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Hillman Photography Initiative Identifies New Agents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 19, 2015

Pittsburgh, PA…Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announced today the creative team of Agents charged with formulating the second cycle of programming for CMOA’s Hillman Photography Initiative. The Agents are Liz Deschenes, Steffani Jemison, and Laura Wexler, along with CMOA’s curator of photography Dan Leers.

An incubator for innovative thinking about photography, the Initiative recruits these Agents to generate the theme and programming for the Initiative over the course of the following year. Cycle One launched the Initiative with an ambitious roster of forward-thinking projects, including

Deschenes, Jemison, Wexler, and Leers will gather in Pittsburgh with program manager Divya Rao Heffley in September 2015 for conversations and strategy sessions facilitated by MAYA Design. Over the course of several days, the Agents will formulate plans for a public program to be realized by CMOA in 2016. The program will investigate photography in an era of the medium’s rapid transformations. Throughout the year, it will expand upon the museum’s photography program to offer dynamic, inventive, and interactive experiences both on site in the museum and on digital platforms.

 

About the Agents

Liz Deschenes (lives and works in New York, NY) is an artist who uses photographic processes to reflect upon and push the boundaries of the medium itself. Her work often makes precise reference to its institutional site and the history of imaging technologies. Deschenes was the recipient of the 2014 Rappaport Prize and she has had one-person exhibitions at several institutions and galleries, including  Mass MoCA (North Adams, MA), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), Secession (Vienna), Miguel Abreu Gallery (New York, NY), and Campoli Presti (London and Paris), among others. She has participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), the Art Institute of Chicago, and the 2012 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY). A forthcoming retrospective exhibition opening at the ICA Boston in the summer of 2016 will be accompanied by a comprehensive monograph. Deschenes teaches at Bennington College and is a visiting artist at Columbia University’s School of Visual Arts, Yale University, and Bard College.

Steffani Jemison (lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) uses photography and performance as platforms for dialogue to examine “progress” and its alternatives. Jemison’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo projects at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence), and LAXART (West Hollywood, CA); collaborative exhibitions at the New Museum (New York, NY) and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art (Copenhagen); and group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum (New York, NY), The Drawing Center (New York, NY), the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY), and other venues. Her publishing project, Future Plan and Program, commissions and publishes literary work by artists of color. Jemison’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Kadist Foundation (Paris). She is also part-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design, and Cooper Union.

Laura Wexler (lives and works in New Haven, CT) is professor of American Studies and professor and former chair of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Yale University. There she serves as co-director of the Public Humanities Program, and founder and director of the Photographic Memory Workshop. She is Principal Investigator of the Photogrammar Project, which has received NEH support to make a web-based interactive research system for mapping, searching, and visualizing the more than 170, 000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information. Her many essays and books include the award-winning Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U.S. Imperialism (2000), Pregnant Pictures (2000), and “‘A More Perfect Likeness’: Frederick Douglass and the Image of the Nation,” in Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity, edited by Maurice Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith (2012).

CMOA Agent

Dan Leers is the curator of photography at Carnegie Museum of Art. From 2007 to 2011 he was the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. During his tenure at MoMA, Leers worked on a number of projects and organized the exhibition New Photography 2011: Moyra Davey, George Georgiou, Deana Lawson, Doug Rickard, Viviane Sassen, Zhang Dali. Leers also acted as a curatorial advisor to the 2013 Venice Biennale. From fall 2013 to spring 2015, Leers was an independent curator in New York during which time he organized six exhibitions and published more than ten articles and essays in the Aperture blog and Frieze among many others.

Hillman Photography Initiative Program Manager

Divya Rao Heffley is the program manager of the Hillman Photography Initiative. She is a current member of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s Task Force on Arts, Culture & Creative Industries and has juried/reviewed the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Competition, Photolucida’s Critical Mass International Photography Competition, and CENTER Santa Fe’s REVIEW Santa Fe. Her writing has been published in Design and Culture and the Center for the Future of Museums blog, and is forthcoming in Museums and Visitor Photography (fall 2015) and Museum Ideas: Innovation in Theory and Practice, volume 2 (fall 2015). Heffley has lectured at Brown and Harvard Universities and her PhD dissertation, Vision in Motion: Architectural Space Time Notation and Urban Design, 1950–1970, addressed intersections between urban design, planning, and spatial perception.

