Artist Vanessa German performs "Spoken Word Opera"

02jun2:00 pm4:00 pmArtist Vanessa German performs "Spoken Word Opera"

Event Details

June 2 (Sunday)
2-4 p.m.

You are invited to an afternoon of performance and conversation with Vanessa German, a groundbreaking, award-winning multidisciplinary artist whose work is included in the exhibition An Essential Presence: The Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art. Her performance is called Spoken Word Opera and brings all of the drama and theatricality of traditional opera to intimate performances that explore contemporary themes through a dynamic hybrid of spoken word poetry, hip hop, storytelling, music, and movement. You don’t want to miss this truly special performance followed by a talkback with the audience. Free, but seating is limited so come early.

Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood. Homewood is the community that is the driving force behind German’s powerful performance work, and whose cast-off relics form the language of her copiously embellished sculptures. As a citizen artist, German explores the power of art and love as a transformative force in the dynamic cultural ecosystem of communities and neighborhoods. She is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of Homewood.

German’s work is in private and public collections, including the Everson Museum of Art, Figge Art Museum, Flint Institute of Arts, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, David C. Driskell Center, Snite Museum of Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College. German’s work has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Mattress Factory, Everson Museum of Art, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Studio Museum, Ringling Museum of Art and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Her work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered, and in the Huffington Post, O magazine, and Essence magazine. She is the recipient of the 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, the 2017 Jacob Lawrence Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 2018 United States Artist Grant.




(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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