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Comment Archives: stories: Arts

Re: “Artist residency highlights Latino artists from around the world

It's true that Latinos are not recognized in Pittsburgh, unless you are all being mistaken as Mexican. There is nothing wrong with celebrating the Mexican culture but there are many other latino cultures to be celebrated also. People here seem to find it so easy to group us all in the same bowl, not realizing the depth of the Latino cultures. Many are learning but there is a long way to go. Pittsburgh needs to open their minds to the fact that, just as their parents celebrated their culture, so do Latinos with great pride.

Posted by SHACYNE on 05/03/2016 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Industrial Arts Co-op's "The Workers" disappoints as public sculpture.

Just saw this for the first time this past weekend. Loved it!
Very cool piece of art and fitting remembrance to Pgh. of the amazing steel industry era.
Made me reflect on what it would have been like to be the guy shoveling. Not really a job I'd like to have! Thx to those who sweat it out!

Posted by CM on 05/02/2016 at 10:19 PM

Re: “The new East Liberty Transit Center is a mixed success

I'd like to point out that in spite of substantial city, county, state, and federal money, including URA, there was no requirement for affordable housing placed on the developer. When will Pittsburgh wake up to the realities of the 21st century with a requirement that if public entities subsidize a developer, some percentage of affordable housing should hbe mandated?

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Posted by Jim Altes on 04/21/2016 at 10:17 AM

Re: “The new East Liberty Transit Center is a mixed success

RRM - Note there are stairs from the pedestrian bridge to both the inbound and outbound platforms. The ramps are necessarily sloped at <5% to accommodate ADA standards.

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Posted by Paul Alessio on 04/20/2016 at 4:14 PM

Re: “The new East Liberty Transit Center is a mixed success

I'm not a fan of the switchbacks you need to walk down in order to get to the inbound side. I wish there was a direct stair case to the crosswalk. Sometimes those extra seconds you spend zigzagging make the difference when catching a bus.

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Posted by RRM on 04/20/2016 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Artist residency highlights Latino artists from around the world

yes, PIttsburgh diversity when it comes to Latinos and a lot of ethnics groups of color is small for as big as Pittsburgh is ,GO FIGURE!? After being sent here from the gulfcoast, i couldn't believe that is was like this, but i think this is why so many people here can be a little bit sterile or not use to people of color in volumes unless there black, and that doesn't steam to well here either. Pittsburgh is like the last frontier for a lot of things and that includes race too.

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Posted by Miguel Rosez on 04/07/2016 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith talks about his graphic memoir

Bill Griffith will also be giving a free drawing workshop at PIX at the Carnegie Library (2205 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203) on Saturday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Free Comics Workbook drawing workshops will run from 11 am to 5 pm.

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Posted by John F. Kelly on 03/30/2016 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Free at Last? tells how slavery in Pennsylvania ended: slowly.

1834....Bright minds....

Posted by Louis Cypher on 03/16/2016 at 3:30 AM

Re: “Captured by Indians explores warfare and culture in 18th-century Pennsylvania

You cannot copyright a title. You cannot copyright a name. You cannot copyright an idea. You can only copyright a work.

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Posted by Mark Lussky on 02/03/2016 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Captured by Indians explores warfare and culture in 18th-century Pennsylvania

It appears that the History Center "ripped-off" the title for this exhibit from the book "Captured by the Indians". I hope that they paid author Frederick W. Drimmer the appropriate royalties for it. The CEO, Andy Masich, is a real wiseguy for even thinking that he could get away with this.

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Posted by ERM on 02/03/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “For some, the erasure of a landmark East Liberty mural reflects the travails of gentrification

I understand that the mural has been digitized as a way of preserving it. The new owner of the building has committed to a public processes to determine new,artistic, decorations for the façade.

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Posted by Neighbor on 12/16/2015 at 11:09 PM

Re: “For some, the erasure of a landmark East Liberty mural reflects the travails of gentrification

Could you please post a link the rendering that Lissa mentions at the end of the piece? I have not been able to find it. I think it'd be useful for readers to see that image for themselves.