Stay tuned for announcements on Hillman Photography Initiative programming in 2016. Online conversations around the new topic of exploration begin in January 2016 at blog.cmoa.org. The next #NOWSEETHIS event will be May 7, 2016.

 

Support
Support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William T. Hillman Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Carnegie Museum of Art
Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present. Founded in 1896, the Carnegie International is one of the oldest surveys of contemporary art worldwide. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understand of the built environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. The Hillman Photography Initiative serves as an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131 or visit our website at www.cmoa.org.

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#NOWSEETHIS Bridges Virtual and Real Spaces This Saturday

May 4, 2015

Contacts:
Jonathan Gaugler | CMOA | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909
Lauren Goshinski | VIA | lauren@via-pgh.com | 412.889.7619

#NOWSEETHIS, Pittsburgh’s hottest spring party, is this Saturday!

A mashup of live music and interactive virtual environments, #NOWSEETHIS is organized by Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) and VIA. The organizers have made limited presale tickets available for $15. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20. Space is limited! 

May 9, 7–11 p.m.
CMOA / $15 advance / $20 door / $10 students with ID

Music by Kelela, Dinner, and Juliana Huxtable join cutting-edge 3D environments and landscapes by Pussykrew, Kevin Ramser, and CMU mediated reality students. Bring a friend (or meet a stranger) and jump into artists Rollin and Tad Leonard’s take on a photo booth, Crash Kiss, which smashes two faces together in a surreal kiss. Try Augmentats, which uses an app to make temporary tattoos leap into an augmented reality environment. And, #NOWSEETHIS is also the official launch of the Hillman Photography Initiative’s print photobook, A People’s History of Pittsburgh, and the close of the exhibition Antoine Catala: Distant Feel, realizing an evening that blends real and virtual experiences.

Live Visuals and Interactive Projects

Interwoven with performances by Kelela, Dinner, and Huxtable are video and interactive commissions by Berlin-based collective Pussykrew and CMU students enrolled in a special topics course exploring “mediated realities.”

These collaborations will feature digital environments generated from 3D scans of people and places in Pittsburgh, navigated live during each performance. Led by Pittsburgh-based artist Kevin Ramser, they explore the experience of space and live performance as filtered through personal devices.

The Hillman Photography Initiative is an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. Through an evening of new music and new media, VIA and CMOA activate this celebration of the Initiative through the cutting-edge applications of photography that it has set out to explore.

CrashKiss Photo-booth and Augmentats App

Away from the main stage, guests are invited to get close with one another (literally and digitally) in the premiere of CrashKiss by artists Rollin and Tad Leonard. CrashKiss is a group photo-booth that digitally collides two visitors’ profiles together in a surreal kiss. Bring a friend or meet someone new! Free prints will be available to take home, and every custom kiss joins the online CrashKiss archives.

Adjacent to CrashKiss, Augmentats is a temporary tattoo-meets-augmented-reality installation featuring a custom app developed by CMU Mediated Reality students. Guests are invited to apply a temporary tattoo of their choice, download the app, and explore digital artifacts that emerge from their own and other’s bodies.

A People’s History of Pittsburgh

A People’s History of Pittsburgh compiles photographs and stories from the city’s residents to create an online archive that unearths and reconstructs narratives through the lives of Pittsburghers. These images contribute to a new publication launching at #NOWSEETHIS. The book, edited by artists-in-residence Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar, functions as a collective photo album for the people of the city and its surrounding area.

Antoine Catala: Distant Feel

Antoine Catala: Distant Feel presents a new body of work in sculpture, photography, and video that addresses the way images provoke emotion, especially as they travel virtual and physical distances via the Internet. Catala also addresses the myriad ways we express feelings, through the very technology that increasingly mediates our daily lives. For the exhibition, he created new sculpture in a living medium, tank-grown coral, in the form of a new symbol for empathy. Catala shares the symbol, with more information, at http://distantfeel.com.

