Artist Wade Guyton and 2013 Carnegie International co-curator Daniel Baumann pour drinks at a recent event

2013 Carnegie International Programming in 2014

Carnegie Museum of Art presents a dynamic calendar of artist talks, screenings, workshops, and events in 2014 for the second half of the 2013 Carnegie International. This round of programming features a two-night event with renowned Iranian filmmaker Kamran Shirdel in his first US appearance. Other highlights include a provocative panel discussion on the value of risk in playground design; artist talks and discussions with Joel Sternfeld, Zoe Strauss, and Dinh Q. Lê; and a special drawing workshop with Nicole Eisenman. Please visit for more information.


5:30–9 p.m.
Carnegie Café
5:30 p.m.: Bar opens
6–9 p.m.: Events ongoing
$10; Includes admission and one drink ticket.

Pittsburgh-based puppeteer Tom Sarver, who participated in Polish artist Paulina Olowska’s puppetry performance Museum Piece (For Margo Lovelace) for the opening of the 2013 Carnegie International, leads a fun-filled evening of puppetry for adults. Join Tom and original cast members Kristen Barca and Joann Kielar for a reprise of Museum Piece and preview Tom’s brand new performance with fellow puppeteer Mike Cuccaro. Chat with others about why puppets are so fascinating and create an original puppet of your own for the stage.



Architecture 101: Playgrounds and Public Spaces
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$100 ($85 members); Includes sketchbook and all materials.
To register, call 412.622.3288.

Artists and architects are responsible for some of the most interesting and exciting places to play, like the designs on view in The Playground Project that go way beyond swings and slides. Let the exhibition inspire your creative thinking about adventurous play spaces and structures. Give your playground ideas visual form as you learn the iterative design process, considering factors like site and materials. Build your architectural drawing skills, learning to make plans, sections, and 3-D models of your own creative designs, guided by advanced students at Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture.



Free with museum admission.

Explore the playful side of the 2013 Carnegie International with engaging art-making, a self-guided gallery search, and inspiring performances.

11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.: Storyteller Alison Babusci performs Peace Tales and other stories in the museum galleries.

11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.: Puppeteers Tom Sarver and Mike Cuccaro of Puppet Happening chat with puppets about works of art in the exhibition.



6:30–7:30 P.M.
CMA Theater; Free

Hear renowned American photographer Joel Sternfeld share his perspective on Sweet Earth—his series of photographs and accompanying texts that chronicle experimental utopias in the United States in regions as diverse as California’s Mojave Desert, a roof garden in downtown Chicago, and the hills of Western Massachusetts.

Curator Tina Kukielski describes Sternfeld’s project on view in the 2013 Carnegie International as “controlled, purposeful, and alluring images [with] a casual exuberance for nature, beauty, life, and death.”



6:30–7:30 P.M.
CMA Theater; Free; Reception with cash bar follows.

Philadelphia-based photographer Zoe Strauss gets to know the people she documents in her open-ended photographic projects. In her work for the 2013 Carnegie International, she took up residence in Homestead, a Pittsburgh-area community hard-hit by the decline of the steel industry, and operated a portrait photography studio for nearly two months. Strauss discusses her multifaceted artistic practice that focuses on the unseen or forgotten people and places of urban America.

Following her talk, join us for a reception celebrating the Homestead residents who sat for portraits and welcomed her to their community.


Playing It (Too) Safe: Play, Playgrounds, and the Value of Risk
6:30–8 p.m.

CMA Theater; Free; Act 48 hours available.

American playgrounds, hampered by simplistic notions of safety and protection, have become exceedingly dull to kids and lost their role as hubs of community life. Children lack opportunities to experience appropriate elements of risk and to assess, confront, and learn from unpredictable situations.

Susan Solomon, author of American Playgrounds: Revitalizing Community Space, reveals the critical importance of risk and adventure in well-designed playgrounds and illustrates how play sites can be improved quickly and, often, inexpensively. Short presentations and a panel discussion also includes Wendy Nilsson, executive director of Partnership for Providence Parks (Rhode Island) on transforming and stewarding neighborhood parks; Gabriela Burkhalter, curator of The Playground Project, on play sculpture as public space; and representatives from the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), Mayor Bill Peduto’s office, and North Braddock’s Recycle Park project.

Presented with PAEYC as part of Pittsburgh’s Playful City USA series.




Thursday, February 20
Culture Club At Carnegie Museum of Art
5:30–9 P.M.
5:30–7 p.m.: Happy hour with the artist, Carnegie Café
7–9 p.m.: Screening and conversation, CMA Theater
$10; Includes admission and one drink ticket; $15 tickets for both screenings can be purchased this evening.


