Artist Lecture with Jenny Holzer

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 7:30pm to 8:15 pm
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard, Pittsburgh 15222

Artist Jenny Holzer revealed her new site specific artwork, For Pittsburgh, and presented a lecture concerning the work. The free lecture was sponsored by the Office of Public Art and the Pittsburgh Sports and Exhibition Authority.

For Pittsburgh is monumental in its physical scale and in its ambition to give public presence to books most commonly read in private. The three books that will scroll on the lighting system tell stories about Pittsburgh taken from the personal experiences of the authors. The books are: An American Childhood by Annie Dillard, Homewood Trilogy (Sent for You Yesterday, Hiding Place, and Damballah) by John Edgar Wideman and Out of this Furnace by Thomas Bell.

Over time, books will be added to the collection, creating another form of public library for Pittsburgh, available for viewing on the city's skyline. Books will scroll twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Optimum legibility of the texts occurs on the Convention Center's terrace.

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