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Carnegie Museum of Art to Reopen and Welcome Visitors on June 29

Carnegie Museum of Art to Reopen and Welcome Visitors on June 29

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

Pittsburgh, PA—Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) has announced it will reopen to the public on June 29, 2020, after a period of closure that began March 14 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum is reopening with CDC recommended safety protocols and timed ticketing in place, along with a new 2020 exhibition calendar, to warmly welcome visitors, staff, and volunteers. The museum invites Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members a couple days early, starting on June 26.

“I am elated to reopen our doors and welcome the entire community into our museum,” says Eric Crosby, the Henry J. Heinz II Director. “Since we temporarily closed, our team has been working diligently to create an environment that is safe and welcoming for our visitors, staff, and volunteers. We want each person visiting the art museum to feel comfortable and confident that they will have a positive and meaningful experience as they connect with their favorite artworks and CMOA friends.”

Health & Safety
To protect visitors, staff, and volunteers, the museum has updated its health and safety procedures. It will be limiting admissions to 25% of building capacity through required timed ticketing for all visitors; clearly marking foot-traffic patterns in high-traffic areas; enhancing cleaning protocols; modifying interactive areas; providing additional hand sanitizer stations; and installing plexiglass shields at visitor services desks. Visitors, staff, and volunteers over the age of two will be required to wear masks and encouraged to practice safe social distancing by keeping six feet apart (visitors may stay close to their own group but should stay six feet away from other groups and individuals). The museum is also designating special hours for those visitors who are at a higher risk for severe illness due to age (65+) or a medical condition on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m.–noon.

Discounts—including college student, Access card, and active military—will be available for visitors on a walk-up basis; eligible visitors are asked not to purchase a timed ticket but to request a discount from a Visitor Services staff member upon arrival at the museum.

At the Museum
While at CMOA, visitors can enjoy two on-site exhibitions that have been extended, in addition to the museum’s vast permanent collection and In Sharp Focus: Charles “Teenie” Harris. The first exhibition, Counterpressures, which will extend through January 3, 2021, features ten Pittsburgh-area artists who examine the fraught relationship between humans and the environment. The second exhibition, An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain, the largest career-spanning survey of Vietnamese American photographer An-My Lê, will extend through January 18, 2021; earlier this year, this exhibition was described by acclaimed art critic Nancy Princenthal as “revelatory” in The New York Times.

Online
While CMOA is opening its doors, it will continue providing robust, inspiring online content and interactive programming for everyone who enjoys experiencing CMOA from home. Every three months, CMOA will continue sharing artworks as part of its new online exhibition series, which kicked off May 20 with Rachel Rose: Lake Valley. Every week, the museum will offer virtual programs and events, and every day, art-related content will be shared via the museum’s websiteemail, and InstagramTwitter, and Facebook feeds.

Upcoming Exhibitions
Trevor Paglen: Opposite Geometries
Various Galleries
September 4, 2020–March 14, 2021

The third iteration of the Hillman Photography Initiative (HPI), a CMOA project committed to exploring new ideas about photography, launches this year. The initiative will present an exhibition of work by artist Trevor Paglen, a publication, and an interdisciplinary podcast.

With the development and advancement of artificial intelligence (AI), there has been a radical change in the way that surveillance systems capture, categorize, and synthesize photographs. Mirror with a Memory explores the many ways artists probe the intersections of photography, surveillance, and AI—their past, present, and future—to underscore concerns about implicit bias, right to privacy, and police monitoring embedded in corporate, military, and law enforcement applications.

The exhibition will include a new site-specific commission as well as a sculpture that doubles as a WiFi hotspot and photographs that reveal how AI analyzes and labels photographs of people and places. These works will be placed in three areas within the museum, inviting visitors to encounter Paglen’s insightful perspective in different contexts.

Trevor Paglen: Opposite Geometries is organized by Dan Leers, curator of photography, with Taylor Fisch, project curatorial assistant.