For more information about performers or visual artists, please visit http://nowseethis.org/party

 

Support

Support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William T. Hillman Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.

CMU’s Mediated Reality course is taught by Larry Shea—head of the Video and Media Design Program at CMU’s School of Drama—and is supported by a grant from the Center for the Arts in Society.

 

VIA
VIA is a Pittsburgh-based collective co-founded and curated by Lauren Goshinski and Quinn Leonowicz that produces events and projects exploring the intersection of emerging music, new media art, and technology in various forms IRL and online. Initiated in 2010 with the help of a Sprout Seed Award, the annual VIA Festival has been recognized as a Top 10 festival by Resident Advisor, and received praise from the Huffington Post, Creators Project, Dazed Magazine, and others for cutting-edge programming that brings together experimental artists and rising stars from home and around the world. VIA is a proud member of the International Cities of Advanced Sound (ICAS) Network, a consortium of festivals and organizations dedicated to the advancement of adventurous music and digital culture. www.via-hq.com / www.via2014.com

 

Carnegie Museum of Art
Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present. Founded in 1896, the Carnegie International is one of the oldest surveys of contemporary art worldwide. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understand of the built environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. The Hillman Photography Initiative serves as an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131 or visit our website at www.cmoa.org.

 

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Dinner replaces Lower Dens at May 9 #NOWSEETHIS party

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts
Jonathan Gaugler | CMOA | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909
Lauren Goshinski | VIA | lauren@via-pgh.com | 412.889.7619

Pittsburgh, PA…CMOA and VIA announce changes to the May 9 #NOWSEETHIS music lineup. The party features performances by Kelela, Dinner, and Juliana Huxtable. Baltimore’s Lower Dens was previously slated to perform, but they have been tapped to tour Europe with Belle and Sebastian. We congratulate them on this amazing opportunity and wish them the best!

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Fresh off an April tour with Mac DeMarco, Dinner is the alias for Danish singer and producer Anders Rhedin. Full of echoes of sweaty depressions, spiritual longings, and early-morning trances, Dinner sounds a bit like a sun-bleached cassette tape you’d find stuck behind your car’s dashboard, or the male descendant of Nico singing Eno-esque pop songs on discarded Julian Cope tracks, with some Danish darkwave thrown in for good measure. Whomever you ask, his sound defies simple classification, with influences that range from rock ‘n’ roll and pop giants like Michael Jackson and Velvet Underground, to experimental tape-music pioneers like Steve Reich. Alternating between LA, Berlin and Copenhagen, Dinner lives a somewhat nomadic existence, playing shows at festivals and galleries all over the world. He’s currently working on his debut full-length in LA – look out for that in 2015.

About #NOWSEETHIS

May 9, 2015 / 7–11p.m. / 18+
$15 advance / $20 at the door / $10 students with ID
http://nowseethis.org/party

This one-night-only collision of music and new media art celebrates the inaugural year of the Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA). The Hillman Photography Initiative is an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. Through an evening of new music and new media, VIA and CMOA activate this celebration of the Initiative through the cutting-edge applications of photography that it has set out to explore.

Live Visual and Interactive Projects
Interwoven with performances by Kelela, Dinner, and Juliana Huxtable are video and interactive works exploring the intersections of real and virtual spaces. These include works by Berlin-based collective Pussykrew and Carnegie Mellon University students enrolled in a special topics course exploring “mediated realities.” These collaborations will feature digital environments generated from 3D scans of people and places in Pittsburgh, navigated live during each performance. Led by Pittsburgh-based artist Kevin Ramser, they explore the experience of space and live performance as filtered through personal devices.

Away from the main stage, guests are invited to get close with one another (literally and digitally) in the premiere of CrashKiss by artists Rollin and Tad Leonard. CrashKiss is a group photo-booth that digitally collides two visitors’ profiles together in a surreal kiss. Bring a friend or meet someone new! Free prints will be available to take home, and every custom kiss joins the online CrashKiss archives.

