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Sebastian Errazuriz; Explosion cabinet, 2014; Maple, glass, and stainless steel; Women’s Committee Acquisition Fund; Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Unveiling Sebastian Errazuriz’s Latest Kinetic Cabinet

CMOA Acquires Sebastian Errazuriz’s Latest Kinetic Cabinet: the Explosion

Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) has acquired Explosion, a new mind-bending cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz, which embodies the designer’s mischievous sensibilities. One of the centerpieces of Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again, which opens September 6, it is, according to exhibition curator Rachel Delphia, “a masterwork of contemporary furniture design and craftsmanship.”

Sebastian Errazuriz
Chilean, b. 1977
Explosion cabinet, 2014
Maple, glass, and stainless steel
29 1/4 x 56 x 15 7/8 in. (74.30 x 142.24 x 40.48 cm)
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Women’s Committee Acquisition Fund

Inactivated, Explosion sits as a tidy, beautiful credenza. Transparent glass sidewalls provide a glimpse inside this intriguing but staid box. Further exploration of the central vertical seam reveals an entirely different object: With a gentle push, the rails slide further and further open until it seems that the cabinet has exploded beyond the bounds of stability. It is “a beautiful, surprising, and confounding work that represents the playful conceit of the master cabinetmaker showing off,” added Delphia. Even as Explosion’s exterior expands outward, it retains beautiful geometric proportions, using mechanics so complex that they took more than a year to perfect, despite borrowing one of cabinetmaking’s oldest tricks, the sliding dovetail. This new work will join a selection of important objects representing the breadth of Errazuriz’s practice in Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again, his first solo museum exhibition.

Sebastian Errazuriz; Explosion, 2014; Showing opening and closing movements.

Sebastian Errazuriz; Explosion, 2014; Showing opening and closing movements.

Look Again presents a rare opportunity to see the scope of Errazuriz’s work from the last 10 years, assembled together for the first time. Through found and repurposed objects, unexpected interventions, and meticulously crafted interactive furniture, Errazuriz surprises, provokes, and engages at every turn, asking viewers to rethink the everyday, to confront the transience of life, and to question the status quo.

Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again
September 6, 2014–January 12, 2015
Forum Gallery + Hall of Architecture
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Sebastian Errazuriz is the 73rd installment of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Forum series. It is organized by Rachel Delphia, The Alan G. And Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design.

Support for Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again has been provided by The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, Richard L. Simmons, and Gordon and Kenny Nelson. 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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Rodney Graham;
Phonokinetoscope, 2001;
16mm film installation with modified turntable and 33 1/3 RPM vinyl LP; Film: 5 min., vinyl record: 14 min.; dimensions variable; A. W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund

CMOA Announces Final 2013 Carnegie International Acquisitions

Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces its third and final round of acquisitions of contemporary art by 2013 Carnegie International artists, including major works by Lara Favaretto, Rodney Graham, Pierre Leguillon, Kamran Shirdel, Taryn Simon, Mladen Stilinović, and Zoe Strauss. The museum’s collection has been shaped in significant ways by International exhibitions since 1896, and purchases from the 2013 Carnegie International represent an especially ambitious effort. The museum has acquired a total of 124 artworks by 27 of the exhibition’s 35 artists—both works that were part of the exhibition, as well as other important works by International artists.

To view previous acquisitions from the 2013 Carnegie International, please read our announcements from December 2013 and February 2014.

A number of new and recent acquisitions are currently on view as part of Outtakes, a presentation of major works by International artists that were not included in the exhibition: Rodney Graham’s Phonokinetoscope, Pierre Leguillon’s Arbus Bonus, Joel Sternfeld’s photographs from his American Prospects series, and photographs from Zoe Strauss’s I-95 series. Other recently acquired works hang in the galleries, including Untitled by Wade Guyton, That Was Then by Henry Taylor, and Taryn Simon’s CHAPTER XVII, A Living Main Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII. They will be joined in September by photographs from Zanele Muholi’s Faces and Phases, Aria’s Salon by Nicole Eisenman, works by Mladen Stilinović, and Locating Centers by Sadie Benning, becoming a part of the larger story told by CMOA’s exceptional collection of contemporary art.

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Duane Michals; Grandpa Goes to Heaven, 1989; Five gelatin silver prints with hand applied text; The Henry L. Hillman Fund; Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals

Definitive retrospective of groundbreaking photographer Duane Michals opens November 1

Carnegie Museum of Art presents six decades of work, art collection

Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals
November 1, 2014–February 16, 2015
Heinz Galleries, Carnegie Museum of Art

“I don’t trust reality. So all of the writing on and painting on the photographs is born out of the frustration to express what you do not see.” –Duane Michals

Pittsburgh, PA…Opening November 1, 2014, at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals is the definitive retrospective and the largest-ever presentation of this innovative artist’s work. Drawing from select loans and the museum’s holdings, which constitute the largest single collection of Michals’s output, and spanning six decades, the works in Storyteller include classic sequences from the early 1970s as well as rarely seen images from later in his career.

A selection of high-resolution images are available.

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Still from The Invisible Photograph, Part I: Underground

Hillman Photography Initiative Launches

Let’s talk about photography.

It pervades our world. Every day, millions of images are created, appropriated, and erased from existence. The Hillman Photography Initiative, an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image, launches today, with a suite of projects, all revolving around the lifecycle of images. Join the conversation at

Four projects consider the lifecycle of images

The Invisible Photograph

Still from The Invisible Photograph, Part I  Underground Featuring the Corbis Image Archive © Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Still from The Invisible Photograph, Part I: Underground; Featuring the Corbis Image Archive; © Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

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New Photography Initiative Spearheads Warhol Amiga Discovery

Hillman Photography Initiative documentary tells the story of obsolete image data recovered from physical and virtual archive

Pittsburgh, PA…In a long-term effort, begun in 2011, a team comprising artists, curators, archivists, and technologists recently retrieved images Andy Warhol made in 1985 as part of his digital experiments with a Commodore Amiga 1000 personal computer. The Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) initiated and documented this process for its five-part series, The Invisible Photograph; the resulting documentary episode will premiere at CMOA on May 10. It will be available on the web May 12 at

Video stills from The Invisible Photograph, Part II – Trapped:  Andy Warhol’s Amiga Experiments


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