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Teenie Harris Archivist successfully endowed

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

 

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) is thrilled to announce the successful completion of fundraising efforts toward the Teenie Harris Archivist endowment. This $1.5 million campaign ensures that the museum will continue to research and interpret one of its most important collections, the Teenie Harris Archive.

Dominique Luster, CMOA’s current Teenie Harris Archivist, was hired in 2016. “Charles  ‘Teenie’ Harris had no idea, at the time, that he was building what would become one of the most important archives of the 20th-century African American experience,” said Luster. “It is a great honor to share the stories of the thousands captured in the photographs. And this archive still has countless more stories to tell. I’m grateful and excited to see the support for this position, and eager to continue with this amazing body of work.”

Charles "Teenie" Harris, Self-portrait, c. 1938-1945, black and white: Kodak Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris, Self-portrait, c. 1938-1945, black and white: Kodak Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

In a joint statement, co-interim directors Catherine Evans and Sarah Minnaert said, “Teenie Harris is special, to CMOA and to Pittsburgh. Visitors tell us again and again that the photography in the Teenie Harris Archive is a favorite aspect of CMOA’s collection. The sheer size and scope of the archive, and the personal connections many people hold to these images, make this endowed position absolutely essential. We can’t wait to see the discoveries we’ll make.”

About the Teenie Harris Archive
Charles “Teenie” Harris produced nearly 80,000 images of Pittsburgh’s African American community as a photographer for the influential Pittsburgh Courier and as a freelancer. The photographs, taken from the 1930s to the 1970s, capture a period of momentous change for black Americans, and depict a black urban community that, in spite of the segregationist policies and attitudes of midcentury America, was innovative, thriving, and proud. The museum acquired these negatives in 2001 from the Harris estate, and established the Teenie Harris Archive soon afterward. It is one of the most complete records of a single community.

This fundraising drive was kicked off by a $300,000 challenge grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Leadership support was provided by:
Nancy and Milton+ Washington, the Davenport Family Fund, and Cecile M. and Eric N. Springer.

Generous institutional support was provided by:
The Heinz Endowments, Anonymous, PNC Bank Foundation, EQT Foundation, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Massey Charitable Trust.

Dedicated Individual support provided by:
David and Gabriela Porges, Betsy and Doug Branson, Janet and Bill Hunt, Clyde B. Jones III, Nancy and Woody Ostrow, Brian Wongchaowart, Ellen Still Brooks, Christopher Carson and Maria Kast-Carson, Dawn and Chris Fleischner, Margo M. Flood, Charles A. Harris, Greg J. Hohman, Richard V. Gambrell, and the generous partners, employees, and friends of Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.

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Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this statement do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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
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.

 

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Iconic series by master Japanese Print Maker coming to CMOA

First-edition prints of Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road will be on view for the first time in 25 years

Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road
March 31–July 8, 2018
Gallery One

Pittsburgh…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces a new exhibition of one of the most celebrated works of Japanese art, the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido by master printmaker Utagawa (Andō) Hiroshige. The series depicts the spectacular landscapes and interesting characters encountered along the journey from Edo (now Tokyo) to the imperial capital Kyoto. Central to the exhibition are CMOA’s prints from the first Hōeidō edition; 55 in total, created between 1831 and 1834. This will be the first time in 25 years that the entire series has been on view at the museum.

The Tokaido road was the most heavily-traveled route between these two important cities, figuring heavily into popular Japanese art and culture in the mid-1800s. Hiroshige made hundreds of images on the subject throughout his career.

Visitors can follow the progress of the journey along the gallery walls, moving from location to location. In a unique twist, visitors will see examples from Hiroshige’s other series on Tokaido—Reisho, Gyosho, Kichizo, and Aritaya editions—to illustrate the artist’s varied approach to the same subject and innovations of vantage point, perspective, and scale. The exhibition will also feature multiple impressions of the same Hōeidō print to demonstrate variations in the color woodblock printing process, stressing the uniqueness of each singular impression. Different representations of the same station will branch out from the main “path” of the Hōeidō set.

Two different impressions of the same print

Hiroshige Andō, 'Mishima,' c. 1833-1834, woodblock print on paper, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James B. Austin

Hiroshige Andō, ‘Mishima,’ c. 1833-1834, woodblock print on paper, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James B. Austin

Hiroshige Andō, 'Mishima,' c. 1833-1834, woodblock print on paper, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James B. Austin

Hiroshige Andō, ‘Mishima,’ c. 1833-1834, woodblock print on paper, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James B. Austin

“We’re very fortunate to have an amazing collection of Japanese prints at CMOA” said curator Akemi May. “Having Hiroshige in such depth allows us to nerd-out a little and talk about what makes a good print versus a great print. Their sensitivity to light makes them difficult to display year-round, so this will be quite a treat our visitors will surely love.”

Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road is organized by Akemi May, Assistant Curator of Fine Art at CMOA.

Support
Major support for this exhibition is provided by the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Bernard S. and Barbara F. Mars Art Exhibition Endowment.

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.

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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
917.609.8499

Jonathan Gaugler
gauglerj@cmoa.org
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.

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CMOA Announces 2018 Exhibition Schedule

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

 

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces its 2018 schedule of special exhibitions, including the Carnegie International, 57th edition, 2018, the museum’s signature contemporary art show. Other presentations include new photography by Deana Lawson, a unique hang of master Japanese printmaker Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road series, and a major exhibition of CMOA’s neo-classical and neo-romantic works.

 

Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018
October 12, 2018–March 25, 2019

Established in 1896, the Carnegie International is where the contemporary happens. It signals debuts, ambitious installations, live performances, and site-specific works by artists from around the world, making this exhibition an immersive experience of art today.

Curated by Ingrid Schaffner, the 57th edition will culminate three years of travel and research, publications and programs. It saturates the entire museum, making it a place for visitors to move through and to be with art and one another.

Stay tuned for more stories of artist visits, Travelogues, and Tam O’Shanter Drawing Sessions, led by participants in the International.

 

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Teenie Harris Photographs: Service and Sacrifice
January 27–May 28, 2018
Lobby Gallery

During World War II, Charles “Teenie” Harris documented thousands of African American soldiers who fought for a nation that didn’t always fight for them. Separated by years of Army service, Master Sergeant Eugene Boyer Jr. and former Staff Sergeant Lance A. Woods have selected 25 Harris images that speak to their experiences—the honor of military service, and the sacrifices that the families of service members make.

Teenie Harris was one of the great photographers of the 20th century, and his body of work stands as one of the most detailed records of the black urban experience. His photographs of service members, as well as of efforts on the home front, tell stories of black soldiers fighting for the American promise of civil liberties, and the opportunity for a better future.

Teenie Harris Photographs: Service and Sacrifice is guest-curated by Eugene Boyer Sr. and Lance A. Woods, in collaboration with Dominique Luster, Teenie Harris Archivist.

Edward Hicks, 'The Peaceable Kingdom,' c. 1837, oil on canvas, Carnegie Museum of Art, Bequest of Charles J. Rosenbloom

Visions of Order and Chaos: The Enlightened Eye
March 3–June 24
Heinz Galleries

Through painting, sculpture, furniture, prints, drawings, and personal objects, Visions of Order and Chaos shows a Western world in tension between rational order and chaotic abandon. The exhibition is the first major survey of CMOA’s 1750–1850 collections. During this time, the world changed dramatically. Revolutions toppled monarchies, and constitutional democracy took root in the US and France. This was a time of explosive changes, with accelerating ideas on liberty and equality challenging social norms.

Research and restoration projects have yielded several never-before-shown works. Combined with new acquisitions and longtime gallery favorites, the exhibition tells a story of this sensational century. This was one of the most fascinating times in our history, and CMOA invites you to view our world through their eyes.

Visions of Order and Chaos is organized by Louise Lippincott, Curator of Fine Art, and Rachel Delphia, The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design.

 

Deana Lawson
March 15–July 15, 2018
Forum 80

Photographer Deana Lawson (b. 1979) addresses critical issues surrounding representations of African Americans and the African diaspora. No other photographer working today depicts the black figure so directly and sensitively. Many of Lawson’s sitters are strangers that she encounters in her everyday life and then photographs in intimate settings.  For this solo exhibition, Lawson expands her artistic practice with new and experimental methods of installation.  By applying her own photographs as well as appropriated images directly to the museum walls without frames, Lawson will heighten the immediacy of her work and invite audiences to consider urgent questions of race and representation.

Deana Lawson is organized by Dan Leers, Curator of Photography.

 

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Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road
March 31–July 8, 2018
Gallery One

Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido by master printmaker Utagawa (Andō) Hiroshige depicts the spectacular landscapes and interesting characters encountered along the journey from Edo (now Tokyo) to the imperial capital Kyoto. Central to the exhibition are CMOA’s prints from the first Hōeidō edition; 55 in total, created between 1831 and 1834. This will be the first time in 25 years that the entire series has been on view at the museum.

