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The Carnegie International: Notes from the Curator

As the artists and installation crew ready the Carnegie International for its October 13 opening, curator Ingrid Schaffner shares some of the ideas that informed the making of the exhibition.

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Curator stands in gallery beside ceramic glazed tiled artwork

Curator Ingrid Schaffner stands in front of Sarah Crowner’s Wall (Wavy Arrow Terracotta), 2018. Photo: Bryan Conley.

Pittsburgh, PA (October 3, 2018) Since she began her research in May 2015, curator Ingrid Schaffner has traveled to 23 countries on 5 continents, visiting with artists and absorbing the currents and concerns of contemporary art in all its richness and variety. It has taken more than three years to shape those encounters into the rigorously crafted whole that opens on Saturday, October 13. Now Schaffner invites the public to explore the exhibition and interpret the art.

The 57th edition of the Carnegie International offers visitors an abundance of encounters with the work of artists and collectives from around the world. The exhibition explores what “international” means at a moment when questions of nations, nationalism, boundaries, and border crossings are becoming ever more urgent. At the same time, the exhibition is very much of its specific place and time: Pittsburgh, 2018; local visitors will recognize the art of familiar, Pittsburgh-based artists. Bridging shifting terrains and forging surprising linkages, the exhibition invites visitors to make their own connections in the presence of art and other people.

Schaffner offers four interpretative themes to guide these explorations:

  • Children respond to art with immediacy and directness—with curiosity, delight, and sometimes boredom.
  • Politics connects art to the world at large.
  • Beauty delivers on art’s promise—albeit sometimes in forms that appear downright ugly.
  • Sound signifies art as lived experience.

The Carnegie International offers visitors an opportunity to imagine what the future might be. Schaffner invites visitors to open themselves to ideas and feelings the exhibition may spark; “I hope people will use all their senses, make their own meaning, and revel in the creative work of interpretation the exhibition invites.”

Support

Major support for the Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 has been provided by the Carnegie International Endowment, The Fine Foundation, and the Keystone Friends of the 2018 Carnegie International. Additional major support is provided by the Friends of the 2018 Carnegie International, the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowment for Contemporary Art, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Louisa S. Rosenthal Family Fund.

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

Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. 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. Our collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. To learn more, please call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

Programming Brings Carnegie International to Life

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Emily Willson
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A bounty of dynamic programming will animate the Carnegie International, helping visitors connect to the exhibition in many and diverse ways as it unfurls between October and March.

Carnegie International: October 13, 2018–March 25, 2019
Presented by Bank of America

Press & VIP Preview Day: October 12, 2018
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Pittsburgh, PA… Film screenings, music performances, in-gallery coffee service, a ballet collage, themed FEASTs by local chefs, artist lectures, improvisational drawing sessions, and more: an expansive, well-balanced series of public programs activate Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018. The programming offers myriad points of entry for different audiences, and many opportunities for repeat visitors to experience new aspects of the show.

Artist Projects

Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin’s busy studio will be in operation whenever the museum is open. Hard-working pairs will create text-based paintings of the titles of works rejected from early Internationals, which visitors can select to take home.

Other recurring programs will take place at specific times. Tacita Dean’s Event for a Stage—a seamlessly edited 16mm film of four performances by actor Stephen Dillane—will screen Mondays at 11 a.m. Kevin Jerome Everson will supplement his eight-hour film portrait of a factory with Thursday evening screenings of short films. Local jazz musicians will interpret Postcommodity’s monumental installation as a graphic score, Thursday through Sunday at 1 p.m. Art Labor’s coffee service—Wednesday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.—will make a visit to their Hammock Café that much more stimulating.

Some International artists will present one-time-only programs. Sculptor Josiah McElheney is organizing a day of “deep listening” in homage to composer Pauline Oliveros, who pioneered the technique of actively opening the ears to the sounds of the world. Celebrated jazz trumpet player Joe McPhee and others will improvise as they “listen” to the work in the gallery, followed by an evening concert. Date TBD.

Jeremy Deller will visit Pittsburgh in February for a week of art classes with elementary school students. Emphasizing the artist’s role as a historian of their time, the program will culminate in a weekend-long exhibition in the Hall of Architecture, where visitors can get a glimpse of America through children’s eyes. Drawings will be on exhibit February 2–3, 2019.

Opening weekend, October 13–14, will brim with events, including a collage of ballet scenes, composed by Karen Kilimnik, performed by students from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Tavares Strachan’s electric contribution to the International will be revealed. There will be several screenings of Tacita Dean’s film in the Music Hall, where on Saturday afternoon, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye will lead the public in a lively drawing session accompanied by flamenco music and dancers.

