Media Archive: Announcements

CMOA Collections Research Contributes to Upcoming Reinstallation

As part of an ongoing effort to strengthen visitor engagement with the museum’s permanent collection, Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) has undertaken collections research and evaluation in anticipation of the reinstallation of its Asian and African galleries in August, 2015.

To that end, curators and conservators have examined and assessed works from these collections, forging a new direction for the galleries to showcase newly discovered strengths in Chinese ceramics; Buddhist and Hindu sculpture from South and Southeast Asia; and African art, including masks and decorative objects. The spaces currently housing these collections will be renovated and the works reinstalled in 2015, with three galleries addressing these areas of distinction. This renovation will complement and extend the recent reinstallations in the Sarah Mellon Scaife wing.

Over the past seven years, the CMOA decorative arts and design department consulted with more than a dozen specialists to identify the strengths of the Asian and African art holdings and the most important works and areas of concentration to go on view.

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Trees

This season’s Carnegie Trees are Winter Wonders

Tickets now available for December 3 Opening Celebration

Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History announce the return of their popular holiday traditions, especially the Carnegie Trees, presented by the Women’s Committee at CMOA. Five massive Colorado Spruce trees grace the impressive Hall of Architecture, and flanking the museum’s exquisite 18th-century Neapolitan Nativity scene.

For many, the Carnegie Trees Opening Celebration (December 3) is the official start to the holiday season. The following day (December 4), confront the annual challenges of holiday decorating with fresh approaches at Deck the Halls, a floral arranging demonstration by some of Pittsburgh’s finest designers. Celebrate the season with an infusion of new ideas and inspiration. See below for details on this year’s programming!

Enjoy all of the offerings of Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History with two free Thursday evenings, December 11 and 18, 4–8 p.m., courtesy of the Jack Buncher Foundation.

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CMOA Design Store Concept

New CMOA Design Store – Grand Opening September 6

An all-new shopping experience at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) will launch on September 6 with the grand opening of the CMOA Design Store.

Carefully curated to express CMOA’s sensibilities, with bold designs for the home, vibrant jewelry, and Pittsburgh’s best selection of books on art and design, the airy, newly renovated space will also feature changing seasonal products, exhibition-driven selections, and a special space for kids.

Encounter a collection of modern and contemporary seating towering above the entryway, displayed on a chair-wall reminiscent of the one in CMOA’s Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries. Designs include the FPE Chair by Ron Arad; Ami Ami Chair by Tokujin Yoshika; Masters chair by Philippe Starck with Eugeni Quitlet; Panton Chair by Verner Panton; and Price AHA Stool, Louis Ghost chair, and Ero/s/ Swivel Chair by Philippe Starck; as well as a colorful collection of recycled fiberglass chairs by Eames.

Ero/s/ Chair by Philippe Starck

Ero/s/ Chair by Philippe Starck

CMOA Design Store is unique. With exclusive designers, including modern lighting by FLOS, cast resin tableware by Tina Frey, metalwork lighting and tableware by Tom Dixon, and ceramic tableware by Eva Zeisel, it champions the original. A new, sophisticated selection of jewelry includes exclusives by Delphine Leymarie  and Pyrrha, as well as offerings by Alexis Bittar, Chan Lu, Stefanie Wolf, Addison Weeks, and Void Watches.

CMOA Design Store is a destination. Alessi brings the best in contemporary design home for everyday use, including kitchenware, vases, and barware. Home décor by Jonathan Adler, iitala, and Lumaire showcases distinctive products to suit any style.

Jewelry by Pyrrha

Jewelry by Pyrrha

CMOA Design Store is current. Boasting Pittsburgh’s best selection of art, photography, architecture, and design books, there’s ample room for browsing.

CMOA Design Store is for families. We champion creativity. Nurture it with artful toys, books, and games, from making music to designing and building your own toys. Take some toys for a spin, with a new children’s seating area ready for play.

Get a sneak peek at the CMOA Design Store, open late on Friday, September 5, in conjunction with the free opening event for Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again. Sebastian Errazuriz, one of the most exciting creative minds working today, brings his witty, surprising designs to CMOA’s Forum Gallery, steps away from the store. CMOA Design Store will offer a selection of Errazuriz’s products by Kikkerland, including the Drowning in Debt salt and pepper shakers and Tea for Two.

Tea for Two by Sebastian Errazuriz

Tea for Two by Sebastian Errazuriz

Store is open during regular museum hours. Free parking for vehicles parked 30 minutes or less in the Carnegie Museum of Art parking lot.

All proceeds from CMOA Design Store support the exhibitions and educational programming of Carnegie Museum of Art.

Mission
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.

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.

 

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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
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 www.cmoa.org.

 

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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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