A Conversation About Pittsburgh as a Great Place for Artists

Christiana Leach
Christiane Leach

Pittsburgh artist Christiane Leach (who also works with  the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council) took the time for a phone conversation about Pittsburgh as a great place for artists to live and work. While Christiana is a Pittsburgh native, she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico only to boomerang back. Today, she says, artists from San Francisco and elsewhere are discovering Pittsburgh’s status as a great center for creativity.

Listen to a conversation with Christiane Leach from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Link to the referenced powerpoint slide presentation   

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Blog

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage.

When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city.

With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s.

The result will be a book with a video component.

We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url artafterx.com will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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