Virgil Cantini was an artist and sculptor best known for creating large works of public art in Pittsburgh in the middle part of the 20th Century. He aimed to make art free and accessible to all, as well as long-lasting, but the changing priorities in a dynamic city have caused many of his works to be relocated.
Freelance writer and reporter, Holden Slattery, interviewed Cantini for The Pitt News, and Cantini made such an impression on him that he chose to continue researching and writing about him more than a decade later. While working on a recently published essay about Cantini, Slattery learned much more about Cantini and the challenges to maintaining and preserving public art, as well as the advocates working to preserve it.
In this lecture, presented by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, Holden Slattery will share some of his findings in his more than a decade-long interest in Virgil Cantini and his work.
The lecture about Virgil Cantini’s Public Art in Pittsburgh will be presented virtually on Thursday, April 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
For more information, or to purchase your ticket, visit the Virgil Cantini’s Public Art in Pittsburgh event page.