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Carnegie Museum of Art Presents Diane Severin Nguyen’s Tyrant Star as Third Installment of its Online Exhibition Series

Carnegie Museum of Art Presents Diane Severin Nguyen’s Tyrant Star as Third Installment of its Online Exhibition Series

The museum also announces the acquisition of Tyrant Star for its permanent collection

A reflection of a person looking into a mirror, their face partly obscured by a colorful smear on the glass

Diane Severin Nguyen, Tyrant Star (detail of film still), 2019, Carnegie Museum of Art, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Rich Fund © Diane Severin Nguyen

Pittsburgh, PA—Today, Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) unveils Diane Severin Nguyen’s video work Tyrant Star (2019) as the third installment of its online exhibition series. The museum’s inaugural presentation of Tyrant Star corresponds with the museum’s acquisition of the artwork for its permanent collection. Now through February 14, 2021, audiences can experience Nguyen’s film on cmoa.org.

Tyrant Star is a 16-minute, single-channel video work set in and around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Nguyen (b. 1990, American), created the piece while enrolled in Bard College’s MFA program and the film premiered at the 57th New York Film Festival in 2019.

“Our ever-evolving film and video collection showcases the diversity of artists pushing the boundaries of the medium,” Eric Crosby, the museum’s Henry J. Heinz II Director, says. “We are honored to share this striking new work by emerging artist Diane Severin Nguyen with visitors to cmoa.org. Not only does Nguyen have a keen understanding of the relationship between different sensory experiences, she also brings a unique perspective to the medium as one of the youngest artists represented in the collection.”

Tyrant Star’s unique structure guides viewers through three acts, beginning with intimate views from the edges of the metropolis accompanied by spoken poetry, transitioning to a young woman recording Simon & Garfunkel’s hit song The Sound of Silence, and concluding with footage of children at an orphanage on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. Through the interplay of image and sound, Tyrant Star examines themes of disconnection and communication, which take on amplified meaning in our era of social distancing.

“I wanted to depict the simultaneous realities and timescales of life which can coexist under a single regime, and the impossibility of bridging these gaps through language,” Diane Severin Nguyen says. “The ‘star’ transmutes from symbol, to icon, to flesh; from authoritarian state star, to pop star, to the abjected bodies which suffer the star.”

“In its vivid depiction of everyday moments, Tyrant Star both highlights Nguyen’s background in photography and takes on additional resonance as we watch from home during the pandemic,” exhibition curator Hannah Turpin explains.

A digital extension of the museum’s curatorial program, CMOA’s online exhibition series is dedicated to sharing the museum’s robust film and video collection with audiences worldwide. Diane Severin Nguyen: Tyrant Star follows the presentation of Doug Aitken’s migration (empire) earlier this fall and Rachel Rose’s video work Lake Valley in May 2020.

A series of virtual programs will accompany CMOA’s presentation of Diane Severin Nguyen: Tyrant Star. This will include a conversation between the artist and exhibition curator Hannah Turpin on Wednesday, December 16th at 6:00 pm ET exploring Nguyen’s filmmaking practice and her background in photography. Led by teaching artist Joke Slagle, a trio of DIY family-friendly making activities will take inspiration from Tyrant Star over the course of the exhibition. Following the New Year, teen audiences will have the chance to join a multi-part virtual event with Nguyen. Unless otherwise noted, CMOA events are pay what you wish with registration. More details can be found on cmoa.org.

Diane Severin Nguyen: Tyrant Star is organized by Hannah Turpin, Curatorial Assistant for Modern & Contemporary Art and Photography at CMOA. The exhibition is on view and accessible to all, free of charge, on cmoa.org.

Online Exhibition Series
A first in the museum’s history, this series is dedicated to the museum’s film and video collection. This extension of the museum’s curatorial program into the digital sphere offers a new channel for local and global audiences to experience time-based works previously only accessible in-person. With this initiative, CMOA 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. Additional 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 CMOA’s highest priority. CMOA 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. 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.

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.

