FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2017
Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie International to Open October 12, 2018
Programming and Artist Site Visits Happening Now
Thaddeus Mosley, Art Labor with Joan Jonas, and Mimi Cherono Ng’ok announced as participating artists
Pittsburgh, PA… Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) is pleased to announce that the Carnegie International, 57th edition, 2018, curated by Ingrid Schaffner, will open October 12, 2018, and run through March 25, 2019. However, the International is already under way, with expanding research and creative documentation along with a highly-crafted schedule of programs, commissioned essays, and participating artists coming to Pittsburgh for immersive visits. As part of Schaffner’s interest in making the research process accessible and evolving. New York-based design firm Project Projects has built an online portal for the International.
The Carnegie International online portal serves as a living, accumulating document, where viewers can read Travelogues by writer and critic Emmanuel Iduma and artist Maira Kalman, based on the research trips taken by Schaffner. The Travelogues make visible the spirit of research and travel leading up to the International, inviting writers to add their own voice, interpretation, and experience to the process. Future Travelogues by Pico Iyer, among others, will be added in the coming months, each chronicling Schaffner’s travels with a curator companion to a region he or she had never visited before. The companions were Doryun Chong, Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong; Ruba Katrib, Curator of SculptureCenter, New York; Carin Kuoni, Director of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School, New York; Bisi Silva, Founder and Artistic Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos; and Magalí Arriola, a Mexico City-based independent curator.
“I was thinking about the Carnegie Museums’ identity as a research institute, and thought that offered a useful model,” said Schaffner. “The colleagues I traveled with are not co-curators but thinking partners. By supporting their work in the field, the International has helped build new networks of artists and curators around the world.”
Back in Pittsburgh, Tam O’Shanter Drawing Sessions have begun. In a nod to the heritage of founder Andrew Carnegie (a tam-o’-shanter is a traditional Scottish beret), CMOA has held these art classes for young people since 1929. Schaffner has retuned the format to create a programmatic thread leading up to and throughout the exhibition. The public programs are conducted by artists and organizers of the International, who connect their work and participants through improvisational acts of drawing. Each session is unique. Skill is not required to map, mark, doodle, render, cartoon, write, or otherwise participate in these open-ended gatherings. This program underscores Schaffner’s commitment to unpacking the history of the International as an evolving exhibition concept.
The next Tam O’Shanter session will take place on September 24 led by International artist and Pittsburgh native Thaddeus Mosley (b. 1926). Although Mosley has lived and worked in Pittsburgh for over 65 years, this will be his first time participating in an International. A pillar of Pittsburgh’s arts community, whose work is on view in 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art, Mosley will lead a drawing session, prompted by his sculptures and keyed to his personal collection of jazz records. Mosley has had solo and two-person exhibitions at venues including CMOA; the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, where he was featured as Artist of the Year in 1979; the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild; and the Mattress Factory.
In addition to Mosley, the International is pleased to announce two participants whom Schaffner met on her travels: the Vietnamese collective Art Labor (founded 2012) and Kenyan photographer Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (b. 1983).
Schaffner and companion Magalí Arriola met the Vietnam-based collective Art Labor during a trip to Southeast Asia. Comprising artists Thao-Nguyen Phan and Truong Cong Tung and curator Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran, the collective explores cross-disciplinary practices and develops art projects that benefit local communities. This fall, the collective will travel to Pittsburgh for an extended site visit to think through their contribution to the International. At their invitation, the pioneering video and performance artist Joan Jonas will collaborate with the collective. Jonas was introduced to the work of Art Labor through the Rolex Mentor and Protégés Arts Initiative, when she mentored Thao-Nguyen in 2016–2017.
Schaffner met Mimi Cherono Ng’ok at the Dakar Biennale while traveling with companion Carin Kuoni. Like Schaffner’s creatively documented and inclusive approach to research and travel, Cherono Ng’ok’s experiences growing up between Kenya and South Africa have engendered an intimate body of work centered on issues of home, displacement, loss, and identity. A Magnum Foundation grantee, Cherono Ng’ok recently won the inaugural Photo London Artproof Award for her series Everyone Is Lonely in Kigali, which was on view at the Biennale.
Established in 1896 as the Annual Exhibition, the Carnegie International was initially held every fall (with few exceptions) and focused almost solely on painting. By 1955, the show had adopted a triennial schedule and, in 1958, it became known as the Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture, a title it retained until 1970. After an interruption in the 1970s, the exhibition resumed in 1977 and 1979 as the Pittsburgh International Series, single-artist shows intended as a parallel to the Nobel Prize for the arts. In 1982, it reappeared under its original triennial survey format as the Carnegie International, and has been mounted every three to five years since. After the Venice Biennale, the Carnegie International is the oldest international survey exhibition in the world.
Over the last 119 years, the museum has acquired hundreds of works of art that have appeared in Carnegie International exhibitions, by artists including Josef Albers, Dara Birnbaum, Louise Bourgeois, Mary Cassatt, Nicole Eisenman, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Dan Graham, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Mike Kelley, Ellsworth Kelly, Louise Lawler, Glenn Ligon, Agnes Martin, Julie Mehretu, Bruce Nauman, Chris Ofili, On Kawara, Nam June Paik, Sigmar Polke, Auguste Rodin, Doris Salcedo, John Singer Sargent, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.
Prizes awarded to Carnegie International artists include the Carnegie Prize for outstanding achievement in the exhibition in the context of a lifetime of work, and the Fine Prize for an emerging artist in the exhibition.
The 2013 Carnegie International was highly praised as “a quiet triumph” (New York Times), “strikingly thoughtful” (The New Yorker), and “focused, considered, and perfectly scaled” (The New York Observer). Museum staff eagerly anticipate the first bursts of activity around the next edition of CMOA’s signature exhibition.
About Ingrid Schaffner
Prior to joining CMOA, Ingrid Schaffner directed the exhibition program as chief curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the leading museums dedicated to exhibiting the innovative art of our time. She is author of more than 20 books and nearly 200 articles, reviews, and features, ranging from Salvador Dalí’s Dream of Venus to The Essential Andy Warhol, from an essay on exhibition wall text to an art history of chocolate. She has organized monographic exhibitions of the work of Karen Kilimnik, Barry Le Va, Jess, Jason Rhoades, and Anne Tyng, among others, and thematic group shows such as Deep Storage, The Photogenic, The Puppet Show, Queer Voice, and Dirt on Delight: Impulses that Form Clay.
Major support for the Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 has been provided by the Carnegie International Endowment, The Fine Foundation, and the Keystone Friends of the 2018 Carnegie International. Additional major support is provided by the Friends of the 2018 Carnegie International, the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowment for Contemporary Art, and the Louisa S. Rosenthal Family Fund.
General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. 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.
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