Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From?

Pittsburgh’s emerging Community Supported Arts scene gets love from The New York Times.


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On a recent summer evening at downtown’s SPACE gallery, a crowd of burgeoning art enthusiasts looked eagerly at tables stacked with brown paper bags. It was like Christmas in July. Inside the bags were untold treasures — unique pieces of modern art you can’t buy on Etsy.

The crowd was made up of founding members of CSA PGH, a Community Supported Arts program inspired by the rise of community-supported agriculture programs. The members had each paid $350 for single shares in the summer’s creative harvest. Each paper bag was printed with a mantra borrowed from the other CSA culture: Do you know where your art comes from?

Now it was finally time for the CSA PGH members to find out what Santa had brought them. Inspecting their bounty, they found works from six local artists, including a Surrealistic aluminum sculpture of a pig’s jawbone and a black-and-white print appropriated from a lawn-care book that asked, “Two lawns on same soil, which side of the path for you?”

In June, CSA PGH’s first-ever bounty included a rare treat: Lenka Clayton's work, “1/57th of Andy Warhol,” comprised of patches of a plum-colored shirt once worn by the famed Pittsburgh artist.

Sound awesome? Want in? Shares are currently sold out, but you can sign up to be added to the wait-list.

The success of CSA PGH is starting to attract national attention. Yesterday, the program was included in a New York Times article on the nationwide Community Supported Arts movement. Similar programs have popped up everywhere from Miami to Fargo. Get the full scoop here.



 


Photo by Dave DiCello

 

#Tech: Pay a virtual visit to Warhol’s grave

 

In honor of Andy Warhol’s 85th birthday, EarthCam and The Andy Warhol Museum are launching the “Figment” project tonight at midnight. The interactive project will offer live-streaming, around-the-clock video of two key spots: St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church in Greenfield, where Warhol was baptized, and his Bethel Park gravesite.

The project’s name was inspired by an infamous Warhol quote, “… I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say ‘figment.’”

Visit EarthCam starting at midnight to pay your respects to the pop-art legend.



 

What’s going on today?

 

  • Head over to TechShop Pittsburgh in Bakery Square for Board Game Night. Bring your favorite or try something new. — 6 to 10 p.m.

 

 

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