Media Archive: Hillman Photography Initiative

Dinner replaces Lower Dens at May 9 #NOWSEETHIS party

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts
Jonathan Gaugler | CMOA | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909
Lauren Goshinski | VIA | lauren@via-pgh.com | 412.889.7619

Pittsburgh, PA…CMOA and VIA announce changes to the May 9 #NOWSEETHIS music lineup. The party features performances by Kelela, Dinner, and Juliana Huxtable. Baltimore’s Lower Dens was previously slated to perform, but they have been tapped to tour Europe with Belle and Sebastian. We congratulate them on this amazing opportunity and wish them the best!

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Fresh off an April tour with Mac DeMarco, Dinner is the alias for Danish singer and producer Anders Rhedin. Full of echoes of sweaty depressions, spiritual longings, and early-morning trances, Dinner sounds a bit like a sun-bleached cassette tape you’d find stuck behind your car’s dashboard, or the male descendant of Nico singing Eno-esque pop songs on discarded Julian Cope tracks, with some Danish darkwave thrown in for good measure. Whomever you ask, his sound defies simple classification, with influences that range from rock ‘n’ roll and pop giants like Michael Jackson and Velvet Underground, to experimental tape-music pioneers like Steve Reich. Alternating between LA, Berlin and Copenhagen, Dinner lives a somewhat nomadic existence, playing shows at festivals and galleries all over the world. He’s currently working on his debut full-length in LA – look out for that in 2015.

About #NOWSEETHIS

May 9, 2015 / 7–11p.m. / 18+
$15 advance / $20 at the door / $10 students with ID
http://nowseethis.org/party

This one-night-only collision of music and new media art celebrates the inaugural year of the Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA). The Hillman Photography Initiative is an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. Through an evening of new music and new media, VIA and CMOA activate this celebration of the Initiative through the cutting-edge applications of photography that it has set out to explore.

Live Visual and Interactive Projects
Interwoven with performances by Kelela, Dinner, and Juliana Huxtable are video and interactive works exploring the intersections of real and virtual spaces. These include works by Berlin-based collective Pussykrew and Carnegie Mellon University students enrolled in a special topics course exploring “mediated realities.” These collaborations will feature digital environments generated from 3D scans of people and places in Pittsburgh, navigated live during each performance. Led by Pittsburgh-based artist Kevin Ramser, they explore the experience of space and live performance as filtered through personal devices.

Away from the main stage, guests are invited to get close with one another (literally and digitally) in the premiere of CrashKiss by artists Rollin and Tad Leonard. CrashKiss is a group photo-booth that digitally collides two visitors’ profiles together in a surreal kiss. Bring a friend or meet someone new! Free prints will be available to take home, and every custom kiss joins the online CrashKiss archives.

Adjacent to CrashKiss, Augmentats is a temporary tattoo-meets-augmented-reality installation featuring a custom app developed by CMU Mediated Reality students. Guests are invited to apply a temporary tattoo of their choice, download the app, and explore digital artifacts that emerge from their own and other’s bodies.

A People’s History of Pittsburgh
A People’s History of Pittsburgh compiles photographs and stories from the city’s residents to create an online archive that unearths and reconstructs narratives through the lives of Pittsburghers. These images contribute to a new publication launching at #NOWSEETHIS. The book, edited by artists-in-residence Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar, functions as a collective photo album for the people of the city and its surrounding area.

Antoine Catala: Distant Feel
Antoine Catala: Distant Feel presents a new body of work in sculpture, photography, and video that addresses the way images provoke emotion, especially as they travel virtual and physical distances via the Internet. Catala also addresses the myriad ways we express feelings, through the very technology that increasingly mediates our daily lives. For the exhibition, he created new sculpture in a living medium, tank-grown coral, in the form of a new symbol for empathy. Catala shares the symbol, with more information, at http://distantfeel.com.

For more information about performers and visual artists, please visit http://nowseethis.org/party

 

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

CMU’s Mediated Reality course is taught by Larry Shea—head of the Video and Media Design Program at CMU’s School of Drama—and is supported by a grant from the Center for the Arts in Society.