Friday, February 21 
Screening at Pittsburgh Filmmakers
7–9 p.m.
$10; Melwood Screening Room
Cosponsored by Pittsburgh Filmmakers


Don’t miss renowned Iranian filmmaker Kamran Shirdel’s first appearance in the United States at this two-night special event! Since the mid-1960s, Shirdel has made bold documentary films that address issues of everyday life in Iran and influenced generations of Iranian New Wave filmmakers. Originally hired as a filmmaker for the government sponsored Ministry of Culture and Art, Shirdel has withstood periods of banning, confiscation, and censorship of his films, ironically in some instances by the same parties that commissioned them.

Screenings each night present different films featured in the 2013 Carnegie International, and include brief introductory comments by Shirdel and a discussion with 2013 Carnegie International co-curator Tina Kukielski. Visit for details on the featured films.



7:30–9:30 P.M.
7:30–8 p.m.: Introduction by the artist, Carnegie Café
8–9:30 p.m.: Drawing in the 2013 Carnegie International galleries
$15 ($10 members and students); Free for CMU drawing symposium participants
Cosponsored by Carnegie Mellon University, School of Art
To register, call 412.622.3288.

Drawing is a critical part of the artistic practice of Nicole Eisenman, winner of this year’s Carnegie Prize. Inspired by Eisenman’s perspectives on representation and experimentation, participants are invited to

select a gallery location to engage in observation drawing of draped and undraped models against the

backdrop of the 2013 Carnegie International. Facilitators at each location will monitor poses and guide novice and experienced participants. Eisenman will circulate to each gallery location and offer comments.

Bring your own sketchbook or use the materials provided.

Presented in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University, School of Art’s symposium DRAW2014: Why Draw Now? The three-day symposium (February 27–March 1) is open to the public and includes both ticketed and free events. Visit for more information and registration.





Tuesday, March 4
Artist Talk: Dinh Q. Lê
5–6 p.m.
Kresge Theatre, Carnegie Mellon University; Free

Artist Dinh Q. Lê spent his early childhood in his native Vietnam during the height of the Vietnamese War before he moved with his family at age 10 to the US. In his artistic practice, Lê developed an innovative multidisciplinary technique that combined traditional Vietnamese craft with images and fragments of history and modern truths. After earning an MFA at the School of Visual Arts at NYU, Lê returned to Vietnam at age 25, where he examined complex and contradictory topics such as the continuing legacy of the War and the marketing of Vietnam as a tourist’s paradise. Lê will discuss past projects and his recent work on view in the 2013 Carnegie International.


Wednesday, March 5
Artist Discussion: 
6:30–7:30 p.m.
CMA Theater; Free

Explore Dinh Q. Lê’s work in the 2013 Carnegie International in greater depth. Light and Belief: Sketches of Life from the Vietnam War, an installation of 100 drawings and paintings made by Vietnamese artist-soldiers on the front lines of the Vietnam War accompanied by a documentary film, will be the starting point of a discussion focused on art, war, and image. Lê, who will speak to the artists’ inside interpretation of the war, will converse with Dr. Daniel Lieberfeld, associate professor at Duquesne University, and Dr. Philip Nash, Vietnam historian and associate professor of history at Penn State Shenango, about the power of images during and after the conflict. Lê will also discuss his follow-up companion project to this piece—a look at the non-communist artists and their lasting legacy. Carnegie International co-curator Dan Byers will moderate the discussion.

Events are cosponsored by Carnegie Mellon University, School of Art and Jeff Pan.



2013 Carnegie International Artist Talks are sponsored by Huntington Bank.

Culture Club at Carnegie Museum of Art is sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Company, Macy’s, and Bill Few Associates.

Major support for the 2013 Carnegie International has been provided by the A. W. Mellon Charitable and Educational Fund, The Fine Foundation, the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowment for Contemporary Art, and The Henry L. Hillman Fund. Additional major support has been provided by The Friends of the 2013 Carnegie International, which is co-chaired by Jill and Peter Kraus, Sheila and Milton Fine, and Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann.

The Lozziwurm playground was made possible by a generous gift from Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann.

Major gifts and grants have also been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Jill and Peter Kraus, Ritchie Battle, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, Marcia M. Gumberg, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, Bessie F. Anathan Charitable Trust of The Pittsburgh Foundation, Wendy Mackenzie, George Foundation, Huntington Bank, The Grable Foundation, Nancy and Woody Ostrow, Betty and Brack Duker, BNY Mellon, The Broad Art Foundation, and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.