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Arts and Performance

Melissa Catanese: The Lottery

March 21, 2022July 22, 2022 EDT

Light Work

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Light Work presents The Lottery a solo exhibition of new works by Pittsburgh-based photographer Melissa Catanese. In The Lottery, Catanese turns her attention to the tense and confusing state of contemporary politics and culture. Her images bring together large groups of people, barren caverns, natural forces, physical exertion, and eruptions both crude and colorful. The accumulated manic puzzle shifts the viewer from crowded street to darkened cavern. Along the way, we see a geyser of oil, streaks of lightning, veins of molten rock, and cooling craters. Punctuating these natural phenomena are people in states of glee, pain, confusion, and anguish. 

Light Work will host an opening reception with Catanese on Thursday, March 24, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  A 6:00 p.m. artist talk with Catanese about her current solo exhibition, The Lottery will be followed by a Q&A with reception guests. The reception and artist talk is free and open to the public.

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This event was published on March 23, 2022.

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Limited metered parking is available on Waverly Avenue and paid parking is available in the Booth Parking Garage. Visit for more information on parking and directions to the galleries.