Carnegie Museum of Art Announces 58th Carnegie International Opening Date and Curatorial Team

The 58th Carnegie International will run September 24, 2022 through April 2, 2023

Pittsburgh, PA (June 16, 2021) – Carnegie Museum of Art is pleased to announce that the 58th Carnegie International will open on September 24, 2022 and run through April 2, 2023. Sohrab Mohebbi, the Kathe and Jim Patrinos Curator of the 58th Carnegie International, has assembled a Pittsburgh-based curatorial team, an international curatorial council, and an advisory group to create the exhibition. The Carnegie International is North America’s longest-running survey of contemporary art and has been the museum’s signature exhibition since 1896.

The Pittsburgh-based curatorial team, which includes associate curator Ryan Inouye and curatorial assistant Talia Heiman, will contribute to exhibition research, artist selection, public programs, and publication projects for the Carnegie International. Working closely with Mohebbi, Inouye and Heiman will serve as instrumental thought partners and provide strategic guidance as well as liaise with artists, international collaborators, and local partners to bring this edition of the Carnegie International to life.

Drawing on a range of professional experiences and intellectual commitments, a four-person curatorial council will help shape and challenge expectations of an international exhibition in the United States. Members include Freya Chou, Renée Akitelek Mboya, Robert M. Ochshorn, and Pablo José Ramírez. The formation of the curatorial council acknowledges a commitment to polyphony by creating an ensemble of positions that reflects the international scope and intention of the exhibition. The council members will introduce artists’ practices and projects to the Carnegie International, maintain regular dialogue with the curatorial team, and contribute to the making of the exhibition, publication, and public programs. In addition, Mohebbi and Inouye have invited an advisory group to facilitate focused research around the world and provide guidance regarding specific regions. These advisors include Thiago de Paula Souza, Arlette Quỳnh-Anh Trần, and Renan Laru-an.

“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to work on the Carnegie International with this dream team. We came together in a historical moment that we are still to process,” says Sohrab Mohebbi. “The pandemic has set in motion practices of solitude and solidarity; perhaps we can think of these practices as the way of the artist and the struggle of the activist. Never before have these two positions been more aligned on such a planetary scale. The artist’s primary material is the use of their time, while an activist shares their time with others and distributes it. In the making of this exhibition, our hope is to sync our clocks with both.”

Eric Crosby, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art, adds: “At a time when borders remain closed and travel restrictions limit our work, the 58th Carnegie International team is catalyzing international curatorial research at a level that is unprecedented for this 125-year- old exhibition series. Mohebbi and his collaborators—dispersed around the globe—are working to realize an exhibition that will be expansive in its geopolitical scope as well as responsive to local concerns. Their research will have a lasting impact on the legacy of the Carnegie International and the future of our museum.”

Bank of America will be the Presenting Sponsor of the 58th Carnegie International.

58th Carnegie International Curatorial Team

Sohrab Mohebbi is the Kathe and Jim Patrinos Curator of the 58th Carnegie International. He also serves as curator-at-large at SculptureCenter in New York, and before joining that organization in 2018, he was associate curator at REDCAT in Los Angeles and curatorial fellow at the Queens Museum. He is an advisor at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and has organized exhibitions and programs for the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA; SALT, Istanbul; and the Center for Historical Reenactments, Johannesburg, South Africa. He received an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a BFA in photography from Tehran Art University.

Ryan Inouye, associate curator for the 58th Carnegie International, served most recently as senior curator at Sharjah Art Foundation in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, where he curated exhibitions and co-organized the 2018 edition of the March Meeting, an annual program that explores developments in culture through contemporary art. Previously, he served as associate curator of Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible (2014–2015) and held curatorial posts at the New Museum in New York, focusing on the 2012 New Museum Triennial and Museum as Hub initiative, as well as at REDCAT in Los Angeles. Inouye received an MRes from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Talia Heiman, curatorial assistant for the 58th Carnegie International, has held curatorial positions at the Center for Contemporary Art and Artis in Tel Aviv and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has curated exhibitions and programs at The Kitchen in New York City; the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; as well as AA|LA Gallery in Los Angeles. She has published catalogue essays for the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the 57th Carnegie International. Heiman received an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a BA from New York University.

58th Carnegie International Curatorial Council

Freya Chou is a curator and writer based in Hong Kong. Having served as co-curator of the 10th Shanghai Biennial and the first curator of education and public programs at Para Site in Hong Kong, Chou currently works on research projects with several organizations, including the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong. She was recently named curator of Hong Kong’s participation in the 59th Venice Biennale.

Renée Akitelek Mboya is a writer, curator, and filmmaker. Her custom is one that relies on biography and storytelling as forms of research and production. Mboya is presently preoccupied with looking and speaking about images and the ways in which they are produced, especially how they have come to play a critical role as evidence of white paranoia, and as aesthetic idioms of racial violence. Mboya seeks to better understand the ways in which images are used to reinforce the institutionally manufactured narrative of the racialized body as a constant danger to the law. Mboya works in Dakar and Nairobi and is a collaborative editor with the Wali Chafu Collective.

