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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Ingrid Schaffner will curate 57th Carnegie International

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

CMOA Names Ingrid Schaffner Curator of 57th Carnegie International

Schaffner will assume her role May 1, 2015

Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), announced today the appointment of Ingrid Schaffner as curator of the 57th Carnegie International. The Carnegie International, initiated in 1896, is one of the world’s preeminent surveys of contemporary art. The 57th International will open in fall 2018. Schaffner will assume her role on May 1, 2015, and move to Pittsburgh in September 2015.

Ingrid Schaffner, Photo: Constance Mensh

Ingrid Schaffner; Photo: Constance Mensh, courtesy of Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania

“The International is CMOA’s signature exhibition,” said Zelevansky. “It is the largest, most ambitious show that we take on, bringing art and ideas from around the world to Pittsburgh, while emphasizing the city’s unique sense of place.” She added, “It takes a special kind of curator to successfully organize such an exhibition, and we are delighted to have Ingrid on board. She is thoughtful and knowledgeable, an excellent writer, and has true collaborative spirit.”

Schaffner is an American curator, art critic, writer, and educator, specializing in art history. She lives in Philadelphia and Lubbock, Texas. Since 2000, she has directed the exhibition program as chief curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the leading museums dedicated to exhibiting the innovative art of our time. Her work often coalesces around themes of archiving and collecting, photography, feminism, and alternate modernisms—especially Surrealism. She is author of more than 20 books and nearly 200 articles, reviews, and features, ranging from Salvador Dalí’s Dream of Venus to The Essential Andy Warhol, from an essay on exhibition wall text to an art history of chocolate.  She has organized monographic exhibitions of the work of Karen Kilimnik, Barry Le Va, Jess, Jason Rhoades, and Anne Tyng, among others, and thematic group shows such as The Photogenic, The Puppet Show, Queer Voice, and Dirt on Delight: Impulses that Form Clay.

Born in Pittsburgh, Schaffner grew up in Los Gatos, California. She attended Mount Holyoke College, and attended the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program, where she was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow. She then received a master’s degree in art history at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. After organizing shows for the Drawing Center, Swiss Institute, Haus der Kunst (Munich), Hayward Gallery (London), Independent Curators International, White Columns, and elsewhere, Schaffner was invited by then-director Claudia Gould to reshape and oversee ICA’s curatorial department.

Schaffner envisions the 2018 edition of the Carnegie International as an exhibition informed by the perspectives of an international group of “traveling and thinking partners.” Invited for their expertise of different areas of the art world—geographic as well as disciplinary—each curator colleague will accompany Schaffner on a journey to a region unfamiliar to them both. Expanding on the role of the advisor, through the process of research, the partners will also spend time in Pittsburgh, integrating experiences of the particularities and perspectives of this city into the exhibition’s themes and ideas.

 

According to Schaffner:

“Crafting the next Carnegie International is a chance to shape one of the momentous cultural forces that helped form me. I grew up going to the Carnegie museums and library, and I have been making pilgrimages back to Pittsburgh to see the International since 1995. For me, embarking on this project is a venture into the unknown—a massive research enterprise that will be informed over the next three years by looking, by thinking and talking with artists, colleagues, and collectors, and by traveling to look some more. What better way to see where contemporary art will lead us in 2018?”

History
Established in 1896 as the Annual Exhibition, the Carnegie International was initially held every fall (with few exceptions) and focused almost solely on painting. By 1955, the show had adopted a triennial schedule and, in 1958, it became known as the Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture, a title it retained until 1970. After an interruption in the 1970s, the exhibition resumed in 1977 and 1979 as the International Series, single-artist shows intended as a parallel to the Nobel Prize for the arts. In 1982, it reappeared under its original triennial survey format as the Carnegie International, and has been mounted every three to five years since. After the Venice Biennale, the Carnegie International is the oldest international survey exhibition in the world.

