March 7th 12pm – 5pm
Free of Charge (Funded by a Remake Learning Ignite Grant)
Ages 16 and up
Frank Santoro will lead a hands on workshop where he examines the connections between art and music. Santoro postulates that improvisation and orchestration across diverse disciplines are all connected by creative intuition and pattern language. Those attending will make a comic strip during the five hour class. No experience necessary. You don’t need to know how to draw. Comics as Music. Frank will also be promoting his book “Pittsburgh” published by New York Review Comics which was recently chosen as one of the best books of 2019 by NYTimes and Forbes. Registration required, see form below.
Frank Santoro’s work has been exhibited at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City and at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, Italy. He is the author of Storeyville and Pompeii and has collaborated with Ben Jones, Dash Shaw, Gary Panter, and others. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
New York Review of Books
“Pittsburgh is the story of a family, and a city. Frank Santoro faces a straightforward yet heart-rending reality: His parents, once high-school sweethearts, now never speak to each other—despite working in the same building. Stuck in the middle, he tries to understand. The result is this book.
Using markers, pencils, scissors, and tape, with a variety of papers, drawing in vivid colors and exuberant lines, Santoro constructs a multi-generational retelling of their lives. Framed by his parents’ courtship and marriage, and set amid the vital but fading neighborhood streets, the pages of Pittsburgh are filled with details both quotidian and dramatic—from his childhood mishaps to his father’s trauma in Vietnam—interspersed throughout with the mute witness of the family dog, Pretzel.
Santoro, the acclaimed author of Storeyville and Pompeii, has created his masterpiece. Pittsburgh is an extraordinary reimagining of the comics form to depict the processes of memory, and a powerful, searching account of a family taking shape, falling apart, and struggling to reinvent itself, as the city around them does the same.”