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Carnegie Int’l, 57th ed., 2018 Announces its Commitment to Fair Pay for Participating Artists

December 5, 2017

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The International is the first biennial-style exhibition to be certified by W.A.G.E., an artist activist organization

Pittsburgh, PA. – Carnegie Museum of Art is pleased to announce that the Carnegie Int’l, 57th ed.,2018, has been certified by W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy) as meeting its standards for paying artist fees. The International is the first biennial-style exhibition to become W.A.G.E. Certified. Accordingly, every participating artist or collective will be paid a standard minimum fee—set by W.A.G.E.-for providing content to the exhibition.

As curator Ingrid Schaffner says, “Perhaps the most entrenched barrier to greater equity is the idea that art is a privilege. W.A.G.E.’s activism brings recognition to the work artists do—on top of actually making art!-when they provide content for museums and exhibitions.”

W.A.G.E. is a New York-based activist organization which works to draw attention to economic inequalities that exist in the arts, and to resolve them. W.A.G.E. Certification is a national program that publicly recognizes those nonprofit arts organizations demonstrating a history of, and commitment to, voluntarily paying artist fees that meet minimum payment standards. W.A.G.E. launched its certification program in October of 2014 and has since certified fifty organizations across the U.S.

The Carnegie International’s certification marks an important exception to W.A.G.E.’s own rules.  In a statement from W.A.G.E.: “One of W.A.G.E. Certification’s cardinal rules is that we don’t certify single exhibitions…However, because museums have demonstrated the greatest resistance…we have chosen to bend this rule and approach the reform of large art institutions brick by brick.” W.A.G.E. sees this certification as an important step forward for the cultural field at large: “While this may sound relatively inconsequential, it isn’t. The Carnegie Int’l, 57th ed., 2018’s decision to guarantee evenly distributed remuneration is a rebuke of speculation as a form of payment in the nonprofit sector. It is also an affirmation of art’s value as a common good – one to which both the labor of artists and institutions contribute, and which both must collectively work to maintain.”

To read W.A.G.E.’s full statement on the certification of the Carnegie International, follow this link.

About the 57th Carnegie International
The International will open on October 12, 2018 and run through March 25, 2019. However, the International is already under way, with expanding research and creative documentation along with a highly-crafted schedule of programs, commissioned essays, and participating artists coming to Pittsburgh for immersive visits.

In this spirit of approaching the International as an evolving process, the curators and participating artists have had ongoing discussions about the purpose of such large-format exhibitions. The International is working with the artists to create an exhibition that puts forward a more sustainable model to boost the ability for artistic production and buoy the creative ecosystem among museum, artist, and public.

As the International evolves, stay tuned for news of more artist projects, Tam O’Shanter Drawing Sessions, Travelogues, and talks on cmoa.org and the International website.

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About the Carnegie International
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.

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, 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 world-class 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. Learn more: call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces the Opening Date of the 57th Carnegie International

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September 20, 2017

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Carnegie International to Open October 12, 2018

Programming and Artist Site Visits Happening Now

Thaddeus Mosley, Art Labor with Joan Jonas, and Mimi Cherono Ng’ok announced as participating artists

Pittsburgh, PA… Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) is pleased to announce that the Carnegie International, 57th edition, 2018, curated by Ingrid Schaffner, will open October 12, 2018, and run through March 25, 2019. However, the International is already under way, with expanding research and creative documentation along with a highly-crafted schedule of programs, commissioned essays, and participating artists coming to Pittsburgh for immersive visits. As part of Schaffner’s interest in making the research process accessible and evolving. New York-based design firm Project Projects has built an online portal for the International, at cmoa.org/carnegieintl.

The Carnegie International online portal serves as a living, accumulating document, where viewers can read Travelogues by writer and critic Emmanuel Iduma and artist Maira Kalman, based on the research trips taken by Schaffner. The Travelogues make visible the spirit of research and travel leading up to the International, inviting writers to add their own voice, interpretation, and experience to the process. Future Travelogues by Pico Iyer, among others, will be added in the coming months, each chronicling Schaffner’s travels with a curator companion to a region he or she had never visited before. The companions were Doryun Chong, Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong; Ruba Katrib, Curator of SculptureCenter, New York; Carin Kuoni, Director of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School, New York; Bisi Silva, Founder and Artistic Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos; and Magalí Arriola, a Mexico City-based independent curator.

“I was thinking about the Carnegie Museums’ identity as a research institute, and thought that offered a useful model,” said Schaffner. “The colleagues I traveled with are not co-curators but thinking partners. By supporting their work in the field, the International has helped build new networks of artists and curators around the world.”

Back in Pittsburgh, Tam O’Shanter Drawing Sessions have begun. In a nod to the heritage of founder Andrew Carnegie (a tam-o’-shanter is a traditional Scottish beret), CMOA has held these art classes for young people since 1929. Schaffner has retuned the format to create a programmatic thread leading up to and throughout the exhibition.  The public programs are conducted by artists and organizers of the International, who connect their work and participants through improvisational acts of drawing. Each session is unique. Skill is not required to map, mark, doodle, render, cartoon, write, or otherwise participate in these open-ended gatherings. This program underscores Schaffner’s commitment to unpacking the history of the International as an evolving exhibition concept.

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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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Carnegie International Creative Team Announced

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June 7, 2016

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Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces the Creative Team and curatorial Companions for the Carnegie Int’l, 57th ed., 2018.

Led by Ingrid Schaffner, the curatorial team for the Carnegie International has developed a unique collaborative structure to guide and shape the period leading up to the exhibition opening. A Creative Team, Companions, Travelogues, and Tam O’Shanter Drawing Sessions comprise this collaboration.

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A Creative Team with Karen Kelly and Barbara Schroeder (of Dancing Foxes) and Prem Krishnamurthy (of Project Projects) will help Schaffner, associate curator Liz Park, and curatorial assistant Allison Miller form editorial and design through-lines for the International’s identity and publications.

Five Companions will enrich Schaffner’s multi-year travel and world-wide research: Magalí Arriola (independent curator, Mexico City), Doryun Chong (Chief Curator, M+, Hong Kong), Ruba Katrib (Curator, SculptureCenter, New York), Carin Kuoni (Director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School, New York), and Bisi Silva (Founder and Artistic Director, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos). Each Companion joins Schaffner for travel to a destination with which they are not familiar.

A series of Travelogues, commissioned as third-person accounts, takes each of the five journeys as a point of departure. The first, by writer and critic Emmanuel Iduma, will be published on the CMOA website shortly after Schaffner and Kuoni’s trip to West Africa this summer.

In Pittsburgh, the Tam O’Shanter Drawing Sessions have already begun. These improvisational drawing classes—conducted by participants in all aspects of the International—form a programmatic thread, leading up to and through the exhibition. The series title riffs on the original name of CMOA’s legendary art classes for children. The classes are open to the public. Check http://cmoa.org/calendar for upcoming sessions.

Founded in 1896, the Carnegie International is one of the oldest and most prestigious surveys of contemporary art in the world. The 57th edition opens in the fall of 2018.

Schaffner characterizes the organization of this major exhibition as an ambitious, open-ended research grant. “Research starts with not knowing. The International expands the field of contemporary art wider than I have ever experienced it before. Embarking on this venture as research makes structures and teams all the more essential to help guide and open up the process.”

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
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. Our world-class 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. Learn more: call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

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Ingrid Schaffner will curate 57th Carnegie International

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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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