomers to Pittsburgh – are shrinking down the intertwining grid of the city’s neighborhoods to fit within the space in an attempt to understand their new hometown.

Located at 801 Liberty Avenue in the heart of the Cultural District, the space will be filled with suspended steel and plastic representing the architecture of Pittsburgh and its surrounding neighborhoods as viewed by the artists. The finished, interlocking grid system will enable visitors to feel, spatially, one’s movement through the streets and neighborhoods of the city. As architects and professors, the members of SO-AD are using this show to share their conceptual understanding of architecture as art.

SO-AD, the Strategy Office of Aesthetics and Design, focuses on providing distinctive, innovative design to the cultural, educational, and entertainment domains. Through this mission and this month’s installation, they hope to inspire visitors to see architecture as not just buildings, but works of art to be considered and discussed. SO-AD continues this mission by working on many areas of design, including graphic, scenic, and digital.

From 6 to 9 PM on Friday, January 28, Future Tenant will host an opening reception that will coincide with a Gallery Crawl sponsored by all exhibition spaces in the Cultural District. The gallery will be open for regular viewing 2-8 PM, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday, and a closing reception will be held Friday, February 28, at 8 PM.

ENDonEND featured artists:

David Burns holds an MSAAD from Columbia University and has worked for Asymptote Architecture,, and Holabird and Root LLC. He was the Paul Rudolph Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Auburn University from 2001-2003. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University teaching architectural and digital design.

Abigail Hart Gray studied at Columbia University and Harvard University. She holds a Master of Architecture and wrote her undergraduate thesis on Museum Design. While in New York she worked as an architectural researcher for the Guggenheim Museum’s Art for the Masses project and for Asymptote Architecture. Ms Gray has guest lectured on digital design at Parsons School of Design and taught at Robert Morris University and Auburn University. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University.

Jason Morris holds a Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee. He has over seven years experience as an architect with De Stefano and Partners in Chicago, Illinois and as a sole proprietor. He is a licensed architect in Illinois and Pennsylvania

Future Tenant, located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, is a project of Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for the Management of Creative Enterprises and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The art space, which features alternative exhibitions and performances by emerging artists from the Carnegie Mellon University community and beyond, is managed by a team of students from the Master of Arts Management program, a joint program of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts and the H. John Heinz, III School of Public Policy and Management.

Regular Gallery Hours: Tues & Thurs: 4-8pm, Wed: 10am-6pm, Fri & Sat: Noon-8pm

Opening Reception: Jan. 28 from 6 to 9 PM

Closing Reception: Feb. 25, 8 PM

Earlier Event: November 5
Loose Change & Quattrocelli
Later Event: July 7
City High + Future Tenant Fusion!