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Get Ya’self “A Piece of BOOM” during the Month Of December at BOOM Concepts!
December Unblurred: A Piece Of BOOM
Announcing the opening of the group exhibition “A Piece of BOOM” happening during the Penn Avenue Unblurred Gallery Crawl and subsequent December program happening across BOOM Concepts Campus.
Pittsburgh, PA , November 27, 2017 – It’s the last Unblurred Gallery Crawl of 2017, along the Penn Avenue Arts and Business Corridor. A showcase featuring the top creative cohort based in Pittsburgh is the perfect way to end off the year! Join us on 12.1.17 at 5139 Penn Avenue from 6-10pm for the opening of “A Piece of BOOM”, an All Star group gallery exhibition and month long event series produced by BOOM Concepts. “A Piece of BOOM” features the multi-faceted artwork and ideas from the people that own, operate and activate BOOM Concepts; one of the “best galleries for local artists in Pittsburgh”.
“A Piece of BOOM” features new multimedia works by the award winning duo Magic Organs aka DS Kinsel and Julie Mallis (whose collaborative studio space is based at BOOM Concepts), a review of the commercial design portfolio of Thomas Agnew (Co-Founder of Jenesis Magazine & BOOM Concepts) and a Black Unicorn Library and Digital Archives pop up from leading BOOM Studio Member, Bekezela Mguni.
“A Piece of BOOM” will also feature new works from BOOM Studio Manager Anqwenique and BOOM Studio Assistants Max Emiliano Gonzales, DeVaughn Rodgers, Kuwame Kinsel, and Sarah Bader.
BOOM Studio Assistant Jazmin Bailey will showcase a live dance performance during the opening of this exhibition..
A Piece of BOOM Opening Exhibition 6PM-10PM
Light food & Refreshments provided by Everyday’s A Sundae
Additional programming during December will include:
- BOOM Concepts Open Studio
December 7th | 6:30P, held at BOOM Concepts (5139 Penn Avenue)
- BOOM Concepts Panel & Fundraiser
December 14th | 7P-11P
Held at Black Unicorn: Library and Archives Project (732 E Warrington Ave)
- BOOM Concepts Rent Party (5139 Penn Avenue)
December 16th | 10P-2A
Held at BOOM Concepts
BOOM Concepts is a creative hub based in Pittsburgh dedicated to the advancement of POC and LGBTQIA creative entrepreneurs. Named “One of the Best Galleries for Local Artists” in 2016 & 2017 by the Pittsburgh City Paper; BOOM Concepts serves as a space for field building, knowledge sharing, peer to peer mentorship, and storytelling. These actions provide a way for creatives to successfully navigate between nonprofit and for-profit sectors as a way to practice contemporarily while having some control their career trajectory. Our action based strategies are inspired by examples of creative placemaking and cultural space keeping projects such as Project Rowhouse (Houston, TX), Eastside Cultural Center (Oakland, CA), Stony Island Arts Bank (Chicago, IL), and AS220 (Providence, RI). BOOM Concepts has four locations across Pittsburgh with flagship location in Garfield, home to the operations of Jenesis Magazine and Magic Organs Studio, the collaborative practice of DS Kinsel & Julie Mallis. BOOM has studio locations in Oakland and Allentown and is host to the Black Unicorn Archives & Library project in Allentown.
BOOM Concepts hosts monthly art exhibitions as part of #Unblurred on Penn Ave, as well as film screenings, community meetings, album release events, dance parties, and more! Thoughtful collaborations with traditional arts institutions have led to increased professional development and employment opportunities for the artists, makers, and practitioners on the BOOM Concepts roster. By forming a collective and connecting our roster to exhibition, vending and presentation opportunities Boom Concepts expands artists’ access to industry by building upon the relationships that are negotiated by its group members. Our multi-faceted approach provides space for our targeted demographics to expand on their own terms. This is a critical step when expanding and strengthening a pre-existing practice.