VIA
VIA is a Pittsburgh-based collective co-founded and curated by Lauren Goshinski and Quinn Leonowicz that produces events and projects exploring the intersection of emerging music, new media art, and technology in various forms IRL and online. Initiated in 2010 with the help of a Sprout Seed Award, the annual VIA Festival has been recognized as a Top 10 festival by Resident Advisor, and received praise from the Huffington Post, Creators Project, Dazed Magazine, and others for cutting-edge programming that brings together experimental artists and rising stars from home and around the world. VIA is a proud member of the International Cities of Advanced Sound (ICAS) Network, a consortium of festivals and organizations dedicated to the advancement of adventurous music and digital culture. www.via-hq.com / www.via2014.com

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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CMOA and VIA Announce Full #NOWSEETHIS Lineup

April 7, 2015

Contacts:
Jonathan Gaugler | CMOA | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909
Lauren Goshinski | VIA | lauren@via-pgh.com | 412.889.7619

#NOWSEETHIS Brings Together Emerging Musicians and Interactive Artists for One-Night-Only Party

The May 9 event is curated by VIA and features Kelela, Dinner, and Juliana Huxtable, with video and interactive commissions from Pussykrew, Rollin and Tad Leonard, Kevin Ramser, and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) students.

PITTSBURGH – A one-night-only collision of music and new media art on May 9, 2015, from 7 to 11 p.m., #NOWSEETHIS celebrates the inaugural year of the Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA). Performances include LA’s breakout R&B artist Kelela, Danish singer and producer Dinner, and star of the New Museum Triennial, Surround Audience, Juliana Huxtable. A custom program of live visuals and audience-interactive projects from local, national, and international artists working across photography, augmented reality, video, and code intertwine with these three acts. And, #NOWSEETHIS is also the official launch of the Initiative’s print photobook, A People’s History of Pittsburgh, and the close of the exhibition Antoine Catala: Distant Feel, realizing an evening that blends real and virtual experiences.

The Hillman Photography Initiative is an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. Through an evening of new music and new media, VIA and CMOA activate this celebration of the Initiative through the cutting-edge applications of photography that it has set out to explore.

 

Live Visuals and Interactive Projects

Interwoven with performances by Kelela, Dinner, and Huxtable are video and interactive commissions by Berlin-based collective Pussykrew and CMU students enrolled in a special topics course exploring “mediated realities.”

Pussykrew

Pussykrew

These collaborations will feature digital environments generated from 3D scans of people and places in Pittsburgh, navigated live during each performance. Led by Pittsburgh-based artist Kevin Ramser, they explore the experience of space and live performance as filtered through personal devices.

Kevin Ramser / CMU Video & Media Design Students

Kevin Ramser / CMU Video & Media Design Students

 

CrashKiss Photo-booth and Augmentats App

Away from the main stage, guests are invited to get close with one another (literally and digitally) in the premiere of CrashKiss by artists Rollin and Tad Leonard. CrashKiss is a group photo-booth that digitally collides two visitors’ profiles together in a surreal kiss. Bring a friend or meet someone new! Free prints will be available to take home, and every custom kiss joins the online CrashKiss archives.

Rollin Leonard; CrashKiss

Adjacent to CrashKiss, Augmentats is a temporary tattoo-meets-augmented-reality installation featuring a custom app developed by CMU Mediated Reality students. Guests are invited to apply a temporary tattoo of their choice, download the app, and explore digital artifacts that emerge from their own and other’s bodies.

