Media Archive: Announcements

HPI narrow

Hillman Photography Initiative Identifies New Agents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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).

CMOA Agent

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 blog.cmoa.org. The next #NOWSEETHIS event will be May 7, 2016.

 

Support
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 www.cmoa.org.

# # #

Eric Crosby named Richard Armstrong Curator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 18, 2015

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

Eric Crosby named Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at CMOA

Pittsburgh, PA…Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), announced today the appointment of Eric Crosby to the position of Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Crosby, who will join the CMOA staff in October, is currently Associate Curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has worked since 2009.

Eric Crosby; Photo: Bryan Conley; Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art

Eric Crosby; Photo: Bryan Conley; Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art

Continue reading

CMOA Launches New Blog Design

Pittsburgh…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces the launch of its newly redesigned CMOA Blog (http://blog.cmoa.org).

CMOA Blog

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:

Charles “Teenie” Harris, Protesters outside Civic Arena, Lower Hill District , October 1961. Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund.

Charles “Teenie” Harris, Protesters outside Civic Arena, Lower Hill District , October 1961. Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund.

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.

From the  series Immortals by Tammy Mercure; photo essay on CMOA Blog

From the series Immortals by Tammy Mercure; photo essay on CMOA Blog

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.

http://blog.cmoa.org

 

Support
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.

# # #

Carnegie Museum of Art Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

May 6, 2015
CONTACT: Jonathan Gaugler | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690

Award is among 1,023 Made Nationally

Pittsburgh, PA…Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

Continue reading

Dinner replaces Lower Dens at May 9 #NOWSEETHIS party

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts
Jonathan Gaugler | CMOA | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909
Lauren Goshinski | VIA | lauren@via-pgh.com | 412.889.7619

Pittsburgh, PA…CMOA and VIA announce changes to the May 9 #NOWSEETHIS music lineup. The party features performances by Kelela, Dinner, and Juliana Huxtable. Baltimore’s Lower Dens was previously slated to perform, but they have been tapped to tour Europe with Belle and Sebastian. We congratulate them on this amazing opportunity and wish them the best!

Dinner_SibillaCalzolari03_v2-1-1 (1)

Fresh off an April tour with Mac DeMarco, Dinner is the alias for Danish singer and producer Anders Rhedin. Full of echoes of sweaty depressions, spiritual longings, and early-morning trances, Dinner sounds a bit like a sun-bleached cassette tape you’d find stuck behind your car’s dashboard, or the male descendant of Nico singing Eno-esque pop songs on discarded Julian Cope tracks, with some Danish darkwave thrown in for good measure. Whomever you ask, his sound defies simple classification, with influences that range from rock ‘n’ roll and pop giants like Michael Jackson and Velvet Underground, to experimental tape-music pioneers like Steve Reich. Alternating between LA, Berlin and Copenhagen, Dinner lives a somewhat nomadic existence, playing shows at festivals and galleries all over the world. He’s currently working on his debut full-length in LA – look out for that in 2015.

About #NOWSEETHIS

May 9, 2015 / 7–11p.m. / 18+
$15 advance / $20 at the door / $10 students with ID
http://nowseethis.org/party

This one-night-only collision of music and new media art celebrates the inaugural year of the Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA). The Hillman Photography Initiative is an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. Through an evening of new music and new media, VIA and CMOA activate this celebration of the Initiative through the cutting-edge applications of photography that it has set out to explore.

Live Visual and Interactive Projects
Interwoven with performances by Kelela, Dinner, and Juliana Huxtable are video and interactive works exploring the intersections of real and virtual spaces. These include works by Berlin-based collective Pussykrew and Carnegie Mellon University students enrolled in a special topics course exploring “mediated realities.” These collaborations will feature digital environments generated from 3D scans of people and places in Pittsburgh, navigated live during each performance. Led by Pittsburgh-based artist Kevin Ramser, they explore the experience of space and live performance as filtered through personal devices.

Away from the main stage, guests are invited to get close with one another (literally and digitally) in the premiere of CrashKiss by artists Rollin and Tad Leonard. CrashKiss is a group photo-booth that digitally collides two visitors’ profiles together in a surreal kiss. Bring a friend or meet someone new! Free prints will be available to take home, and every custom kiss joins the online CrashKiss archives.

Adjacent to CrashKiss, Augmentats is a temporary tattoo-meets-augmented-reality installation featuring a custom app developed by CMU Mediated Reality students. Guests are invited to apply a temporary tattoo of their choice, download the app, and explore digital artifacts that emerge from their own and other’s bodies.

A People’s History of Pittsburgh
A People’s History of Pittsburgh compiles photographs and stories from the city’s residents to create an online archive that unearths and reconstructs narratives through the lives of Pittsburghers. These images contribute to a new publication launching at #NOWSEETHIS. The book, edited by artists-in-residence Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar, functions as a collective photo album for the people of the city and its surrounding area.

Antoine Catala: Distant Feel
Antoine Catala: Distant Feel presents a new body of work in sculpture, photography, and video that addresses the way images provoke emotion, especially as they travel virtual and physical distances via the Internet. Catala also addresses the myriad ways we express feelings, through the very technology that increasingly mediates our daily lives. For the exhibition, he created new sculpture in a living medium, tank-grown coral, in the form of a new symbol for empathy. Catala shares the symbol, with more information, at http://distantfeel.com.

For more information about performers and visual artists, please visit http://nowseethis.org/party

 

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

CMU’s Mediated Reality course is taught by Larry Shea—head of the Video and Media Design Program at CMU’s School of Drama—and is supported by a grant from the Center for the Arts in Society.

VIA
VIA is a Pittsburgh-based collective co-founded and curated by Lauren Goshinski and Quinn Leonowicz that produces events and projects exploring the intersection of emerging music, new media art, and technology in various forms IRL and online. Initiated in 2010 with the help of a Sprout Seed Award, the annual VIA Festival has been recognized as a Top 10 festival by Resident Advisor, and received praise from the Huffington Post, Creators Project, Dazed Magazine, and others for cutting-edge programming that brings together experimental artists and rising stars from home and around the world. VIA is a proud member of the International Cities of Advanced Sound (ICAS) Network, a consortium of festivals and organizations dedicated to the advancement of adventurous music and digital culture. www.via-hq.com / www.via2014.com

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 www.cmoa.org.

# # #