Adjacent to CrashKiss, Augmentats is a temporary tattoo-meets-augmented-reality installation featuring a custom app developed by CMU Mediated Reality students. Guests are invited to apply a temporary tattoo of their choice, download the app, and explore digital artifacts that emerge from their own and other’s bodies.

A People’s History of Pittsburgh
A People’s History of Pittsburgh compiles photographs and stories from the city’s residents to create an online archive that unearths and reconstructs narratives through the lives of Pittsburghers. These images contribute to a new publication launching at #NOWSEETHIS. The book, edited by artists-in-residence Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar, functions as a collective photo album for the people of the city and its surrounding area.

Antoine Catala: Distant Feel
Antoine Catala: Distant Feel presents a new body of work in sculpture, photography, and video that addresses the way images provoke emotion, especially as they travel virtual and physical distances via the Internet. Catala also addresses the myriad ways we express feelings, through the very technology that increasingly mediates our daily lives. For the exhibition, he created new sculpture in a living medium, tank-grown coral, in the form of a new symbol for empathy. Catala shares the symbol, with more information, at http://distantfeel.com.

For more information about performers and visual artists, please visit http://nowseethis.org/party

 

Support
Support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William T. Hillman Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.

CMU’s Mediated Reality course is taught by Larry Shea—head of the Video and Media Design Program at CMU’s School of Drama—and is supported by a grant from the Center for the Arts in Society.

VIA
VIA is a Pittsburgh-based collective co-founded and curated by Lauren Goshinski and Quinn Leonowicz that produces events and projects exploring the intersection of emerging music, new media art, and technology in various forms IRL and online. Initiated in 2010 with the help of a Sprout Seed Award, the annual VIA Festival has been recognized as a Top 10 festival by Resident Advisor, and received praise from the Huffington Post, Creators Project, Dazed Magazine, and others for cutting-edge programming that brings together experimental artists and rising stars from home and around the world. VIA is a proud member of the International Cities of Advanced Sound (ICAS) Network, a consortium of festivals and organizations dedicated to the advancement of adventurous music and digital culture. www.via-hq.com / www.via2014.com

Carnegie Museum of Art
Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present. Founded in 1896, the Carnegie International is one of the oldest surveys of contemporary art worldwide. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understand of the built environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. The Hillman Photography Initiative serves as an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131 or visit our website at www.cmoa.org.

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CMOA and VIA Announce Full #NOWSEETHIS Lineup

April 7, 2015

Contacts:
Jonathan Gaugler | CMOA | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909
Lauren Goshinski | VIA | lauren@via-pgh.com | 412.889.7619

#NOWSEETHIS Brings Together Emerging Musicians and Interactive Artists for One-Night-Only Party

The May 9 event is curated by VIA and features Kelela, Dinner, and Juliana Huxtable, with video and interactive commissions from Pussykrew, Rollin and Tad Leonard, Kevin Ramser, and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) students.

PITTSBURGH – A one-night-only collision of music and new media art on May 9, 2015, from 7 to 11 p.m., #NOWSEETHIS celebrates the inaugural year of the Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA). Performances include LA’s breakout R&B artist Kelela, Danish singer and producer Dinner, and star of the New Museum Triennial, Surround Audience, Juliana Huxtable. A custom program of live visuals and audience-interactive projects from local, national, and international artists working across photography, augmented reality, video, and code intertwine with these three acts. And, #NOWSEETHIS is also the official launch of the Initiative’s print photobook, A People’s History of Pittsburgh, and the close of the exhibition Antoine Catala: Distant Feel, realizing an evening that blends real and virtual experiences.

The Hillman Photography Initiative is an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. Through an evening of new music and new media, VIA and CMOA activate this celebration of the Initiative through the cutting-edge applications of photography that it has set out to explore.

