Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces a robust schedule of exhibitions for the first half of 2015. Exhibitions include a look at the architectural design process, new work by Antoine Catala and Jacqueline Humphries, a focused look at a turning point in Van Gogh’s career, and the work of women photographers from Iran and the Arab world.
Please visit http://cmoa.org for information about related programming and events.
Sketch to Structure
January 31–May 25, 2015
Heinz Architectural Center
Sketch to Structure unfolds the architectural design process to show how buildings take shape. With sketches, plans, blueprints, renderings, and models from the Heinz Architectural Center collection, this exhibition reveals that architectural design, from initial concept to client presentation, isn’t straightforward.
Beautiful hand-drawn sketches by Lorcan O’Herlihy show an architect quickly capturing ideas about shapes and color. Pencil drawings of the Los Angeles County Hall of Records by Richard Neutra show a master draftsman at work. And watercolors by Stephen Holl of a client’s home render in beautiful detail, on a single sheet of paper, the planned building’s exterior, floor plan, and elevation. Through these and other objects from every stage of the design process, Sketch to Structure presents the ingenious ways that architects and firms accumulate ideas and whittle them down, ultimately solving design challenges for their clients.
A portion of Sketch to Structure will remain on public view throughout the summer, and will also provide inspiration for the museum’s summer architecture camps.
Antoine Catala: Distant Feel
February 14–May 18, 2015
Co-commissioned with the New Museum
Antoine Catala: Distant Feel is the first solo US museum exhibition of the New York–based French artist (b. 1975). It presents a new body of work in sculpture, photography, and video that addresses the way that images provoke emotion, especially as they travel virtual and physical distances via the internet.
Catala’s work takes an interest in the myriad ways we express feelings through the technology that increasingly mediates our daily lives. Catala is developing a new approach to the sentiment of empathy, conceived in collaboration with the New York advertising agency Droga5. This new form of empathy is embodied in a symbol and the catch phrase “distant feel,” both of which will be employed in the exhibition and online. Catala shares the campaign, with more information, at http://distantfeel.com. This project is a co-commission with the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, and will be presented on the occasion of their 2015 Triennial (February 25–May 24, 2015).
Antoine Catala: Distant Feel is the 74th installment of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Forum series.
This exhibition is a component of Orphaned Images, a project of the Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art, an incubator for innovative thinking on the photographic image.
Uncrated: The Hidden Lives of Artworks
March 9–May 8, 2015
Learn the stories behind some intriguing works from the collection and find out more about the people who buy, sell, move, hang, clean, and care for them. Over the course of nine weeks, a team of registrars, conservators, preparators, and curators will be sharing their work with the public as they examine objects recently taken out of storage. This small exhibition will offer fun facts about the collection and dig deep into nine objects with particularly intriguing stories to tell. (A polyurethane bathtub that needs to be burped! An installation that comes with instructions for putting it together! A painting so heavy it has its own cart to move it! Melted wax heads!) Visitors will be able to play with some of the tools of the trade in a special hands-on section. Come back throughout the show to see what new discoveries the team is making.
Visiting Van Gogh: Still Life, Basket of Apples
March 14–July 6, 2015
In the spring of 1886 Vincent van Gogh visited Paris for an extended stay, leaving the city in early 1888. The rest is history.
When Van Gogh encountered the bold color and brushwork of the Impressionists and Neo-Impressionists, something changed, and he began to paint with a new vibrancy and freshness. Experience this story in four paintings with Visiting Van Gogh, which centers on Still Life, Basket of Apples (1887), visiting from the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Providing a rare opportunity to experience four masterpieces up-close and in-depth, the exhibition also features Van Gogh’s Le Moulin de la Galette (1886–1887), painted during his time in Paris, and Wheat Fields after the Rain (1890), one of his great last works, showing the evolution in the artist’s use of color and brushwork. Rounding out the installation is Paul Signac’s Place des Lices, St. Tropez (1893), a stunning example of the Neo-Impressionist color and brushwork that so fascinated Van Gogh. On view for a limited time, Visiting Van Gogh offers a chance to linger and examine closely a turning point in this towering figure’s career.
She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World
May 30–September 28, 2015
She Who Tells a Story introduces the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers who have tackled the very notion of representation with passion and power, questioning tradition and challenging perceptions of Middle Eastern identity. Their provocative work ranges from fine art to photojournalism and provides insights into political and social issues, including questions of personal identity and the complex political and social landscapes of their home regions. She Who Tells a Story is an invitation not only to discover new photography, but to shift perspectives and to open a cultural dialogue that begins with art.
Includes works by Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian.
She Who Tells a Story is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
June 12–September 28, 2015
Over the course of her nearly 30-year career, Jacqueline Humphries (b. 1960, New Orleans) has emerged as a singular force in contemporary art, an influential “artist’s artist” whose signature abstract works in metallic and ultraviolet pigments must be experienced firsthand. Jacqueline Humphries is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in nearly a decade, and the most extensive presentation to date of both her silver and black-light paintings. The exhibition comprises entirely new works, created with CMOA’s unique spaces in mind.
Humphries’s densely layered, atmospheric canvases activate and are activated by the space around them. The muted metallic surfaces of the silver paintings respond to shifting natural light and the movements of the viewer, positioning abstract painting as a theatrical, time-based art. The black light paintings reveal their true nature—and actually emit light—only when “excited” by ultraviolet bulbs. In their presence within a darkened room, viewers are immersed in spectacular fluorescence, their awareness of viewing and being viewed amplified. Both bodies of works self-consciously engage the history of art and refer to popular culture as well, melding the drips, zips, and Ben-day dots of mid-century abstraction with psychedelia and cinema’s silver screen.
The opening event on Wednesday, June 10, will be free and open to the public.
Jacqueline Humphries is the 75th installment of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Forum series.
Exhibitions opening in 2014, on view in early 2015
Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again
Closes January 12
Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals
Closes February 15
Duane Michals: Collector
Closes March 2
The Carnegie Museum of Art app (iOS) connects you with the museum’s objects in unique, dynamic and fun ways.
Whether you’re in the galleries or at home, you can learn more about the museum’s collection and get a behind-the-scenes view of artwork and exhibitions. Using CMOA app you can:
- View exclusive audio and video interviews with artists and curators
- Access in-depth information about artists, exhibitions, and artworks on view
- Quickly bookmark artworks for revisiting later or create a must-see list for your next visit
- Wind your way through exhibitions in new and interesting ways via thematic tours
- Watch CMOA-TV, an in-app video channel that showcases behind-the-scenes process and museum documentaries
- Connect and share artworks with your online friends and social networks
Visitors may also borrow a device to access the CMOA app from the admissions desk.
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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