Curatorial Projects

The International’s Cinematheque series presents four Saturdays of film screenings, each unraveling one of the exhibition’s interpretive threads. A matinee program of films for kids is followed by tea and cookies in the café. An evening program for adults is followed by FEAST with a local chef. Cinematheque brings a range of visions and perspectives into the museum’s theater.

Nov. 10: BEAUTY
Dec. 1:  POLITICS
Jan. 26: CHILDREN
Feb. 23: SOUND

Tam O’Shanter Drawing Sessions take inspiration from Carnegie Museum of Art’s long tradition of free public art classes of the same name. With the goal of building creative community through improvisational acts of drawing, each session is dreamed up by an International artist or organizer, guided by their own particular passions and processes. From a star-gazer’s night of sketching in the observatory, to a zine-making workshop, to an afternoon of drawing while listening to a sculptor’s jazz playlist, these sessions offer singular opportunities to learn and create.

Carnegie International curator Ingrid Schaffner’s annual lecture is a fast-paced deep-dive into the big question What Is Contemporary? On November 8, her culminating version of this lecture will focus on the exhibition she has been working on for more than three years!

Collaborations with Local Institutions

October 20: The Kelly Strayhorn Theater and Carnegie Museum of Art will celebrate the Pittsburgh arts organizations and individuals who received micro-grants through KEYWORD: INTERNATIONAL—from FashionAFRICANA and Fairy Fantastic! to the Braddock Community Oven and Working-Class Media Project. Charged with conducting creative research that explores the meaning of “international,” the awardees will report their findings at a lively public forum at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

November 1: College and university students, faculty, and staff are invited to the museum for the International’s much anticipated University Night led by Postcommodity’s Cristóbal Martínez and Kade Twist. Teachers as well as artists, the pair will bring students from San Francisco Art Institute and Otis College of Art and Design to animate an evening of conversation, performance, drawing, conviviality, and snacks.

Winter Holiday Season: Since 1961 the Women’s Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art has erected and decorated five magnificent trees in the Hall of Architecture. This year’s decorations are inspired by themes suggested by International artist Karen Kilimnik: tartans, bows, gingerbread, and more.

September–March: The International teams up with our neighbor, Carnegie Mellon University, to present an Artist Lecture Series. International artists will give public talks about their ideas and processes at CMU.

With the spring schedule to be announced, the fall schedule is as follows:

  • Sep. 18: Rachel Rose
  • Oct. 2:  Saba Innab
  • Oct. 9:   Zoe Leonard with Rhea Anastas
  • Oct. 23:  Alex Da Corte
  • Oct. 30:  Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin
  • Nov. 27:  Jessi Reaves

Enrichment in the Galleries

The International offers a diverse range of in-gallery interpretation. Daily docent tours and gallery ambassadors give insights into the exhibition. In the Moment tours are unique opportunities for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their care partners. Tours for visitors who are deaf and hard of hearing and tours for visitors who are blind and partially-sighted are offered for the International.

Specialized enrichment will be provided by students in a unique museum studies course at the University of Pittsburgh, co-taught by International associate curator Liz Park and Erin Peters of Carnegie Museum of Natural History and University of Pittsburgh. Small groups of Inside the Carnegie International students will conduct “field work” in the galleries, soliciting the ideas and impressions of members of the public while sharing their own evolving understanding of the exhibition, its artists, and the legacy of the International.

Organize Your Own Experience

With so many unmissable programs, visitors may want to strategize. Take a Monday morning to watch Tacita Dean’s Event for a Stage, or organize a group of friends to attend a Cinematheque screening and FEAST. Hear your favorite artists speak and draw with them at a Tam Session. Mark November 8 on your calendar to hear curator Ingrid Schaffner talk about the show. Revel in the excitement of Opening Weekend—and stay tuned to hear what’s planned for Closing Weekend next March! With such a vast menu of experiences on offer, a single visit is bound to feel insufficient. We hope many people will visit and re-visit the exhibition, anticipating particular pleasures and stumbling upon unexpected delights.

Support
Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 is presented by Bank of America. Major support has been provided by the Carnegie International Endowment, The Fine Foundation, and the Keystone Friends of the 2018 Carnegie International. Additional major support is provided by the Friends of the 2018 Carnegie International, the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowment for Contemporary Art, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Louisa S. Rosenthal Family Fund.

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.

Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. 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. Our collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. To learn more, please call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

Carnegie International Highlights Five Projects

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New Works by Artists Across the Globe from Ho Chi Minh City to the American Southwest to Pittsburgh

Carnegie International: October 13 – March 25, 2019
Press & VIP Preview Day: October 12, 2018

Press & VIP accreditation now open.

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Pittsburgh, PA (June 21, 2018) The opening of Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 is four months out, and 32 artists and artist collectives are busy composing and constructing their contributions in time for the October 13 opening. Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) is pleased to preview five works in progress that represent the expansiveness and particularity of the exhibition to come.

