Media Archive: Announcements


CMOA & Pittsburgh Team Up for Parking Chair Initiative


Contact: Jonathan Gaugler | | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the City of Pittsburgh to make the parking chair fashionable. The museum is lending hundreds of chairs from its decorative arts and design collection to the initiative.

Eros Chair by Phillipe Starck, Photo: Bryan Conley for CMOA

Eros Chair by Philippe Starck saves a prime spot for Nonna, Photo: Bryan Conley for CMOA

In a prepared statement, Mayor William Peduto said, “This beautiful city deserves beautiful parking chairs. We are thrilled to offer Pittsburgh’s most exquisite collection of chairs to save your brother’s parking spot while he makes a beer run.”

The chairs span over two centuries of craftsmanship and design representing the dizzying array of forms and styles. All serving the same purpose, that of the humble chair.


Few would dare park in a spot occupied by an 1820 English armchair from CMOA’s collection!

“Our chair collection is world class,” said Rachel Delphia, CMOA’s curator of decorative arts and design. “These precious, often one-of-a-kind objects will look stunning on curbs throughout Pittsburgh’s streets.” She added, “Please take care when parking near them. Please.”

Qualifying Pittsburgh residents can apply on the museum’s website. Simply provide your name, address, and a photograph of your current parking chair, and museum experts will determine whether your request qualifies. If you do, the City of Pittsburgh will deliver these priceless works of art to your door!

Artist's rendering: John Henry Belter's rosewood Slipper Chair, 1855, commands this North Oakland parking spot

John Henry Belter’s rosewood Slipper Chair, 1855, commands this North Oakland parking spot

To view a selection of available chairs, browse the selections below, or visit our chair wall at the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries of Decorative Arts and Design!

CMOA's Chair Wall in the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries showcases dozens of designs

CMOA’s Chair Wall in the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries showcases dozens of designs. Notice the absence of cars.

“It’s a true testament to the timeless character of our chairs,” said Lynn Zelevansky, CMOA’s Henry J. Heinz II Director, “that no one has tried to park by our chair wall since its 2009 installation. That’s something Pittsburgh can be proud of.”

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. We have a lot of chairs in our collection. 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

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CMOA Welcomes Tilda Swinton for Exclusive Screening

Jonathan Gaugler, Carnegie Museum of Art | | 412.688.8690
Anthony M. Moore, University of Pittsburgh | | 412.624.8252

CMOA Welcomes Tilda Swinton for Exclusive Screening
The actress, director, and performance artist introduces The Seasons in Quincy

Pittsburgh, PA…In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) welcomes Academy Award– and BAFTA-winning actress, director, and performance artist Tilda Swinton for the first North American screening of The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, a thoughtful look at the writer, critic, and thinker. Swinton introduces the April 19 sneak preview of the film, of which she is executive producer, and director of one of its four parts. Swinton’s recent acting roles span major and independent films, including Grand Budapest Hotel, The Chronicles of Narnia series, and Moonrise Kingdom. With Joanna Scanlan, she developed The Maybe, a performance work staged at the Serpentine Gallery, London; Museo Barracco, Rome; and MoMA, New York.

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Free Thursday Evening Admissions this March


February 22, 2016


Jonathan Gaugler, Carnegie Museum of Art | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909

Kathleen Bodenlos, Carnegie Museum of Natural History | 412.622.3316

Free Admission in March at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
Thursday evenings after 3 p.m.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History invite all visitors to enjoy free admission to the museums from 3 to 8 p.m. every Thursday in March. Free Thursday Nights in March are made possible by the Jack Buncher Foundation.

 A cash bar is available.

Parking is $6 per car after 3 p.m.  Pay stations are located in the Museum of Art lobby, and in the Portal Entry. Flat-rate tickets may be pre-paid at any time.

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CMOA Receives NEH Grant for Digital Provenance Project


December 17, 2015

Contact: Jonathan Gaugler | | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909

National Endowment for the Humanities awards grant to CMOA for Digital Provenance Project

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces the award of a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to fund the second phase of its innovative project, Art Tracks: Standardizing Digital Provenance Documentation for Cultural Objects.

This major award will help to fund the development of software that structures provenance records in keeping with recognized museum standards, enabling collecting institutions to use and share provenance data. Not only will this sharing aid new scholarship, it allows institutions to present the history of a work of art within the context of other objects and entire collections.

Provenance, or the history of ownership, custody,  and movement of art, has always been critical for understanding the events, people, and locations that are significant to the history of an object. In the last 20 years, global concern about preservation and heritage have stimulated increased interest in research on provenance, but the in information has been difficult to standardize and use.  The use of a digital standard allows these stories to be told across collections, through an open, digital exchange of collection data among museums, libraries, and other institutions. Further, this grant enables development of experimental prototypes for sharing this data with the museums’ many publics.

