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Overseen by curator Ingrid Schaffner, the Carnegie International is happening now! This month, Koyo Kouoh will present a Special Topics seminar at the University of Pittsburgh to develop “Dig Where You Stand,” an exhibition-within-an-exhibition for the International.
Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) and the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) welcome Koyo Kouoh to Pittsburgh. Kouoh is the founding director of RAW Material Company, a center for art, knowledge and society, based in Dakar, Senegal. Starting with a public lecture on January 25th, Kouoh will spend two weeks as a visiting scholar at Pitt while conducting research for her contribution to the 2018 Carnegie International. “Dig Where You Stand” will present a range of objects selected by Kouoh from across the museum’s collections to reflect on the institution, its history, and coloniality— a contemporary interrogation of which has long guided Kouoh’s work.
“I think of this participation as a conversation between two curators—Ingrid and I—within an institution that has a long-standing history of an exhibition series that is a site of global artistic exchanges. I see this current moment with its political backdrop as an opportunity to have urgent conversations about living in a state of coloniality,” says Kouoh.
To introduce Kouoh’s work to the Pittsburgh community, Institution Building as Curatorial Practice, a free public lecture took place on January 25 at 6:00pm at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh. More information can be found here.
Koyo Kouoh is the founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, a center for art, knowledge and society in Dakar, Senegal. She was the curator of 1:54 FORUM, the educational program at the Contemporary African Art Fair in London and New York. She served on the curatorial teams for documenta 12 (2007) and documenta 13 (2012). She most recently launched RAW Académie, an experimental program for artistic thought and curatorial inquiry in Dakar. Besides sustaining theoretical, exhibition, and residency programs at RAW Material Company, she is active internationally as a curator and advisor. She lives and works in Dakar and Basel.
Curated by Ingrid Schaffner, the Carnegie Int’l, 57th ed., 2018 hosted five research trips and research companions in a year of travel leading up to the exhibition. Read more about the research travel here. It was while traveling in West Africa for the Dakar Biennial with Carin Kuoni, Director, The Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School, New York, that Schaffner was introduced to Raw Material Company. Of her subsequent invitation to Kouoh to participate in the International, Schaffner says:
“Of the brilliant artists, curators, and teachers who are showing us new ways of seeing history’s narratives and being citizens in the world today, Koyo Kouoh is a leader. What she is doing at Raw Material Company in Dakar models the vital role that cultural institutions everywhere can and must play in shaping civil societies and imagining just futures.”
As a visiting scholar at Pitt, Kouoh will be a graduate seminar guest lecturer. The seminar, taught by Assistant Professor Jennifer Josten, will grant students special insight into Kouoh’s curatorial process for the International. They will learn about the rise of new methodologies of cultural self-representation; consider how museum collections are built; and learn how contemporary presentations and interpretations can add layers or reveal new perspectives.
About the 57th Carnegie International
The International will open on October 13, 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 curatorial process, public programs, commissioned essays, and immersive site visits.
Established in 1896 as the Annual Exhibition, the Carnegie International initially 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 International series, single-artist shows intended as a parallel to the Nobel Prize for the arts. In 1982, it reappeared 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.
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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