Locally Sourced
Charity Randall Gallery
November 20, 2020–March 27, 2022

Pittsburgh has a long tradition of artisans and industry. Today it is home to a growing cohort of independent designers and makers working in traditional media such as clay, glass, metal, fiber, wood, and paper, and with emergent materials and technologies. Locally Sourced: Contemporary Pittsburgh Products highlights new work by some of the region’s most talented artists and makers of functional goods and furnishings.

These are the producers who are creating opportunities—developing their craft into a business. These are the innovators who are reinventing traditional handwork processes and manufacturing technologies to transform raw and reclaimed materials into products that have utility, durability, and good design. These are the locally sourced.

Locally Sourced is organized by Alyssa Velazquez, curatorial assistant for Decorative Arts & Design.

Eric Crosby Named Director of Carnegie Museum of Art

Eric Crosby Named Director of Carnegie Museum of Art

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

Pittsburgh, PA—Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh announced today that Eric Crosby has been appointed The Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art. Previously the Richard Armstrong Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Crosby became the museum’s acting director in January 2019. He will assume his role as director starting March 1.

“Eric has a deep commitment to the mission of Carnegie Museums and a clear understanding of what it will take to build on the distinctive strengths of Carnegie Museum of Art,” said Steven Knapp, president and CEO of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. “He was widely recognized as a creative and insightful curator before becoming acting director, and over the past year he has proven his ability to lead the museum’s talented staff as they lay the groundwork for the museum’s future. I look forward to supporting his efforts and benefiting from his advice in the months and years to come.”

Since joining the museum in 2015, Crosby has organized a number of significant exhibitions, including 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art, a collaborative group exhibition that considered the state of American identity and politics through the lenses of two major museum collections in dialogue. Crosby has also managed the museum’s Forum series, which presents the work of emerging and established artists, most recently Ruth Root, Ian Cheng, Michael Williams, and Alison Knowles.

Prior to the opening of the 2018 Carnegie International, Crosby oversaw a complete transformation of the museum’s postwar and contemporary galleries. Crossroads: 1945 to Now mines the depth and diversity of the collection by illuminating the critical role of the artist in everyday life. His curatorial work has left an indelible mark on the museum’s collection through a series of celebrated acquisitions, such as Kerry James Marshall’s Untitled (Gallery) (2016), Joan Brown’s The Room, Part 1 (1975), and major works from the 2018 Carnegie International, including works by the British painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, the interdisciplinary collective Postcommodity, and Pittsburgh sculptor Thaddeus Mosley. In his role as acting director since early 2019, Crosby has been instrumental in reimagining the museum’s artistic program, in particular as the museum prepares for the next iteration of the Carnegie International, which will launch in 2022.

“I am deeply honored to take on the permanent role of director at Carnegie Museum of Art,” said Crosby. “For nearly 125 years, the museum has presented significant artworks from across the globe and inspired visitors through its exhibitions and collections as well as through the Carnegie International, the oldest and most prestigious survey of contemporary art in the United States. In this new chapter, I will continue to champion curatorial projects and educational initiatives that provoke critical conversations about our world and respond to the key social issues of our time, driving forward our team’s desire to redefine the role of art museums in the 21st century.”

“Eric has such passion for the museum, the city of Pittsburgh, and the greater arts community,” said Ellen Kessler, a Carnegie Museums life trustee and chair of the Carnegie Museum of Art Advisory Board. “He has proven to be an inspiring and engaging leader, and our advisory board is excited to continue working with and supporting Eric and his team as they lead the museum forward.”

Prior to joining Carnegie Museum of Art in 2015, Crosby was associate curator of visual arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and an MA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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.

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.

