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CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART ANNOUNCES NEW “MINDFUL MUSEUM” PROGRAM FOR VISITORS OVER 55

Mindful Museum participants can enjoy unlimited access to early Wednesday morning programming including art paths and meditation stops throughout the museum,
drawing, chair yoga, art history classes, social gatherings, plus digital offerings and more

WHAT:Carnegie Museum of Art announces, “Mindful Museum,” a suite of accessible programs and activities that expand Carnegie Museum of Art as a destination that nurtures the mind, body, and soul for visitors over 55. Mindful Museum will begin in May 2022 and run through December 2022.

Learn more at: cmoa.org/programs/mindful-museum

Mindful Museum’s one-time registration and fee grants you:
Eight months of unlimited participation in early Wednesday morning
programming
(*program details below) at the museum
Early Wednesday morning access to Café Carnegie, which includes a
discounted menu
Specially designed tours and other exclusive experiences

*Mindful Museum programming includes:
Art Paths | Wednesdays, all day, May 4 – December 28, 2022; on-site only
• Want to get your morning exercise in an art museum? Our galleries are the place to be! Art paths with step counts, distance markers, and art stops have been designed for optimum movement and thinking. Listen to meditation prompts on your phone or chat with a docent about works of art on view. No need to count the steps or the distance because we have done that for you! No matter how you get there, enjoy the galleries at your leisure. And if you tire on your journey, all-important rest areas are available.

Drop-In Drawing | 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, 9:30 – 11 a.m.; on-site only
• Learn to draw or sharpen your techniques in this newly offered drawing class.
Utilizing different works of art and gallery spaces, each session serves as inspiration for your creativity. Explore a range of drawing styles, techniques, and terms including gesture drawing, contour, shading, perspective, chiaroscuro, and more. Materials are included and personal sketchbooks are welcome, but pencils only when in the galleries.

Chair and Wheelchair Yoga | 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.; on-site as well as access to online recordings
• This popular online class has moved on-site! Surround yourself with art as you stretch your body and mind in this gentle yoga class. Begin each session by delving into a work of art from the collection. Then, follow your instructor through movement inspired by the work of art. Learn seated gentle exercises, standing poses that use the chair for balance and support, and breathing and relaxation techniques. This class is accessible to participants of all levels and abilities, and various modifications will be offered. One day a week not enough? Mindful Museum includes unlimited access to past and future recordings of Chair Yoga and Wheelchair Yoga sessions online.

Crash Course Art History Classes | Dates vary by month, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; on- site as well as access to online recordings
• Carnegie Museum of Art’s wide-ranging collection serves as the cornerstone for topics that cross time periods, art movements, artists, cultures, styles, materials, and meaning. Look back at some of the most thought-changing art moments and discover the art of today as it leads us to the future. Explore avant-garde Impressionism, artful photographs, Japanese prints, and the art and artists of today in the upcoming 58th Carnegie International, opening on September 24, 2022! Special Mindful Museum tours are included. Your package also includes unlimited access to past and future recordings of Crash Course.

The Bank: Access to online recordings | Available any time
• Your package includes unlimited access to the repository of past and future recordings of Crash Course, Meditation Classes, Chair Yoga Classes, and other special programs.

The Mindful Museum one-time registration fee is as follows:
• $50 for members of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
• $80 for non-members: learn more about membership at Carnegie Museums
of Pittsburgh at: Membership – Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
• Scholarships are available
• For more information and to register, please visit cmoa.org or contact the
Program Registration Office at 412.622.3288 or programregistration@carnegiemuseums.org.

WHEN: Wednesdays, May 4 – December 28, 2022
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Drop in and out as you like!
Café Carnegie is open early from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. for Mindful Museum participants

WHERE: Carnegie Museum of Art: 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412.622.3131

WHO: Mindful Museum is for visitors over age 55
For press inquiries, contact: Elle Moody, Sutton; 212.202.3402,
Elle@suttoncomms.com

Accessibility at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History welcome all visitors. We work to assist visitors with disabilities in obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, and in supporting equal access to our websites, services, programs, and activities. To request special disability accommodations for our programs, please contact 412.622.3288 or
programregistration@carnegiemuseums.org. Please contact the museums at least two weeks in advance of visiting or participating in special tours, classes/camps, and other activities. Guests should contact Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s Accessibility Coordinator with concerns regarding accessibility for visitors with disabilities at the museums. Call 412.622.6578 during weekday hours, or email accessibility@carnegiemuseums.org.

