Pittsburgh…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces the launch of its newly redesigned CMOA Blog (http://blog.cmoa.org).
This dynamic site bolsters and broadens the editorial voice of the institution by publishing original writing, criticism, photo essays, shared arts and culture news, and selections by writers and artists from Pittsburgh and beyond. Edited by CMOA associate editor and culture writer Matthew Newton, the new CMOA Blog tells the stories of the museum’s collection and those influenced and inspired by it—furthering cultural discourse around topics explored in the ongoing exhibition program, collections, and areas of interest to arts audiences near and far.
Through the Blog, CMOA enhances its storytelling capabilities, through better integration of rich media, and a bright, clean, mobile-friendly design that marries images and text.
Among recent and upcoming content on CMOA blog:
The new Teenie Harris Essay Series invites both emerging and established writers to address the subject matter of each Teenie Harris Archive focus exhibition, most recently on the civil rights movement in Pittsburgh—a project The New York Times hailed as “an imaginative effort by a pre-eminent American art institution to rethink its historical holdings and make them relevant.” The inaugural series, which featured powerful essays by Yona Harvey, Tameka Cage Conley, and Damon Young—whose contribution “View from the Hill: A Tale of Black Pittsburgh’s Complicated Legacy” was also selected as part of The Atlantic’s CityLab’s #cityreads series—represents CMOA’s dedication to community-minded storytelling. Upcoming essays in the series will address the current exhibition, Teenie Harris Photographs: Cars.
Media partner collaborations, including the new CMOA/90.5 WESA FM series No Place but Home, a cross-platform storytelling project that offers readers, viewers, and listeners an intimate look at the interplay between person and place, and how that relationship influences an artist’s creative viewpoint. Launching in late June 2015, the partnership will produce a series of in-depth profiles that each include a longform article, documentary short, and radio segment. The debut story in the series is focused on documentary filmmaker Tony Buba, who has been chronicling life in the mill town of Braddock, Pennsylvania for over 40 years.
Selected and commissioned writings around exhibitions, beginning with She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, which opened at CMOA May 30. Essays by curator Kristen Gresh, Beirut-based writer and critic Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, and others complement an exhibition that explores representation, and artistic and personal identity in these rapidly changing regions.
Regular series, including news from the art world and museum front; artist interviews and studio visits; photo essays, sketchbooks, and oral histories; behind-the-scenes stories and discoveries from our new digital provenance project Art Tracks to our film and video archive; and Inside the Museum, a topical column by CMOA director Lynn Zelevansky.
Multimedia, including our forthcoming interview with artist Jacqueline Humphries and behind-the-scenes views of collection care.
Through our exhibitions, acquisitions, artist visits, archival projects, original stories and multimedia, and experimental projects, CMOA is brimming with stories to share. We invite you to check out the all-new CMOA Blog, and join the discussions there.
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 understanding 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 www.cmoa.org.
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