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John Kane: An Immigrant Laborer and Pittsburgh Artist

March 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pat McArdle and Reese McArdle
Tuesday, March 20
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

“I have been asked why I am particularly interested in painting Pittsburgh, Her mills with their plumes of smoke, Her high hills and deep valleys and winding rivers. Because I find beauty everywhere in Pittsburgh. It is the beauty of the past, which the present has not touched.” — John Kane

In 2017, Pat McArdle and his son Reese mounted a valiant campaign in their effort to rename the Beechwood Boulevard Bridge, commonly known as the Greenfield Bridge, for the Pittsburgh laborer and artist John Kane. The Pittsburgh Naming Commission overwhelmingly chose not to rename the bridge even as members noted that John Kane is a Pittsburgh icon whose works and legacy we ought to be celebrate more. In this lecture, Pat and Reese McArdle continue telling the story of John Kane and why he matters.

About the presenters:

Pat McArdle, is an Iron Worker turned music promoter turned art collector, dealer, and self-taught historian. He found a story in John Kane that was so compelling and so unknown that he felt a calling to reestablish his Kane’s legacy. Pat is a Ford City native, and currently lives in Edgewood.

Reese McArdle works at Carnegie Mellon University by day and devotes his evenings and weekends to the arts. He serves as vice president of Bunker Projects, an artist residency program and experimental gallery space on Penn Ave. Through Bunker he supports monthly exhibitions of contemporary art produced by emerging artists from across the country.

This lecture is FREE to PHLF members. Non-members: $10

RSVPs are appreciated: or 412-471-5808 ext. 527


March 20, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, 15221 United States
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