Media Archive: Announcements

Teenie Harris Archivist Appointed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 12, 2016

Contact: Jonathan Gaugler | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909

Teenie Harris Archivist Appointed
Dominique Luster joins CMOA as first archivist to hold endowed position

Dominique Luster, Teenie Harris Archivist, Photo: Bryan Conley, Carnegie Museum of Art

Dominique Luster, Teenie Harris Archivist, Photo: Bryan Conley, Carnegie Museum of Art

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art announces the appointment of Dominique Luster to the newly created position of Teenie Harris Archivist. Working with CMOA curatorial and education staff, Luster will manage and oversee the research, digitization, publication, and exhibition of the more than 70,000 images shot by Charles “Teenie” Harris from the 1930s to 1970s.

Luster studied Theatre Design and Technology at the University of Kentucky before moving to Pittsburgh to pursue her MLIS in Archives and Information Management at the University of Pittsburgh. “I was well aware of Teenie Harris as this legendary figure, a great photographer of the 20th-century black experience,” she said. “Moving to Pittsburgh, I saw a whole new dimension of Teenie, as a member of his community. Someone people remember, whose photographs they cherish.” Currently, she is Liaison Librarian for University of Pittsburgh Library System.

The central objective of this position is to increase and improve discoverability and accessibility of Harris’s work. Luster envisions international reach and programming for the Teenie Harris Archive. She plans to improve image metadata to assist in searches and develop a finding aid for the entire collection to aid researchers worldwide. “The Archive needs greater online access, and I will work to ensure that the full extent of its resources are made available online in a more searchable, structured format.” Other tasks ahead include working with the Harris negatives that have yet to be scanned and published online. Numbering over 10,000 images, they span the ’60s and ’70s, and include color images.

Dominique Luster, Teenie Harris Archivist, Photo: Bryan Conley, Carnegie Museum of Art

Dominique Luster, Teenie Harris Archivist, Photo: Bryan Conley, Carnegie Museum of Art

“As steward of the Teenie Harris Archive, the museum has an ongoing responsibility to research Harris’s unique and rich body of work, and make it available to scholars and a broad public. Luster’s position insures that this important work will continue” said Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry J. Heinz II Director of CMOA. “A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and support from the foundations and individuals who matched it, made her position possible, and we are extremely grateful.”

Curator Louise Lippincott, who brought the Teenie Harris Archive to the museum’s collection, said “Dominique will carry on the great work of Kerin Shellenbarger and so many others who have created this powerful archive of images and memories. I am delighted that we have been able to create a permanent, fully endowed position that guarantees the future of Teenie Harris’s art.”

Charles “Teenie” Harris produced more than 70,000 images of Pittsburgh’s African American community as a photographer for the influential Pittsburgh Courier and as a freelancer. The photographs, taken from the 1930s to the 1970s, capture a period of momentous change for black Americans, and depict a black urban community that, in spite of segregationist policies and attitudes of midcentury America, was innovative, thriving, and proud. The museum acquired these negatives in 2001 from the Harris estate, and established the Teenie Harris Archive soon afterward.

The Teenie Harris Archivist position is endowed, made possible by an ambitious, $300,000 challenge grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the foundations and individuals who matched it.

Generous institutional support was provided by:
Anonymous
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
New Monuments Golf Club
Massey Charitable Trust
PNC Foundation

An exceptionally dedicated group of individuals also lent their support to this project:

Anonymous
Margot M. Flood
Richard V. Gambrell
Nancy and Milton Washington
Donna Hollen-Bolmgren Bequest
Judith and Ron Davenport
Cecile M. and Eric Springer
Charles Harris
Clyde B. Jones III

Luster joins CMOA on May 16, 2016.

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

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. Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908–1998) photographed Pittsburgh’s African American community from the 1930s to 1970s. The Teenie Harris Archive of more than 70,000 images is one of the most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience known today. 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 cmoa.org.

# # #

 

 

Chair-14

CMOA & Pittsburgh Team Up for Parking Chair Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jonathan Gaugler | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 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.

chair-shop

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 cmoa.org.

# # #

 

Press room banner general

CMOA Welcomes Tilda Swinton for Exclusive Screening

Contact:
Jonathan Gaugler, Carnegie Museum of Art | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690
Anthony M. Moore, University of Pittsburgh | amm114@pitt.edu | 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.

Continue reading

CMOA-Exterior

Free Thursday Evening Admissions this March

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 22, 2016

Contacts:

Jonathan Gaugler, Carnegie Museum of Art
gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909

Kathleen Bodenlos, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
bodenlosk@carnegiemnh.org | 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.

Continue reading

CMOA Receives NEH Grant for Digital Provenance Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 17, 2015

Contact: Jonathan Gaugler | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 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.

Continue reading