Carnegie Museum of Art Hires New Department Heads in Advance of 125th Anniversary and 58th Carnegie International

Carnegie Museum of Art Appoints Four New Department Heads in Advance of 125th Anniversary and 58th Carnegie International

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

Pittsburgh, PA—Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces four new additions to the museum’s senior leadership team: Chris Fry as Director of Finance, Stefanie Mohr as Director of Marketing & Engagement, Clarissa Morales as Director of Collections & Exhibitions Management, and Jason Segreti as Director of Visitor Services. These four appointments underscore a pivotal time for the museum, as it prepares to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh later this year and produce the next iteration of the Carnegie International, the oldest exhibition of international contemporary art in North America, in 2022.

“It’s an exciting time to have Chris, Stefanie, Clarissa, and Jason join our senior leadership team at the museum,” explains Eric Crosby, The Henry J. Heinz II Acting Director and Richard Armstrong Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. “They are accomplished professionals in their respective areas of expertise and trusted, strategic leaders. As we look to the future of the museum, including the milestone moments we have ahead of us, their diverse experience and their passion for our mission will be instrumental. I’m thrilled to welcome them to the staff.”

A man wearing a blue suit and glasss smiles with crossed arms

Director of Finance Chris Fry. Photo: Bryan Conley


Director of Finance Chris Fry most recently served as the Senior Financial Analyst at Management Science Associates and has over 15 years of financial planning and budgeting experience in a variety of industries. Fry also serves as treasurer of the board of directors for Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media. As Director of Finance for CMOA, he is responsible for fiscal management of the museum and serves as a critical link between the museum and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh financial team. Fry holds a bachelor of arts in business management from Asbury University in Kentucky.

A woman with shoulder-length hair and pink lipstick smiles

Director of Marketing & Engagement Stefanie Mohr. Photo: Bryan Conley


Director of Marketing & Engagement Stefanie Mohr most recently served as Assistant Vice President, Head of Corporate Communications for the Consumer Products Division at L’Oréal in New York City. Prior to her work at L’Oréal, Mohr worked for Glamour Magazine, Target, and The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. in a variety of brand and corporate marketing and communications roles. As Director of Marketing & Engagement, Mohr plays a central role in managing the museum’s audience outreach efforts, including public relations, social media, advertising, and community engagement opportunities. Mohr, who grew up in Pittsburgh, holds an MBA from Fordham University as well as a BA in business and a BM in Music Theatre from Baldwin-Wallace University.

A woman wearing a suit jacket and red lipstick smiles in front of a colorful artwork

Director of Exhibitions and Collections Management Clarissa Morales


Director of Collections & Exhibitions Management Clarissa Morales joins the museum from the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University in California where she served as Director of Collections, Conservation, & Exhibitions. Prior to her time at the Cantor, Morales served as Exhibition Project Manager at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art where she was instrumental in managing the reinstallation of the museum’s new facility in 2016. She also brings prior experience from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art to her role at Carnegie Museum of Art. She holds a BA in philosophy with a minor in art history from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

A man wearing a dark blue suit and a beard smiles with his arms crossed

Director of Visitor Services Jason Segreti. Photo: Bryan Conley


Director of Visitor Services Jason Segreti has worked within the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh organization for more than 15 years. He most recently served as Manager of Museum Services and has also held roles on the security team, where he was responsible for training, overseeing, and scheduling security officers in the Oakland building and served as a first responder to medical emergencies. Segreti is a Pittsburgh native and holds a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.


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.

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. The museum champions 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.

Carnegie Museum Of Art Announces New Fellowship To Advance Diversity In The Curatorial Profession

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

Pittsburgh, PA—Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) is honored to announce the creation of the Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship, a full-time, two-year position for recent college graduates from historically underrepresented backgrounds in the art museum field. Slated to begin in 2020, the fellowship is designed to expand access and build experience for early-career curators while also addressing a field-wide need for greater staff diversity in museums today.

The Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship is made possible by generous funding from the Arts, Equity, & Education Fund, a Pittsburgh-based private family foundation. It is named in honor of CMOA’s late curatorial assistant in decorative arts and design who passed away earlier this year. Powell was a valued and tenacious colleague who advocated for historically marginalized artists in her research.