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER PODCAST SERIES, MIRROR WITH A MEMORY

***MEDIA ADVISORY***
CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER PODCAST SERIES, MIRROR WITH A MEMORY

Mirror with a Memory is hosted by renowned American artist Martine Syms

mirror with a memory book cover

WHAT:

Today, Carnegie Museum of Art announces the launch of its first-ever podcast, titled Mirror with a Memory, a six-part series hosted by renowned American artist Martine Syms. Mirror with a Memory investigates the intersection of photography, surveillance, and artificial intelligence (AI), expanding upon inquiries raised in the third iteration of CMOA’s Hillman Photography Initiative.

Each episode in the podcast series spotlights a different facet of the conversations surrounding AI and photography from biometrics and racial bias to the ways that we perceive the environment and international borders. The series features leading artists and thinkers in dialogue, including author and professor Simone Browne; filmmaker and scholar Manthia Diawara; artists Zach Blas, Sondra Perry, Lynn Hershman Leeson, American Artist, Stephanie Dinkins, and Stan Douglas; artist and academic Mimi Onuoha; leading AI researcher Kate Crawford; photographer Richard Misrach; technology writer Arthur Holland Michel; and Forensic Architecture founder Eyal Weizman. Unpacking the resounding impact of AI in our daily lives, the podcast also includes excerpts from audiovisual artworks such as Martha Rosler’s Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained (1977) and Sondra Perry’s IT’S IN THE GAME ’17 (2017). Running approximately 40 minutes, Mirror with a Memory podcast episodes are accessible to the public and available on cmoa.org.

The podcast accompanies the exhibition Trevor Paglen: Opposing Geometries, currently on view at Carnegie Museum of Art through March 14, 2021, plus the Mirror with a Memory publication.

LAUNCHING FEBRUARY 1 – EPISODE ONE: BIOMETRICS
Photography has been used as a tool to record our bodies from the creation of the first mugshots in the late 19th century to recent developments in facial recognition technology. In the first episode of Mirror with a Memory, Zach Blas and Manthia Diawara discuss what it means to leave it to machines to verify our identities.

LAUNCHING FEBRUARY 8 – EPISODE TWO: (IN)VISIBILITY
Episode two explores the benefits and disadvantages of going unseen by surveillance technologies. We examine notions of visibility and invisibility in the context of AI imaging systems with Simone Browne, Sondra Perry, and Mimi Onuoha.

LAUNCHING FEBRUARY 15 – EPISODE THREE: EVIDENCE
If we know that it is impossible for a photograph to be objective, then why do we rely so heavily on photography as evidence? Artists Lynn Hershman Leeson and American Artist respond to this question dissecting how AI complicates our relationship to pictures and the notion of visual “proof.”

LAUNCHING FEBRUARY 22 – EPISODE FOUR: STORYTELLING
In Episode four, we talk about the algorithmic potential of storytelling. Artists Stephanie Dinkins and Stan Douglas discuss how they use the language of photography, surveillance, and AI to narrate pasts and reimagine futures.

LAUNCHING MARCH 1 – EPISODE FIVE: LAND
What is the environmental impact of AI on our planet, and what colonial impulses does this technology enable? The series’ penultimate episode zooms out with leading AI researcher Kate Crawford, technology writer Arthur Holland Michel, and photographer Richard Misrach to look at how cameras are used to divide, extract, survey, and monitor landscapes.

LAUNCHING MARCH 8 – EPISODE SIX: POWER
Do we have the power to refuse mass surveillance? Mirror with a Memory’s final episode turns to Forensic Architecture founder Eyal Weizman, who explains how artists, activists, and researchers can use the tools of photography, surveillance, and AI to hold corporations, governments, and institutions accountable.

WHEN:
Episode one of Mirror with a Memory premieres today, February 1, 2021. Episode two will air on Monday, February 8, 2021.
Episode three will air on Monday, February 15, 2021.
Episode four will air on Monday, February 22, 2021.
Episode five will air on Monday, March 1, 2021. Episode six will air on Monday, March 8, 2021.

WHERE:
Free and streaming on CMOA’s website. Written transcripts accompany each podcast.
Mirror with a Memory is also available on all major streaming services and wherever you
get your podcasts.

