Highlights Include a Survey of Prints by Influential American Artist Jasper Johns and a New Collection Gallery Dedicated to Art and Design from Pittsburgh
Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh, PA—Over the next six months, Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) will present a program of thought-provoking exhibitions that investigate the many facets of human creativity. From 17th-century still life paintings to vibrant, contemporary prints and a new commissioned sculpture, the offerings present visitors with a diverse range of artistic experiences and myriad opportunities for conversation.
“Where does creativity come from?” asks Eric Crosby, Henry J. Heinz II Acting Director and Richard Armstrong Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. “How do our minds and hands give form to something new, unfamiliar, perhaps even strange? What, fundamentally, is the work of the artist? By posing these questions across our many exhibitions, we hope visitors will look closely, encounter new ideas, and unearth answers that are meaningful to them.”
CMOA’s upcoming calendar is anchored by two special exhibitions, each presenting a detailed investigation of a single mode of creative expression. In the Heinz Galleries, An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960–2018, organized by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, surveys the influential American artist’s careerlong fascination with printmaking. In Gallery One, A Delight for the Senses: The Still Life celebrates an often-overlooked genre of painting that for centuries has harnessed the power of close observation to spark creativity.
Elsewhere in the museum, visitors will have a surprising encounter with a meticulously rendered, lifelike sculpture by Los Angeles–based artist Margaret Honda in the Forum Gallery. A selection of iconic photographs by Charles “Teenie” Harris—staff favorites from past exhibitions—will greet visitors in the Lobby Gallery. Finally, in the Scaife Collection Galleries, A Pittsburgh Anthology will explore Pittsburgh’s special place in history as a city of creativity and artistic innovation by featuring a rotating selection of objects from CMOA’s collections.
A Pittsburgh Anthology
Scaife Gallery 17
August 15, 2019–ongoing
A Pittsburgh Anthology celebrates stories of creative life in Pittsburgh as prompted by Carnegie Museum of Art’s collections across time and media. Since its inception in 1895, the museum has collected works by, about, and for Pittsburgh. Each object sheds light on the many ways that artists, whether local or passing through, engage with the city, its people, communities, landscape, and built environment. While some objects reveal the creative impulse to map or document the city, others speak to Pittsburgh’s unique cultural character.
With this project, CMOA will dedicate Scaife Gallery 17 to exploring these stories, relayed by a multitude of voices from inside and outside the museum. Each story will unfold on printed cards displayed near the artworks, which will be free for the taking. For those wishing to create their own anthology, customizable binders will be available for purchase in the museum store.
A Pittsburgh Anthology is organized by Eric Crosby, Henry J. Heinz II Acting Director and Richard Armstrong Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art; Rachel Delphia, The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts & Design; and Hannah Turpin, Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art and Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art.
Iconic: The Photographs of Charles “Teenie” Harris
Ongoing starting this summer
The next exhibition of photographs by Charles “Teenie” Harris will look back at some of the Hill District native’s most iconic images of Pittsburgh. For more than four decades, Harris photographed the city’s African American community for the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation’s most influential black newspapers. Since 2011, Carnegie Museum of Art has been showcasing his indelible work through a series of focused exhibitions spanning a number of themes, topics, and histories—Hair (2013), Civil Rights (2015) and Jazz from the Hill (2018)—to name a few. The museum’s collection of nearly 80,000 Harris images is one of the most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience known today.
This installment celebrates Harris’s work with a selection of staff favorites from past exhibitions. From portraits of Pirates pitching ace Al McBean at Forbes Field and a haunting double exposure of Nina Simone to a pair of Tuskegee Airmen standing at attention and three young boys witnessing the demolition of the Lower Hill, Harris documented cultural moments that were at once hyper-local and nationally resonant. CMOA is currently preparing a gallery in the Scaife Collection Galleries dedicated to the Archive, which will open in early 2020.
The exhibition is organized by Charlene Foggie-Barnett and Dominique Luster, Teenie Harris Archive, Carnegie Museum of Art.
September 20, 2019–January 26, 2020
The 82nd installment of CMOA’s Forum series debuts a new commission by Los Angeles–based artist Margaret Honda (b. 1961, San Diego, California). For this exhibition, Honda has created a singular, enigmatic sculpture. Painstakingly rendered in lifelike detail including internal organs, and measuring nearly five feet long, the work is modeled after a frog-like form Honda observed in a Renaissance painting at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan. The painting, Bramantino’s Madonna delle Torri (1520), depicts the Madonna and Child enthroned; at their feet lies a slain man and a gargantuan frog with anthropomorphic features. At once material and philosophical, Honda’s sculpture prompts us to ponder our relationship to art and the world we make.
Margaret Honda is organized by Eric Crosby, Henry J. Heinz II Acting Director and Richard Armstrong Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art.
Major funding for the Forum series is generously provided by the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation. Additional support for this exhibition is provided by the Ruth Levine Memorial Fund.
An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960–2018
October 12, 2019–January 19, 2020
When Jasper Johns’s paintings of flags and targets debuted in 1958, they brought him instant acclaim and established him as a critical link between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. In the ensuing 60 years, Johns has continued to astonish viewers with the beauty and complexity of his paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints. Today, he is widely considered one of America’s most influential artists.
An Art of Changes is a rare opportunity to survey six decades of Johns’s work in printmaking through a selection of some 90 works in intaglio, lithography, woodcut, linoleum cut, screenprinting, and lead relief. Organized in four thematic, roughly chronological sections, the exhibition follows Johns as he revises and recycles key motifs over time. Viewers will see examples of his familiar flags and targets as well as images that explore artists’ tools, materials, and techniques of mark-making; abstract works based on motifs known as flagstones and hatch marks; and later works that teem with autobiographical and personal imagery.
An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960–2018 is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Major support is provided by Judy Dayton and the Prospect Creek Foundation.
The exhibition is curated by Joan Rothfuss, guest curator, Visual Arts, Walker Art Center. Carnegie Museum of Art’s presentation is organized by Eric Crosby, Henry J. Heinz II Acting Director and Richard Armstrong Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art.
A Delight for the Senses: The Still Life
November 2, 2019–March 15, 2020
Once considered the lowliest of the painting genres, the still life has long been overshadowed in the history of art. A Delight for the Senses: The Still Life is a celebration of this humble genre, exploring nearly 250 years of the tradition from the Dutch Golden Age to America’s Gilded Age.
On the surface, these picturesque arrangements are easy to appreciate for their aesthetic beauty and skillful rendering. A closer look at these sumptuous arrays of objects ranging from the mundane to the luxurious reveals moral undertones and allusions to the transience of life. Loans from the Detroit Institute of Arts and several local collectors will be featured, along with recent bequests from the late Drue Heinz, including the only Dutch Golden Age still life in the museum’s collection on view for the first time.
A Delight for the Senses: The Still Life is curated by Akemi May, Assistant Curator, Fine Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art.
Major support for this exhibition is provided by Elizabeth Hurtt Branson and Douglas Branson.
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.
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