A young man sits on the floor of a gallery, speaking with a group of people.

Photo: Bryan Conley

“We are indebted to the Arts, Equity, & Education Fund for their partnership in creating this critical opportunity for new voices in the curatorial field,” said Eric Crosby, CMOA’s Henry J. Heinz II Acting Director and Richard Armstrong Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. “A commitment to bringing new voices to the table is essential for museums to thrive in the 21st century.”

“Carnegie Museum of Art’s commitment to deeper community engagement and expanding opportunities aligns closely with AE&E’s mission. The Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship will expand the museum’s endeavors to connect people to art, ideas, and one another. This is an exciting opportunity and we are pleased to be partners with the museum,” said Chris and Dawn Fleischner, founders of the Arts, Equity, & Education Fund. Chris Fleischner is also a member of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Advisory Board.

For the two-year fellowship period, the Fellow will gain immersive professional experience in CMOA’s team-oriented curatorial division, working collaboratively across disciplines at the museum and contributing to collection research, interpretive writing, and exhibition development.

“The Fellow’s contributions will be vital to CMOA’s artistic program,” explained Catherine Evans, Director of Strategic Initiatives. “The fellowship is intended to be flexible to align with the Fellow’s interests and to build expertise through research. The Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship represents our shared commitment to increasing access to curatorial fields, starting with young people who are embarking upon their careers.”

A job description will be posted widely this summer and CMOA will select a final candidate in the fall.


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.

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.

Performers At Play: New Initiative At Carnegie Museum Of Art Features Slowdanger, City Of Play

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

Pittsburgh, PA—This summer, two local groups will energize Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) through a series of workshops and performances organized around the theme of the senses. The first program of its kind. Performers at Play invites guests to engage more deeply with art, other visitors, and the building itself through innovative, interactive experiences.

The performers are slowdanger, a multidisciplinary sound and movement entity, and City of Play, an experimental carnival that produces community games and experiences. Responding to Access+Ability, an exhibition that showcases the latest breakthroughs in accessibility design, these groups will create new avenues for sensory engagement.

Two people dance in a gallery, one with head bowed and arms wrapped around the other, whose arm is outstretched.

Multidisciplinary performance duo slowdanger. Photo: Audrey Gatewood.

“Within the walls and many corridors of the museum, we will be extending our investigations into the senses,” say slowdanger Co-Artistic Directors taylor knight and anna thompson. “We’ll examine how museum-goers’ engagement can be deepended through physical performance, sound, and interactive experiences.”

The project launches June 8 with an introductory movement workshop for adults led by slowdanger, aided by an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. Visitors are invited to explore connections to body, sound, and their environment. City of Play takes up residence in the collection galleries on multiple days in June for a series of Intimacy Games—social games that encourage sensory awareness and encourage interaction among participants.

Through the rest of the summer, both groups will continue their exploration of the senses through a variety of workshops and events, culminating in a collaborative performance at the September 19 Third Thursday event. City of Play and slowdanger have worked together twice before at Third Thursday, crafting inventive and often large-scale productions within the museum’s galleries.

A man wearing a hat and overalls stands underneath a large tree.

Greg Manley, Director of City of Play. Photo: Christine Whispell.

“We are amazed by this new opportunity to collaborate to create more interactivity,” says Greg Manley, Director of City of Play. “The museum, with its vast collection, can become a playground for the public spirit.”

In an extension of this pioneering initiative, CMOA will premiere a performance object titled Resonant Body, which translates a dancer’s motion into physical sensations felt by the audience. The object is designed by Robert Zacharias in collaboration with slowdanger. Resonant Body will have open hours in the museum from August through mid-September and will also feature in the September Third Thursday performance.

“Inviting slowdanger and City of Play speaks directly to our mission of connecting people to art, ideas, and each other,” says Laura McDermit, Manager of Social Experiences. “We’re excited to explore the boundaries of interactivity with everyone who visits.”


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.

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.