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Carnegie Museum of Art Announces 2022 Exhibitions

The 2022 program features surveys of work by Gordon Parks and Zoe Zenghelis and a contemporary group show that explores labor and economic inequality in America. Engaging with themes of American industry through local and national lenses, the 2022 exhibition program ushers in the 58th Carnegie International, which will explore the geopolitical footprint of the United States since 1945.


L-R: Zoe Zenghelis, Shapes in Space, 1992, oil on canvas, 45 × 55 cm. Private Collection.


Gordon Parks, Workmen in the Power House, 1944, Gelatin silver print, printed, 2021, 10 × 8 in. The Gordon Parks Foundation.


Margarita Cabrera, from Space in Between, Border Patrol uniform fabric, copper wire, thread and terracotta pot. Image courtesy of the artist and Talley Dunn Gallery.

Pittsburgh, PA (December 1, 2021) – Carnegie Museum of Art announces its 2022 season with exhibitions leading up to the 58th Carnegie International. Each exhibition probes local concerns and national histories within the broader context of the world today, as part of the museum’s wider vision to present the work of living artists while engaging with the collection. The group exhibition Working Thought, opening March 3, examines the ways in which contemporary artists have explored labor and economic inequality in America in their work across media. Opening on March 26 in the Heinz Architectural Center is Zoe Zenghelis, a solo presentation of paintings by artist and founding member of OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture). Gordon Parks in Pittsburgh, 1944/1946, opening on April 30, highlights an important chapter in Parks’s landmark career when he traveled to Pittsburgh to photograph World War II efforts at the Penola Grease Plant. On September 24, the Carnegie International, North America’s oldest exhibition of contemporary art, will return to Pittsburgh for its 58th edition.

Working Thought, March 5 – June 26, 2022
Bringing together works from the museum’s collection alongside new commissions and loans, Working Thought examines the many ways contemporary artists have engaged with the critical issues of labor, class, and economic inequality that have shaped American life past and present. Working Thought will include over 30 featured artists, including Fred Lonidier, who merges strategies of conceptual photography with activism; Margarita Cabrera, whose work invites the collaboration and involvement of immigrant communities; and Jessica Jackson Hutchins, whose kiln-fused glass works respond to contemporary issues, in addition to works by Theaster Gates, Cameron Rowland, Rodney McMillian, Jessica Vaughn, Andrea Bowers, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and many others. As part of this show, Carnegie Museum of Art will present public programs that further connect art and labor with May Day (International Workers Day). On April 21, 2022, from 6–9 p.m. in the Hall of Architecture and throughout the exhibition galleries, artists and curators will come together in dialogue with visitors and regional musicians will perform contemporary interpretations of work songs. On April 23, 2022, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Hall of Sculpture, artists in the exhibition will be partnered with local community organizations for collaborative art making in preparation for May Day. More information about these events will be forthcoming in 2022 on CMOA.org. Working Thought is curated by Eric Crosby, Carnegie Museum of Art’s Henry J. Heinz II Director.

Zoe Zenghelis, March 26 – July 24, 2022
This solo exhibition celebrates Zenghelis’s work at the intersection of painting and spatial imagination. The painting survey, a first for the museum’s Heinz Architectural Center, brings into dialogue her independent painting practice with the collaborative projects of the architectural firm, OMA, and the teaching methods that she developed as an art educator. Her practice has defied disciplinary classifications, resulting in works populated with buildings, fragments, and abstract tectonics that construct worlds of imagination and longing. Seductive metropolitan formations blended into dystopian landscapes, floating buildings captured in disturbing stillness, and idle fields merged with urban grids— Zenghelis’s work offers a contemplative critique of the built environment and a way of thinking about space through the medium of painting. A programmatic highlight of this show will be a roundtable discussion and gallery tours open to the public, taking place on April 30, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. The discussion will revolve around the topic of spatial imagination and painting and take place in Carnegie Museum of Art’s theater with the curatorial team, artist, and contributors to the exhibition publication. Prior to and after the roundtable, exhibition tours will be offered to event attendees, led by the curatorial team. Registration for this event will be forthcoming in early 2022 on CMOA.org. Zoe Zenghelis is curated by Theodossis Issaias, associate curator of the Heinz Architectural Center and Hamed Khosravi, architect and educator at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Gordon Parks in Pittsburgh, 1944/1946, April 30 – August 7, 2022
Through Parks’s recently rediscovered photographs of Pittsburgh workers, this exhibition provides an insightful view of World War II–era America that still resonates today. In March 1944 and September 1946, Gordon Parks traveled to Pittsburgh on assignment for the public relations department of the Standard Oil Company to photograph the Penola Grease Plant. An established photographer known for his unparalleled humanist perspective, Parks was tasked with photographing the plant, its workers, and the range of their activities manufacturing lubricants to support U.S. military efforts during World War II. The resulting photographs—dramatically staged and lit, striking in their compositions—endure as an insightful interpretation of World War II–era America. Photographs in this exhibition will have specific relevance for members of the Pittsburgh community; local visitors might recognize acquaintances, friends, or even family members in these images. The exhibition will be paired with special programming and community events to spark engagement with this unexplored body of Parks’s photographs of the Steel City, with additional information forthcoming in early 2022 on CMOA.org. The exhibition and its accompanying publication have been made possible through a partnership between Carnegie Museum of Art and the Gordon Parks Foundation. Gordon Parks in Pittsburgh, 1944/1946 is curated by Dan Leers, curator of photography at Carnegie Museum of Art.

