Sixteen Sundays in Czech Republic

December 9th, 2009

The first international exhibition of photographs from Sixteen Sundays will be part of the exhibition of “Connecting Pittsburgh.” Below is the information:

Connecting Pittsburgh

This city, once called the Steel Heart of America, had once been the final destination for immigrants from all over the world. The Czech and Slovak enclave, created at that time, still exists today, albeit in a changed form. It was here that T.G. Masaryk signed the Czech-Slovak agreement – or Pittsburgh Agreement as it became known – one of the most important documents on route to Czechoslovak independence. These rich historical events are followed upon by new cooperation and friendships by Czech and Pittsburgh artists, resulting in an exchange exhibition project, organized by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Prague House of Photography. Its aim is not only presenting the public with works of top photographers but also to awaken and bring back the relations between both places, so fatally created many years ago.

The first of the two exhibitions, titled Czech It, took place in spring 2009 in Pittsburgh’s SPACE Gallery. The exposition showed the works of eleven Czech photographers, presenting the Czech photographic output throughout three generations of authors, from the Czech avant-garde to today’s generation (J. Funke, E. Wiškovský, J. Štreit, D. Kydrová, Š. Grygar, E. Sobek, M. Pěchouček, K. Držková, A. Kotzmannová, K. Milde, P. Malá).

Prague’s exhibition Connecting Pittsburgh in Gallery Deset was developed with a similar aim. It focuses on showcasing not only contemporary documentary and art photography but also works originating as far back as in the 1940’s and thus follows existing creative advancements. Among the eldest shots are those of Teenie Harris, a reporter for the Pittsburgh Courier, who had documented the life in black neighborhoods since the 1940’s or those of Clyde Hare, who had captured the change and reconstruction of the city during the 1950’s. Top reporter Scott Goldsmith introduces some of his views behind the scenes of top politics, while Ross Mantel’s pictures from the last G 20 meeting also include elements of political commentary. Renee Rosensteel’s documentary portraits contain understanding, consonance and compassion, while Don Orkoskey moves his photographs of community artmaking almost to a surrealistic level. Interesting are also works by Tim Kaulen, which document his own sculptures made from lost scraps in city landscape or by Lorraine Vullo and Picarsic III, who work similarly but use a homemade pinhole camera and then transfer the photographs to handmade paper and frames.

Part of the exhibition Connecting Pittsburgh will also be a small exposition of archive documents related to the Czech history which took place in Pittsburgh and to the lives of Czech and Slovak countrymen in this city.

Connecting Pittsburgh is the second exhibition in an international photographic exchange co-curated by Jen Saffron and Eva Heyd, Director of the Prague House of Photography. The first exhibition was entitled CZECH IT, up last April in SPACE Gallery with full funding and support from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. CZECH IT featured the work of eleven prominent Czech photographers from the 1920s until today. Connecting Pittsburgh features the work of: Sue Abramson, Scott Goldsmith, Clyde Hare, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Elizabeth Heisey, Deborah Hosking, Tim Kaulen, Ross Mantle, Heather Mull, Don Orkoskey, Michael Picarsic III, Renee Rosensteel, Kevin Sweeney, Lorraine Vullo, and William D. Wade.

Exhibition Schedule

  • Galerie Deset in Waldes Museum in Prague
from December 11, 2009 until January 15, 2010.
  • Galerie Frantiska Drtikola in the city Pribram from March 9th to April 9th – www.galerie-drtikol.com.
  • From there, Connecting Pittsburgh will travel to Ceske Budejovice to open in the gallery Nahoře from May 24th – July 15. The gallery is a part of a cultural complex that lists events at www.metropol-cb.cz.
  • Final 2010 Czech Republic stop on the Connecting Pittsburgh tour is the American Center, part of the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Autumn dates September 14-October 12. Please visit the embassy web www.prague.usembassy.gov, click on American Center.

Link: Pittsburgh to Prague: Artists and activists connect 

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