 

Live Visuals and Interactive Projects

Interwoven with performances by Kelela, Dinner, and Huxtable are video and interactive commissions by Berlin-based collective Pussykrew and CMU students enrolled in a special topics course exploring “mediated realities.”

Pussykrew

Pussykrew

These collaborations will feature digital environments generated from 3D scans of people and places in Pittsburgh, navigated live during each performance. Led by Pittsburgh-based artist Kevin Ramser, they explore the experience of space and live performance as filtered through personal devices.

Kevin Ramser / CMU Video & Media Design Students

Kevin Ramser / CMU Video & Media Design Students

 

CrashKiss Photo-booth and Augmentats App

Away from the main stage, guests are invited to get close with one another (literally and digitally) in the premiere of CrashKiss by artists Rollin and Tad Leonard. CrashKiss is a group photo-booth that digitally collides two visitors’ profiles together in a surreal kiss. Bring a friend or meet someone new! Free prints will be available to take home, and every custom kiss joins the online CrashKiss archives.

Rollin Leonard; CrashKiss

Adjacent to CrashKiss, Augmentats is a temporary tattoo-meets-augmented-reality installation featuring a custom app developed by CMU Mediated Reality students. Guests are invited to apply a temporary tattoo of their choice, download the app, and explore digital artifacts that emerge from their own and other’s bodies.

 

A People’s History of Pittsburgh

A People’s History of Pittsburgh compiles photographs and stories from the city’s residents to create an online archive that unearths and reconstructs narratives through the lives of Pittsburghers. These images contribute to a new publication launching at #NOWSEETHIS. The book, edited by artists-in-residence Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar, functions as a collective photo album for the people of the city and its surrounding area. Location: WQED, Fifth Avenue, Oakland, Pittsburgh  Date: September 1992

Location: WQED, Fifth Avenue, Oakland, Pittsburgh Date: September 1992

Antoine Catala: Distant Feel

Antoine Catala: Distant Feel presents a new body of work in sculpture, photography, and video that addresses the way images provoke emotion, especially as they travel virtual and physical distances via the Internet. Catala also addresses the myriad ways we express feelings, through the very technology that increasingly mediates our daily lives. For the exhibition, he created new sculpture in a living medium, tank-grown coral, in the form of a new symbol for empathy. Catala shares the symbol, with more information, at http://distantfeel.com.

Antoine Catala, Distant Feel, installation view, 2015

Antoine Catala, Distant Feel, installation view, 2015

For more information about performers or live interactive visual artists, please visit http://nowseethis.org/party

 

Support

Support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William T. Hillman Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.

CMU’s Mediated Reality course is taught by Larry Shea—head of the Video and Media Design Program at CMU’s School of Drama—and is supported by a grant from the Center for the Arts in Society.

 

VIA
VIA is a Pittsburgh-based collective co-founded and curated by Lauren Goshinski and Quinn Leonowicz that produces events and projects exploring the intersection of emerging music, new media art, and technology in various forms IRL and online. Initiated in 2010 with the help of a Sprout Seed Award, the annual VIA Festival has been recognized as a Top 10 festival by Resident Advisor, and received praise from the Huffington Post, Creators Project, Dazed Magazine, and others for cutting-edge programming that brings together experimental artists and rising stars from home and around the world. VIA is a proud member of the International Cities of Advanced Sound (ICAS) Network, a consortium of festivals and organizations dedicated to the advancement of adventurous music and digital culture. www.via-hq.com / www.via2014.com

 

Carnegie Museum of Art
Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present. Founded in 1896, the Carnegie International is one of the oldest surveys of contemporary art worldwide. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understand of the built environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. The Hillman Photography Initiative serves as an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131 or visit our website at www.cmoa.org.