Health and Safety
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has continued to follow government and public health guidance to keep staff and visitors safe. To prevent the spread of COVID- 19 in areas with high transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends that every person—vaccinated and unvaccinated—wear a mask when inside public spaces. For that reason, all visitors aged 2 and above are required to wear masks while inside our museums, and our staff members and volunteers will be wearing masks, too. Visitors experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are kindly asked to remain at home. To learn more about our Health and Safety measures, please visit cmoa.org/visit/health-safety.

Mission
Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities— collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our collection of over 34,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. In addition, the Museum houses the archive of more than 70,000 images by Pittsburgh photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, whose work comprises one of the most detailed and intimate records of Black life in America. Through its programming, exhibitions, and publications, Carnegie Museum of Art frequently explores the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives. 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 Inside Out, A New Outdoor Summer Event Series, Launching June 5

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces Inside Out,
A New Outdoor Summer Event Series, Launching June 5

Inside Out celebrates Pittsburgh’s rich cultural landscape with performances, activities, food, and drink on Thursday nights and Saturdays, and is free and open to audiences of all ages

photograph of museum visitors in the carnegie museum of art sculpture yard

Pittsburgh, PA (May 4, 2021) – Carnegie Museum of Art announces Inside Out, a new outdoor summer event series celebrating and supporting Pittsburgh’s rich cultural landscape, which will be free and open to audiences of all ages. Beginning on June 5 and running through September 4, 2021, Inside Out will transform the museum’s outdoor Sculpture Courtyard into the season’s go-to destination with a robust schedule of pop-up performances, DJs, arts activities, local food trucks and beverages, kid friendly treats, and more. Hosted in partnership with local artists, arts organizations, and regional food and drink vendors, Inside Out programming will take place every Thursday from 4-8 pm and Saturday from 12-5 pm.

“We are thrilled to announce Carnegie Museum of Art’s new outdoor summer event series, Inside Out, which connects artists and audiences from across the region,” says Dana Bishop-Root, Carnegie Museum of Art Director of Education and Public Programs. “In the wake of the pandemic, with its impact on small arts organizations, performance venues, and artists, Carnegie Museum of Art is able to develop and share our outdoor courtyard as a performance and gathering space, while supporting Pittsburgh’s incredible arts ecosystem. Over the past year, our visitors have shared that safely reconnecting with loved ones is a top priority; with Inside Out, we’re delighted to offer an opportunity for visitors to gather with friends, family, and neighbors in a physically distanced environment while extending the museum experience outdoors. Inside Out is an impactful, joyful, and generous celebration of our regional communities.”

During Inside Out, visitors will be able to explore their artistic sides with creative workshops, preview never-before-seen site-specific commissions by regional performing arts groups, and jam out to sets by local DJs. Each event will feature a local food truck and a bar created by the museum’s Café Carnegie featuring custom snacks, delicious wines, and local beers.

The museum will continue to monitor state and CDC guidelines and update its health and safety policies to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff. Inside Out events have limited capacity and will be available on a first come first serve basis. The full line-up of events and programs is available on cmoa.org/inside-out and is listed below

Inside Out Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 5 DJ collective Most Beautifullest Opening Day Celebration with Sankofa Village for the Arts Drum and Dance

Thursday, June 10th DJ Title Town

Saturday June 12th DJ Shoe Performance by Rodger Humphries and the RH Factor Band

Thursday, June 17th DJ Diamond Life

Saturday, June 19th DJ Wad Anthony Performance by Alumni Theater Company

Saturday, June 24th DJ Hot Mass + Friends

Saturday, June 26th DJ Soy Sos
Performance by STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos

Thursday, July 3rd DJ Formosa Exe Performance and arts activities by Boom Concepts

Thursday, July 8th DJ Sappho

Saturday, July 10th DJ Shoe Performance by Legacy Arts Project

Thursday, July 15th DJ YASS Queen

Saturday, July 17th DJ Femi Performance by Dreams of Hope

Saturday, July 22nd Record Store Pop-Up

Saturday, July 24th DJ HUNY Performance by Jasmine Hearn Dances

Saturday, July 29th DJ Hot Mass + Friends

Saturday, July 31st DJ Femi Performance by Afro Yaqui Music

Saturday, August 5th DJ Jellyfish

Saturday, August 7th DJ QRX Performance by Texture Contemporary Ballet

Saturday, August 12th DJ collective Most Beautifullest

Saturday, August 14th DJ Freeter Performance by Clara Kent

Thursday, August 19th Bento Boombox

Saturday, August 21st DJ Soy Sos
Performance by STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos

Thursday, August 26th DJ MESH

Saturday, August 28th DJ Shoe
Performance by Alia Musica Pittsburgh

Saturday, September 4thDJ Soy Sos
Performances by Kassia Ensemble and Sankofa Village for the Arts

Support

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

Premier Partners
Generous support from Carnegie Museum of Art Premier Partners: Highmark, NOVA Chemicals, and Waldron Wealth.