58th Carnegie International, September 24 – April 2, 2023
The 58th Carnegie International is North America’s longest-running survey of contemporary art in America and Carnegie Museum of Art’s signature exhibition since 1896. With every edition of the exhibition, Carnegie Museum of Art has the potential to transform itself through collaboration with international curators, artists, and partners that engage with the museum. The International positions Carnegie Museum of Art as a leading global museum and historical laboratory for exhibition-making as a tool to engage with pressing concerns of the time. Curated by Sohrab Mohebbi, the Kathe and Jim Patrinos Curator of the 58th Carnegie International, alongside a Pittsburgh-based curatorial team and an international curatorial council, the exhibition addresses the question of international from the local context of the United States. Carnegie Museum of Art will be announcing commissions, special projects, and participating artists on a rolling schedule starting in Spring 2022.

Support
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.

Premier Partners
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and NOVA Chemicals.

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 staff and visitors safe. To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant in areas with high transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends that every person—vaccinated and unvaccinated—wear a mask when inside public spaces. For that reason, all visitors aged 2 and above are required to wear masks while inside our museums, and our staff members and volunteers will be wearing masks, too. Visitors experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are kindly asked to remain at home. To learn more about our Health and Safety measures, please visit cmoa.org/visit/health-safety.

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. In addition, the museum houses the archive of more than 70,000 images by Pittsburgh photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, whose work comprises one of the most detailed and intimate records of Black life in America. Through its programming, exhibitions, and publications, Carnegie Museum of Art frequently explores the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives. 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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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** CELEBRATE TOGETHER THIS SEASON AT CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART

Delight in new and returning holiday traditions for all ages with friends and family
WHAT:
Celebrate with friends and family together this season at Carnegie Museum of Art! This year, the museum is introducing a new lineup of art-filled festive events and engaging programs for all ages starting November 20 including the Friends & Family Photo Studio, Gift-Making Workshop, Out of Office Party, and Sounds for the Season live musical performances. Additionally, treasured annual exhibitions will return earlier than usual, so visitors can get a jump start on their holiday plans! The Neapolitan Presepio, a favorite tradition for many since 1957 will be on display in the Scaife galleries, a new home for the exhibit, with Art Chats that visitors can participate in. The Carnegie Trees, which are commemorating 60 years, will be showcased in the Hall of Architecture. The Presepio and Carnegie Trees will be available for viewing starting November 20 to coincide with the kickoff of seasonal activities in the Pittsburgh region!
Registration for events and programs begins on November 1. Visit cmoa.org/together-this-season to learn more!

Friends & Family Photo Studio
Make Carnegie Museum of Art the backdrop for your holiday photo! Gather friends, family, loved ones, workmates, neighbors, or yourself for a portrait taken by a professional photographer with a selection of six different backgrounds within the many beautiful spaces and places of Carnegie Museum of Art, which registrants can choose from. We’re partnering with a fantastic line up of Pittsburgh-area photographers including Cameron Brown, Chancelor Humphrey, Beth Kukucka, Kemuel Benyehuda and Porter Loves Creative.

Maximum six participants per session. If registrants would like to have more than six people in their photos, they will need to sign up for two sessions in a row to ensure there is enough time allotted. Three high-res digital photographs from registrants’ photo session will be provided by the photographer following the session for registrants’ exclusive use and printing.

