FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2016
Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces the Creative Team and curatorial Companions for the Carnegie Int’l, 57th ed., 2018.
Led by Ingrid Schaffner, the curatorial team for the Carnegie International has developed a unique collaborative structure to guide and shape the period leading up to the exhibition opening. A Creative Team, Companions, Travelogues, and Tam O’Shanter Drawing Sessions comprise this collaboration.
A Creative Team with Karen Kelly and Barbara Schroeder (of Dancing Foxes) and Prem Krishnamurthy (of Project Projects) will help Schaffner, associate curator Liz Park, and curatorial assistant Allison Miller form editorial and design through-lines for the International’s identity and publications.
Five Companions will enrich Schaffner’s multi-year travel and world-wide research: Magalí Arriola (independent curator, Mexico City), Doryun Chong (Chief Curator, M+, Hong Kong), Ruba Katrib (Curator, SculptureCenter, New York), Carin Kuoni (Director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School, New York), and Bisi Silva (Founder and Artistic Director, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos). Each Companion joins Schaffner for travel to a destination with which they are not familiar.
A series of Travelogues, commissioned as third-person accounts, takes each of the five journeys as a point of departure. The first, by writer and critic Emmanuel Iduma, will be published on the CMOA website shortly after Schaffner and Kuoni’s trip to West Africa this summer.
In Pittsburgh, the Tam O’Shanter Drawing Sessions have already begun. These improvisational drawing classes—conducted by participants in all aspects of the International—form a programmatic thread, leading up to and through the exhibition. The series title riffs on the original name of CMOA’s legendary art classes for children. The classes are open to the public. Check http://cmoa.org/calendar for upcoming sessions.
Founded in 1896, the Carnegie International is one of the oldest and most prestigious surveys of contemporary art in the world. The 57th edition opens in the fall of 2018.
Schaffner characterizes the organization of this major exhibition as an ambitious, open-ended research grant. “Research starts with not knowing. The International expands the field of contemporary art wider than I have ever experienced it before. Embarking on this venture as research makes structures and teams all the more essential to help guide and open up the process.”
General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art enriches people’s lives through art. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our world-class collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. Learn more: call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.
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