ModernFormations is an art gallery that holds frequent readings and music events. Located in the Penn Avenue Arts District between the neighborhoods of Garfield and Friendship at 4919 Penn Ave. The space can be rented for literary events for a modest fee; the gallery owner prefers to work with local promoters rather than with touring acts directly.

The band Boca Chica concludes a night of readings with the TNY Presents series, November 2008.

Past Readers

TNY Presents holds their reading series at ModernFormations, and Six Gallery Press has held most of their author showcase readings here. Other readers have included: Carolyn Elliot, Anne Marie Rooney, and Sophie Klahr.


(412) 362-0274

External Links

ModernFormations website:

ModernFormations on LibraryThing Local page with Google Map:

What's Nearby?

Garfield Artworks and Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery occupy the same block as ModernFormations. The Mr. Roboto Project and Spak Brothers Pizza are a few blocks East on Penn Avenue, and the Quiet Storm Coffeehouse is several long blocks down the street, in the direction of East Liberty. To the west of ModernFormations, several blocks away on Penn Avenue, you can find some good eats at J'eet and Brillobox.