45-minute photo sessions will run on Saturdays and Sundays from November 20 through December 19 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Register at cmoa.org/event/photo-studio
$75

Gift-Making Workshop
This season let Carnegie Museum of Art be your source of gift-making and giving inspiration! Join the museum’s artist educators in our new gift-making workshop in the Hall of Architecture to create a selection of handmade gifts inspired by the very artworks in our collection. This workshop will provide all supplies needed to create your gift to take home and give a loved one. After making your gift, stop by Café Carnegie for hot chocolate and holiday cookies!

Workshops will run on Saturdays and Sundays from November 27 through December 19 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Once visitors register online for the workshop, they are free to drop in anytime during this 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. time slot to make their gift!
Each registration provides one gift, hot chocolate, and holiday cookies, plus admission to the museum.
Register at cmoa.org/event/gift-workshop $35

Out of Office Party
It’s an office party mixer to remember, and the location is Carnegie Museum of Art! Ditch the ugly sweater and awkward office holiday party moment and bring yourself, or your whole office, to the museum! Centered among the Carnegie Trees in the Hall of Architecture, enjoy delicious bites, drinks (holiday punch, of course!), the best-vibe-DJs, a photo booth, and pop up performances. And check out the entire museum while you’re at it!
There are two ways to attend the Out of Office Party: organizations and businesses can let Carnegie Museum of Art take care of the details for their annual party – just select “whole office party” when you register to reserve tickets for your entire staff. Individual tickets can also be purchased – at the Out of Office Party, you never know who you’ll meet!

December 9: Music by huny and DJ Shoe
December 16: Music by Title Town

Out of Office Parties will take place on Thursdays December 9 and 16 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Out of Office Party is recommended for those 21 and up.
Two drinks, appetizers, and museum admission are included with registration per person. Register at cmoa.org/event/out-of-office-party
$35 per individual; or buy for a group of 10 people for $315
Sounds for the Season Live Musical Performances
Delight in the sounds of the season in the Hall of Architecture among the Carnegie Trees with live musical performances featuring friends of Carnegie Museum of Art! Gather together for one or all of the performances and enjoy a range of music celebrating all that the season exudes.

Saturday, November 27:
Saturday, December 4:
Saturday, December 11:
Saturday, December 18:
River City Brass Band Quintet
Roger Humphries and the RH Factor Mount Ararat Baptist Church Ensemble Hugo Cruz and the Caminos

Live musical performances will take place on Saturdays November 27 and December 4, 11, and 18 between 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
No registration is required, free with museum admission
Learn more at:
cmoa.org/event/sounds-for-the-season-river-city-brass-band cmoa.org/event/sounds-for-the-season-roger-humphries-and-rh-factor cmoa.org/event/sounds-for-the-season-mount-ararat-baptist-church-ensemble cmoa.org/event/sounds-for-the-season-hugo-cruz-and-caminos

Art Chat: Neapolitan Presepio
Since 1957, Carnegie Museum of Art has marked the holiday season with the Neapolitan Presepio. A centuries-old tradition in Naples and southern Italy, the Presepio is an elaborate nativity scene recreated with miniature figures arranged in a detailed panorama of 18th-century life in Naples. Handmade by artists in the Royal Court of Naples between 1700 and 1830, the Presepio includes superbly modeled humans, animals, angelic figures, and architectural elements.
This season encounter the Neapolitan Presepio as never before, in Carnegie Museum of Art’s Scaife galleries. For the first time, this cherished fixture will be exhibited in proximity to paintings and sculptures in the collection, contextualizing the artwork as it would have been in 19th century Naples. Sharing a gallery with Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces such as The Nativity and The King and the Shepherd (1888) by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, visitors will be able to enjoy and reflect on the Presepio in an inspiring and new context.

And be sure to join the scene – Carnegie Museum of Art’s historic nativity scene! Drop in and meet a docent for an Art Chat tour of the Presepio and experience the nativity through the eyes of Neapolitan artisans and collectors.
Learn more about the Presepio, which will be on view from November 20 through January 10, at cmoa.org/exhibition/neapolitan-presepio-2021
Art Chats are on a drop-in basis and will take place from November 20 to January 9 on Thursdays from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the gallery.
Learn more at cmoa.org/event/art-chat-neapolitan-presepio; no registration required, free with museum admission

Carnegie Trees
The annual installation of the Carnegie Trees is considered by many the start of the holiday season. This year marks the 60th anniversary, and in celebration, the five 18’ Fraser Fir trees will be magnificently lit, adorned in hand-made ornaments evoking a winter-wonderland atmosphere in the Hall of Architecture.
Since 1961, the annual installation and decoration of the Carnegie Trees has been the signature event of the Women’s Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art. Each year the trees are decorated with ornaments handmade by the committee, celebrating a different theme ranging from Great Cities of History to Beloved Children’s Book Characters. The theme for 2021 is BEDAZZLED: Celebrating the Diamond Anniversary of the Carnegie Trees.

