Market Square Public Art Program

Projects are commissioned through the City of Pittsburgh’s Market Square Public Art Program by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.  

The 2016 project is by Allard Van Hoorn.  Learn about past installations in the About the Artwork section above.

 

 

 


Apr
30
5:00 pm17:00

Mix-N-Marathon Dance Party

Join us for a night of music and movement in Market Square sponsored by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, the Office of Public Art, the Pittsburgh Marathon, and VIA. Experience the Market Square Public Art installation Mix-N-Match on its closing night, and cut loose at the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon kickoff dance party! This even is all ages, free, and open to the public. The schedule of events for the evening are:

5:00 p.m. Mix-N-Match Listening Hour (enjoy Allard van Hoorn's tracks created for Mix-N-Match as they are broadcast throughout Market Square)
6:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Marathon March of the Runners
6:30 p.m. Live dance performance by Project Silk
7:00 p.m. DJ Pandemic (Weather Permitting, Pittonkatonk, Pandemic)
8:00 p.m. Eye Jay
9:00 p.m. DJ Bamboo (Neon Social, Fader Pirates)

Stop by the Juicerator Station to bike your way to a fresh smoothie, powered by Zero Fossil and Green Mountain Energy. 

 

 

Apr
28
5:00 pm17:00

On-site Interpretation, Market Square

Interested in this year's Market Square Public Art installation? Do you have questions about the work and/or the artist? Come and talk to one of the staff members from the Office of Public Art to learn more about Mix-N-Match

Office of Public Art staff will be present in Market Square on Tuesdays from noon - 1:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Apr
26
12:00 pm12:00

On-site Interpretation, Market Square

Interested in this year's Market Square Public Art installation? Do you have questions about the work and/or the artist? Come and talk to one of the staff members from the Office of Public Art to learn more about Mix-N-Match

Office of Public Art staff will be present in Market Square on Tuesdays from noon - 1:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Apr
23
1:00 pm13:00

Kid City Rockers Dance Party in Market Square

DJ Kelly Mom will be spinning her massive vinyl collection, including tracks from Mix-N-Match, during the afternoon in Market Square for one of her Kid City Rockers dance parties. This event is free and open to the public.

Apr
21
5:00 pm17:00

On-site Interpretation, Market Square

Interested in this year's Market Square Public Art installation? Do you have questions about the work and/or the artist? Come and talk to one of the staff members from the Office of Public Art to learn more about Mix-N-Match

Office of Public Art staff will be present in Market Square on Tuesdays from noon - 1:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Apr
19
12:00 pm12:00

On-site Interpretation, Market Square

Interested in this year's Market Square Public Art installation? Do you have questions about the work and/or the artist? Come and talk to one of the staff members from the Office of Public Art to learn more about Mix-N-Match

Office of Public Art staff will be present in Market Square on Tuesdays from noon - 1:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Apr
16
1:00 pm13:00

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Hazelwood Performance in Market Square

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Hazelwood will be recreating their performance for Allard van Hoorn, which inspired the musical track Flower Beds. Bring the whole family to hear readings by Hazelwood residents, to see the Book Mobile, and to hear stories told by the library's Reading Buddy program. 

April is Month of the Young Child. Free copies of Kite Day (Bear and Mole) by Will Hillenbrand will be distributed. This event is free and open to the public.

