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Visions of Order and Chaos Programming Includes PSO Collaboration

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Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art announces events and programming for its upcoming exhibition, Visions of Order and Chaos: The Enlightened Eye. We are thrilled to host a series of in-gallery music events in collaboration with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. These evening events pair the music and visual art of the Enlightenment, and take place three times over the course of the show.

Visions of Order and Chaos packs CMOA’s Heinz Galleries with over 200 works from its 1750–1850 holdings. Through extensive research and conservation efforts, we’re able to showcase 75% works which have never before exhibited at the museum. The exhibition shares artist’s visions of a world rapidly becoming modern, and shaped by explosive debates.

Visions of Order and Chaos: The Enlightened Eye
March 3–June 24, 2018
Heinz Galleries, Carnegie Museum of Art

Ary Scheffer, 'Dante and Virgil Encountering the Shades of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta in the Underworld,' 1851, oil on canvas, Heinz Family Fund and Anonymous gift

Ary Scheffer, ‘Dante and Virgil Encountering the Shades of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta in the Underworld,’ 1851, oil on canvas, Heinz Family Fund and Anonymous gift

Related Programming
For ticketing and more information, please visit our website or call 412.622.3288

 Member Preview
March 3, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Our members get an exclusive preview of Visions of Order and Chaos on its opening day!

Third Thursday: Toga
March 15, 8:00 pm–11:00 pm
Two words: TOGA PARTY. Beware the Ides of March! Dust off your curtains, wash those sheets, and get wrapped up for an adults-only (18+) party for the ages!

Enjoy activities throughout the evening, including:

  • Et tu, Thursday? Get a tour of Visions of Order and Chaos, our exhibition exploring the Age of Enlightenment (it’s full of togas and treachery!)
  • Floral and laurel crown making with WorkshopPGH to match your toga
  • UPMC Health Plan lounge with giveaways and some surprise healthy treats
  • Disco dance party with DJ Jarrett Tebbets
  • Plinth posing selfie station — work your inner statue
  • Performances by WVU’s West African Drum Ensemble, part of the National Council of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) annual convention
  • Demonstrations of ceramic making from NCECA


In-gallery Music with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
March 22, April 12, and May 10
5:30 pm–8:00 pm
Don’t miss CMOA and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra bringing you the sights and sounds of the Enlightenment era! Visit our new exhibition, Visions of Order and Chaos: The Enlightened Eye for a special in-gallery music series on three different evenings. Just drop in for informal, intriguing conversations on art and music, free with admission. PSO musicians will perform music from the 18th and 19th centuries among period works of art. We’ll explore a different theme each month.

March 22
A cello quartet will play a Classical piece followed by a modern/pop piece that was influenced by the Classical composer.

April 12
PSO musicians play a selection of Beethoven in response to one of the exhibition’s central questions: “Can Empires Survive?”

May 10
Soprano Katy Williams will sing a selection of the Polish works by Chopin.
Anne Williams, principal cellist, will play a few short pieces by Robert Schumann.

While you’re here, stop by the bar for an opportunity to exchange ideas with curator Lulu Lippincott and researcher Costas Karakatsanis.


For more information and images, please contact Jonathan Gaugler.


Generous support for this exhibition is provided by The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, the Richard C. von Hess Foundation, the Gailliot Family Foundation, and Ritchie Battle. Additional support is provided by the Mary Louise and Henry J. Gailliot Fund for Exhibitions, the Martin G. McGuinn Art Exhibition Fund, Martha Malinzak, and The European Fine Art Foundation.

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.

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