Media Archive: 2018 Exhibitions

57th Carnegie International Closes with High Attendance and New Acquisitions for Carnegie Museum of Art

Contact
Taia Pandolfi
Carnegie Museum of Art
pandolfit@cmoa.org
412.688.8690

Pittsburgh, PA—Monday, March 25th marked the final day of Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018, which opened October 13, 2018. Planning is already under way for the next iteration in 2022 of Carnegie Museum of Art’s signature exhibition.

Over 206,000 visitors traveled from near and far for museum joy and to experience the work of 32 artists and collectives from around the globe. Sixteen nations were represented by affiliations of residency and birth, including Bahamas, Cherokee Nation, Navajo Nation, Nonuya Nation, Palestine, Scotland, Senegal, and Vietnam. Pittsburgh was well represented as an international site of creativity. This biennial-form exhibition significantly tipped a gender balance with 21 of the 41 individual participants identifying by the pronoun “she.”

A building with neon names surrounding the top.

Tavares Strachan, The Encyclopaedia of Invisibility, 2018, Carnegie International. Photo: Bryan Conley.

“Designed to be simultaneously accessible and complex, this was a highly-crafted curatorial project,” says curator Ingrid Schaffner, who began work in summer 2015. “The 57th Carnegie International was catalyzed by three years of public programs—including 35 drawing sessions and a community-wide research of keyword ‘international.’ It culminated in an exhibition that will endure through its Guide and Dispatch publications and continue to ripple in affinities and connections seeded along the way.”

One work in the International was timed to end with the closing day: Fruit and Other Things by Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin. Throughout the 190-day run of the exhibition, painters have been at work turning 10,632 titles of rejected works of art from the early history of the International into paintings on paper for visitors to take home. (See fruitandotherthings.com.) On Monday, March 25, at 4:48 p.m., the final title was completed: Zinnias.

An overhead shot of a building with trees and tiny cars next to it.

Leslie Hewitt, Anatomy of a Flower, 2018, Carnegie International. Courtesy the artist.

The 57th International immediately impacts Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection with substantial acquisitions of works by artists in the exhibition. The museum will continue acquiring works through the summer.

“Acquiring works from the International is a tradition that defines our museum collection. The acquisitions offer a holistic look at Schaffner’s International, including a major painting by Carnegie Prize-winner Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, video installations by Alex Da Corte and Rachel Rose, and a site-specific sound work by Park McArthur,” remarked Eric Crosby, the Henry J. Heinz II Acting Co-Director and Richard Armstrong Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “When all is said and done, 70 percent of the artist participants will be represented in the museum’s collection.”


Support

Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 is presented by Bank of America. Major support 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, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of 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. 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.

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 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. To learn more, please call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

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Museum Joy: Carnegie International Announces Closing Weekend Programs

CONTACT
Taia Pandolfi Carnegie Museum of Art
pandolfit@cmoa.org
412.688.8690

Pittsburgh, PA—Museum joy may be everlasting, but the 57th Carnegie International is not. From now until March 25, Carnegie Museum of Art’s signature exhibition is alive with artist talks, creative drawing sessions (Kerry James Marshall conducts a sold-out session on March 7), and daily gallery activations. A celebratory weekend of events will mark the closing of Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018.

A gallery view of colorful, geometric works of art.

Installation view of Sarah Crowner, Sliced Tropics, 2018, and Wall (Wavy Arrow Terracotta), 2018, and Ulrike Müller, Wraps and rugs (con zapatos), 2018, Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Bryan Conley.

Curator Ingrid Schaffner calls this iteration “an intensely crafted curatorial project” and offers the expansive concept of “shifting terrain” for apprehending forces that are shaping global culture today. The International invites visitors—Guide publication in hand—to explore the immense Carnegie Museum as both context and content for a series of encounters with the contemporary.

The finale brings “A Night of Deep Listening“—a musical synthesis of Josiah McElheny’s collaboration with John Corbett and Jim Dempsey—with performances by Joe McPhee, Claire Chase, and Peter Evans. This concert is part of a roster of closing events that begins Thursday, March 21, with a book signing for the catalogue Dispatch, which contains Leslie Hewitt’s commissioned work, Anatomy of a Flower.

Finale Schedule

Thursday, March 21

The galleries are open until 11 p.m. for Third Thursday—the museum’s monthly late-night revel with a community partner—featuring music curated by girlFX and Carnegie International events.

Clay sculptures next to a screen showing a model walking down a runway.

Installation view of Beverly Semmes, FRP Arcade, 2018, Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art. Courtesy the artist, Susan Inglett Gallery, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Debra and Barry Campbell, Judi Roaman and Carla Chammas, and Nancy Lorez and Doug Schwalbe. Photo: Bryan Conley.