In a unique twist, visitors will see examples from Hiroshige’s other series on Tokaido to illustrate the artist’s varied approach to the same subject and innovations of vantage point, perspective, and scale. And, multiple impressions of the same Hōeidō print will demonstrate variations in the color woodblock printing process.

Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road is organized by Akemi May, Associate Curator of Fine Art.

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
CMOA creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. We believe that creativity is a defining human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world in order 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.

William Henry Fox Talbot (English, 1800–1877) "Lace," early 1840s, salted paper print from a photogenic drawing negative, 8 15/16 x 7 3/8 in. (22.7 x 18.7 cm) image; 9 x 7 7/16 in. (22.9 x 18.8 cm) sheet
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Carnegie Museum of Art presents exhibition of William Henry Fox Talbot Photographs

The largest Talbot show in years, will include 16 new acquisitions

William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography
November 18, 2017–February 11, 2018
Gallery One, Carnegie Museum of Art

Featuring more than 30 works by William Henry Fox Talbot (British, 1800–1877) and his circle from its own collection and from important public and private lenders, CMOA presents the largest US exhibition of Talbot’s photography in the last 15 years. In addition, 16 of the photographs on view will be recent acquisitions or promised gifts to the museum.

A group of people sitting and reclining in the grass. Behind them, stone wall with ivy and shrubs

William Henry Fox Talbot, Rev. Calvert Richard Jones, “The Fruit Sellers,” before December 13, 1845, salted paper print from a calotype negative, H: 6 11/16 x W: 8 1/4 in. image, Gift of the William Talbott Hillman Foundation

A true “gentleman scientist” of the Victorian period, Talbot combined his knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, and optics, with his interest in art, botany, and classics to invent the paper-based photography that dominated the field for most of the 19th and 20th centuries. Due to the fragile nature of the photographs, exhibitions of Talbot’s work are rare. This represents the first time ever that any of these photographs will be on view in Pittsburgh.

Talbot’s first documented experiments from 1839 and 1840 consisted of “photogenic drawings,” what we now call photograms. Talbot would place an object directly on a piece of paper sensitized with silver salts and leave it to expose in the sun. The results are impressions of leaves, flowers, and pieces of lace that are beautiful compositionsthat have other potential uses. Talbot understood that these early photographs could produce a botanical drawing faster and more accurately than ever before, and could instantly and endlessly reproduce lace patterns to facilitate manufacturing during the boom of the Industrial Revolution. Two of CMOA’s recent acquisitions, Buckler Fern and Leaves and Flowers of a Plant were created during this time, and represent some of the first photographs on paper ever made.

In 1841, Talbot patented the “calotype” process, a direct precursor to the positive and negative in darkroom photography that persists today.  The calotype allowed for picture-making in low-light conditions and with shorter exposure times meaning that interiors and portraits were possible.  Talbot relished this expanded subject matter, making photographs around his Lacock Abbey estate of family and friends.  Eventually, he even brought his equipment abroad to make pictures in other parts of Britain and the European continent.

Talbot’s final innovations in photography entailed his incorporation of photographs into printed books.  The reproducibility of his calotypes—and his photoglyphic and photographic engravings which printed images in ink—represented an entirely new way of disseminating pictures. Contemporary photographers continue to grapple with capturing, fixing, and sharing an image in the digital era. As a result, Talbot’s work feels as relevant today as it did 175 years ago.

William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography is organized by Dan Leers, Curator of Photography at Carnegie Museum of Art.

Exhibition Catalogue
The exhibition will be accompanied by a beautiful, small-format book that serves as a primer on the work of William Henry Fox Talbot and his circle, featuring an introductory essay by curator Dan Leers and thematic groupings elucidated by noted Talbot scholar Larry Schaaf. With its luminous reproductions of Talbot’s fragile works, this publication demonstrates that early photography required a form of magic-making and innovation that continues to inspire people today.

Dan Leers, with contributions by Larry J. Schaaf
William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography
10 x 8 3/8 in.; Hardcover; 96 pages; 50 illustrations
Retail price: $25
Published by Carnegie Museum of Art
Available October 2017 from D.A.P./Artbook and the CMOA Store

Please visit press.cmoa.org for a selection of high-resolution images from the exhibition.

Support
Support for the exhibition is generously provided by the William Talbott 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.