On view from November 20 through January 10
Learn more at cmoa.org/exhibition/carnegie-trees-2021
Online Crash Course: Food, Feasting, and Art

Enjoy the museum from the comfort of home with this delicious Crash Course art history
class! Gathering with friends and family to share holiday meals is a central part of the human experience. Explore the visual buffets, both extravagant and modest, created by artists from the 15th through 17th centuries, and our relationships with foods and feasting. Guest lecturer, Dr. Saskia Beranek, guides you through representations of the Last Supper, the raucous, drunken parties in genre paintings by Frans Hals, the virtues depicted by Dutch still lifes, and the trade of luxury snacks. No matter your palate, there is a little taste of something for everyone!

About Dr. Saskia Beranek: Dr. Saskia Beranek specializes in the art of the Dutch Republic during the 17th century with an emphasis on the role of women as patrons and artists. She received her MA in Art History from Duke University and her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. She is Assistant Professor of Art History at the Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University.
Thursdays, December 9 and 16, 2-3:30 p.m. Pay What You Wish

Crash Course: Food, Feasting, and Art


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Holiday Shopping at Carnegie Museum of Art Store and Custom Prints Store
Both in-person and online, the Carnegie Museum of Art Store and Custom Prints Store will offer unique must-have gifts for the art lovers in your life! From the stately new Carnegie Museum of Art Collection Handbook to stunning framed and canvas custom prints from our collection, give the gift of art this season while shopping local and supporting your art museum. And be sure to take advantage of seasonal holiday promotions!
About Carnegie Museum of Art’s New Collection Handbook
Published on the occasion of the museum’s 125th anniversary, Carnegie Museum of Art’s new Collection Handbook features images of more than 200 works from our collection and essays by

WHEN: WHERE:
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museum staff, past and present that reveal the stories behind the works’ creation and acquisition. Color images of previously unpublished archival materials trace the museum’s history from the late 19th century—when Andrew Carnegie established the Carnegie Institute to bring the “Old Masters of tomorrow” to Pittsburgh—to the present day. The Collection Handbook is now available for purchase here.

About Carnegie Museum of Art Custom Prints
Order archival quality prints of artworks in our collection in your choice of size, on paper or
stretched canvas, framed or unframed. The high standard of reproduction is the result of direct
collaboration between museum staff and expert printers with each print being made to order according to your specifications. A truly special gift idea for all ages, beat the holiday rush and purchase today! prints.cmoa.org

Spread the holiday cheer with these special seasonal holiday promotions! • Custom Prints Sale | November 15-30
o Shop at: prints.cmoa.org
o 10% off all paper prints
o 20% off all framed prints and canvas
• Carnegie Museum of Art Store – In Store Holiday Promotion | November 26-29
o Shop at: Carnegie Museum of Art Store: 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
15213; 412-622-3216; admission to the museum is not required to shop
o Non-members receive 10% off purchases of $50+ and members receive 15% off
regular price items
• Carnegie Museum of Art Store – Online Holiday Promotion | November 25-29
* Shop at stores.carnegiemuseums.org/carnegie-museum-of-art
* Free shipping on $35+ orders. Our best shipping deal of the year!

WHEN: November 20, 2021 through January 10, 2022

WHERE: Carnegie Museum of Art: 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; 412-622-3131 Timed Tickets: cmoa.org/visit
Carnegie Museum of Art Store: stores.carnegiemuseums.org/carnegie-museum-of-art Carnegie Museum of Art Custom Prints Store: prints.cmoa.org
Museum Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through Sundays 10:00 am – 8:00 pm ET: Thursdays
Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day, closing early at 3 p.m. ET on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

CONTACT: For press inquiries, contact: Elle Moody, Sutton; 212-202-3402, Elle@suttoncomms.com

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 staff and visitors safe. To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant in areas with high transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends that every person— vaccinated and unvaccinated—wear a mask when inside public spaces. For that reason, all visitors age 2 and above are required to wear masks while inside our museums, and our staff members and volunteers will be wearing masks, too. Visitors experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are kindly asked to remain at home. To learn more about our Health and Safety measures, please visit cmoa.org/visit/health-safety.