Step-and-Repeat. Pose with a handbag sculpture against a publicity backdrop for a portrait styled by CarWash Collective (Beverly Semmes’s collaboration with fashion designer Jennifer Minniti) and featuring Latika Ann.

Book signing. The catalogue publication Dispatch documents the exhibition and contains artist Leslie Hewitt’s contribution to the International.

Friday, March 22

Spotlights. Drop in at any point throughout the day for short in-gallery talks by curators from across Carnegie Museums who will share insights, interpretations, and appreciations.

Saturday, March 23

10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Symposium. Attend presentations by University of Pittsburgh students on the Carnegie International and a keynote conversation by curator Ingrid Schaffner and janera solomon, executive director, Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

2–4 p.m.
Creative Drawing Session. Design a handmade album cover with Josiah McElheny, John Corbett, and Jim Dempsey, following a tour of their installation Dusty Groove II: Space Is a Diamond.

Gallery view of two album covers and a glass trumpet.

Installation view of Josiah McElheny, with John Corbett and Jim Dempsey, Dusty Groove II: Space Is a Diamond, 2018, Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art. Photo: Bryan Conley.

6–8 p.m.
FEAST. Eat pierogi and other Pittsburgh fare, washed down with local brews.

8 p.m.
Sound Series: A Night of Deep Listening is a musical synthesis of the installation Dusty Groove II: Space Is a Diamond that brings together three giants of contemporary music Joe McPhee, Claire Chase, and Peter Evans. Co-presented with The Andy Warhol Museum.

Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m. & Monday, March 25, 11 a.m.
Last chances to see Tacita Dean’s film Event for a Stage in Carnegie Music Hall.

Monday, March 25
Final day of the exhibition.

Ongoing Carnegie International Programs

Check the website for artist talks, creative drawing sessions, film screenings, and a steady beat of in-gallery activations. Musicians continue their interpretations of From Smoke and Tangled Waters We Carried Fire Home, Postcommodity’s monumental installation of glass, steel, and coal. Painters keep producing Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin’s Fruit and Other Things. Under a canopy of kites painted by Joan Jonas, Vietnamese coffee is served daily in Art Labor’s hammock café. Tavares Strachan delivers the final artist talk in the lecture series co-hosted with Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art, March 26, 6:30 p.m.

To learn more about this Carnegie International, please see our past press announcements.

Gallery view of hammocks underneath a ceiling filled with colorful painted kites.

Installation view of Art Labor and Joan Jonas, Art Labor Hammock Café, 2016–present, and Drawn on the Wind, 2018, Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Bryan Conley.


Support

Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 is presented by Bank of America. Major support 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, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of 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. 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.


Our Mission

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

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The Carnegie International Opens with Crowds and Revelry

Contact

Emily Willson
Carnegie Museum of Art
willsone@cmoa.org
412.622.3328

Jen Joy
Sutton
jen@suttonpr.com
212.202.3402

Carnegie Prize awarded to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Fine Prize awarded to Postcommodity

The opening weekend of the Carnegie International buzzed with enthusiastic crowds, inventive programming, and the much-anticipated awarding of prizes.

Carnegie International: October 13, 2018–March 25, 2019
Presented by Bank of America

Pittsburgh, PA (October 15, 2018) After three years of preparation, Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 opened on Saturday with great fanfare, presenting a lavish array of artist projects and programs to the public. The day began with coffee service by Art Labor in their immersive Hammock Café, followed by a Karen Kilimnik Programme featuring a collage of ballet scenes and a video pastiche of the artist’s favorite musical moments from World War I and II films. Both days featured performances by the jazz musician Dr. Aaron Johnson, interpreting Postcommodity’s monumental installation in the Hall of Sculpture, and screenings of Tacita Dean’s seamlessly edited 16mm film of actor Stephen Dillane’s Event for a Stage (screening every Monday). A Tam O’Shanter Drawing Session with painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye on stage with flamenco dancers and musicians gave around 150 participants the opportunity to make their own work in the museum’s opulent Music Hall.

On Friday, October 12, at the glittering Fête, two awardees received the prestigious Carnegie Prize and Fine Prize, which recognize exceptional artists whose work is exhibited in the International.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Received the Carnegie Prize

Yiadom-Boakye (b. 1977, London, UK, lives London, UK), who paints the figure to create timeless modern characters on canvas, created a new installation of fictitious portraits for this edition of the International.

The Carnegie Prize includes a $10,000 award and the Medal of Honor, designed by Tiffany & Co., cast by J. E. Caldwell & Co., and first issued to Winslow Homer at the 1896 International.