 

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Live performances announced for CMOA and VIA collaboration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Jonathan Gaugler | CMOA | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909
Lauren Goshinski | VIA | lauren@via-pgh.com | 412.889.7619

Live performances announced for CMOA and VIA collaboration

Music lineup includes Kelela (Los Angeles), Dinner (Berlin/LA), Juliana Huxtable (NYC)

May 9, 2015 / 7–11p.m. / 18+
$15 advance / $20 at the door / $10 students with ID
Tickets available March 13

#NOWSEETHIS Spring Party

Dance. Snap. Share.

http://nowseethis.org/party

Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) and VIA announce the artist lineup for #NOWSEETHIS, a celebration of the museum’s explorations of visual culture through its Hillman Photography Initiative. The party unfolds through live music performances and interactive installations curated by VIA, along with the official launch of the Initiative’s print photobook, A People’s History of Pittsburgh, and the close of the innovative exhibition Antoine Catala: Distant Feel.

The night’s music lineup features an intriguing set of artists who are pushing new sounds, identity, and performance in exciting directions.

Kelela is a Los Angeles–based vocalist and songwriter whose forward-thinking music fuses popular R&B and underground club sounds. Topping numerous year-end lists and festival bookings—with her debut EP Cut 4 Me listed as one of Complex’s 50 Best Albums of 2013, and breakout performance at the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival—she is a quickly rising star and one to keep watching in 2015. Her next EP, Hallucinogen, drops May 5, featuring an exciting new collaboration with Arca – a breakout 24-year-old producer from Venezuela whose list of co-productions include FKA Twigs (EP2), Bjork (Vulnicura) and Kanye West (Yeezus).

Fresh off an April tour with Mac DeMarco, Dinner is the alias for Danish singer and producer Anders Rhedin. Full of echoes of sweaty depressions, spiritual longings, and early-morning trances, Dinner sounds a bit like a sun-bleached cassette tape you’d find stuck behind your car’s dashboard, or the male descendant of Nico singing Eno-esque pop songs on discarded Julian Cope tracks, with some Danish darkwave thrown in for good measure. Whomever you ask, his sound defies simple classification, with influences that range from rock ‘n’ roll and pop giants like Michael Jackson and Velvet Underground, to experimental tape-music pioneers like Steve Reich. Alternating between LA, Berlin and Copenhagen, Dinner lives a somewhat nomadic existence, playing shows at festivals and galleries all over the world. He’s currently working on his debut full-length in LA – look out for that in 2015.

Dinner

Dinner

Juliana Huxtable is a DJ/producer, writer, model, and outspoken trans voice from NYC. And according to Vogue, the “Star of the 2015 New Museum Triennial” where her series of digital self-portraits currently hang alongside a striking 3D sculpture in collaboration with artist Frank Benson. Antoine Catala is also a Triennial artist, where his Distant Feel project shares a co-commission with CMOA.

Available for the first time: A People’s History of Pittsburgh (published by Spaces Corners and CMOA, $19.95) draws upon more than 1,400 user-submitted photographs taken throughout the region and spanning more than a century.

 

The Hillman Photography Initiative at CMOA is an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image.

Live visuals, interactive installations, and more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets
For a chance to win tickets to the event, CMOA and VIA invite people to post photos on Instagram of their after hours selfies with the hashtag #NOWSEETHIS.

Tickets for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Members are on sale now!
Public release: Friday, March 13.

http://nowseethis.org/party

 

Support
Support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William T. Hillman Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.

Carnegie Museum of Art
Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present. Founded in 1896, the Carnegie International is one of the oldest surveys of contemporary art worldwide. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understand of the built environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. The Hillman Photography Initiative serves as an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131 or visit our website at www.cmoa.org.

VIA
VIA is a Pittsburgh-based collective that produces events and projects exploring the intersection of emerging music, new media art, and technology in various forms IRL and online. Initiated in 2010 with the help of a Sprout Seed Award, the annual VIA Festival has been recognized as a Top 10 festival by Resident Advisor, and received praise from the Huffington Post, Creators Project, Dazed Magazine, and others for  cutting-edge programming that brings together experimental artists and rising stars from home and around the world. VIA is a proud member of the International Cities of Advanced Sound (ICAS) Network, a consortium of festivals and organizations dedicated to the advancement of adventurous music and digital culture. www.via-hq.com / www.via2014.com

 

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