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

Mission
Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. To learn more, please call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

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

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces Sohrab Mohebbi as Curator of 58th Carnegie International, Opening 2022

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces Sohrab Mohebbi as Curator of 58th Carnegie International, Opening 2022

Contact
Elle Moody
Carnegie Museum of Art
CMOA@suttoncomms.com
512.944.9340

Pittsburgh, PA—Eric Crosby, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art announced today the appointment of Sohrab Mohebbi as the Kathe and Jim Patrinos Curator of the 58th Carnegie International, the longest-running survey of contemporary art in North America. The International, which will open in 2022, has been the museum’s signature exhibition since its establishment in 1896.

“I am thrilled to welcome Sohrab to Carnegie Museum of Art and to support his vision for the 58th Carnegie International,” said Crosby. “I have deep admiration for his curatorial work, which consistently foregrounds artists who are uniquely equipped to guide us in navigating the complexities of contemporary life. As a curator, he is committed to examining immediate, local concerns in a broader picture of the world today. I have no doubt he will lead our museum in creating an International that is more collaborative, interdisciplinary, and socially engaged than ever before.”

Mohebbi is a curator, art critic, and writer and comes to Pittsburgh from New York where he most recently served as curator at SculptureCenter. He previously worked at REDCAT and Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Queens Museum in New York. Mohebbi’s research focuses on how art can unframe prescribed ways of inhabiting and perceiving the world.

“It is exciting to shape the next International and be a part of a tremendous exhibition history and discourse that in each edition had to confront, redefine, and question how art breaks away from arbitrary definitions, boundaries, and borders,” Mohebbi says.

With curatorial planning for the International commencing, the themes of decentralization and reconstitution are guiding Mohebbi’s early research. Mohebbi envisions an International that will present Carnegie Museum of Art as one location among others in and around Pittsburgh and beyond, prompting the museum to forge new partnerships with arts organizations, music venues, local universities, and other civic entities. By tracing social, artistic, intellectual, and industrial histories of the city, Mohebbi hopes to connect local concerns rooted in Pittsburgh’s past to current issues prompting national and international debate today. Central to his research will be a collaborative curatorial effort to explore how we reconstitute our lives after upheavals caused by colonialism, imperialism, and environmental disaster.

Mohebbi has organized solo exhibitions by Banu Cennetoğlu, Fiona Connor, Tishan Hsu, Hassan Khan, John Knight, and Falke Pisano, among others. His group exhibitions include Searching the Sky for Rain (2019), It is obvious from the map (2017; co-curated by Thomas Keenan) and Hotel Theory (2015; with Ruth Estévez), which received The Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award in 2013. In 2012, he was the recipient of a grant from the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program for his blog presencedocuments. Mohebbi received an M.A. from the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies and a B.F.A. in Photography from Tehran Art University.

“SculptureCenter congratulates Sohrab on this significant appointment at Carnegie Museum of Art,” says Christian Rattemeyer, Director of SculptureCenter. “We are proud of what Sohrab has contributed to our museum during his time as Curator. We look forward to his work for the Carnegie International, and his continued relationship with us as Curator-at-Large.”

History of the International
Established in 1896 as the Annual Exhibition, the Carnegie International was initially held every fall (with few exceptions) and focused almost solely on painting. By 1955, the show had adopted a triennial schedule and, in 1958, it became known as the Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture, a title it retained until 1970. After an interruption in the 1970s, the exhibition resumed in 1977 and 1979 as the International Series, single-artist shows intended as a parallel to the Nobel Prize for the arts. In 1982, it reappeared under its original triennial survey format as the Carnegie International, and has been mounted every three to five years since. After the Venice Biennale the Carnegie International is the longest-running international survey exhibition in the world.

Since 1896, the museum has acquired hundreds of works of art that have appeared in Carnegie International exhibitions, including works by Josef Albers, Dara Birnbaum, Louise Bourgeois, Mary Cassatt, Nicole Eisenman, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Dan Graham, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Mike Kelley, Ellsworth Kelly, Louise Lawler, Glenn Ligon, Agnes Martin, Julie Mehretu, Bruce Nauman, Chris Ofili, On Kawara, Nam June Paik, Sigmar Polke, Auguste Rodin, Doris Salcedo, John Singer Sargent, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Prizes awarded to Carnegie International artists include the Carnegie Prize for outstanding achievement in the exhibition in the context of a lifetime of work, and the Fine Prize for an emerging artist in the exhibition.

Support
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.