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. In addition, the museum houses the archive of more than 70,000 images by Pittsburgh photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, whose work comprises one of the most detailed and intimate records of Black life in America. Through its programming, exhibitions, and publications, Carnegie Museum of Art frequently explores the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives. 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.

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces Sara Greenberger Rafferty, a New Exhibition of Photographic Works

This solo exhibition features new works by the multimedia artist, including a site-specific mural installation produced specifically for Carnegie Museum of Art.

Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Search Emoji, 2021, fused and kiln-formed glass and hardware. 70 1⁄4 x 87 1⁄2 x 1 in. Courtesy the artist and DOCUMENT, Chicago.

Pittsburgh, PA (September 22, 2021) – Carnegie Museum of Art announces Sara Greenberger Rafferty, opening October 15, 2021 and on view through February 6, 2022. For this solo exhibition and 85th installment of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Forum series, Rafferty extends her exploration of glass as a photographic medium with a series of new works that addresses notions of aesthetics, consumerism, and identity.

Once a department store window dresser, Rafferty draws on her skills as a merchandiser to create alluring artworks that highlight the importance of digital images and also challenge normative notions of beauty and gender. Several of the artist’s Tester pieces feature photographs of colorful make-up palettes to address the role of cosmetics in creating unrealistic societal standards. Rafferty also incorporates images of mannequins which further underscore the disconnect between how bodies are “supposed” to look ❤ Rafferty creates other works in the exhibition by printing images in powdered glass on paper which she then fires in a kiln, burning away the paper and vitrifying the glass. In addition to being a tactile medium that highlights Rafferty’s process-driven practice, glass is a significant choice because of its ubiquity as the material used in touchscreens for phones, tablets, and other personal electronic devices. Tapping and swiping on these devices has created new ways of interacting with images and consumer products, and Rafferty invites a consideration of the ever-changing implications for photography in the digital era.

“My favorite aspect of using the kiln to form, deform, and reform glass is the fact that glass ‘shows’ cuts, breaks, and separations even when it is fully fused together,” states Sara Greenberger Rafferty. “This underscores my commitment to a feminist way of making work, one which resists and questions mastery, completion, and answers. Instead, I work to ‘show my work,’ and ask more questions than I answer.”
versus how they actually look. Backdropping these works, Rafferty presents a new site-specific mural THE DEAD 20TH CENTURY (What was saved) which covers the largest wall in the gallery with thumbnail images of items for sale in online art, design, and furniture auctions.

Other imagery in the exhibition, including magnifying glasses, telephones, and power buttons, references different senses, and Rafferty encourages still deeper connection to the gallery space by including cut flowers in several of the artworks. These flowers, which will be changed several times during the run of the show, were selected by Carnegie Museum of Art’s Youth Arts Initiative. The Youth Arts Initiative is an advisory group focused on the engagement, advancement, and support of local Pittsburgh-area teens, and their selections, made in collaboration with museum staff and the artist, are intended to reflect the changing seasons and evoke the passage of time.

“We’re thrilled to present Rafferty’s new works at Carnegie Museum of Art,” says Dan Leers, curator of photography. “Her innovative, multimedia practice resonates globally in its examination of the role of photography and glass in reinforcing consumerist tendencies and unrealistic ideals of beauty. Rafferty’s art merits an unhurried visit during which we might understand the ways in which we have been conditioned by digital imagery and question its authority and authenticity.”

Prior to her exhibition opening at Carnegie Museum of Art, Rafferty will be in residency at Fallingwater, the 1935 house designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmann family which owned one of the largest department stores in Pittsburgh. There, she will create a new video work scheduled to premiere at Carnegie Museum of Art in February 2022. She will also lead a two-part masterclass in glassmaking and photography taking place on October 2 and 9, 2021. Co-presented by Carnegie Museum of Art, Fallingwater, and Pittsburgh Glass Center, this masterclass is designed for creative people seeking to expand their artistic skill set or just learn about different glassmaking and photographic processes. Participants will be guided through the creation of image transfers to glass and will make two works as part of the instruction. For more information on registration, please visit cmoa.org/event/creating-glass-photographs/.

Sara Greenberger Rafferty (b. 1978 in Evanston, IL, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Photography at Pratt Institute. She received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Since 2001, Rafferty has shown widely including solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York; The Kitchen, New York; Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College, Massachusetts; and a commissioned sculpture for the Public Art Fund. Gloves Off, the first traveling survey of her work with a fully illustrated catalogue published by SUNY Press, completed a three-venue tour at the end of 2017. Rafferty’s work has also been included in the Whitney and Hammer Biennials and is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery among many others.

