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The Carnegie International Opens with Crowds and Revelry

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Carnegie Prize awarded to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Fine Prize awarded to Postcommodity

The opening weekend of the Carnegie International buzzed with enthusiastic crowds, inventive programming, and the much-anticipated awarding of prizes.

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

Pittsburgh, PA (October 15, 2018) After three years of preparation, Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 opened on Saturday with great fanfare, presenting a lavish array of artist projects and programs to the public. The day began with coffee service by Art Labor in their immersive Hammock Café, followed by a Karen Kilimnik Programme featuring a collage of ballet scenes and a video pastiche of the artist’s favorite musical moments from World War I and II films. Both days featured performances by the jazz musician Dr. Aaron Johnson, interpreting Postcommodity’s monumental installation in the Hall of Sculpture, and screenings of Tacita Dean’s seamlessly edited 16mm film of actor Stephen Dillane’s Event for a Stage (screening every Monday). A Tam O’Shanter Drawing Session with painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye on stage with flamenco dancers and musicians gave around 150 participants the opportunity to make their own work in the museum’s opulent Music Hall.

On Friday, October 12, at the glittering Fête, two awardees received the prestigious Carnegie Prize and Fine Prize, which recognize exceptional artists whose work is exhibited in the International.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Received the Carnegie Prize

Yiadom-Boakye (b. 1977, London, UK, lives London, UK), who paints the figure to create timeless modern characters on canvas, created a new installation of fictitious portraits for this edition of the International.

The Carnegie Prize includes a $10,000 award and the Medal of Honor, designed by Tiffany & Co., cast by J. E. Caldwell & Co., and first issued to Winslow Homer at the 1896 International.

Postcommodity Received the Fine Prize

Postcommodity (formed 2007, lives Albuquerque, NM, Santa Fe, NM, Phoenix, AZ, USA) transformed the grand Hall of Sculpture with materials of Pittsburgh’s industrial past—glass, coal, and steel—and with performances by local musicians who will interpret the monumental floor installation as a graphic score.

The $10,000 award is part of a $5 million gift made by The Fine Foundation in support of the International since 2008.

The winners of the Carnegie and Fine prizes at the 2013 Carnegie International were New York–based painter Nicole Eisenman and South African photographer Zanele Muholi, respectively.

Members of the 2018 Jury of Award included three International colleagues who shared in curator Ingrid Schaffner’s travel and research: Carin Kuoni, director of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School, New York; Ruba Katrib, curator at MoMA PS1, New York; and Magalí Arriola, an independent curator based in Mexico City. They were joined by the museum’s own Ellen Kessler, board chair; Douglas (Woody) Ostrow, board member; Catherine Evans, The Henry J. Heinz II Acting Co-Director; and Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

All told, nearly 6,000 visitors attended the opening weekend.

“CMOA is thrilled to host so many guests from Pittsburgh and around the world for the opening of our flagship exhibition of contemporary art,” said Catherine Evans and Sarah Minnaert, The Henry J. Heinz II Acting Co-Directors at CMOA. “Curator Ingrid Schaffner’s visionary work is an enormous accomplishment, as is that of our dedicated staff. Together, they have brought this Carnegie International into stunning fruition.”

“We’re proud to deepen our commitment to the arts in Pittsburgh by being the presenting sponsor of the 57th edition of Carnegie International,” said Terry Laughlin, Vice Chairman and Head of Global Wealth Investment Management, Bank of America. “At Bank of America, our support of the arts reflects our belief that the arts matter: they are a powerful tool that can provide pathways to greater cultural understanding that can help economies thrive, help individuals connect with each other and across cultures, and educate and enrich societies.”

“This International has some real standouts… It makes me feel very, very excited. I am a Pittsburgh native and it gives me pride that such great artists are showing here at this institution,” said Phyllis Lally Seevers of New York City, a visitor to the exhibition.

The Carnegie International will be open through March 25, 2019. For schedules of daily activities and special programs (film screenings, drawing sessions, artist lectures, docent tours, and more), please visit cmoa.org. We look forward to seeing you at the museum!

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.

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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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

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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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