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Hillman Photography Initiative Identifies New Agents


August 19, 2015

Pittsburgh, PA…Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announced today the creative team of Agents charged with formulating the second cycle of programming for CMOA’s Hillman Photography Initiative. The Agents are Liz Deschenes, Steffani Jemison, and Laura Wexler, along with CMOA’s curator of photography Dan Leers.

An incubator for innovative thinking about photography, the Initiative recruits these Agents to generate the theme and programming for the Initiative over the course of the following year. Cycle One launched the Initiative with an ambitious roster of forward-thinking projects, including

Deschenes, Jemison, Wexler, and Leers will gather in Pittsburgh with program manager Divya Rao Heffley in September 2015 for conversations and strategy sessions facilitated by MAYA Design. Over the course of several days, the Agents will formulate plans for a public program to be realized by CMOA in 2016. The program will investigate photography in an era of the medium’s rapid transformations. Throughout the year, it will expand upon the museum’s photography program to offer dynamic, inventive, and interactive experiences both on site in the museum and on digital platforms.


About the Agents

Liz Deschenes (lives and works in New York, NY) is an artist who uses photographic processes to reflect upon and push the boundaries of the medium itself. Her work often makes precise reference to its institutional site and the history of imaging technologies. Deschenes was the recipient of the 2014 Rappaport Prize and she has had one-person exhibitions at several institutions and galleries, including  Mass MoCA (North Adams, MA), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), Secession (Vienna), Miguel Abreu Gallery (New York, NY), and Campoli Presti (London and Paris), among others. She has participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), the Art Institute of Chicago, and the 2012 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY). A forthcoming retrospective exhibition opening at the ICA Boston in the summer of 2016 will be accompanied by a comprehensive monograph. Deschenes teaches at Bennington College and is a visiting artist at Columbia University’s School of Visual Arts, Yale University, and Bard College.

Steffani Jemison (lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) uses photography and performance as platforms for dialogue to examine “progress” and its alternatives. Jemison’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo projects at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence), and LAXART (West Hollywood, CA); collaborative exhibitions at the New Museum (New York, NY) and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art (Copenhagen); and group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum (New York, NY), The Drawing Center (New York, NY), the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY), and other venues. Her publishing project, Future Plan and Program, commissions and publishes literary work by artists of color. Jemison’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Kadist Foundation (Paris). She is also part-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design, and Cooper Union.

Laura Wexler (lives and works in New Haven, CT) is professor of American Studies and professor and former chair of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Yale University. There she serves as co-director of the Public Humanities Program, and founder and director of the Photographic Memory Workshop. She is Principal Investigator of the Photogrammar Project, which has received NEH support to make a web-based interactive research system for mapping, searching, and visualizing the more than 170, 000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information. Her many essays and books include the award-winning Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U.S. Imperialism (2000), Pregnant Pictures (2000), and “‘A More Perfect Likeness’: Frederick Douglass and the Image of the Nation,” in Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity, edited by Maurice Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith (2012).

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Dan Leers is the curator of photography at Carnegie Museum of Art. From 2007 to 2011 he was the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. During his tenure at MoMA, Leers worked on a number of projects and organized the exhibition New Photography 2011: Moyra Davey, George Georgiou, Deana Lawson, Doug Rickard, Viviane Sassen, Zhang Dali. Leers also acted as a curatorial advisor to the 2013 Venice Biennale. From fall 2013 to spring 2015, Leers was an independent curator in New York during which time he organized six exhibitions and published more than ten articles and essays in the Aperture blog and Frieze among many others.

Hillman Photography Initiative Program Manager

Divya Rao Heffley is the program manager of the Hillman Photography Initiative. She is a current member of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s Task Force on Arts, Culture & Creative Industries and has juried/reviewed the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Competition, Photolucida’s Critical Mass International Photography Competition, and CENTER Santa Fe’s REVIEW Santa Fe. Her writing has been published in Design and Culture and the Center for the Future of Museums blog, and is forthcoming in Museums and Visitor Photography (fall 2015) and Museum Ideas: Innovation in Theory and Practice, volume 2 (fall 2015). Heffley has lectured at Brown and Harvard Universities and her PhD dissertation, Vision in Motion: Architectural Space Time Notation and Urban Design, 1950–1970, addressed intersections between urban design, planning, and spatial perception.

Stay tuned for announcements on Hillman Photography Initiative programming in 2016. Online conversations around the new topic of exploration begin in January 2016 at The next #NOWSEETHIS event will be May 7, 2016.


Support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William T. Hillman Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman 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.

Carnegie Museum of Art
Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present. Founded in 1896, the Carnegie International is one of the oldest surveys of contemporary art worldwide. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understand of the built environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. The Hillman Photography Initiative serves as an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131 or visit our website at

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