Apr
15
7:00 pm19:00

Arthur Murray Public Dance Class in Market Square

Three Arthur Murray Dance Studios will converge on Market Square to lead an outdoor public dance class. The evening will begin with a spotlight dance by dancers from Arthur Murray, followed by a night filled with various dance instruction, and of course, fun. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Apr
14
5:00 pm17:00

On-site Interpretation, Market Square

Interested in this year's Market Square Public Art installation? Do you have questions about the work and/or the artist? Come and talk to one of the staff members from the Office of Public Art to learn more about Mix-N-Match

Office of Public Art staff will be present in Market Square on Tuesdays from noon - 1:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Apr
12
12:00 pm12:00

On-site Interpretation, Market Square

Interested in this year's Market Square Public Art installation? Do you have questions about the work and/or the artist? Come and talk to one of the staff members from the Office of Public Art to learn more about Mix-N-Match

Office of Public Art staff will be present in Market Square on Tuesdays from noon - 1:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Apr
9
2:30 pm14:30

CEEMI Workshop--If you're in Market Square, you're in the band!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO POSSIBLE INCLEMENT WEATHER ON APRIL 9, 2016. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR RE-SCHEDULING INFORMATION.

CEEMI (Collaborative Experiential Electronic Musical Instrument) is an innovative piece of technology that turns any WiFi compatible device – a smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop computer – into a collaborative electronic musical instrument on the fly. It was specially designed for musical performances by groups of people without prior musical training. Participants in the CEEMI Workshop will be invited to create a new piece of music together in a safe and fun environment, through the combined usage of CEEMI, simple games and other creative strategies accessible to all. The CEEMI Workshop will be led by Gil Teixeira, CEEMI’s creator and sound programmer,  and will be open to anyone that walks by in Market Square with either a smartphone or a tablet at hand. 

Registration for this event is required. Please visit: www.publicartpittsburgh.org to register.  


To learn more about CEEMI, visit: http://playceemi.com

To learn more about Gil Teixeira, visit: http://gilteixeira.com

Apr
8
6:00 pm18:00

Party with DJ G3 in Market Square

After happy hour, walk over to Market Square for a dance party with DJ G3. DJ G3 is Eugene D. Williams, III an up-and-coming DJ and saxophonist based out of Pittsburgh.  His mixes incorporate Top 40, R&B, Hip-hop, reggae, and other dance favorites delivering, "great music, gratifying sound, and genuine appeal" to diverse audiences.

This event is free and open to the public.

Apr
7
5:00 pm17:00

On-site Interpretation, Market Square

Interested in this year's Market Square Public Art installation? Do you have questions about the work and/or the artist? Come and talk to one of the staff members from the Office of Public Art to learn more about Mix-N-Match

Office of Public Art staff will be present in Market Square on Tuesdays from noon - 1:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Apr
6
1:00 pm13:00

CAPA Student Performance in Market Square

In October of 2015, Allard van Hoorn recorded the recitation of original poetry written by students from Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts School (CAPA), which he then converted in to the musical track I Miss The Bees. The students will return to Market Square to recite poetry in a non-traditional manner and showcase their dynamic, creative voices. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Apr
5
12:00 pm12:00

On-site Interpretation, Market Square

Interested in this year's Market Square Public Art installation? Do you have questions about the work and/or the artist? Come and talk to one of the staff members from the Office of Public Art to learn more about Mix-N-Match

Office of Public Art staff will be present in Market Square on Tuesdays from noon - 1:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Apr
2
1:00 pm13:00

Live Concert in Market Square

Listen to a live performance by talented musicians as they play music that interacts with the tracks for Mix-N-Match. Performers are: Jeff Berman, vibraphone; Dave Bernabo, guitar; Tracy Mortimore, bass; Raquel Winnica Young, voice; Lenny Young, oboe.

The group will play two, 30 minute sets. The first will be at 1:00 p.m., and the second at 2:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 

Mar
31
5:00 pm17:00

On-site Interpretation, Market Square

Interested in this year's Market Square Public Art installation? Do you have questions about the work and/or the artist? Come and talk to one of the staff members from the Office of Public Art to learn more about Mix-N-Match

Office of Public Art staff will be present in Market Square on Tuesdays from noon - 1:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Mar
30
12:00 pm12:00

Clean Team Performance and Ethnomusicology Lecture

Come and see the Clean Team sweep the Square, like they did when van Hoorn was recording sounds for Mix-N-Match. Following the performance, Meghan Hynson, visiting professor of ethnomusicology at Duquesne University, will walk participants through the Square to discuss how van Hoorn's concept for Mix-N-Match relates to other musical traditions around the globe.