Zoe Leonard, 'Prologue: El Rio / The River,' 2018, C-prints. © Zoe Leonard, Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.

Zoe Leonard, ‘Prologue: El Rio / The River,’ 2018, C-prints. © Zoe Leonard, Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.

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Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018

Artists Announced for Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018

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Pittsburgh, PA…Curator Ingrid Schaffner announced today the artists in Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 which runs October 13, 2018–March 25, 2019 at Carnegie Museum of Art. Established in 1896, the Carnegie International exhibitions have built a rich history of introducing audiences to contemporary art from around the world. The 2018 Carnegie International will feature:

Yuji Agematsu
El Anatsui
Art Labor with Joan Jonas
Huma Bhabha
Mel Bochner
Mimi Cherono Ng’ok
Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin
Sarah Crowner
Alex Da Corte
Tacita Dean
Jeremy Deller
Kevin Jerome Everson
Han Kang and IM Heung-soon
Leslie Hewitt
Saba Innab
Karen Kilimnik
Zoe Leonard
Kerry James Marshall
Park McArthur
Josiah McElheny with John Corbett and Jim Dempsey
Ulrike Müller
Thaddeus Mosley
The Otolith Group
Postcommodity
Jessi Reaves
Abel Rodriguez
Rachel Rose
Beverly Semmes
Dayanita Singh
Lucy Skaer
Tavares Strachan
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
and
“Dig Where You Stand,” by independent exhibition maker Koyo Kouoh

With 32 artists and artist collectives, the exhibition invites visitors to explore what it means to be “international” at this moment in time, and to experience museum joy. The pleasure of being with art and other people is integral to the composition of this International—a series of encounters with contemporary art inside the world of the Carnegie Museum. Among the new and ambitious projects are: an unprecedented collaboration between novelist Han Kang and filmmaker IM Heung-soon; an exhibition-within-the-exhibition curated by Koyo Kouoh that draws from the museum’s collection; and an interpretation of rejected works from the history of the Carnegie International by Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin. Other components of the International include a mapping of Pittsburgh through photography in the museum’s Teenie Harris Archive, one of the most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience, and the Cinémathèque series of film screenings. The 57th edition also builds upon a long legacy of research and collecting by Carnegie Museum of Art.

The 57th Carnegie International artists include:
1 independent exhibition-maker
6 art collectives and collaborators
13 individual artists who use the pronoun “he”
18 individual artists who use the pronoun “she”
20 artists who live in the US
3 artists who live in Asia
5 artists who live in Europe
2 artists who live in Africa
1 artist who lives in South America
1 artist who lives in the Middle East

National affiliations by residence and birth: Austria, Bahamas, Cameroon, Cherokee Nation, Colombia, England, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Navajo Nation, Nigeria, Nonuya Nation, Pakistan, Palestine, Scotland, Senegal, Switzerland, United States of America, and Vietnam.

Programming
The International is already underway with an array of programs and publications. The ongoing Tam O’Shanter Drawing Sessions, conducted by artists and other participants in the exhibition, welcome the public to explore contemporary art through drawing, mapping, writing, doodling, and other improvisations. Past sessions have been led by Schaffner, Art Labor, Maira Kalman, Prem Krishnamurthy, Thaddeus Mosley, and Dayanita Singh. They will continue, from this weekend’s zine-making workshop by Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, through the run of the exhibition.

In addition, the International has launched KEYWORD: INTERNATIONAL, a catalyst for creative research and conversation in collaboration with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Twenty arts activators will receive micro-grants to support research projects that define Pittsburgh as an international city. On October 20, 2018, fellows will present their findings during a daylong symposium that will be published in the exhibition’s catalogue.

For more information on public programs please see: https://2018.carnegieinternational.org/programs/

The Curator
Curator Ingrid Schaffner and Associate Curator Liz Park are available for interview. Schaffner’s process started with a series of research trips with five curator colleagues as her traveling and thinking Companions: Magalí Arriola, Doryun Chong, Ruba Katrib, Carin Kuoni, and Bisi Silva. Each Companion traveled with Schaffner to places new to both of them. This research shaped not only Schaffner’s work on the International, but also the Companion’s work in the field at large. A series of Travelogues published on the International’s website offers a window into this process: https://blog.cmoa.org/tag/the-travelogue-series/.

Support
Major support for Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 has been provided by the Carnegie International Endowment, The Fine Foundation, and the Keystone Friends of the 2018 Carnegie International. Additional major support is provided by the Friends of the 2018 Carnegie International, the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowment for Contemporary Art, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Louisa S. Rosenthal Family Fund.

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.

Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. 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. Our collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. To learn more, please call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.