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

About the Hillman Photography Initiative
The Hillman Photography Initiative connects Carnegie Museum of Art with audiences to exchange new ideas about photography. By collaborating with individuals in and beyond the museum, the Initiative provides opportunities to experience innovative photography onsite and online.

Support
Generous support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William T. Hillman and the Henry L. Hillman Foundations. 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.

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 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. 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.

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.

Accessibility at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
The museum welcomes 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. Please note that requests for accommodations at our museums should be made at least two weeks prior to your visit. For specific questions about wheelchairs, strollers, or other programmatic or equipment needs, or specific questions or concerns regarding accessibility for visitors with disabilities at the museums, talk with Visitor Services staff at the museum admissions desk, email visitor services, or call 412.622.3131.

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** CELEBRATE YOUR HOLIDAYS WITH CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART

***MEDIA ADVISORY***
CELEBRATE YOUR HOLIDAYS WITH CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART

Enjoy seasonal traditions and discover something new

WHAT: Enjoy seasonal traditions and discover something new
Enjoy seasonal traditions and discover something new at Carnegie Museum of Art this holiday. Explore new and beloved exhibitions, engage in live and virtual events, and shop locally for unique gifts at the CMOA Store.
The health and safety of museum visitors and staff is the museum’s highest priority. The museum is taking a variety of health and safety measures including limiting capacity and requiring timed tickets to visit.

The health and safety of museum visitors and staff is the museum’s highest priority. The museum is taking a variety of health and safety measures including limiting capacity and requiring timed tickets to visit.

DISCOVER ART
The presepio
Since 1957, CMOA 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 Italian life. Handmade by artists between 1700 and 1830, the presepio includes more than 100 superbly modeled human, animal, and angelic figures, accessories, and architectural elements. Covering over 250 square feet in the Hall of Architecture, this cherished fixture will be on view from November 27, 2020 through January 4, 2021.

Thanks to DeLallo Foods for their generous support of the Neapolitan presepio.

Locally Sourced
CMOA’s newest exhibition, Locally Sourced, celebrates Steel City’s dynamic design community. Building on Pittsburgh’s long history of industry and artisanship, Locally Sourced highlights over 100 new works by 19 of the region’s most talented and innovative designers of functional goods and furnishings.

Locally Sourced is generously supported by The Charity Randall Foundation and sponsored by Schneider Downs. Additional gratitude to the Creative Business Accelerator at Bridgeway Capital.

ENJOY SEASONAL EVENTS
Story Sunday: Be a Maker by Katey Howes
November 29, 2020, 11 am – 12 pm ET
Cozy up with the whole family for a virtual Story Sunday! Tune in as Locally Sourced curator Alyssa Velazquez reads Be a Maker, written by Katey Howes and illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic, before leading an art activity suitable for all ages. Make and create patterns inspired by Locally Sourced and turn these papers into small gift boxes. All you need is paper, pencil, crayons, and scissors.
Register here. Pay what you wish.

Online Family Drawing Workshop
December 6, 2020, 4 pm – 5 pm
Participate in a drawing workshop with family and friends highlighting the presepio, a holiday exhibition that is full of life with figures moving, interacting, and celebrating. Teaching artist Joke Slagle will lead participants in the exercise of imitating the poses of the presepio figures with their own bodies, and then guide participants in translating that movement into a sketch of the figure. No drawing experience necessary! Please come with paper and a pencil.
Register here. Pay what you wish.

Design in Conversation: Retail Real Talk
December 10, 2020, 6 pm – 7 pm ET
Join us for an evening with owners and managers of Pittsburgh retail locations discussing what it means to be a craft-centric business and the realities of selling local. Speakers for this event include Casey Droege of Small Mall, Lori Braszo of the CMOA Store, Samantha Fisher of PG&H, Trish O’Connell from Contemporary Craft, and Kelly Sanders and Monica Yope of love, Pittsburgh.
Register here. Pay what you wish.

