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Sept. 16: Media Advisory: Miller Gallery's "Your Town, Inc." Exhibit Hosts Hometown BBQ Reception


Eric Sloss                            

Media Advisory:
Miller Gallery's "Your Town, Inc." Exhibit
Hosts Hometown BBQ Reception

First Reception of the Miller Gallery’s New Season Coincides With Global PARK(ing) Day

Event: The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University will host a Hometown BBQ Reception in conjunction with its "Your Town, Inc." exhibition, which examines the ways communities "re-use" abandoned big-box superstores through installation work and photography. Oberlin, Ohio-based Julia Christensen, artist and researcher of "Your Town, Inc.," will be in attendance along with Astria Suparak, the "UnBox"exhibition's curator and director of the Miller Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public. Homemade treats from My Goodies vegan bakery and homebrewed drinks by Benjamin Vernot will be served.  

The Hometown BBQ Reception coincides with PARK(ing) Day, a one-day, global event originating in San Francisco, where artists, activists and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into "PARK(ing)" spaces — temporary public parks. Like the "Your Town, Inc." exhibition, PARK(ing) Day recognizes the need for critical evaluation of how land is used in America, while empowering citizens to reclaim buildings and urban spaces for people, not corporations.

"Your Town, Inc." is open now through Nov. 23 in the Miller Gallery. Free and open to the public, the Miller Gallery's hours are noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. For more information on "Your Town, Inc." or the Miller Gallery, please visit

When: 6 – 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19

Where: Miller Gallery on the Carnegie Mellon campus, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15213

Pictured above is the "UnBox," a sculptural installation in reaction and response to the "big box" concept. Christensen worked with only regional materials, local people and businesses. The "UnBox" will be activated for creative and social uses, challenging the values and conventions of corporate retail. The Hometown BBQ will be hosted inside the "UnBox."