 

A People’s History of Pittsburgh

A People’s History of Pittsburgh compiles photographs and stories from the city’s residents to create an online archive that unearths and reconstructs narratives through the lives of Pittsburghers. These images contribute to a new publication launching at #NOWSEETHIS. The book, edited by artists-in-residence Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar, functions as a collective photo album for the people of the city and its surrounding area. Location: WQED, Fifth Avenue, Oakland, Pittsburgh  Date: September 1992

Location: WQED, Fifth Avenue, Oakland, Pittsburgh Date: September 1992

Antoine Catala: Distant Feel

Antoine Catala: Distant Feel presents a new body of work in sculpture, photography, and video that addresses the way images provoke emotion, especially as they travel virtual and physical distances via the Internet. Catala also addresses the myriad ways we express feelings, through the very technology that increasingly mediates our daily lives. For the exhibition, he created new sculpture in a living medium, tank-grown coral, in the form of a new symbol for empathy. Catala shares the symbol, with more information, at http://distantfeel.com.

Antoine Catala, Distant Feel, installation view, 2015

Antoine Catala, Distant Feel, installation view, 2015

For more information about performers or live interactive visual artists, please visit http://nowseethis.org/party

 

Support

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

CMU’s Mediated Reality course is taught by Larry Shea—head of the Video and Media Design Program at CMU’s School of Drama—and is supported by a grant from the Center for the Arts in Society.

 

VIA
VIA is a Pittsburgh-based collective co-founded and curated by Lauren Goshinski and Quinn Leonowicz that produces events and projects exploring the intersection of emerging music, new media art, and technology in various forms IRL and online. Initiated in 2010 with the help of a Sprout Seed Award, the annual VIA Festival has been recognized as a Top 10 festival by Resident Advisor, and received praise from the Huffington Post, Creators Project, Dazed Magazine, and others for cutting-edge programming that brings together experimental artists and rising stars from home and around the world. VIA is a proud member of the International Cities of Advanced Sound (ICAS) Network, a consortium of festivals and organizations dedicated to the advancement of adventurous music and digital culture. www.via-hq.com / www.via2014.com

 

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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Live performances announced for CMOA and VIA collaboration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Jonathan Gaugler | CMOA | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909
Lauren Goshinski | VIA | lauren@via-pgh.com | 412.889.7619

Live performances announced for CMOA and VIA collaboration

Music lineup includes Kelela (Los Angeles), Dinner (Berlin/LA), Juliana Huxtable (NYC)

May 9, 2015 / 7–11p.m. / 18+
$15 advance / $20 at the door / $10 students with ID
Tickets available March 13

#NOWSEETHIS Spring Party

Dance. Snap. Share.

http://nowseethis.org/party

Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) and VIA announce the artist lineup for #NOWSEETHIS, a celebration of the museum’s explorations of visual culture through its Hillman Photography Initiative. The party unfolds through live music performances and interactive installations curated by VIA, along with the official launch of the Initiative’s print photobook, A People’s History of Pittsburgh, and the close of the innovative exhibition Antoine Catala: Distant Feel.

The night’s music lineup features an intriguing set of artists who are pushing new sounds, identity, and performance in exciting directions.

Kelela is a Los Angeles–based vocalist and songwriter whose forward-thinking music fuses popular R&B and underground club sounds. Topping numerous year-end lists and festival bookings—with her debut EP Cut 4 Me listed as one of Complex’s 50 Best Albums of 2013, and breakout performance at the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival—she is a quickly rising star and one to keep watching in 2015. Her next EP, Hallucinogen, drops May 5, featuring an exciting new collaboration with Arca – a breakout 24-year-old producer from Venezuela whose list of co-productions include FKA Twigs (EP2), Bjork (Vulnicura) and Kanye West (Yeezus).

Fresh off an April tour with Mac DeMarco, Dinner is the alias for Danish singer and producer Anders Rhedin. Full of echoes of sweaty depressions, spiritual longings, and early-morning trances, Dinner sounds a bit like a sun-bleached cassette tape you’d find stuck behind your car’s dashboard, or the male descendant of Nico singing Eno-esque pop songs on discarded Julian Cope tracks, with some Danish darkwave thrown in for good measure. Whomever you ask, his sound defies simple classification, with influences that range from rock ‘n’ roll and pop giants like Michael Jackson and Velvet Underground, to experimental tape-music pioneers like Steve Reich. Alternating between LA, Berlin and Copenhagen, Dinner lives a somewhat nomadic existence, playing shows at festivals and galleries all over the world. He’s currently working on his debut full-length in LA – look out for that in 2015.

