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Attack Theatre and Some Assembly Required

Under the artistic direction of Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza, Attack Theatre has been making personal, accessible and collaborative dance-based performances with “ninja-like intensity” (Pittsburgh Tribune Review) for 17 years.

Some Assembly Required is Attack Theatre’s unique performance experience that blurs the lines that naturally exist between visual art, music and dance; between audience and performer. Some Assembly Required engages the audience with creation, improvisation, and performance inspired by specific works of art.

Fusing choreography and composition with visual art, Some Assembly Required was originally commissioned for the Carnegie Museum of Art. Inspired by the work of Philip Yenawine, former director of education at the Museum of Modern Art, this process gives the audience the ability to influence and interact with the creative process, and simultaneously allows for a facilitated discussion.

Now almost two decades later, Some Assembly Required has taken place at museums and galleries across the nation and around the world. With Some Assembly Required: Public, Attack Theatre is taking it out of the galleries and into the streets, tackling the public artworks of Pittsburgh. Partnering with the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art, we have chosen five public artworks throughout Pittsburgh to bring ten free performances of Some Assembly Required to the public space.

Join us and explore your city, your public art, in a new way.



The Public Artworks


Lend Me Your Ears by Jordan Monahan, assisted by Allison Zapata, 2004

Covering 8,500 square feet, Lend Me Your Ears is one of the largest murals ever commissioned by the Sprout Fund. Monahan was 19 at the time he created the mural, choosing a number of highly spirited images to create a striking and vibrant gateway for the neighborhood of East Liberty. The pigeons depicted represent a symbol of peace and the diversity of the community is expressed through the many colors of the television test bars spanning the mural. The children depicted in the mural are all children from the local community. (The Sprout Fund)






Cubed Tension by Sylvester Damianos, 1969

“a prism bent to form a cube. It’s almost touching but not quite.” This is how Sylvester Damianos’ Cubed Tension was described in a 1982 issue of Carnegie Magazine.  Damianos was commissioned to build the piece by Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority as part of a redevelopment of the Northside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. As you walk around the work, the relationship of the planes evolve into new forms. (Office of Public Art)






10,000 by Brian Holderman, with Jesse Best, 2010

The mural 10,000 is the second mural to grace this building side in Wilkinsburg. The community of Wilkinsburg had come back to the Sprout Fund and requested that Holderman expand his original mural project. Because the wall stands adjacent to a parklet and because of the community’s interest in environmental issues, Holderman chose a design that complemented the mural’s pastoral surroundings. He used his sophisticated sense of color combined with an animated style to create a scene that integrated with it’s surroundings, rather than clash with it. (The Sprout Fund)






A Song to Nature by Victor David Brenner, 1918

Located in front of the University of Pittsburgh’s Frick Fine Arts Building, A Song to Nature is the oldest public artwork of the SAR:Public lineup. The fountain is a memorial to Mary Schenley, who donated her land to create Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park in 1889. Brenner’s design was selected from a national competiton organized by the City of Pittsburgh. The fountain depicts the Greek god Pan, engaged in song, with a female figure replacing Pan’s typical pipe. (Office of Public Art)






Pittsburgh Variations by George Sugarman, 1984

On the North Shore Trail between the Sixth and Seventh Street Bridges, sits George Sugarman’s Pittsburgh Variations. Meant to reference the growth of Pittsburgh, the piece is composed of four abstract, painted aluminum shapes. The pieces represent a paddlewheel to symbolize the rivers, a crucible for industry, the Golden Triangle for business and finance, and Penn’s Woods for Pennsylvania’s forests and natural resources. (Office of Public Art)







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Some Assembly Required: Public is made possible in part by:

The Fine Foundation
The Fisher Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation
The Dee Delaney Arts Accessibility Fund
The Office of Public Art