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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, Image from 'Rio' (working title), 2016-2018. Gelatin silver prints. © Zoe Leonard, Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.

Zoe Leonard, Image from ‘Rio’ (working title), 2016-2018. Gelatin silver prints. © Zoe Leonard, Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.

These five projects by Postcommodity, Zoe Leonard, Art Labor with Joan Jonas, Dayanita Singh, and Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin reflect the travels curator Ingrid Schaffner undertook in the research phase of the exhibition and underscore this International’s grounding here in Pittsburgh. They showcase the diversity of artists and art forms that will be on view. They also offer a glimpse of the connections that bring disparate works together into a rigorously crafted whole—Schaffner is known for her detailed, deeply researched, and exuberant exhibitions. These selections from the upcoming International suggest some of the preoccupations and questions about the contemporary—both in art and in the world—that the artists will bring into the museum for us to experience together.

Postcommodity
Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary, indigenous art collective based in the American Southwest. In ambitious works like Repellent Fence—a two-mile-long land art installation of weather balloons stretching across the U.S.-Mexico border—they use their indigenous lens to refocus the world, revealing culture and history in new ways. Their monumental work for the International will transform the museum’s grand Hall of Sculpture with materials of the city’s industrial past—glass, coal, and steel—and with performances by local musicians rooted in Pittsburgh’s history of jazz.

Zoe Leonard
New York-based Zoe Leonard’s participation in the International comes as a major survey moves from the Whitney Museum of American Art to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Her work in photography and sculpture is often epic in scale, as in her vast installation of 4,000 vintage postcards that map Niagara Falls. Her contribution to the International is part of a new epic: to photograph the length of the Rio Grande as it forms a charged, serpentine border between the United States and Mexico.

 Art Labor with Joan Jonas
The Ho Chi Minh City–based collective Art Labor will make a hammock café complete with coffee service. This extension of Art Labor’s ongoing project, Jarai Dew, will bring together research into Vietnam’s coffee industry, painting, sculpture, and sound to create a vibrant and relaxing social experience. The installation will be crowned by kites painted by Joan Jonas, whose pioneering video, performance, and installation art is currently the subject of a major survey at Tate Modern in London. Art Labor connected with Joan Jonas when one of its members won the prestigious Rolex Mentorship Award.

Dayanita Singh
Dayanita Singh’s Museum Bhavan—a museum in the form of a book—recently won two important prizes, from the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation and the International Center for Photography. A New Delhi-based artist with a background in photojournalism, Singh has created new ways to bring her photographs of archives, family, and poetic spaces into the world. For the International, she is contributing a portable exhibition in the form of modular teak structures that collect and display photographs of mysterious bundles.

Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin
Prominent Pittsburgh-based artists Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin will transform the Carnegie’s Forum Gallery into a busy studio with pairs of painters at work. For the duration of the exhibition, the painters will create text-based paintings of the titles of rejected works submitted to the International between 1896–1931. Visitors will be able to take home these paintings, like The Pink Bungalow, and The Song of the Talking Wire, picked from an accumulating installation that will produce hundreds of paintings.

Clayton and Rubin are known for their social practice works, like Rubin’s long-running Conflict Kitchen (with Dawn Weleski), a take-out restaurant serving food from countries with which the U.S. is in conflict, and Clayton’s open, ongoing Residency in Motherhood, which reframes being a mother as a valuable site for creativity. Their contribution to the International is their next big project after the six-month run of …circle through New York at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan.

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The press preview for Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 will be Friday, October 12, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

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To learn more about this Carnegie International, please see our past press announcements.

Support
The Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018, presented by Bank of America, is made possible with major support from the Carnegie International Endowment, The Fine Foundation, and the Keystone Members of the 2018 Carnegie International. Additional support is provided by the Friends of the 2018 Carnegie International, the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowment for Contemporary Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, 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.

 

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New Contemporary Galleries at CMOA open July 20

June 26, 2018

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Crossroads mines collection for diversity, depth, and eccentricities
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Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces Crossroads: Carnegie Museum of Art’s Collection, 1945 to Now, a major reinstallation of the museum’s galleries dedicated to postwar and contemporary art. Opening to the public on July 20, Crossroads mines the collection’s depth, diversity, and eccentricities, situating the work of artists at the intersections of history, society, politics, and biography. Instead of a strictly chronological hang, each gallery represents a chapter in the larger story of CMOA’s world-class collection.

Guerrilla Girls, 'You're seeing less than half the picture,' 1989, offset laser or inkjet print poster, Carnegie Museum of Art, Alan D. and Marsha W. Bramowitz Contemporary Print Acquisition Fund

Guerrilla Girls, ‘You’re seeing less than half the picture,’ 1989, offset laser or inkjet print poster, Carnegie Museum of Art, Alan D. and Marsha W. Bramowitz Contemporary Print Acquisition Fund

“Andrew Carnegie’s mandate to acquire the art of our time has resulted in a collection that is more than the sum of its parts,” says Eric Crosby, CMOA’s Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “I hope Crossroads will allow visitors to see art of the recent past through the lens of the present and to connect with themes and stories that resonate today.”

The modern and contemporary galleries are currently closed as they undergo a complete transformation. Visitors will be invited to preview the new collection galleries as part of CMOA’s Third Thursday celebration on July 19.

Crossroads features some 150 works ranging from familiar masterpieces by Alberto Giacometti, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, and Mark Rothko to recent acquisitions in painting, sculpture, and photography. Many works have never been seen before in CMOA’s collection galleries, including Kerry James Marshall’s Untitled (Gallery) (2016) and Alex Katz’s Vivien Baseball Cap (2006), a recent gift by the artist. Joining these new acquisitions are works by Pope.L, Torey Thornton, Avery Singer, Michael Williams, Lorraine O’Grady, and Tseng Kwong Chi.

Pope.L, 'Fountain (reparations version),' 2016-2017, acrylic, oil, oil stick, chalk, and chewing gum on porcelain fountain, Carnegie Museum of Art, A. W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund, © Pope.L, Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY

Pope.L, ‘Fountain (reparations version),’ 2016-2017, acrylic, oil, oil stick, chalk, and chewing gum on porcelain fountain, Carnegie Museum of Art, A. W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund, © Pope.L, Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY

Other highlights on view include: Black Crowd (1954), a masterpiece by the Chinese émigré painter Zao Wou-Ki; Green Thought (1958), a recently conserved work by the color field painter Morris Louis from his iconic Veil series; Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conical Intersect (1975), a recently digitized film documenting the artist’s challenging architectural interventions in Paris; a rarely-exhibited large-scale 1981 painting by Keith Haring; a collection of posters by the Guerrilla Girls, the feminist collective who defined art as activism in the 1980s; and Louise Bourgeois’s Cell II (1991), a mysterious installation of found objects presented in the 1991 Carnegie International.

Crossroads unfolds in a series of “chapters,” beginning with the work that gives the installation its title: Bruce Conner’s 1976 film CROSSROADS. The film is a hypnotic and troubling collage of US military atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946. These devastating blasts signal a disruptive turning point in history, and the beginning of the postwar collection.

Bruce Conner, Still from 'CROSSROADS' 1976, 35mm, black/white, sound, 37min, Digitally Restored, 2013, Carnegie Museum of Art, © Conner Family Trust

Bruce Conner, Still from ‘CROSSROADS,’ 1976, 35mm, black/white, sound, 37min, Digitally Restored, 2013, Carnegie Museum of Art, © Conner Family Trust

“Conner’s rapturous film is a meditation on the cataclysmic events that have shaped human life since World War II,” Crosby says. “His notion of a ‘crossroads’ is an evocative metaphor for us, one that underscores the pivotal decisions artists make and amplifies the relevance of CMOA’s collection today.”

Each of the eight chapters foregrounds artistic decision-making as an urgent and powerful form of thinking in the world. These chapters include:

A New Horizon – Prompted by new artistic freedoms and a shifting global order following World War II, artists of the 1950s respond with innovative forms of abstraction in painting and sculpture.

Call of the Wild – In the late 1940s, a loose-knit band of northern European painters and poets called CoBrA experimented with art that was mischievous, playful, and irreverent. The gallery reintroduces CMOA’s extensive, rarely exhibited CoBrA collection.

More than Minimal – Though Minimalist works of the 1960s and 1970s may seem cold and impersonal, behind each is a story of touch, perception, and lived experience, lending a human dimension to otherwise simplified forms.

Night Poetry – Borrowing its title from a 1962 painting by the Pittsburgh-born artist Raymond Saunders, this dream-like gallery summons rarely seen works from the darker recesses of the collection.

Abstract, dark canvas with a single flower blossoming in among dark paint

Raymond Jennings Saunders, ‘Night Poetry,’ 1962, oil on canvas, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of Leland and Mary Hazard, © Raymond Saunders

Artists’ Cinema – Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the museum served as a hub for a vibrant local film community. This gallery features a rotating program of important and under-recognized works from the museum’s collection.

Less Than Half the Picture – The turmoil of the 1980s prompted widespread debate about of the value and role of art in society. A new generation of artists embraced politically charged ways of working in response to the most vital issues of the day.

The Persistence of Painting –  From the rise of the internet to the ubiquity of digital cameras, today’s complex visual environment has pushed a centuries-old medium in unpredictable directions.

Free Radicals – How do artists locate themselves in our complex world? How do they redress historical omissions? How do they embody forms of resistance and protest? And how do they challenge tradition and the status quo?

Crossroads embraces a modular rather than chronological structure. This approach permits curators to refresh galleries in the future through new rotations and themes. Drawing from its broad collection, CMOA’s contemporary program will continue to surface ideas and stories that speak to our rapidly changing world.

Acting co-director and chief curator Catherine Evans says, “CMOA has an incredible collection, yet we are only able to present a sliver of it at any time. Crossroads signals a renewed energy for these galleries, and its format creates opportunities to do some deep digging into our holdings to prompt new perspectives and conversations. In 2019, we’re excited to bring more innovative approaches to engaging our visitors in our collection spaces.”

Support
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 creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another.
We believe creativity is a defining human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world to inspire, sustain, and provoke discussion, and to engage and reflect multiple audiences.

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 International, 57th Edition, 2018

Artists Announced for Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 11, 2018

Contacts
Jonathan Gaugler
Carnegie Museum of Art
gauglerj@cmoa.org
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Shawna Gallancy
SUTTON
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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”
17 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.

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces the participation of Koyo Kouoh in the Carnegie Int’l, 57th ed., 2018

 CONTACTS:

Justin Conner
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Overseen by curator Ingrid Schaffner, the Carnegie International is happening now! This month, Koyo Kouoh will present a Special Topics seminar at the University of Pittsburgh to develop “Dig Where You Stand,” an exhibition-within-an-exhibition for the International.


Koyo

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) and the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) welcome Koyo Kouoh to Pittsburgh. Kouoh is the founding director of RAW Material Company, a center for art, knowledge and society, based in Dakar, Senegal. Starting with a public lecture on January 25th, Kouoh will spend two weeks as a visiting scholar at Pitt while conducting research for her contribution to the 2018 Carnegie International. “Dig Where You Stand” will present a range of objects selected by Kouoh from across the museum’s collections to reflect on the institution, its history, and coloniality— a contemporary interrogation of which has long guided Kouoh’s work.

“I think of this participation as a conversation between two curators—Ingrid and I—within an institution that has a long-standing history of an exhibition series that is a site of global artistic exchanges. I see this current moment with its political backdrop as an opportunity to have urgent conversations about living in a state of coloniality,” says Kouoh.

To introduce Kouoh’s work to the Pittsburgh community, Institution Building as Curatorial Practice, a free public lecture took place on January 25 at 6:00pm at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh. More information can be found here.

Koyo Kouoh is the founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, a center for art, knowledge and society in Dakar, Senegal. She was the curator of  1:54 FORUM, the educational program at the Contemporary African Art Fair in London and New York. She served on the curatorial teams for documenta 12 (2007) and documenta 13 (2012). She most recently launched RAW Académie, an experimental program for artistic thought and curatorial inquiry in Dakar. Besides sustaining theoretical, exhibition, and residency programs at RAW Material Company, she is active internationally as a curator and advisor. She lives and works in Dakar and Basel.

Curated by Ingrid Schaffner, the Carnegie Int’l, 57th ed., 2018 hosted five research trips and research companions in a year of travel leading up to the exhibition. Read more about the research travel here. It was while traveling in West Africa for the Dakar Biennial with Carin Kuoni, Director, The Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School, New York, that Schaffner was introduced to Raw Material Company. Of her subsequent invitation to Kouoh to participate in the International, Schaffner says:

“Of the brilliant artists, curators, and teachers who are showing us new ways of seeing history’s narratives and being citizens in the world today, Koyo Kouoh is a leader. What she is doing at Raw Material Company in Dakar models the vital role that cultural institutions everywhere can and must play in shaping civil societies and imagining just futures.”
As a visiting scholar at Pitt, Kouoh will be a graduate seminar guest lecturer. The seminar, taught by Assistant Professor Jennifer Josten, will grant students special insight into Kouoh’s curatorial process for the International. They will learn about the rise of new methodologies of cultural self-representation; consider how museum collections are built; and learn how contemporary presentations and interpretations can add layers or reveal new perspectives.

About the 57th Carnegie International
The International will open on October 13, 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 curatorial process, public programs, commissioned essays, and immersive site visits.

As the International evolves, stay tuned for news of more artist projects, Tam O’Shanter Drawing Sessions, Travelogues, and other public programs on cmoa.org and cmoa.org/carnegieintl.

Established in 1896 as the Annual Exhibition, the Carnegie International initially 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 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. To learn more, call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

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

December 5, 2017

Contacts:

Justin Conner
Justin@hellothirdeye.com
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Jonathan Gaugler
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412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909

 

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.

Find CMOA on Facebook at facebook.com/carnegiemuseumofart, on Twitter at @cmoa, or on Instagram at @thecmoa.

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.