Pittsburgh’s ‘Art All Night’ Goes Online for 2020 (Sat., 5/16/20)

For many of us, stay-at-home disorientation has progressed from “What day is it?” to “What time is it?” Doze off a few times during the day and you’re wide awake at night. So if you find yourself up in the middle of the night that bridges the middle of this weekend, try tuning your Internet receiver to Art All Night. It is Pittsburgh’s annual free and absolutely un-juried visual and performing arts festival—all of it packed into a 22-hour stretch that runs, this year, from 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Normally, Art All Night happens in a gigantic warehouse-type space. Everywhere you go—whether at midnight, at 3 a.m., or in the daylight periods that bracket the span of night—there are painters, sculptors, and mixed-media artists making, displaying, and/or selling art. Constantly at various times there are also performers musicalizing, stand-up comedizing, dancing or whatever. Children’s activities and performances unfold as well. 

This spring, Art All Night is all online, to be experienced via the web portal linked earlier. It won’t be the same as being there—but think of the upsides. For the first time in the event’s 23-year history, you can attend and interact with Art All Night in your bare feet or even bare naked. You can form online hangout groups with your friends or even frenemies. If so desired, you can even enjoy Art All Night while sipping chardonnay or bolting a beer, which IRL would not be permitted. So what are you waiting for? Oh, right: 4 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday. (MV) 

The entrance to 2015’s Art All Night, at a Willow St. warehouse in Lawrenceville. (photo: Heather McCracken)

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