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NIGHTIME Party Kicks off LIGHTIME Photography Programming

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.

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

Our new public installation uses photography to allow visitors to interact with this concept. For a preview of this technologically sophisticated project, contact Jonathan Gaugler at gauglerj@cmoa.org to set up an appointment.

NIGHTIME 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. Evening activities range from family art-making, a teen lounge, photographic light-drawing workshop, tours highlighting photography, including ASL interpretation and descriptive tours for people with visual impairments. Music from 7–4 includes Colonel Eagleburger’s High Stepping Goodtime Band, Britsburgh’s British Invasion showcase, 1hood Media, VIA music and new media festival, and a midnight Hot Mass dance party, set among Ian Brill’s light-based site-specific installation art.


The Hillman Photography Initiative’s LIGHTIME focuses on four new commissioned projects by artists DIS, Andrea Polli, Bradford Young, and Alisha Wormsley.

LIGHT & PERCEPTION, launching fall 2016, invites the artist collective DIS to develop a creative brief exploring how computational photography changes the way we perceive people, places, and things in the virtual world.

LIGHT & ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, running from January to April 2017, brings back Andrea Polli to Pittsburgh two years after her Particle Falls installation, and as she prepares to light the Rachel Carson bridge later this year. Polli employs digital photography as a form of data visualization to measure light quality among other things. She plans to host events that examine the impact of this data on environmental sustainability in Pittsburgh.

LIGHT & MOVEMENT, premiering summer 2017, commissions Bradford Young to create a work inspired by Pittsburgh’s tunnels and the connections between light, vision, movement, and time. His video work considers the narrative effects of natural, ambient light and envisions tunnels as passageways into the city as well as metaphors for the Great Migration.

LIGHT & SOCIAL JUSTICE, debuting fall 2017, invites Pittsburgh-based Alisha B. Wormsley to develop a series of public projects that activate vacant or abandoned properties in the Homewood neighborhood. Wormsley will investigate the past, present, and future of this community by curating and documenting a series of artist-led installations that explore the relationship between light and social justice.


The Hillman Photography Initiative 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. The ideas for this cycle were generated by Liz Deschenes; Steffani Jemison; Laura Wexler; CMOA’s curator of photography, Dan Leers; and the Initiative’s senior program manager, Divya Rao Heffley. Past Initiative activities explored the life cycle of a photograph. Visit http://nowseethis.org to learn more.

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.

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