Robert M. Ochshorn is a software engineer, cultural theorist, and media researcher based in San Francisco. He develops unusual digital interfaces to observe and activate sound, video, and language. He is interested in how new communication tools enable new social practices, and vice versa. Ochshorn is a columnist for Starship Magazine and co-founder and chief technology officer at Reduct.Video.

Pablo José Ramírez is a curator, writer, and cultural theorist who lives and works in Guatemala and Amsterdam. He is the Adjunct Curator of First Nations and Indigenous Art at Tate Modern in London. Ramírez co-curated the 19th Bienal de Arte Paiz with Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and was the 2019 recipient of the Independent Curators International/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Award for Central America and the Caribbean. He is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Infrasonica. Ramírez’s work revisits post-colonial societies to consider non-Western ontologies, indigeneity, forms of racial occlusion, and sound.

58th Carnegie International Advisory Group

Thiago de Paula Souza is a curator and educator. De Paula Souza is co-curating The River is a Serpent, the 3rd edition of Frestas – Triennial of Arts (Sesc São Paulo), in Sorocaba, São Paulo. In 2018 and 2019 he participated in the Basis Voor Actuele Kunst (BAK) post-academic Fellowship Program and served on the curatorial team of the 10th Berlin Biennale. De Paula Souza is a PhD candidate at HDK–Valand at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Arlette Quỳnh-Anh Trần is a curator and writer based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Currently, she is director and curator of Post Vidai Collection, and also part of Art Labor, an artist collective in Saigon. From 2006 to 2007 she was assistant curator for the Saigon Open City project, the first attempt to realize a large-scale exhibition of contemporary art in Vietnam.

Renan Laru-an is a researcher and curator working in Southeast Asia. He is the public engagement and artistic formation coordinator at the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN). He co-curated the 6th Singapore Biennale in 2019 and the 8th OK.Video-Indonesia Media Arts Festival in 2017. Laru-an was recently appointed co-curator of the 2nd Biennale Matter of Art in 2022.

About the Carnegie International

Established in 1896, the Carnegie International is the longest-running North American exhibition of international art, second globally only to the Venice Biennale. Organized every three to four years by Carnegie Museum of Art, the International presents an overview of how art and artists respond to the critical questions of our time. The 58th Carnegie International, which will run September 24, 2022 through April 2, 2023, will bring together new commissions, existing works, and projects by established and emerging artists working internationally, domestically, and locally. The exhibition, which will be accompanied by a scholarly publication, will transform Arlette Quỳnh-Anh Trần is a curator and writer based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Currently, she is director and curator of Post Vidai Collection, and also part of Art Labor, an artist collective in Saigon. From 2006 to 2007 she was assistant curator for the Saigon Open City project, the first attempt to realize a large-scale exhibition of contemporary art in Vietnam. Galleries and public spaces in the museum and will occupy sites and engage publics in various Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

Since the first Carnegie International, the museum has acquired hundreds of works of art that have appeared in the exhibition series, including works by Josef Albers, Dara Birnbaum, Louise Bourgeois, Mary Cassatt, Nicole Eisenman, Isa Genzken, Dan Graham, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Mike Kelley, Ellsworth Kelly, Louise Lawler, Agnes Martin, Julie Mehretu, Bruce Nauman, Chris Ofili, On Kawara, Sigmar Polke, Auguste Rodin, Doris Salcedo, John Singer Sargent, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Prizes awarded to Carnegie International artists include the Carnegie Prize for outstanding achievement in the exhibition in the context of a lifetime of work, and the Fine Prize for an emerging artist in the exhibition.

Support

The 58th Carnegie International, presented by Bank of America, is made possible by leadership support from Kathe and Jim Patrinos.

Major support is provided by the Carnegie International Endowment, The Fine Foundation, the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowment for Contemporary Art, the Carnegie Luminaries, Teiger Foundation, and the Keystone Members of the Carnegie International.

The 58th Carnegie International has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Generous support is provided by the Friends of the Carnegie International, the Louisa S. Rosenthal Family Fund, and the Fans of the Carnegie International.

Carnegie Museum of Art is supported 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.

Health and Safety

Since the start of COVID-19 pandemic, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has continued to follow government and public health guidance to keep our staff and our visitors staff. Given a growing percentage of vaccinated adults across the state, Pennsylvania recently announced it will lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions either on June 28 or sooner if the full vaccination rate for adults reaches 70%. At that time, mask-wearing and social-distancing will no longer be required at the four Carnegie Museums. (The exception will be our summer camp programs.)

Like most regional museums and other cultural organizations, we will continue to ask all guests ages 2 and up to wear a mask while inside our buildings, except in designated dining areas, until
June 28 or until the state mask mandates for all individuals are lifted. Current measures regarding our health and safety procedures can be found on Carnegie Museum of Art’s website.

Mission

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 collection of over 34,000 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. To learn more, please call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

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