Zoom In to the Details: The Neapolitan presepio
December 13, 2020, 2 pm – 3 pm ET
This Zoom In tour is getting an extra dash of holiday spirit! Join CMOA’s Curator of Decorative Arts and Design Rachel Delphia as she dives into the museum’s exquisite, handcrafted Neapolitan presepio. Find out why the presepio is one of the finest Nativity scenes of its kind and see some of the amazing details that have made this 18th century artwork a Pittsburgh holiday tradition since 1957.
Register here. $0 for Members, $10 for non-Members

Family Day
December 13, 2020, 12 pm – 4 pm ET
Spend an afternoon as a family exploring our wide-open galleries! Pick up an Art Cat bag filled with kid-focused activities and seasonally-themed exclusive takeaways inspired by works of art on view. Live piano music welcomes you into the Scaife galleries on this special day.
Learn more. Included in the price of admission.

Holiday Date Night
December 17, 2020, 5 pm – 8 pm ET
Looking for a holiday adventure for you and someone you love? Mark your calendar for Date Night! Each couple can pick up an art-inspired winter themed bag of activities to share in the galleries, while enjoying lively performances by The Joint Commission, members from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Shana Simmons Dance, and more. Learn more. Admission is 1⁄2 price.

SHOP LOCAL: SUPPORT CMOA AND AREA ARTISTS
Shop locally at the CMOA Store this season, with each purchase supporting the museum’s mission and area artists. Take advantage of special offerings:
Thanksgiving, Nov. 26: CMOA online store will offer 15% off orders of $50 or
more*

• Nov. 27-30: CMOA online store and in-museum store will offer 15% off orders of
$50 or more*

• Members receive a 20% discount at the CMOA online store and in-museum
store in November*
NEW! The CMOA Store’s Locally Sourced Pop Up Shop is featuring products
created by 11 makers from Locally Sourced! Over 55 artisan products, including ceramics, kitchenware, and textiles, are available across many price points. Shop here: CMOA Locally Sourced Pop Up Shop
*excludes sale merchandise and cannot be combined with other offers

WHEN: Now through January 4, 2021
WHERE: CMOA: 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; 412-622-3131
For Timed Tickets: cmoa.org/visit
CMOA Store: 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; 412-622-3216 Admission to the museum is not required to shop at the CMOA Store

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 pm ET on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

WHO: 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 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.

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.

Accessibility at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
The museum welcomes 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. Please note that requests for accommodations at our museums should be made at least two weeks prior to your visit. For specific questions about wheelchairs, strollers, or other programmatic or equipment needs, or specific questions or concerns regarding accessibility for visitors with disabilities at the museums, talk with Visitor Services staff at the museum admissions desk, email visitor services, or call 412.622.3131.

Carnegie Museum of Art Exhibition Locally Sourced Highlights Pittsburgh Designers

Carnegie Museum of Art Exhibition Locally Sourced Highlights Pittsburgh Designers

Opening November 20, the group show celebrates the region’s artists and makers with a robust virtual programming series

Four Vases by Hanna Dausch

Hanna Dausch, Four Vases, 2020.

Pittsburgh, PA—Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announced programming and details for its forthcoming exhibition Locally Sourced, which opens November 20 in the Museum’s Charity Randall Gallery. Locally Sourced highlights new work by some of the Pittsburgh region’s most talented artists and makers of functional goods and furnishings, bringing together tradition and innovation. More than just masters of their craft, these makers are entrepreneurs shaping the business of art and design. Come November, visitors can see Locally Sourced in-person by purchasing timed tickets for CMOA and tune into exhibition programming online at CMOA.org.

Featuring 19 designers and makers working across clay, glass, metal, fiber, wood, paper, and new technologies including 3D printing, Locally Sourced celebrates the diversity of Pittsburgh’s artisan community. The group exhibition presents over 100 objects showcasing the transformation of raw and reclaimed materials into functional, durable, and expertly-designed products for contemporary audiences.

