Media Archive: Photography

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Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Exhibition includes photographs from all four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups
July 23, 2016–February 7, 2017
Gallery One, Carnegie Museum of Art

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups brings together nearly 100 photographs from the collections of all four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh for the very first time. Opening in Gallery One at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), the exhibition explores how photographers throughout history have used multiple images to create narratives or explore subjects more deeply than is possible with a single picture. Organized around themes of People, Place, and Perspective, Strength in Numbers showcases work from Carnegie Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and Carnegie Science Center. Together, the collections from these institutions illustrate how powerful photography can be when displayed in groups.

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Charles “Teenie” Harris; Lifeguard training, East Liberty YMCA, March 1953; black and white: Kodak Safety Film; Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Ace Hotel Pittsburgh Hosts Teenie Harris Opening Night

December 8, 2015

Contact:
Jonathan Gaugler | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909
Aja Pecknold | press@acehotel.com | 206.351.2772

Ace Hotel Pittsburgh Presents
East Liberty In Focus: The Photographs of Teenie Harris Opening Event
Saturday December 19, 7PM
at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

Event Details
7 p.m. — Saturday, December 19
Free and open to the public
Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
120 S Whitfield St

RSVP: http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/pittsburgh/teenie-harris-east-liberty

Pittsburgh, PA…Ace Hotel Pittsburgh is pleased to host the work of legendary photographer and Pittsburgh native Charles “Teenie” Harris, in partnership with Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA). To celebrate, we are hosting an opening event on Saturday, December 19, at 7 p.m. alongside CMOA Teenie Harris Archive Specialist Charlene Foggie-Barnett, poet Dr. Tameka Cage Conley, historian and author John M Brewer Jr, DJ Soy Sos, and musicians Idasa Tariq and Jacquea Mae.

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Gohar Dashti; Untitled #5, 2008; From the series Today’s Life and War; Inkjet print; Courtesy of Gohar Dashti

Preview She Who Tells a Story

Exhibition opens May 30, advance media tours are available

In Arabic, the word rawiya means “she who tells a story.” The photographs in She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World are a collection of visual stories about contemporary life in Iran and the Arab world. 

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Members of the media may arrange a preview visit to She Who Tells a Story. Curator-led visits are available between Wednesday and Friday, May 27–29.

Please contact Jonathan Gaugler:
gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 (desk) | 412.216.7909 (mobile)

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The exhibition, opening May 30 at Carnegie Museum of Art, introduces the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers who have tackled the very notion of representation with passion and power, questioning tradition and challenging perceptions of Middle Eastern identity. Their provocative work provides insights into questions of personal identity and the complex political and social landscapes of their home regions in images of great sophistication, expressiveness, and beauty.

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Teenie Harris Photographs: Cars Opens April 30

Teenie Harris Photographs: Cars
April 30–October 31, 2015
Carnegie Museum of Art

Charles “Teenie” Harris photographed several decades of life in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, and was known for his love of beautiful women, big dogs, and big cars. Teenie Harris Photographs: Cars presents 25 selections from Carnegie Museum of Art’s Teenie Harris Archive, which contains well over 2,000 images of automobiles from the 1930s to 1970s.

The exhibition emphasizes not only the beauty and elegance of these iconic cars—Cadillacs, Dusenbergs, Hudsons, and Buicks—but also the roles that they played in Pittsburgh’s segregated African American communities. Harris photographed the micro economy of the Hill District’s repair shops, service stations, and dealerships, as well as black celebrities interacting with cars, such as Willie Mays representing Buick, or Nat King Cole riding in a black-owned Owl Cab when other Pittsburgh taxi services refused black riders. Harris captured them on showroom floors, in driveways, on the street, and at parties, always as part of daily life.

Also on view will be recently-digitized 16mm film footage from the Archive. The video depicts Harris and his family with their cars, and is paired with oral histories by Harris’s children, Lionel Harris, Crystal Harris Pass, and Cheryl Harris Watson, recalling their childhood experiences with a car-loving dad.

Teenie Harris Photographs: Cars is organized by Kenneth L. Hawthorne (b. 1934), who once serviced cars for Teenie and his brother Woogie Harris. Teenie followed Hawthorne’s automotive career from Esso station owner to a vice president of Gulf Oil in Pittsburgh.

This is the fourth in a series of small exhibitions drawn from the Teenie Harris Archive on view in the museum’s Lobby Gallery.

 

Support
Support for Teenie Harris Photographs: Cars is provided by The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art.

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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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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