A series of events and programs will accompany Carnegie Museum of Art’s presentation of Sara Greenberger Rafferty. Unless otherwise noted, Carnegie Museum of Art events are pay what you wish with registration. To learn more about events and programs related to this exhibition, please visit cmoa.org/calendar/.

Sara Greenberger Rafferty, the 85th installment of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Forum series, is organized by Dan Leers, curator of photography.

Support
Significant funding for the Forum series is generously provided by the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation.

Additional support is provided by Nancy and Woody Ostrow, the Ruth Levine Memorial Fund, and The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art. Special production support is provided by Bullseye Glass.

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.

Premier Partners
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and NOVA Chemicals.

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 staff and visitors safe. To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant in areas with high transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends that every person—vaccinated and unvaccinated—wear a mask when inside public spaces. For that reason, all visitors age 2 and above are required to wear masks while inside our museums, and our staff members and volunteers will be wearing masks, too. Visitors experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are kindly asked to remain at home. To learn more about our Health and Safety measures, please visit cmoa.org/visit/health-safety.

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. In addition, the museum houses the archive of more than 70,000 images by Pittsburgh photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, whose work comprises one of the most detailed and intimate records of Black life in America. Through its programming, exhibitions, and publications, Carnegie Museum of Art frequently explores the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives. 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.

For press inquiries, please contact: Elle Moody at Elle@suttoncomms.com:.

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces Cauleen Smith: Pandemic Diaries

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces Cauleen Smith: Pandemic Diaries

Cauleen Smith, COVID MANIFESTO, 2020–2021 (video still), Courtesy the artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago.

Cauleen Smith, COVID MANIFESTO, 2020–2021 (video still), Courtesy the artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago.

Pittsburgh, PA (September 7, 2021) – Today, Carnegie Museum of Art unveils Cauleen Smith: Pandemic Diaries, a new exhibition by the interdisciplinary American artist that bridges the museum’s online exhibition series with its onsite artistic program. The exhibition, which runs through September 6, 2022 presents two artworks: COVID MANIFESTO (2020–2021), a new film streaming on Carnegie Museum of Art’s website at cmoa.org/exhibition/cauleen-smith and a rotating photographic mural of stills from COVID MANIFESTO installed in the museum lobby.

Beginning in April 2020, Smith initiated COVID MANIFESTO, a series of incisive photographs, social media posts, and short films featuring hand-written personal reflections, political demands, and musings contending with the daily onslaught of local, national, and global events. Through responsive drawings and an installation on her studio desk, Smith works to name interconnected systems, structures, and contemporaries—creating a space to imagine new and liberatory futures. These “living still lifes” feature a decorative assemblage of materials that drive Smith’s practice as she writes out messages such as: “the internet is not the answer”; “we deserve better than back to normal”; and “everybody, everybody out of jail now”.

The exhibition is a continuation and reframing of Smith’s COVID MANIFESTO, which began a few weeks after lockdown in the United States as a series on the artist’s Instagram account. These photographs of handwritten reflections and calls to action were inspired by Smith’s observations of the ongoing pandemic and multiple social justice movements. In November 2020, the artist recreated these
manifestos as short films on display in Piccadilly Circus in London and online in collaboration with The Showroom and CIRCA. The film, streaming for free and accessible to all at cmoa.org/exhibition/cauleen-smith, is accompanied by an ever changing and subtle ambient soundtrack.

In the museum, Smith presents three mural-size video stills that will be shown in rotation, each on display for four months. These colorful overhead shots of the artist manually inscribing notes at her desk appear in large-scale, confronting the realities of (in)access, the dissonance of the “back to normal” mentality, and the fact that the pandemic continues in many parts of the world. A QR code next to this presentation guides visitors to view the streaming film online.

“Situated in both Carnegie Museum of Art and on cmoa.org, Pandemic Diaries reimagines how the museum welcomes audiences while acknowledging the severity of the current public health crisis within the country and around the globe,” says Kiki Teshome, Carnegie Museum of Art’s Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellow. “The video stills, enlarged and expanded on the wall, create an invitation to peer into the artist’s process. Along with COVID MANIFESTO, Smith shares the objects she cherishes, the books she is reading, the incense she is smelling, the questions she is asking, which become representative of the intimacies that were created by the pandemic itself.”