Pittsburgh was forged on industrial manufacturing and has a rich history of craftsmanship. Locally Sourced examines how this legacy continues to evolve in the 21st century with the city’s growing cohort of designers and makers. From the 3D printed ceramic forms by the award-winning studio Building Bytes to the eco-design collaborations of Idia’Dega, many of the participating makers reinvent classical handiwork processes and material uses in creating products that serve the needs of their communities.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a robust virtual programming series. This tri-part series explores the work of contemporary Pittsburgh designers, including the inspirations and processes for creating their local products. Younger audiences can listen to children’s stories before participating in maker-led DIY creative activities in the “Story Sundays” segment, while audiences aged 21+ can learn more about participating Locally Sourced designers’ studio practices while sipping home-made craft cocktails, created via virtual tutorials from local bartenders and mixologists, as a part of “Makers Mixers” events. “Design in Conversation” discussions between CMOA staff and Locally Sourced creators about greater themes tied to craftsmanship and community round out the programming series. All events will be pay as you wish with registration and accessible on CMOA.org.

Locally Sourced is organized by Alyssa Velazquez, curatorial assistant of decorative arts and design, and will be on view from November 20, 2020 through March 27, 2022.

Featured Makers
• Bones and All
• Building Bytes
• Ashley Cecil
• Coded Clay
• Hanna Dausch
• Brian Ferrell Designs
• Savannah Hayes
• Idia’Dega
• KerfCase
• Knotzland
• OATMEAL
• SPACAPAN
• TAKTTIME
• Temper and Grit
• T.O.M.T
• Transit Forge
• TWELVE/TWENTY STUDIO
• Jenna Vanden Brink Ceramics
• Reiko Yamamoto

Programs
Design in Conversation
Listening In
Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Pay what you wish with registration

In collaboration with Justin Rothshank’s Intention Project between 52 states, Locally Sourced’s opening event is a panel discussion on listening. What does it mean to listen as a maker? Do you listen to others as part of your creative practice? Can listening be counterproductive? How has listening changed in a world that prohibits meeting each other face-to-face? Tune into this one-hour conversation with a few of the featured makers in Locally Sourced, including Zak Kruszynski & Kelsey Henson of Bones & All, Jenna Vanden Brink of Jenna Vanden Brink Ceramics, Atiya Jones of TWELVE\TWENTY STUDIOS, Tereneh Idia of Idia’Dega, and Margaret Spacapan of SPACAPAN.

Retail Real Talk
Thursday, December 10, 2020, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Pay what you wish with registration

Join us for an evening with owners and managers from retail locations around Pittsburgh discussing what it means to be a craft-centric business and the realities of selling local. Many of the producers featured in Locally Sourced are carried by local businesses, but how do those relationships form? What goes into a consignment agreement? What are some of the challenges of carrying works by living artists, designers, and craftspeople? Learn more about the commercial shelf life of buying local from some of the region’s premier sellers of handmade. Speakers for this Design in Conversation event include Casey Droegeof Small Mall, Lori Braszo of CMOA Design Store, Samantha Fisher of PG&H, Trish O’Connell from Contemporary Craft, and Kelly Sanders and Monica Yope of love, Pittsburgh.

Where are the Black Makers, Artists, and Designers?
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Pay what you wish with registration
Conclude Black History Month with a discussion on representation in design and the national maker community. This is a dedicated conversation about the visibility of Black craftspeople today, as well as the objects or brands they continue to develop and create. The evening will showcase emerging and established artists’ work and investigate questions of opportunity, representation, and market support for minority designers. This Design in Conversation discussion was developed in partnership with Origins, which celebrates and supports Black artists, makers, designers, and craftspeople working in Pittsburgh.

Maker Mixers
Hanna Dausch
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Pay what you wish with registration

In CMOA’s first Maker Mixers event, artist and woodworker Hanna Dausch and Locally Sourced curator Alyssa Velazquez consider Dausch’s process of “figuring it out as you go” and philosophy that there’s no right or wrong way to create a work. Learn about Dausch’s continued exploration of woodworking techniques and how she became “what they teach you not to be in school” while trying your hand at creating your own maker-inspired cocktails at home, courtesy of easy DIY recipes from local distilleries and bars.

