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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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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART LAUNCHES DATE WITH A DOCENT ON THURSDAY EVENINGS

New program offers one-to-one and small group personalized tours beginning May 6; museum to offer free admission on Thursdays from 3 p.m.—8 p.m. in May

A family looking at a painting in the carnegie museum of art during family day

WHAT: Starting May 6, Carnegie Museum of Art visitors can experience the museum’s vast art collection and distinct architecture in a whole new way by booking a Date with a Docent on Thursday evenings. Led by one of the museum’s esteemed docents, these physically distant, one-to-one and small group personalized mini tours offer visitors an in-depth look at a specific area of the museum’s collection, exhibitions, or architecture.

Tours are free with museum admission. In May, museum admission will be free on Thursday evenings from 3 p.m.–8 p.m. Following May, museum admission is 1⁄2 off on Thursday evenings from 3 p.m.–8 p.m.

Visitors must register online for their Date with a Docent via cmoa.org/date-with-a- docent/ no less than 48 hours in advance of when their tour is to take place and can choose one of the following tour themes:

  • Collection Connections: Explore the thematic and formal connections between the museum’s newest artworks featured in the current exhibition New to the
    Collection
    and other artworks throughout the galleries. This experience reveals how the museum’s recent contemporary acquisitions, including works by Mark Bradford, Kerry James Marshall, and Katherine Bernhardt, contribute to long-standing collection strengths in painting, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking while raising questions and generating ideas relevant to our everyday lives.
  • Creative Pittsburgh: The museum celebrates the Pittsburgh region as a hub of skilled artists and makers. Since its inception in 1895, the museum has collected works made in, about, and for Pittsburgh. Take a closer look at how the Steel City has inspired artists across generations.
  • Great Spaces: Carnegie Museum of Art is an artwork in itself! This Date with a Docent explores Andrew Carnegie’s “Palace of Culture,” uncovering secrets of the museum’s historic building while highlighting the architectural history, details, designs, and usage of spaces such as the Grand Staircase, the Hall of Sculpture, and the Hall of Architecture
  • Photography: A picture is worth a thousand words inspires this Date with a Docent! This mini tour considers the impact of documentation and experimentation in capturing the world around us through the ever-evolving medium of photography
  • Impressionism: Are you in love with light and color Captivated by atmospheric effects and fleeting moments? Take a scenic Date with a Docent into the fields of France or have an afternoon conversation by the lily pads. Immerse yourself in the museum’s impressive holdings of Impressionist artwork with a unique tour of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Impressionist collection.

WHEN: Date with a Docent tours will be offered every Thursday evening beginning May 6. These 30-minute tours will run at 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. ET for individuals and small groups.

Visitors can register for tours starting April 29 at: cmoa.org/date-with-a-docent/. Once registered, a museum education team member will respond via email to confirm the visitor’s Date with a Docent date and time and provide additional information.

WHERE: Date with a Docent tours will meet in the museum lobby at the tour start time. Face coverings and social distancing are required, as per the museum’s COVID-19 safety measures.

Carnegie Museum of Art is located at: 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Inquiries can be directed to: 412-622-3131

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Health and Safety
The health and safety of museum visitors and staff is Carnegie Museum of Art’s highest priority. The museum is following CDC recommended safety protocols with updated health and safety procedures. These include limiting admissions to 15% of building capacity through required timed ticketing; requiring face coverings; encouraging safe social distancing of six feet or more between groups and individuals; enhanced air-filtration and cleaning protocols; and clearly marking foot-traffic patterns in high-traffic areas. Carnegie Museum of Art is also designating special hours for those visitors who are high-risk due to age (65+) or a medical condition on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m.–12 noon.

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.

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** CARNEGIE MUSEUMS OF ART AND NATURAL HISTORY ANNOUNCE 2021 SUMMER CAMPS

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

CARNEGIE MUSEUMS OF ART AND NATURAL HISTORY ANNOUNCE 2021 SUMMER CAMPS

Public registration for in-person summer camps now open

A young girl makes art using popsicle sticks.

WHAT:
Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are thrilled to announce the return of summer camps for the 2021 season! Where else can kids mask up and wander among real dinosaurs, be encouraged to make a mess, paint with artists, or conduct their own scientific experiments? From throwing a clay pot to identifying specimens from the natural world, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History offer a range of in-person activities for creative kids and nature lovers alike in a safe environment. More information about specific camp themes and dates is available at camps.artandnaturalhistory.org.

The health and safety of campers, staff, and visitors is Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History’s highest priority. The museums are taking a variety of health and safety measures, including mandatory mask wearing and social distancing. Please review our Frequently Asked Questions and COVID-19 safety measures for more information.

WHEN:
Camps run June 7 through August 20, 2021, Monday-Friday. Morning sign-in runs from 8:45-9:15 am ET and afternoon sign-out is at 3:00 pm ET.

Full-day camps are available for campers ages 6–13 at both museums, and campers who are high school students can find camps at Carnegie Museum of Art.

Scholarship applications are available. Families who meet specific income requirements can qualify for a reduced price, making full-day camps $50/week. To learn more about scholarship applications, visit our scholarship page.