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Posted by Rob on 12/16/2015 at 7:51 PM

Re: “For some, the erasure of a landmark East Liberty mural reflects the travails of gentrification

Without both sides of the story, CP's divisive point of view is very apparent. They have made clear in this and the previous article. If you read PG's story, "Popular mural in East Liberty removed" you'll see that all parties are very aware of the symbolism of the removal of the mural. The Sprout Fund was quoted as saying “We recognize that change does happen.” Perhaps CP needs to represent both sides and not encourage the black and white tension that already exists.

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Posted by East Liberty Business Owner on 12/16/2015 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Are new plans for the Lower Hill for building, or for show?

So a couple points. First, McCormack Baron Salazar and the Penguins actually jointly hired BIG, and they are saying they intend to start building on the plan next year.

Second, BIG specifically addressed the "this looks too expensive for Pittsburgh" observation. They consulted with a bunch of construction, landscaping, and so on firms (they listed west 8, atelier ten, massaro, graves design group, la quatra bonci associates, mongalo-winston consulting, michael baker international, and sota construction services), and they explicitly said they knew it looked ambitious but that they had designed it to be deliverable on the budget given.

Together, all this implies to me that BIG's plan is at the minimum a serious proposal for the initial residential phase, which McCormack Baron Salazar has contracted to develop. The lower portion is probably more speculative, but that is OK with me--it actually has some questionable elements, and in any event it might well be best in the long run for someone else to put a different spin on the lower portions.

So yes, maybe this will stop in the middle--but it may well get that far first.

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Posted by Brian Tucker-Hill on 12/09/2015 at 2:28 PM

Re: “It's time to tear down Mount Washington's illuminated sign

I think I remember this from the 1960s.

Maybe it's time it should go.

Mount Washington has been abused enough.

Posted by Ralph Adam Cram and Jamester on 12/04/2015 at 1:28 AM

Re: “A proposed addition to an Oakland landmark prompts questions about the redevelopment process

If you don't have talent equal to Ralph Adams Cram, Charles Klauder, Goodhue, Egan and Prindeville, or Henry Hornbostel, you no business building anything in Oakland—or Pittsburgh!

Pittsburgh (and the world) has no use for "developers." Pittsburgh deserves only the best architects the world has to offer. Are there any real architects anymore?

"Development" is a useless 19th- and 20th-century urban disease spreading into the 21st century. We need a vaccine desperately. The world needs highly trained architects who care about their communities and who have the talent and character to inspire those who live in and look upon their creations.

Posted by RAC and James on 12/04/2015 at 1:20 AM

Re: “A proposed addition to an Oakland landmark prompts questions about the redevelopment process

It's hideous.

It's unworthy not only of Oakland; it's unworthy of Pittsburgh.

It's devoid of talent, integrity, intelligence, and beauty.

It's merely typical, banal, lifeless "development."

Posted by James van Trump and Ralph Adams Cram on 12/04/2015 at 1:08 AM

Re: “The History Center could have made more of its tribute to American ingenuity and sacrifice during World War II

While I don't necessarily disagree with his opinion, the author of this piece should stick to architecture.

Posted by Mike C on 11/18/2015 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Aftersound explores sound as phenomenon

Though the reviewer obviously wishes to convey a negative opinion of 'Aftersound', the most volatile word she uses to describe the exhibition actually speaks to the most positive aspect of the work and the thoughtful and skillful work of the curatorial team. To confound: 'to cause surprise (or confusion), especially by acting against ones expectations'. The work exhibited does
'confound' in the most exhilarating and interesting ways - engaging the viewer in an interactive perceptual experience, inspiring new thoughts and ideas in the viewer. The best of art can do this (in partnership with an active and open participant as the viewer). As far as the need for some educational assistance in viewing the exhibition, much more often than not, I find the interpretive text that accompanies work in museums or galleries to be unnecessary and sometimes of negative value, inhibiting viewers from fully experiencing the work to allow them to come to their own conclusions. This reviewer certainly came to her own conclusion; this viewer heartily disagrees. I found the exhibition to be fully engaging, provocative, and a joy to experience.

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Posted by Spike Wolff on 11/17/2015 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Aftersound explores sound as phenomenon

if this is a review, why don't you try to describe the work in the gallery? you fail to do this in even general terms. your review reads like a response to the press packet and unpublished essay - but not to the work itself as you experienced it. what did you actually see and hear? and how did it come to shape your opinions?

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Posted by johanna beyer on 11/11/2015 at 12:12 PM

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