Pittsburgh’s Art All Night: Live Music, Cold Warehouse Air, Some Hidden Gems

Achievement: #35. Art All Night

We have a lot to catch up on before year’s end, so tonight we’re taking a ride in our own personal Wayback Machine, digging up some choice events from the achievement backlog.

Art All Night
Back in April, we attended a super fun yearly event called Art All Night. Appropriately, it’s an all night art event, hosted in Pittsburgh.

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According to this handy timeline, it’s been going on since 1998; my own first visit to the event was in 2004, and Fox and I have made it a yearly appointment ever since we returned to Pittsburgh. On the timeline, you can see a map showing the various locations that have hosted Art All Night. It merits a closer look, but not for the reason you’d think.

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There. You can ignore the map itself; I’m more interested in the Post-It notes. Juvenile? Sure. But they do kind of capture the overall tone of the event. It’s free, open to all, aggressively un-stuffy, and totally irreverent. You can find art of all kinds and subjects (and degrees of quality). In a way, quality is sort of beside the point — it’s about community and accessibility.

So, without further ado, this is our quick tour of the 2014 Art All Night, as seen in during the 4am hour.

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We began with a stop at the Art All Night photo booth. I opted for the serious pose…

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While Fox opted to “strike a pose.”

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It was a little dead at that time of night; even the musicians were in breakdown mode.

We liked it this way, though. 4am is actually our favorite hour to attend Art All Night. It gives us more time to ponder — and take photographs without annoying anyone!

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My stars, a hunky cowboys quilt!

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My stars, actual stars!

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This one really struck me, actually.

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A little Fox-on-fox action.

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A prominently-butted wall scribbler.

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One awesome thing about Art All Night is that everyone is invited to participate in the art-making. Even Fox! She called her contribution to annals of the Western canon…

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“Bewbs”. Speaking of which…

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Check out this awesome Live Art station!

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And then there’s the artist shantytown! (I think…)

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And an aluminum tree!

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And a friggin’ heavyset unicorn!

So that’s a snapshot of Art All Night. It’s fun, it’s goofy, not to mention…

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Look at that track record.

To sum up, when this rolls around next year, you should totally go. It’s 100% worth supporting. And if you can’t support in person…

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Think about donating.

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