WHERE:
Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History camps (ages 6-18) are located at: 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; 412-622-3131

Powdermill camp (ages 6-12) is located at Powdermill Nature Reserve: 1795 Route 381, Rector, PA 15677; 724-593-6105

For an additional fee, pre- and post-camp care are available for all enrolled Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History campers.

Registration: camps.artandnaturalhistory.org

WHO:
For registration inquiries, contact: programregistration@carnegiemuseums.org
For press inquiries, contact: Elle Moody, Sutton; 212-202-3402, Elle@suttoncomms.com

Health and Safety
The health and safety of museum visitors and staff is Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History’s highest priority. The museums are following CDC recommended safety protocols with updated health and safety procedures. This includes limiting admissions to 15% of building capacity through required timed ticketing; requiring face coverings; encouraging safe social distancing of six feet or more between groups and individuals; enhanced air-filtration and cleaning protocols; and clearly marking foot-traffic patterns in high-traffic areas.

Accessibility at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History welcome all visitors. We work to assist visitors with disabilities in obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, and in supporting equal access to our websites, services, programs, and activities. To request special disability accommodations for our programs, please contact 412-622-3288 or programregistration@carnegiemuseums.org. Please contact the museums at least two weeks in advance of visiting or participating in special tours, classes/camps, and other activities. Guests should contact Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s Accessibility Coordinator with concerns regarding accessibility for visitors with disabilities at the museums. Call 412-622-6578 during weekday hours, or email accessibility@carnegiemuseums.org.

Carnegie Museum of Art Presents Rokni Haerizadeh’s Reign of Winter as Next Installment of its Online Exhibition Series

Carnegie Museum of Art Presents Rokni Haerizadeh’s Reign of Winter as Next Installment of its Online Exhibition Series

The film debuted in the United States at the 56th Carnegie International and is part of the museum’s permanent collection

A headless bride and groom walk hand in hand as a snow falls.

Rokni Haerizadeh, Reign of Winter (detail of film still), 2012-2013, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Henry L. Hillman Fund, © Rokni Haerizadeh. By permission.

Pittsburgh, PA. February 17, 2021 – Today, Carnegie Museum of Art presents Reign of Winter (2012- 2013), an animated video work by Iranian artist Rokni Haerizadeh, as the next installment of its online exhibition series. Haerizadeh’s film is accessible to audiences worldwide now through May 16, 2021 on cmoa.org.

The seven-minute silent video Reign of Winter uses rotoscope animation to transform thousands of still images taken from the televised 2011 British royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton into a fantastical moving dreamscape. Haerizadeh hand-painted footage of the nuptials frame-by-frame, altering one of the most highly televised events in recent history through surreal backdrops, textural detailing, and anthropomorphizing the wedding party into wild creatures.

“In this moment marked by the pandemic, intersecting social justice movements, and distrust of mainstream media, Reign of Winter reframes our understanding of power and celebrity, and how the press creates and perpetuates narratives related to both,” says Kiki Teshome, Carnegie Museum of Art’s Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellow and exhibition curator. “Through the tedious rotoscope process, Haerizadeh creates a surrealist world that is simultaneously whimsical and critical of our societal structures at large.”

Through rotoscope animation, Haerizadeh’s works create an entirely new medium, which he calls moving paintings. “Traditional paintings are often seen as static objects, separate from the process and time spent creating them,” Haerizadeh notes. “To me, it is important to make the underlying element of time visible, almost as if the painting is unfolding before the viewer.”

Reign of Winter debuted in the United States at the 56th Carnegie International in 2013. This presentation also doubled as Haerizadeh’s first exhibition in the United States. Along with a collection of works on paper by the artist, Carnegie Museum of Art acquired Reign of Winter for its film and video collection following the conclusion of the International.

The presentation of Reign of Winter will be accompanied by a variety of online events and programs including Reign of Winter watch parties on March 25 from 7–8 p.m., April 22 from 12:00-1:00 p.m., and May 18 from 7–8 p.m. followed by group conversation and artmaking led by Teshome. Unless otherwise noted, Carnegie Museum of Art events are pay what you wish with registration and all times are Eastern. More details can be found on cmoa.org.

Rokni Haerizadeh: Reign of Winter is organized by Kiki Teshome, Carnegie Museum of Art’s Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellow. The exhibition is on view and accessible to all, free of charge, on cmoa.org.

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 new channel for local and global audiences alike to experience time-based works previously only accessible in-person. With this initiative, Carnegie Museum of Art is revolutionizing how visitors can engage with its significant holdings at a time when many cultural institutions are 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
Generous support from Carnegie Museum of Art Premier Partners: Highmark, NOVA Chemicals, and Waldron Wealth.

Health and Safety
The health and safety of museum visitors and staff is Carnegie Museum of Art’s highest priority. The museum is following CDC recommended safety protocols with updated health and safety procedures. These include limiting admissions to 15% of building capacity through required timed ticketing; requiring face coverings; encouraging safe social distancing of six feet or more between groups and individuals; enhanced air-filtration and cleaning protocols; and clearly marking foot-traffic patterns in high-traffic areas. Carnegie Museum of Art is also designating special hours for those visitors who are high-risk due to age (65+) or a medical condition on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m.–12 noon.

