Art lovers may know Braddock, Pennsylvania, and its surrounding towns and suburbs as a crumbling place from the haunting black-and-white photographs of LaToya Ruby Frazier. But a new project led by the artist Swoon is aiming to revitalize at least one corner of the rust-belt town of neighboring North Braddock with art, craft, and beauty.

Braddock Tiles will transform an early-20th-century Lutheran church that was set to be demolished into an arts-focused learning and resource center — an artisanal micro-factory hand-producing colorful ceramic tiles and in the process offering local residents small-scale employment and craft training. Swoon is working with Braddock artist collective Transformazium, resident ceramicist KT Tierney, and a team of 12 locally hired and trained ceramic tile makers; for their first venture, they’re crafting tiles to complete the building’s new roof.

This Saturday, November 16, Superchief Gallery and the Anita Shapolsky Foundation are hosting an evening in celebration of Braddock Tiles, for which Hyperallergic is proud to be the media partner. The event at the Anita Shaploky Gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side kicks off at 4 pm with film screenings and will feature an exhibition, music, and food.

Braddock Tiles will be launching a new series of prints by Dustin Yellin, RETNA, Swoon, The Conner Brothers, ROA, Faile, and more, and you’ll have the first chance to buy them there. Visitors can also look forward to a show of original work by dozens of artists who’ve supported the project and musical performances by Christopher Paul Stelling, Brent Green, and Todd Chandler. Tickets are only $10, all in support of an inspiring cause.

An Evening in Celebration of Braddock Tiles
Saturday, November 16, 2013, 4–9 pm at Anita Shapolsky Gallery
152 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065
Buy tickets online at Eventbrite.

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Jillian Steinhauer is a former senior editor of Hyperallergic. She writes largely about the intersection of art...

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