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Familiar Boundaries. Infinite Possibilities exhibit opens with reception at August Wilson Center


  The highly anticipated exhibition, Familiar Boundaries. Infinite Possibilities, featuring the work of twelve regional, national, and international contemporary artists is now open to public visitors at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh. The unveiling was celebrated to a full house on Thursday, October 13, 2018, with a reception, guided exhibit tours and live performances.


EVENT + EXHIBIT PHOTOS: credit Joey Kennedy).


Guests previewed the August Wilson Center’s first major exhibition in both of its galleries, the café as well as outdoors on patio.  


Highlights of the evening included:

  • V.I.P. cocktail hour in the Center’s Highmark room
  • Artists Meet n’ Greet
  • Guided exhibit tours and conversations with featured artists
  • Musical performance by Ugandan Jazz Vocalist, SOMI and presentation by literary artist and art critic, Jessica Lanay


The powerful work of the twelve contemporary artists in “Familiar Boundaries. Infinite Possibilities” is expansive and generative across various media, materials, and disciplines. It’s an honor to organize this forward-thinking exhibition at the August Wilson Center with world-class artists who create work that carries on the legacy of August Wilson.” Kilolo Luckett, curator


Robert Agbede (Vice Chairman, Hatch USA)Jo-Anne Bates (Co-Chair, Host Committee)Dr. Felicia Snead (Co-Chair, Host Committee and Board Member)Michael Polite (Board Chair)Richard Taylor (Board Member) and Marimba Milliones, Dawn and Chris FleischnerAnne Kraybill (Director/CEO Westmoreland Museum of American Art)Grant Oliphant (President, Heinz Endowments and Board Member)Graham ShearingJose Diaz (Chief Curator, The Andy Warhol Museum)Tereneh Idia (Founder, Idia’Dega)Jake Goodman (Executive Director, Opportunity Fund)Staycee and Herman Pearl (Co-Founders, Pearl Arts Studios)Sarah Rafson (Founder, Point Line Projects)Joshua Rashaad (Photographer)Jermaine T. Bell (Designer)James Kidd (Artist)Charlotte Ka (Co-Founder, MOKA Gallery)Harris Ferris (Executive Director, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre) were among the guests in attendance.



The exhibit is on display in Pittsburgh at the August Wilson Center through March 24, 2019.


North American Premiere - Part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts
Country of Origin: Nigeria
Flying Girls is based on the story of Sim by Peju Alatise. Sim, a little Yoruba girl, lives in two alternate worlds. In one world, she is a nine-year old who is rented out as a domestic servant in the city of Lagos. In the other, she can fly at will. A moonlit world of escapism, this dream world is filled with talking birds and butterflies, and shadows are friends. Alatise dedicates Flying Girls to girls in Nigeria, where there is little safe space to just be children.
Peju Alatise is a widely-recognized contemporary artist living and working in Lagos, Nigeria. The exquisite nature of her technique produces an encounter between what is sensed and what is known, a material means to examine Nigeria’s shifting order of visibility within the global landscape. Crafting alternative social imageries and challenging master narratives in politics and media, her trajectory sharply illustrates how artists in Africa are filling in the gaps left by official histories.
Supported by The Fine Foundation; Arts, Equity, & Education Fund; The Heinz Endowments; Eden Hall Foundation; and Richard King Mellon Foundation
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