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.

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

Three New Senior Leadership Hires Join Carnegie Museum of Art, Including Deputy Director

Three New Senior Leadership Hires Join Carnegie Museum of Art, Including Deputy Director

Pittsburgh, PA—Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announced today three new senior leadership hires. The museum named Ronald Lee Newman as Deputy Director; Dana Bishop-Root as Director of Education and Public Programs; and Aryn Beitz in the role of Director of Design and Publishing.

“I am delighted to welcome Ronald, Dana, and Aryn to our senior leadership team,” said Eric Crosby, the museum’s Henry J. Heinz II Director. “Since I began as Director in March 2020, I have been committed to building a collaborative and inclusive senior leadership team that reflects exemplary experience and diverse backgrounds and points of view. As Carnegie Museum of Art embarks on its next chapter of change and growth, I am confident that Ronald, Dana, and Aryn, along with our colleagues across the entire museum team, will discover innovative ways to realize our mission and serve our audiences through new programs, practices, and partnerships.”

As CMOA’s new Deputy Director, Ronald Lee Newman will maintain the museum’s day-to-day business operations to advance its strategic goals. He will partner closely with museum leadership on organizational initiatives, strategic planning, and policy decisions, and contribute leadership for institutional partnerships by guiding the implementation of programs that broaden the museum’s reach, increase its audience, and advance its reputation. Newman comes to CMOA from the August Wilson Society in Washington, D.C., where he served as a board member and interim Communications Director. Beforehand, he spent time in Pittsburgh as the Managing Director of the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. Newman managed the Center’s daily operations, advanced institutional relationships, and oversaw facilities, production management, patron services, and the development of organizational structure procedures. Prior to this role, Newman worked at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. for over a decade as Director of Operations and Collaborative Programming. During his tenure, he oversaw operations of the school. He also managed audience and patron services, safety and security, licensing and events, and contracted production and operations staff. Notably, he served as the Project Director for the modernization and expansion of the Duke Ellington School; is the founder and former Chair of the school’s Technical Design and Production Department; and a founding member of the school’s Alumni Association.

Dana Bishop-Root will serve as CMOA’s new Director of Education and Public Programs, in which she will expand the museum’s capacity as a public resource for the region. Through cross disciplinary partnerships, she will lead efforts to create, implement, and evaluate a wide range of innovative educational programs, activities, and artist projects that connect a multiplicity of visitors to art, ideas, and one another. Bishop-Root will also be integral to advancing CMOA’s commitment to expand diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion both internally and externally. She joins CMOA from the Braddock Carnegie Library Association (BCLA), where she most recently served as Associate Director. During her tenure, Bishop-Root’s leadership spanned efforts across arts education, community engagement, and strategic planning and partnerships. Prior to BCLA, Bishop-Root spent time in New York City as Program Manager for Publicolor, where she developed and implemented creative learning job training curriculum for middle and high school youth. Throughout her career, Bishop-Root has served and continues to serve as an organizational facilitator with a focus on social justice. She also collaboratively teaches Carnegie Mellon University’s M.F.A Contextual Practice Seminar and leads a series of dialogical public programs at the Miller ICA. Bishop-Root is a founding member of the Pittsburgh-based artist collectives Transformazium and General Sisters. Through place-based artistic practices, each collaboration grows and creates alongside local systems of communication, exchange, and resource
distribution. Transformazium participated in the 2013 Carnegie International through the Art Lending Collection at Braddock Carnegie Library.

In the new role of Director of Design and Publishing, Aryn Beitz will lead the reimagining of CMOA’s visual identity and oversee the museum’s publication initiatives, as well as the design and implementation of the Carnegie International. Additionally, she will continue to develop CMOA’s in-house design and editorial department, expanding the role of graphic design in the delivery of the museum’s artistic program. Beitz most recently held the post of Designer for The Shed in New York City, where she supported the organization’s interdisciplinary programming, while also assisting with the development and implementation of The Shed’s visual identity. Prior to The Shed, Beitz worked as an in-house designer at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, collaborating across all departments to conceptualize, develop, and design materials across various platforms. She spearheaded visual identity for the exhibition Siah Armajani: Follow This Line, including the accompanying show catalogue and associated graphics. While working as a Digital Content Producer at the global architecture firm Gensler, Beitz shaped strategy and policy around digital platforms; developed digital experiences; and researched, wrote, and edited for the firm’s publication. Beitz has also worked as a contributing writer for various design publications and online journals.

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.

Health and Safety
The health and safety of museum visitors and staff is CMOA’s upmost priority. CMOA is following CDC recommended safety protocols with updated health and safety procedures. This includes limiting admissions to 10% of building capacity through required timed ticketing; requiring face coverings; encouraging safe social distancing of six feet or more between groups and individuals; enhanced air- filtration and cleaning protocols; and clearly marking foot-traffic patterns in high-traffic areas. CMOA is also designating special hours for those visitors who are high-risk due to age (65+) or a medical condition on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m.–12 noon.

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