Over the last 119 years, the museum has acquired hundreds of works of art that have appeared in Carnegie International exhibitions, including works by Josef Albers, Dara Birnbaum, Louise Bourgeois, Mary Cassatt, Nicole Eisenman, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Dan Graham, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Mike Kelley, Ellsworth Kelly, Louise Lawler, Glenn Ligon, Agnes Martin, Julie Mehretu, Bruce Nauman, Chris Ofili, On Kawara, Nam June Paik, Sigmar Polke, Auguste Rodin, Doris Salcedo, John Singer Sargent, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

Prizes awarded to Carnegie International artists include the Carnegie Prize for outstanding achievement in the exhibition in the context of a lifetime of work, and the Fine Prize for an emerging artist in the exhibition.

The 2013 Carnegie International was highly praised as “a quiet triumph” (New York Times), “strikingly thoughtful” (The New Yorker), and “focused, considered, and perfectly scaled” (The New York Observer). Museum staff eagerly anticipate the first bursts of activity around the next edition of CMOA’s signature exhibition.

Support
Major support for the 57th Carnegie International is provided by The Fine Foundation, the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowment for Contemporary Art, and the Friends of the Carnegie International. Additional early commitments have been received from Nancy and Woody Ostrow, Ellen and Jack Kessler, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall P. Katz, Gordon and Kenny Nelson, and Lise Woodard and John J. Reilly. 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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Live performances announced for CMOA and VIA collaboration

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

Live performances announced for CMOA and VIA collaboration

Music lineup includes Kelela (Los Angeles), Dinner (Berlin/LA), Juliana Huxtable (NYC)

May 9, 2015 / 7–11p.m. / 18+
$15 advance / $20 at the door / $10 students with ID
Tickets available March 13

#NOWSEETHIS Spring Party

Dance. Snap. Share.

http://nowseethis.org/party

Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) and VIA announce the artist lineup for #NOWSEETHIS, a celebration of the museum’s explorations of visual culture through its Hillman Photography Initiative. The party unfolds through live music performances and interactive installations curated by VIA, along with the official launch of the Initiative’s print photobook, A People’s History of Pittsburgh, and the close of the innovative exhibition Antoine Catala: Distant Feel.

The night’s music lineup features an intriguing set of artists who are pushing new sounds, identity, and performance in exciting directions.

Kelela is a Los Angeles–based vocalist and songwriter whose forward-thinking music fuses popular R&B and underground club sounds. Topping numerous year-end lists and festival bookings—with her debut EP Cut 4 Me listed as one of Complex’s 50 Best Albums of 2013, and breakout performance at the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival—she is a quickly rising star and one to keep watching in 2015. Her next EP, Hallucinogen, drops May 5, featuring an exciting new collaboration with Arca – a breakout 24-year-old producer from Venezuela whose list of co-productions include FKA Twigs (EP2), Bjork (Vulnicura) and Kanye West (Yeezus).

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.

Dinner

Dinner

Juliana Huxtable is a DJ/producer, writer, model, and outspoken trans voice from NYC. And according to Vogue, the “Star of the 2015 New Museum Triennial” where her series of digital self-portraits currently hang alongside a striking 3D sculpture in collaboration with artist Frank Benson. Antoine Catala is also a Triennial artist, where his Distant Feel project shares a co-commission with CMOA.

Available for the first time: A People’s History of Pittsburgh (published by Spaces Corners and CMOA, $19.95) draws upon more than 1,400 user-submitted photographs taken throughout the region and spanning more than a century.

 

The Hillman Photography Initiative at CMOA is an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image.

Live visuals, interactive installations, and more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets
For a chance to win tickets to the event, CMOA and VIA invite people to post photos on Instagram of their after hours selfies with the hashtag #NOWSEETHIS.

Tickets for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Members are on sale now!
Public release: Friday, March 13.

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.

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 atwww.cmoa.org.

VIA
VIA is a Pittsburgh-based collective 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

 

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