Media Archive: Announcements

CMOA Acquires Kerry James Marshall Painting

December 14, 2016

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Pittsburgh, PA…Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry J. Heinz II Director at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), announced today the major acquisition of a new painting by Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Gallery), 2016.

Marshall, one of the greatest living painters in America today, is best known for his decades-long commitment to reinserting the black figure into the canon of Western art history. This acquisition represents an important development in CMOA’s relationship with the artist. For the 1999 Carnegie International, Marshall produced RYTHM MASTR, a multipart comic strip published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that was used to paper over display case windows at the museum. At the time, Marshall’s work did not enter the collection, so this acquisition fills a gap in CMOA’s holdings, while also reflecting on the legacy of the International.

Woman in patterned skirt stands against gallery wall next to framed photograph

Kerry James Marshall, “Untitled (Gallery),” 2016, Acrylic on PVC panel, 60 ½ x 48 ½ in., Carnegie Museum of Art, The Henry L. Hillman Fund, 2016.52, ©Kerry James Marshall

Untitled (Gallery) depicts a single female figure posing as if for a snapshot against the white wall of a gallery lined with framed black-and-white photographs. Spotlights illuminate the artworks, creating concentric rings of light on the wall. Beside the figure hangs a photograph of a nude woman lying on a bearskin rug in front of a fireplace—a familiar pinup trope but also a reference to glamorous 1930s Hollywood production stills. The juxtaposition prompts a host of questions: Is the subject of the painting also the subject of the photograph? Is she the artist? The curator or perhaps the gallerist? In addition to its many possible interpretations, Marshall’s painting demonstrates his mastery of the medium and his encyclopedic knowledge of its history at each turn.

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CMOA Announces 2017 Exhibitions

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Exceptional contemporary art, architecture, fashion, & photography

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces its schedule of special exhibitions for 2017. From one of the world’s most acclaimed fashion designers to a polymath image-maker from the dawn of photography, CMOA brings exceptional art from around the world to Pittsburgh. Our contemporary program includes newly commissioned work from artists testing technological boundaries with simulated environments, and paintings born of digital drawings. This summer, we also present a special collaboration with the Studio Museum in Harlem. The Heinz Architectural Center presents the dynamic work of Pittsburgh architect Arthur Lubetz, and tests new methods like virtual reality and robotics to explore a grand old space, the Hall of Architecture.

Visit to keep up with our exhibitions and programs as they develop.

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Keystone Group provides crucial support to Carnegie International

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Friends of the Carnegie International Leadership Group Established
Thirteen-member Keystone Group represents crucial commitments of individual giving

Pittsburgh, PA…Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), and Martin G. McGuinn, chair of the CMOA Board, announce the establishment of the Keystone Group of the museum’s Friends of the Carnegie International. Founded in 2004, the Friends provide crucial support for CMOA’s signature exhibition, funding a significant portion of its direct costs. Working toward the Carnegie Int’l, 57th ed., 2018, members of the CMOA Board launched this new leadership group, committing to ambitious fundraising efforts, as well as individual contributions of at least $100,000.

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CMOA Hosts Exhibition of Groundbreaking Fashion Designer

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Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion
February 4–May 1, 2017
Carnegie Museum of Art

Fashion designer Iris van Herpen (Dutch, b. 1984) marries precision and meticulous handcraft, inventive technological solutions, and a striking, futuristic aesthetic. Organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and Groninger Museum, The Netherlands, Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion gathers seven years of van Herpen’s original haute couture for this exhibition: her first North American tour. Opening February 4 at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), it presents 15 of her collections across a bewildering range of materials and techniques. This Pittsburgh presentation is its easternmost US venue.


Iris van Herpen, “Refinery Smoke” Dress, July 2008, Untreated woven metal gauze and cow leather, Groninger Museum, 2012.0196 Photo by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios

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CMOA Announces Music Lineup & Activities for NIGHTIME

August 17, 2016
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CMOA Announces Music Lineup & Activities for NIGHTIME

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces the full lineup for NIGHTIME, a 9-hour can’t-miss party, stretching from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. starting September 9.

7-10 p.m. is all ages; 10 p.m.-4 a.m. is 18+. Tickets are available at CMOA’s website.

10 PM to 4 AM
10 PM: Metacara (VIA)
12 – 1:30 AM: Naeem b2b Jwan Allen (Hot Mass)
1:30 – 3 AM: Shawn Rudiman (Hot Mass)
3 – 4 AM: Tony Fairchild (Hot Mass)
Light installation by Ian Brill

7 PM to 10 PM
7 – 9 PM: DJ Kelly Mom
7 PM: Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtimes Band
8 PM: For Those About to Rock Academy (Britsburgh)
9 PM: 1Hood Media
7 PM: East Hills Wind Ensemble (Britsburgh)
8 PM: Cosmic Attack Blues Band & Honeyrider All-Stars (Britsburgh)
7:30 PM: J. Trafford (Britsburgh)
8:30 PM: The Love Letters (Britsburgh)
7 – 10 PM: Teen Lounge including art making and scavenger hunt
7 – 10 PM: Asado, Onion Maiden, Happy Camper Cakes, Second Breakfast, Sticklers, Berlin Street Food
7 – 10 PM: Interactive Experiences, Alison Knowles
7:45 & 8:45 PM: ASL Interpreted Tours
8 & 10 PM: RUA Architects talk, Heinz Architectural Center
7 – 10 PM: Artventures in-gallery art making

NIGHTIME kicks off the Hillman Photography Initiative’s LIGHTIME, where artists activate photography’s measurement of light and time to investigate contemporary social issues. The party stretches from the evening into the early morning hours, hosting community collaborators for a celebration of photography. Our galleries remain open until 10 p.m., and performances and programs activate spaces throughout the museum. It also features the unveiling of a unique public photographic installation that measures and visualizes time itself.


L-R: artists Andrea Polli, Alisha Wormsley, DIS, and Bradford Young

The Hillman Photography Initiative’s LIGHTIME focuses on four new commissioned projects by artists Andrea Polli, Alisha Wormsley, DIS,and Bradford Young. The Hillman Photography Initiative at CMOA is an incubator for innovating thinking about photography. It collaborates with a team of people with unique perspectives on photography to formulate each programming cycle.

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. The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. 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.

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