Forbes Field. The Igloo. The Hill. The Flood. Every city or town has them. Places, moments, and events that link people across neighborhoods and generations. Images of these things become visual shorthand, saying “this is us.” Sometimes, it’s an event that fascinates long after its decade has passed. Or a location where everyone meets. Maybe it’s that field trip destination where generations of school children stared in wonder. The mosaic isn’t constant. Some landmarks hold great meaning for decades, then lose their significance when the city changes. And we don’t all agree on the meanings. When you see an image of the Civic Arena, what comes to mind? The Pens? The Hill? Group unity or the loss of a neighborhood? Do you even remember the Civic Arena? This set of landmark places and moments drawn from the History Center’s collection tells the story of Pittsburgh over the past 150 years.
The #Pixburgh: A Photographic Experience exhibition at the Heinz History Center ran from December 2016 to September 2017.