No longer just the name of a Bowie album, the Levis-backed creative project known as “Station to Station“, launches in 11 days from New York, with a scheduled stop in Pittsburgh on Sunday, September 8. For only $25 bones you can experience one of the most unique cultural happenings of our generation. Sure, the cross-country train tour has been executed before, but Levis has managed to elevate the concept into what’s being dubbed as a “nomadic happening” that is “broadening the cultural landscape” – a welcome idea on the tail end of a weekend whose media highlight was Miley Cyrus’ twerk-tastic performance at the VMAs. If nothing else, that exhibition certainly illustrated the need for original, thought-provoking programming for American consumption. “For a short time, the most interesting place in the country will be a moving target.” A target that’s coming right for Pittsburgh. Lucky us.
Levis’ first taste of Pittsburgh came via an ad campaign glorifying Braddock and its mayor John Fetterman, as well as the revitalization of the rust belt and a few other local artists. The fantastic portrayal of the area didn’t go unnoticed by residents, and we hope the same attention is given to this fantastic event rolling through town.
Participating artists and musicians, most of which have some type of local connection, include:
Ariel Pink & Haunted Graffitti, Thurston Moore & John Moloney/Caught on Tape, No Age, YOSHIMIO + Hisham Akira Bharoocha + Ryan Sawyer TRIO, KC Marching Cobras, Urs Fischer, Kenneth Anger, Ernesto Neto, Liz Glynn, and Carsten Höller
There is also a food aspect to the event, which focuses on “slow food producers” and features a talk from the woman credited with initiating the current American food revolution, Alice Waters, alongside the event’s curator, Doug Aitken.
For more information on each of these artists, visit Station to Station’s page. We hope you branch out of your comfort zone, turn off those Sunday night shows, and get downtown to experience this once-in-a-lifetime hap!