Postcommodity Received the Fine Prize

Postcommodity (formed 2007, lives Albuquerque, NM, Santa Fe, NM, Phoenix, AZ, USA) transformed the grand Hall of Sculpture with materials of Pittsburgh’s industrial past—glass, coal, and steel—and with performances by local musicians who will interpret the monumental floor installation as a graphic score.

The $10,000 award is part of a $5 million gift made by The Fine Foundation in support of the International since 2008.

The winners of the Carnegie and Fine prizes at the 2013 Carnegie International were New York–based painter Nicole Eisenman and South African photographer Zanele Muholi, respectively.

Members of the 2018 Jury of Award included three International colleagues who shared in curator Ingrid Schaffner’s travel and research: Carin Kuoni, director of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School, New York; Ruba Katrib, curator at MoMA PS1, New York; and Magalí Arriola, an independent curator based in Mexico City. They were joined by the museum’s own Ellen Kessler, board chair; Douglas (Woody) Ostrow, board member; Catherine Evans, The Henry J. Heinz II Acting Co-Director; and Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

All told, nearly 6,000 visitors attended the opening weekend.

“CMOA is thrilled to host so many guests from Pittsburgh and around the world for the opening of our flagship exhibition of contemporary art,” said Catherine Evans and Sarah Minnaert, The Henry J. Heinz II Acting Co-Directors at CMOA. “Curator Ingrid Schaffner’s visionary work is an enormous accomplishment, as is that of our dedicated staff. Together, they have brought this Carnegie International into stunning fruition.”

“We’re proud to deepen our commitment to the arts in Pittsburgh by being the presenting sponsor of the 57th edition of Carnegie International,” said Terry Laughlin, Vice Chairman and Head of Global Wealth Investment Management, Bank of America. “At Bank of America, our support of the arts reflects our belief that the arts matter: they are a powerful tool that can provide pathways to greater cultural understanding that can help economies thrive, help individuals connect with each other and across cultures, and educate and enrich societies.”

“This International has some real standouts… It makes me feel very, very excited. I am a Pittsburgh native and it gives me pride that such great artists are showing here at this institution,” said Phyllis Lally Seevers of New York City, a visitor to the exhibition.

The Carnegie International will be open through March 25, 2019. For schedules of daily activities and special programs (film screenings, drawing sessions, artist lectures, docent tours, and more), please visit cmoa.org. We look forward to seeing you at the museum!

Support

Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 is presented by Bank of America. Major support 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, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of 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 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. To learn more, please call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

The Carnegie International: Notes from the Curator

As the artists and installation crew ready the Carnegie International for its October 13 opening, curator Ingrid Schaffner shares some of the ideas that informed the making of the exhibition.

Contact

Emily Willson
Carnegie Museum of Art
willsone@cmoa.org
412.622.3328

Jen Joy
Sutton
jen@suttonpr.com
212.202.3402

Curator stands in gallery beside ceramic glazed tiled artwork

Curator Ingrid Schaffner stands in front of Sarah Crowner’s Wall (Wavy Arrow Terracotta), 2018. Photo: Bryan Conley.

Pittsburgh, PA (October 3, 2018) Since she began her research in May 2015, curator Ingrid Schaffner has traveled to 23 countries on 5 continents, visiting with artists and absorbing the currents and concerns of contemporary art in all its richness and variety. It has taken more than three years to shape those encounters into the rigorously crafted whole that opens on Saturday, October 13. Now Schaffner invites the public to explore the exhibition and interpret the art.

The 57th edition of the Carnegie International offers visitors an abundance of encounters with the work of artists and collectives from around the world. The exhibition explores what “international” means at a moment when questions of nations, nationalism, boundaries, and border crossings are becoming ever more urgent. At the same time, the exhibition is very much of its specific place and time: Pittsburgh, 2018; local visitors will recognize the art of familiar, Pittsburgh-based artists. Bridging shifting terrains and forging surprising linkages, the exhibition invites visitors to make their own connections in the presence of art and other people.

Schaffner offers four interpretative themes to guide these explorations:

  • Children respond to art with immediacy and directness—with curiosity, delight, and sometimes boredom.
  • Politics connects art to the world at large.
  • Beauty delivers on art’s promise—albeit sometimes in forms that appear downright ugly.
  • Sound signifies art as lived experience.

The Carnegie International offers visitors an opportunity to imagine what the future might be. Schaffner invites visitors to open themselves to ideas and feelings the exhibition may spark; “I hope people will use all their senses, make their own meaning, and revel in the creative work of interpretation the exhibition invites.”

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, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of 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. 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 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. To learn more, please call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.