Dinner

Dinner

Juliana Huxtable is a DJ/producer, writer, model, and outspoken trans voice from NYC. And according to Vogue, the “Star of the 2015 New Museum Triennial” where her series of digital self-portraits currently hang alongside a striking 3D sculpture in collaboration with artist Frank Benson. Antoine Catala is also a Triennial artist, where his Distant Feel project shares a co-commission with CMOA.

Available for the first time: A People’s History of Pittsburgh (published by Spaces Corners and CMOA, $19.95) draws upon more than 1,400 user-submitted photographs taken throughout the region and spanning more than a century.

 

The Hillman Photography Initiative at CMOA is an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image.

Live visuals, interactive installations, and more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets
For a chance to win tickets to the event, CMOA and VIA invite people to post photos on Instagram of their after hours selfies with the hashtag #NOWSEETHIS.

Tickets for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Members are on sale now!
Public release: Friday, March 13.

http://nowseethis.org/party

 

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

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 atwww.cmoa.org.

VIA
VIA is a Pittsburgh-based collective that produces events and projects exploring the intersection of emerging music, new media art, and technology in various forms IRL and online. Initiated in 2010 with the help of a Sprout Seed Award, the annual VIA Festival has been recognized as a Top 10 festival by Resident Advisor, and received praise from the Huffington Post, Creators Project, Dazed Magazine, and others for  cutting-edge programming that brings together experimental artists and rising stars from home and around the world. VIA is a proud member of the International Cities of Advanced Sound (ICAS) Network, a consortium of festivals and organizations dedicated to the advancement of adventurous music and digital culture. www.via-hq.com / www.via2014.com

 

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CMOA Appoints Dan Leers Curator of Photography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announced today the appointment of Dan Leers to the position of Curator of Photography. Leers assumes the place recently left open by the retirement of Linda Benedict-Jones, the museum’s first curator of photography.

Most recently a New York–based independent curator, Leers worked on the 2013 Venice Biennale, during which he served as an advisor on contemporary African Art. Prior to this, he was the Beaumont & Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and his master’s degree in modern art: curatorial studies from Columbia University, New York.

Leers joins CMOA on April 27, 2015. His responsibilities include shaping the Department of Photography’s collection through strategic acquisitions, organizing exhibitions, and serving as the museum’s internal agent for the next cycle of the innovative Hillman Photography Initiative, which launched in 2013, garnering international recognition for its groundbreaking structure and programming.

Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry J. Heinz II Director at CMOA said, “We are excited to welcome Dan to the museum and back to Pittsburgh. His global perspective, high-caliber institutional experience, and collaborative energy, make him an ideal fit for Carnegie Museum of Art as we look forward to a dynamic future in which photography plays a major role.”

“Pittsburgh is my hometown, and I’m thrilled to be landing at the museum that I grew up with,” said Leers. “CMOA has a strong collection and a real commitment to photography.”

He is especially focused on international contemporary photography, and was drawn by the museum’s history of engagement in that area.

“The museum has a long tradition of collecting and exhibiting international photography, through the Carnegie International and now the Hillman Photography Initiative,” Leers added. “I look forward to working with my colleagues at CMOA to continue that tradition and to share photography’s parallel histories from around the world.”

 

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
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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Now Open – Antoine Catala: Distant Feel

New exhibition addresses images and expressions of empathy, in virtual spaces

Antoine Catala: Distant Feel
Exhibition in Carnegie Museum of Art’s Forum Gallery
February 14–May 18, 2015
Includes works co-commissioned with the New Museum of Contemporary Art

Antoine Catala: Distant Feel presents a new body of work in sculpture, photography, and video that addresses the way that images provoke emotion, especially as they travel virtual and physical distances via the internet. The first solo museum show for the New York-based French artist, Catala also addresses the myriad ways we express feelings, through the very technology that increasingly mediates our daily lives.

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