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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


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.


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 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.”

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.

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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?”

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.

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.


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Rodney Graham;
Phonokinetoscope, 2001;
16mm film installation with modified turntable and 33 1/3 RPM vinyl LP; Film: 5 min., vinyl record: 14 min.; dimensions variable; A. W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund

CMOA Announces Final 2013 Carnegie International Acquisitions

Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces its third and final round of acquisitions of contemporary art by 2013 Carnegie International artists, including major works by Lara Favaretto, Rodney Graham, Pierre Leguillon, Kamran Shirdel, Taryn Simon, Mladen Stilinović, and Zoe Strauss. The museum’s collection has been shaped in significant ways by International exhibitions since 1896, and purchases from the 2013 Carnegie International represent an especially ambitious effort. The museum has acquired a total of 124 artworks by 27 of the exhibition’s 35 artists—both works that were part of the exhibition, as well as other important works by International artists.

To view previous acquisitions from the 2013 Carnegie International, please read our announcements from December 2013 and February 2014.

A number of new and recent acquisitions are currently on view as part of Outtakes, a presentation of major works by International artists that were not included in the exhibition: Rodney Graham’s Phonokinetoscope, Pierre Leguillon’s Arbus Bonus, Joel Sternfeld’s photographs from his American Prospects series, and photographs from Zoe Strauss’s I-95 series. Other recently acquired works hang in the galleries, including Untitled by Wade Guyton, That Was Then by Henry Taylor, and Taryn Simon’s CHAPTER XVII, A Living Main Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII. They will be joined in September by photographs from Zanele Muholi’s Faces and Phases, Aria’s Salon by Nicole Eisenman, works by Mladen Stilinović, and Locating Centers by Sadie Benning, becoming a part of the larger story told by CMOA’s exceptional collection of contemporary art.

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Carnegie Museum Of Art Announces 2013 Carnegie International Acquisitions

Carnegie International exhibitions have helped to shape museum’s collection

Pittsburgh, PA…Lynn Zelevansky, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art, announced today the second round of major acquisitions from the 2013 Carnegie International, which remains on view until March 16. Since its founding, the museum has made significant acquisitions from the Carnegie International, which was initiated in 1896 by Andrew Carnegie, resulting in particularly strong holdings in contemporary art from the late 19th century to the present.

Exhibition co-curators Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski, along with Zelevansky, have worked to identify key objects from the exhibition that will significantly enhance and complement the existing collection. This is the second of three rounds of acquisitions from the 2013 Carnegie International. The first round was announced in December 2013.

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