Cauleen Smith is an American artist whose work builds on the historical legacy of the Black radical tradition, understanding the power structures that inform current ways of life and expanding the historical viewfinder to imagine new futures. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of these disciplines while offering a phenomenological experience for spectators and participants. In addition to her presentation at Carnegie Museum of Art, she is the subject of solo exhibitions currently on view at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Events and programs based on visitor interaction with the work will be developed throughout the duration of Carnegie Museum of Art’s presentation. Unless otherwise noted, Carnegie Museum of Art events are pay what you wish with registration. More details can be found on cmoa.org.

Cauleen Smith: Pandemic Diaries is organized by Dana Bishop-Root, Director of Education and Public Programs, and Kiki Teshome, Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellow at Carnegie Museum of Art.

Online Exhibition Series
Carnegie Museum of Art’s online exhibition series draws from the museum’s vast film and video collection and is an extension of the museum’s curatorial program in the digital sphere. The online exhibition series offers a channel for local and global audiences alike to experience time-based works previously only accessible in-person. With this initiative, which launched in 2020, Carnegie Museum of Art revolutionized how visitors engage with its significant holdings at a time when many cultural institutions were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Support
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.

Premier Partners
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and NOVA Chemicals.

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 staff and visitors safe. To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant in areas with high transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends that every person—vaccinated and unvaccinated—wear a mask when inside public spaces. For that reason, all visitors age 2 and above are required to wear masks while inside our museums, and our staff members and volunteers will be wearing masks, too. Visitors experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are kindly asked to remain at home. To learn more about our Health and Safety measures, please visit cmoa.org/visit/health-safety

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. In addition, the museum houses the archive of more than 70,000 images by Pittsburgh photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, whose work comprises one of the most detailed and intimate records of Black life in America. Through its programming, exhibitions, and publications, Carnegie Museum of Art frequently explores the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives. 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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Carnegie Museum of Art Announces Sharif Bey: Excavations

Featuring new work by Bey in response to his recent “excavations” of the collections of Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, a journey with the people, places, and encounters that informed the Pittsburgh-born artist’s practice and creative identity

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Sharif Bey, American, b. 1974; Bird Study Skins (detail), 2020–2021; site-specific installation with blue dacnis, blue-gray tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, and green violetear skins collected between 1909 and 1990; Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Collection of Section of Ornithology

Pittsburgh, PA (September 8, 2021) – Carnegie Museum of Art announces Sharif Bey: Excavations, opening October 2, 2021, and on view through March 6, 2022. The exhibition showcases Bey’s contemporary ceramic and mixed-media sculptures with artworks that first inspired him as a child visiting Carnegie Museum of Art. Also featured are unique, temporary installations by the artist that incorporate artifacts and specimens from Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s collections.

An artist and educator, Bey uses sculpture to draw upon the visual heritages of Africa and Oceania, as well as African American culture, exploring the significance of functional and ritual objects through contemporary reinterpretations of these forms. Working primarily in conventional media, such as clay and glass, Bey’s artistic process amalgamates disparate elements to reclaim and shape ancestral and cultural identities that resonate with his own heritage as an American artist of color.

The exhibition marks a return for Bey, who attended youth arts programs at Carnegie Museum of Art. “Coming from a predominantly African American community and public school, Carnegie Museum of Art was where I first confronted difference,” says Bey. “These experiences were instrumental in shaping my view of how one might interpret a work of art. I began to seek out works of art that challenged me or challenged my formative notions of art,” Bey explains.

The artist’s formative arts experiences beyond the classroom demystified art-making for Bey and allowed him to see beyond barriers and create by way of his lived experience. In Sharif Bey: Excavations, “excavations” refers to the process of Bey coming back to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, places of great importance in his life as a youth and reconsidering them with the critical lens of an adult in midlife. Through this framework of explorations of personal and institutional history, Bey probes three driving questions in this new exhibition: “What makes someone believe they can become an artist?”, “How does what I do connect to who I am?”, and “How do I fulfill a social responsibility to my community?”

Sharif Bey: Excavations includes new work inspired by Bey’s excavations of the collections at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History that first piqued his interest as a youth. On view are the artist’s mask-like forms, necklaces made from pinch pot-style vessels as beads, and imagery referencing indigenous Tonga axes from Zambia and Zimbabwe, and Kayapo clubs from Brazil. By returning to these museum spaces with the eye of mature artist, he offers visitors a glimpse into the curiosity and critical inquiry that are hallmarks of his practice. Objects he encountered from West Africa, such as a Guinean D’mba headdress and a Kongo Nkisi nkondi power figure, continue to hold sway over his practice in recent years. While Bey celebrates the themes of these objects, such as power, ritual, motherhood, community, and the awesomeness of nature, his work also touches on contemporary questions such as “Who has creative agency? Who gets to speak through an artistic platform?”