Rodney Allen Trice
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Pay what you wish with registration

New year, new you. Join maker Rodney Allen Trice and Locally Sourced curator Alyssa Velazquez as they discuss Allen’s motto of never limiting yourself to a singular focus or idea. Following a return to Pittsburgh, Trice expanded the scale and ambition of his practice beyond bespoke furniture and lighting. The talk will focus on the importance of exploring new skills and ideas and, in Trice’s words, what happens when you tear down the walls of what you think is possible. In addition to conversation, a local distillery or bar will provide attendees with a cocktail recipe inspired by both Trice’s work and the evening’s discussion that can be easily made at home during or after the event.

Story Sunday
Be a Maker by Katey Howes
Sunday, November 29, 2020, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pay what you wish with registration

Tune into afternoon story time as Locally Sourced curator Alyssa Velazquez reads Be a Maker, written by Katey Howes and illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic, before leading a craft activity for children 12 and under. In exploring the endless creative possibilities of what you can do at home, this story hour is meant to empower future makers by building confidence in their making abilities and highlighting the difference they can create in the world. This reading is made possible with permission of Lerner Publishing Group.

Support
Locally Sourced is generously supported by the Charity Randall Foundation. Additional gratitude to the Creative Business Accelerator at Bridgeway Capital that supports craft businesses, maker enterprises, design-build shops, and entrepreneurial artists in Western Pennsylvania.

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.

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 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. 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.

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.

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces Doug Aitken’s migration (empire) as Next Installment in Its Online Exhibition Series

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces Doug Aitken’s migration (empire) as Next Installment in Its Online Exhibition Series
On view on cmoa.org from August 19–November 15, 2020

On August 19, Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) will launch the second installment of its online exhibition series dedicated to the museum’s film and video collection, which began in May 2020 with Rachel Rose: Lake Valley. This extension of the museum’s curatorial program into the digital sphere offers a new channel for local and global audiences alike to experience time-based works previously only accessible in person.

This next iteration of the exhibition series will feature migration (empire) (2008), a twenty-four-minute video work by multidisciplinary artist Doug Aitken (American, b. 1968). The film was exhibited on the Museum of Art’s façade during Life on Mars: 55th Carnegie International in 2008.

“We were thrilled with audiences’ reactions to and enjoyment of Rachel Rose: Lake Valley, which inaugurated a new platform for our artistic program,” says Eric Crosby, the museum’s Henry J. Heinz II Director. “Our online exhibitions allow us to expand access to our moving image collection and engage audiences in new and meaningful ways, no matter where they reside.”

In a series of vignettes, Aitken’s migration (empire) documents wild North American migratory animals relocated from their natural habitats to vacant motel rooms. Whether it is a beaver swimming in a bathtub or a deer scavenging for food in a mini fridge, the animals engage with the constructed environments according to their feral instincts. These interactions, accompanied by footage of the built-up landscape, further exacerbate the palpable tension between the natural environment and the mythologized idea of America.

“The work was filmed in roadside motel rooms across the United States, including those in and around Pittsburgh, symbolizing human mobility, progress, and westward expansion,” explains exhibition curator Ashley McNelis. “The transitory spaces are interchangeable and do not provide a clear sense of place. The viewer, transported into alien but recognizable surroundings, is subtly asked to reflect upon our own species’ infringement of the natural environment.”

“With migration I wanted to create a window into the modern landscape. I traveled across the country
filming inside different hotel rooms documenting the landscape that we have created. A landscape of
repetition. This landscape is a vast system of arteries, and veins, but what was there before? I wanted to
look at a deeper history, an ecological history, integrating animal species that existed long before the
modern world,” says Douk Aiken

Doug Aitken: migration (empire) is accompanied by free online family-friendly educational activities that explore the themes of the work. On October 6, 7–8 p.m., families are invited to join a CMOA teaching artist for a live online conversation introduced by Ashley McNelis. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a photo essay by Leah Frances for the museum’s award-winning online journal Storyboard.

Doug Aitken: migration (empire) is organized by curatorial assistant Ashley McNelis.

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.