This event is free and open to the public, and will take place in Market Square. 

Mar
29
12:00 pm12:00

On-site Interpretation, Market Square

Interested in this year's Market Square Public Art installation? Do you have questions about the work and/or the artist? Come and talk to one of the staff members from the Office of Public Art to learn more about Mix-N-Match

Mar
28
5:00 pm17:00

On-site Interpretation

Interested in this year's Market Square Public Art installation? Do you have questions about the work and/or the artist? Come and talk to one of the staff members from the Office of Public Art to learn more about Mix-N-Match

Mar
20
4:00 pm16:00

Blogger Happy Hour

Location:TBD
Bloggers unite! Come to this Blogger Happy Hour to meet Allard van Hoorn, the 2016 Market Square Public Art artist.

Mar
19
Mar 23

Artist Talk, Allard van Hoorn

Allard van Hoorn will be giving an artist talk at Perlè, a restaurant in Market Square at 4:30 pm Saturday, March 19, 2016/  Perlè is located on the square at 25 Market Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Following the talk will be a performance in Market Square @ 6:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Mix N' Match is the new Market Square Public Art installation for 2016 by Dutch artist Allard van Hoorn. The artist is transforming Market Square into a giant interactive jukebox that visitors can operate. The artwork reaches out to users of Market Square, both near and far, to create a new experience of the public space. Van Hoorn collaborated with seven different community groups to record 8 musical tracks for this work. Join us as we learn about van Hoorn's impetus for this project and process in creating Mix N' Match.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Allard van Hoorn is a performance, sound, and installation artist who creates work that examines our relationship with urban landscapes and our systems of classification. He visually and acoustically translates the built environment and nature to call to question our preconceived notions and perceptions of the spaces we inhabit. 

He has been and will be shown at institutions including the biennales and triennials of Tbilisi (Art - 2015), Havana (Art - 2015), Istanbul (Art - 2015, 2013 | Parallel Events), Gwangju (Design - 2011), Shenzhen (Urbanism and Architecture - 2013), Fundazione Pistoletto, ISCP Open Studios November 2014, Art Rotterdam 2014 as Focused Artist, Blaffer art Museum - Houston, Rothko Chapel - Houston, Centro Centro - Madrid, MaCRO - Rosario, Rosenthal CAC - Cincinnati, de Appel arts centre - Amsterdam, Storefront for Art and Architecture - NYC, Stedelijk Museum - Amsterdam, Pinakothek der Moderne - Munich, Gasworks - London, the MoCA - Shanghai, Van Abbemuseum - Eindhoven (NL), MAM - Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), Open/Invited EV+A - Limerick (Ireland), Botkyrka konsthall - Tumba (Sweden), The Moore Space - Miami, Museo de la Ciudad de México, the German Architectural Centre (DAZ) - Berlin, the Zendai MoMA - Shanghai and CCCB - Barcelona.

Platform for Urban Investigation
Van Hoorn is the founder of the Platform for Urban Investigation, the nomadic, cross-disciplinary research facility investigating local urban environments around the world working with architects, designers, choreographers, musicians and visual artists. The Platform for Urban Investigation collaborates with the Rijksakademie Amsterdam and its RAIN Networks and is project collaborator for Urban China Magazine.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM     

Market Square Public Art program is an initiative of the City of Pittsburgh to engage the city's residents and visitors with public art.  The program is produced by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership with technical assistance from the Office of Public Art. 

Mar
18
5:30 pm17:30

Mix-N-Match Opening

Allard van Hoorn's Market Square Public Art installation opens to the public for the Bicentennial Gallery Crawl. Stop by Market Square to see the piece.

A Event  OF THE PITETSBURGH DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP AND THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH