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CMOA to launch new Bradford Young installation

Contact: Jonathan Gaugler | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909

Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces REkOGNIZE, a new multichannel video work by artist and Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Bradford Young (Selma, Arrival). Part of the Hillman Photography Initiative’s LIGHTIME, the work will be installed in CMOA’s Scaife Galleries of contemporary art, opening June 16.

Still from Bradford Young, "REkOGNIZE," 2017, Three-channel video (color, sound), Courtesy of the Artist. REkOGNIZE is commissioned by the Hillman Photography Initiative, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Still from Bradford Young, “REkOGNIZE,” 2017, Three-channel video (color, sound), Courtesy of the Artist. “REkOGNIZE” is commissioned by the Hillman Photography Initiative, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

REkOGNIZE is a meditation on photography, memory, and movement. Young finds inspiration in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood, a site of the early 20th-century Great Migration. During this time, millions of African Americans moved from the rural southern United States to cities in the north and west. The Hill District saw a flourishing of culture during these years and was a site of artistic development for luminaries such as August Wilson, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Errol Garner, and many others. REkOGNIZE takes its visual cues from the Pittsburgh landscape, especially the city’s tunnels, which serve not only as literal entry points into the city, but also as metaphors for this movement of people and culture.

The work is three-channel video featuring Young’s footage of the Hill District, shots of Pittsburgh’s tunnels, and a translation of several Teenie Harris photographs into matrices of metadata. This digital code is also the basis for the work’s musical score by jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran. Young is a constant collaborator across artistic disciplines, working with Creative Time, artist Leslie Hewitt, and director Ava DuVernay, as well as musicians Common and Gingger Shankar, among others. For REkOGNIZE, Moran picks up on the patterns and visual rhythms found within the code, creating music that enters into conversation with Young’s imagery. Young and Moran’s interdisciplinary approach to Harris’s images asks us to reflect on the power of photographs from the past to inspire work today. In doing so, they blur the boundaries between still and moving image, analog and digital, and visual and auditory experiences.

Bradford Young

Bradford Young

For its June 16 debut, Young hosts a screening and discussion of Black America Again, a short film directed by Young featuring Common. The discussion places REkOGNIZE in the context of his larger practice, which shares a focus on community, memory, and ritual.

The work is part of LIGHTIME, a year of programming from the Hillman Photography Initiative. At its essence—and since its beginnings—photography measures light and time. The four artist projects unfolding in 2017 expand upon this notion, using it as a springboard to investigate contemporary social issues.

REkOGNIZE is commissioned by the Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art. Support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William T. Hillman Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.

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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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New VR Artwork at CMOA

Contact: Jonathan Gaugler | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.216.7909

Styles and Customs of the 2020s
Virtual Reality Artwork by Scatter x DIS opens March 16

 

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces the launch of Styles and Customs of the 2020s, a virtual reality (VR) artwork at the museum collaboratively created by artist studios Scatter and DIS. Visitors will use a fully immersive headset to view the work.

Debuting March 16 in CMOA’s Hall of Architecture, the VR experience takes users from a primeval cave setting, where wall paintings are animated by flickering firelight, to uncanny scenes in the not-too-distant future. Styles and Customs of the 2020s presents a digital dystopia inflected by rapid climate change, social unrest, and shifting global economics. The work was commissioned by the Hillman Photography Initiative, based on the prompt: How do new photographic technologies shape the virtual realm?

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CMOA’s Hall of Architecture

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CMOA Announces Music Lineup & Activities for NIGHTIME

August 17, 2016
Contact: Jonathan Gaugler | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909

CMOA Announces Music Lineup & Activities for NIGHTIME

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces the full lineup for NIGHTIME, a 9-hour can’t-miss party, stretching from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. starting September 9.

7-10 p.m. is all ages; 10 p.m.-4 a.m. is 18+. Tickets are available at CMOA’s website.

10 PM to 4 AM
DANCE PARTY // MUSIC HALL FOYER
10 PM: Metacara (VIA)
11 PM: EYE JAY (VIA)
12 – 1:30 AM: Naeem b2b Jwan Allen (Hot Mass)
1:30 – 3 AM: Shawn Rudiman (Hot Mass)
3 – 4 AM: Tony Fairchild (Hot Mass)
Light installation by Ian Brill

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7 PM to 10 PM
FAMILY DANCE PARTY // GRAND STAIRCASE
7 – 9 PM: DJ Kelly Mom
PERFORMANCES // FOUNTAIN/MAIN STAGE
7 PM: Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtimes Band
8 PM: For Those About to Rock Academy (Britsburgh)
9 PM: 1Hood Media
PERFORMANCES // MUSIC HALL STAGE
7 PM: East Hills Wind Ensemble (Britsburgh)
8 PM: Cosmic Attack Blues Band & Honeyrider All-Stars (Britsburgh)
PERFORMANCES // COURTYARD
7:30 PM: J. Trafford (Britsburgh)
8:30 PM: The Love Letters (Britsburgh)
TEEN ART MAKING // CAFE
7 – 10 PM: Teen Lounge including art making and scavenger hunt
FOOD TRUCK ROUNDUP // SCULPTURE COURT
7 – 10 PM: Asado, Onion Maiden, Happy Camper Cakes, Second Breakfast, Sticklers, Berlin Street Food
GALLERY TOURS
7 – 10 PM: Interactive Experiences, Alison Knowles
7:45 & 8:45 PM: ASL Interpreted Tours
8 & 10 PM: RUA Architects talk, Heinz Architectural Center
7 – 10 PM: Artventures in-gallery art making

NIGHTIME kicks off the Hillman Photography Initiative’s LIGHTIME, where artists activate photography’s measurement of light and time to investigate contemporary social issues. The party stretches from the evening into the early morning hours, hosting community collaborators for a celebration of photography. Our galleries remain open until 10 p.m., and performances and programs activate spaces throughout the museum. It also features the unveiling of a unique public photographic installation that measures and visualizes time itself.

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L-R: artists Andrea Polli, Alisha Wormsley, DIS, and Bradford Young

The Hillman Photography Initiative’s LIGHTIME focuses on four new commissioned projects by artists Andrea Polli, Alisha Wormsley, DIS,and Bradford Young. The Hillman Photography Initiative at CMOA is an incubator for innovating thinking about photography. It collaborates with a team of people with unique perspectives on photography to formulate each programming cycle.

Support
Support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William T. Hillman Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.

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 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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NIGHTIME Party Kicks off LIGHTIME Photography Programming

Contact:
Jonathan Gaugler | gauglerj@cmoa.org  | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909

Pittsburgh, PA…On September 9, 2016, a special event, NIGHTIME, celebrates the launch of LIGHTIME, a new year-long cycle of extraordinary programming from Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hillman Photography Initiative. The party features the unveiling of a unique public photographic installation that measures and visualizes time itself, 9 hours of music, and art & photography activities throughout the museum.

NIGHTIME
September 9–10, 7 p.m.–4 a.m.
Carnegie Museum of Art
Tickets are available, $10–$25

NIGHTIME kicks off the Initiative’s LIGHTIME, where artists activate photography’s measurement of light and time to investigate contemporary social issues. We take our cues from theorist Roland Barthes, who observed that “cameras…were clocks for seeing.”

“For me the noise of Time is not sad: I love bells, clocks, watches — and I recall that at first photographic implements were related to techniques of cabinetmaking and the machinery of precision: cameras, in short, were clocks for seeing, and perhaps in me someone very old still hears in the photographic mechanism the living sound of the wood.”

–Roland Barthes, from Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

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Hillman Photography Initiative Identifies New Agents

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August 19, 2015

Pittsburgh, PA…Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announced today the creative team of Agents charged with formulating the second cycle of programming for CMOA’s Hillman Photography Initiative. The Agents are Liz Deschenes, Steffani Jemison, and Laura Wexler, along with CMOA’s curator of photography Dan Leers.

An incubator for innovative thinking about photography, the Initiative recruits these Agents to generate the theme and programming for the Initiative over the course of the following year. Cycle One launched the Initiative with an ambitious roster of forward-thinking projects, including

Deschenes, Jemison, Wexler, and Leers will gather in Pittsburgh with program manager Divya Rao Heffley in September 2015 for conversations and strategy sessions facilitated by MAYA Design. Over the course of several days, the Agents will formulate plans for a public program to be realized by CMOA in 2016. The program will investigate photography in an era of the medium’s rapid transformations. Throughout the year, it will expand upon the museum’s photography program to offer dynamic, inventive, and interactive experiences both on site in the museum and on digital platforms.

 

About the Agents

Liz Deschenes (lives and works in New York, NY) is an artist who uses photographic processes to reflect upon and push the boundaries of the medium itself. Her work often makes precise reference to its institutional site and the history of imaging technologies. Deschenes was the recipient of the 2014 Rappaport Prize and she has had one-person exhibitions at several institutions and galleries, including  Mass MoCA (North Adams, MA), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), Secession (Vienna), Miguel Abreu Gallery (New York, NY), and Campoli Presti (London and Paris), among others. She has participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), the Art Institute of Chicago, and the 2012 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY). A forthcoming retrospective exhibition opening at the ICA Boston in the summer of 2016 will be accompanied by a comprehensive monograph. Deschenes teaches at Bennington College and is a visiting artist at Columbia University’s School of Visual Arts, Yale University, and Bard College.

Steffani Jemison (lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) uses photography and performance as platforms for dialogue to examine “progress” and its alternatives. Jemison’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo projects at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence), and LAXART (West Hollywood, CA); collaborative exhibitions at the New Museum (New York, NY) and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art (Copenhagen); and group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum (New York, NY), The Drawing Center (New York, NY), the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY), and other venues. Her publishing project, Future Plan and Program, commissions and publishes literary work by artists of color. Jemison’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Kadist Foundation (Paris). She is also part-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design, and Cooper Union.

Laura Wexler (lives and works in New Haven, CT) is professor of American Studies and professor and former chair of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Yale University. There she serves as co-director of the Public Humanities Program, and founder and director of the Photographic Memory Workshop. She is Principal Investigator of the Photogrammar Project, which has received NEH support to make a web-based interactive research system for mapping, searching, and visualizing the more than 170, 000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information. Her many essays and books include the award-winning Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U.S. Imperialism (2000), Pregnant Pictures (2000), and “‘A More Perfect Likeness’: Frederick Douglass and the Image of the Nation,” in Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity, edited by Maurice Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith (2012).

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Dan Leers is the curator of photography at Carnegie Museum of Art. From 2007 to 2011 he was the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. During his tenure at MoMA, Leers worked on a number of projects and organized the exhibition New Photography 2011: Moyra Davey, George Georgiou, Deana Lawson, Doug Rickard, Viviane Sassen, Zhang Dali. Leers also acted as a curatorial advisor to the 2013 Venice Biennale. From fall 2013 to spring 2015, Leers was an independent curator in New York during which time he organized six exhibitions and published more than ten articles and essays in the Aperture blog and Frieze among many others.

Hillman Photography Initiative Program Manager

Divya Rao Heffley is the program manager of the Hillman Photography Initiative. She is a current member of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s Task Force on Arts, Culture & Creative Industries and has juried/reviewed the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Competition, Photolucida’s Critical Mass International Photography Competition, and CENTER Santa Fe’s REVIEW Santa Fe. Her writing has been published in Design and Culture and the Center for the Future of Museums blog, and is forthcoming in Museums and Visitor Photography (fall 2015) and Museum Ideas: Innovation in Theory and Practice, volume 2 (fall 2015). Heffley has lectured at Brown and Harvard Universities and her PhD dissertation, Vision in Motion: Architectural Space Time Notation and Urban Design, 1950–1970, addressed intersections between urban design, planning, and spatial perception.

Stay tuned for announcements on Hillman Photography Initiative programming in 2016. Online conversations around the new topic of exploration begin in January 2016 at blog.cmoa.org. The next #NOWSEETHIS event will be May 7, 2016.

 

Support
Support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William T. Hillman Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.

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 understand 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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