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October 2016

Public Debate: Should the City of Pittsburgh Have Legal Graffiti Walls?

October 6th, 2016 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

In part­ner­ship with the Univer­sity of Pittsburgh’s William Pitt Debate Union HCUAP has invited a panel that repre­sents the city’s Graf­fiti Squad, local graf­fiti and street artists, neigh­bor­hood council and graf­fiti watch members, and crim­i­nology and commu­ni­ca­tion scholars to offer reflec­tions on the possi­bility of creating legal graf­fiti walls. This serves as an oppor­tu­nity to put the public, govern­ment offi­cials, artists, and scholars in conver­sa­tion in public in ways they often are not to reflect collab­o­ra­tively on ways to build Pittsburgh’s capacity as a space of diver­sity, creative expres­sion, and vibrant dialogue.

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Symposium: Urban Art in the Post Industrial Landscape

October 8th, 2016 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm
Frick Fine Arts Audi­to­rium, 650 Schenley Drive
Pitts­burgh, PA 15260 United States
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This sympo­sium explores the history of graf­fiti art in New York, Chicago, Pitts­burgh and León Guana­juato, Mexico charting its post-indus­trial past and evolving present. From illicit subcul­tural act to permis­sion-based and city-sanc­tioned artistic prac­tice, graf­fiti illus­trates the evolu­tion of indus­trial surfaces into sprawling urban canvases. Partic­i­pants include scholars and prac­ti­tioners, and audi­ence members will be invited to dialogue about poten­tial educa­tional uses for graf­fiti history in diverse settings. This event is free and open to the public. Break­fast and lunch will be provided. Speakers include: Caitlin Bruce and Oreen Cohen, co-orga­nizers of Hemi­spheric Conver­sa­tions Shane Pilster, Graphic Designer and Rivers of Steel Urban Arts Educator, Pitts­burgh Ron Baraff, Director of Historic Resources and Facil­i­ties, Rivers of Steel Chris McGinnis, Assis­tant Professor of Art, Indiana Univer­sity Penn­syl­vania, Rivers of Steel Arts Joe Austin, Asso­ciate Professor of History, Univer­sity of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Miguel Aguilar, Artist and Lecturer, School of the Art Insti­tute of Chicago Fernando Quiroga Tala­mantes, Docu­men­tary Film­maker, León Guana­juato, Mexico Brain­storming session led by Paulette Ruz Vincent and Oscar Medina, Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh Presen­ta­tions from partic­i­pants Thank you to our part­ners: Rivers of Steel; the Amer­ican Studies Asso­ci­a­tion; Provost’s Year of Diver­sity Initia­tive; Depart­ment of Commu­ni­ca­tion; Gender, Sexu­ality and Women’s…

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March 2017

Public Lecture: Jessica N. Pabón, PhD. “At One Point We All Rebelled”

March 24th, 2017 @ 3:00 pm5:00 pm
Cathe­dral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave
Pitts­burgh, PA 15260
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Hip Hop masculinity has been theo­rized almost exclu­sively in rela­tion to cisgen­dered men and shaped by the ques­tion: what does the perfor­mance of main­stream Hip Hop masculinity do to girls and women? Frequently focused on toxic hyper­mas­culin­i­ties, the ques­tion prede­ter­mines the answer: girls and women in Hip Hop expe­ri­ence low self-esteem, low social status, and exploita­tion (in terms of sex and labor). In short, they are always already victims. Instead of asking what Hip Hop masculinity does to them, Dr. Jessica Pabón asks what graf­fiti grrlz do with mascu­line gender perfor­mance. In this talk, Pabón offers a crit­ical re-imag­ining of gender perfor­mance in Hip Hop culture by exam­ining the aesthetics, poli­tics, and embod­i­ment of graf­fiti grrlz from the USA, South Africa, Canada, and Australia. Analyzing masculinity with graf­fiti grrlz at the center reveals a gender perfor­mance that empowers rather than subju­gates, one that allows for and values a complex enact­ment of gender within Hip Hop culture; this is what Pabón calls a “femi­nist masculinity.” Femi­nist masculinity attends to graf­fiti grrlz’ everyday expe­ri­ences as cisgen­dered women who came into adult­hood as part of the Hip Hop gener­a­tion, an era increas­ingly marked by the neolib­eral promise of “girl power” fueled by post­fem­i­nism.…

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April 2017

You.SAW — Latin American and Caribbean Festival

April 1st, 2017 @ 12:00 pm7:00 pm

Latin Amer­ican and Caribbean Festival at the Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh, Saturday April 1, 2017 HCUAP You.SAW Table will be OUTSIDE Posvar Hall 12pm-7pm All ages Free

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You.SAW — Assemble, Maker’s Night

April 14th, 2017 @ 5:00 pm7:00 pm
Assemble, 4824 Penn Ave
Pitts­burgh, PA 15224
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Assemble, Maker’s Night, April 14, 2017 5pm-7pm 4824 Penn Ave, Pitts­burgh, PA 15224 ​Register here: Ages 10+ Free

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You.SAW — Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Hazelwood

April 20th, 2017

Carnegie Library of Pitts­burgh-Hazel­wood Branch, Thursday April 20, 2017 Teen Labs Teens Free

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Artist Meet and Greet Mixer at Wigle Whiskey Distillery

April 28th, 2017 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Wigle Whiskey, 2401 Smallman St
Pitts­burgh, PA 15222
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Friday, April 28 from 6pm-8pm Free Adults

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