“Revisiting collections at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History throughout various chapters of my life provided me with a unique opportunity to grow with works of art. I later brought contextual and technical knowledge to works that were touchstones during my childhood,” Bey states. “Sometimes young people have encounters that they cannot fully articulate. I must have been nine or ten years old when I first viewed the Nkisi nkondi figure. Of course, I had no knowledge of West African art at the time but for me it was more than a curious object. It had presence but also evoked mystery. It intrigued me. I reflected on who made it and how it was made. It became one of those objects that I would visit like an old friend for years to come.” Bey’s commitment to considering and reconsidering artworks over the course of his life highlights key elements of his creative philosophy: “tolerating uncertainty and being open to ambiguity.”

“Bey’s title goes well beyond that of an artist. He is an educator, a mentor, and an inspiration for all of us at Carnegie Museum of Art as we each continue our own engagement with the arts in service to the public,” says Rachel Delphia, the museum’s Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design. “Bey effortlessly embodies a spirit of curiosity, openness, and a commitment to asking big, difficult questions while engaging multiple truths. He always expands the conversation.”

Sharif Bey is an Associate Professor of Art at Syracuse University. Bey earned a B.F.A. in ceramics from Slippery Rock University, an M.F.A in studio art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in art education from Penn State University. He is a teaching artist with extensive experience in ceramics, sculpture, community art programming, and art teacher training. Dr. Bey has published numerous articles and served on the editorial board of Studies in Art Education and the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education and is past editor of The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education.

A series of events and programs will accompany Carnegie Museum of Art’s presentation of Sharif Bey: Excavations. The exhibition opens to the public with an artist’s talk, In Conversation: Sharif Bey at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2021, in Carnegie Museum of Art’s theater. Conversations throughout the fall will feature a combination of scholars, artists, and activists expanding on the exhibition context, themes, and materials. Additional learning resources will be provided in conjunction with workshops for K-12 public school students and educators. Unless otherwise noted, Carnegie Museum of Art events are pay what you wish with registration. To learn more about events and programs related to this exhibition, please visit cmoa.org/calendar/.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication, slated for release in early 2022, which explores three of the artist’s driving questions: what makes one believe they can become an artist, how does what I do connect to who I am, and how can I fulfill a social responsibility to my community? These questions are addressed through a series of autobiographical “excavations” written by Bey to highlight seminal places, peoples, and experiences in his artistic journey. The publication includes an essay by James Stewart, Penn State Emeritus professor of African American studies, an introduction by Rachel Delphia, and archival material from the museum’s records curated by Alyssa Velazquez, Carnegie Museum of Art’s Curatorial Assistant for Decorative Arts and Design. The book will be designed in-house by Carnegie Museum of Art Design & Publication studio and complements and extends the exhibition themes.

Sharif Bey: Excavations is organized by Rachel Delphia, Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, with Alyssa Velazquez, Curatorial Assistant for Decorative Arts and Design, and Kiki Teshome, Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellow.

Support
Sharif Bey: Excavations is made possible by The Bessie F. Anathan Charitable Trust of the Pittsburgh Foundation at the request of Ellen Lehman and Charles Kennel, Arts, Equity, & Education Fund, Dawn and Christopher Fleischner, Brian Wongchaowart, the Ruth Levine Memorial Fund, and The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art. Additional publication support is provided by Albertz Benda and Friedman Benda.

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.

Premier Partners
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and NOVA Chemicals.

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 staff and visitors safe. To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant in areas with high transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends that every person—vaccinated and unvaccinated—wear a mask when inside public spaces. For that reason, all visitors aged 2 and above are required to wear masks while inside our museums, and our staff members and volunteers will be wearing masks, too. Visitors experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are kindly asked to remain at home. To learn more about our Health and Safety measures, please visit cmoa.org/visit/health-safety.

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. In addition, the museum houses the archive of more than 70,000 images by Pittsburgh photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, whose work comprises one of the most detailed and intimate records of Black life in America. Through its programming, exhibitions, and publications, Carnegie Museum of Art frequently explores the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives. 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.

For press inquiries, please contact: Elle Moody at Elle@suttoncomms.com:.