New Exhibit Gives Bird’s Eye View Into Hit Film, “Fences”

Paramount Pictures and Denzel Washington in collaboration with The August Wilson Center, recently opened Fences Up Close: A Pittsburgh Story, an exhibit featuring original props, video interviews, photos, and a custom-built setting from the film.

Fences is one of 2017’s most prolific Pittsburgh-centric movies. Filmed in The Hill District, the adaptation from playwright, August Wilson, follows the path of Troy Maxson, an ex-con and talented baseball player who eventually found himself in waste management. Now struggling to make ends meet, Maxson follows various paths, often causing wakes of collateral damage.The great struggle of family, faith, love, hate, and race in volatile times of the 1950’s.

“The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is honored to have the opportunity to create an art experience for the August Wilson Center that celebrates this incredible film and provides a monument to the great playwright, August Wilson. We are so grateful to Paramount Pictures and Denzel Washington for their support in this project,” says Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement.

While the exhibit was well put together, it would have been nice to see a more robust and expansive display, nevertheless, well worth visiting, as it does speak to the rich history of Pittsburgh. The gallery is open Monday-Sunday, visit for hours and other information.

Photos by Julie Kahlbaugh