Celebrate the Holiday Season at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History

Celebrate the Holiday Season at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History

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

Sloan MacRae
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
macraes@carnegimnh.org
412.353.4678

Pittsburgh, PA—Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History announce the return of beloved holiday traditions, from family-friendly events to seasonal parties, that make the museums a favorite winter destination.

The popular Carnegie Trees display, presented by the Women’s Committee, returns to Carnegie Museum of Art this year with the theme of “Artfully Inspired.” Five massive Colorado Spruce trees will be trimmed with decorations inspired by favorite artworks from the museum’s collection. The display opens with a celebration hosted by the Women’s Committee on Wednesday, December 4.

A visit to Carnegie Museum of Art’s Neapolitan presepio, one of the finest nativity scenes of its kind, has been a Pittsburgh holiday favorite since 1957. Handcrafted between 1700 and 1830, the lifelike figures in the presepio recreate the nativity within a vibrant and detailed panorama of 18th-century Italian village life. The presepio will be on view from December 1, 2019, through January 12, 2020.

A close view of holiday decorations on a glittering evergreen tree.

Installation view of the Carnegie Trees display, Carnegie Museum of Art. Photo: Tom Little

By visitor demand, National Geographic returns to Carnegie Museum of Natural History with 50 extraordinary images of animals in nature. 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs exemplifies the publication’s unmatched legacy of artistic, scientific, and technical achievement and provides a perfect complement to a visit to the museum’s acclaimed wildlife halls.

Both museums will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day, but will be open during normal visiting hours for the rest of the season. Read on to learn more about upcoming holiday programs.

A large nativity scene on a green-clothed table in front of a plaster architectural cast.

Installation view of the Neapolitan presepio, ca. 1700–1830, Carnegie Museum of Art. Photo: Bryan Conley

Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA)

Art Chat: A Delight for the Senses: The Still Life
Daily, 12:15–12:45 p.m.
Free with admission
Examine the beauty of the still life genre through a casual chat with a docent in this exhibition.

Art Chat: Neapolitan presepio
Daily, drop in 1–3 p.m.
Free with admission
Explore the Neapolitan presepio, a 17th and 18th century nativity scene, in the Hall of Architecture and learn its history from a docent.

ART TIL 8
Thursdays, 5–8 p.m.
50% off admission
Grab a friend and kick-start your weekend! Explore the galleries, see live performances, and create handmade gift wrap. Visit the CMOA and CMNH stores for special discounts.

ARTventures
Weekends, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Also December 26, 27, 30, and 31
Free with admission
Celebrate the season together as you tell a story of winter-themed art in the galleries by arranging words in front of artworks. Perfect for families.

Story Sundays
December 1 and 15, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Free with admission
Cozy up and enjoy listening to a winter-themed story, explore related works in the galleries, then create your own artwork to take home. Perfect for families.

Winter Wonderland
December 13, 7–10 p.m.
$25 (Members: $20)
Get fancy and come have fun at your art museum! Snap snazzy photos, dance under snowflakes, craft holiday keepsakes, get cozy in our galleries, and create memories with friends during this 21+ event.

Winter Wonderland Pajama Party
December 14, 5–7 p.m.
Adults: $10; Kids 3–12: $5; Kids under 3: Free
Grab your best holiday pajamas and meet at the museum! Jam out in your jammies at a family dance party, take holiday photos, make gifts, eat cookies, and enjoy story time in the galleries.

A group of kids smile and laugh, posing next to oversize plastic ladybugs.

Kids enjoy Super Science Saturday at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Elf on the Shelf
Andy the Elf returns to the museum on December 1! Follow the adventures of our Elf on the Shelf on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook all month long. Don’t forget to behave when you visit the museum—we want andy to say only good things to Santa!

Letters to Santa
November 29–December 30
Free with admission
Send your letters to Santa from the museum! Look for Sven, our friendly reindeer, in Discover Basecamp, where he watches over the mailbox and ushers your letters to Santa Claus.

Star Wars After Dark
December 6, 6–10 p.m.
$15 online; $20 at the door (Members: $13.50)
A long, long time ago in a museum on Forbes Avenue…Star Wars After Dark became the best holiday party in town! Embrace the chill of the Hoth-like Polar World, find out what Ewoks and Wookiees have in common with mammals, and sip on festive cocktails. Costumes encouraged!

Super Science Saturday: Holidays Around the World
December 14, noon–4 p.m.
Free with admission
Travel around the world as you explore holiday-themed stations throughout the museum. Learn about holiday traditions from many cultures through amazing artifacts, festive holiday foods, and hands-on crafts at this family event.

Sensory-Friendly Saturday: Holidays Around the World
December 28, 8:30–10 a.m.
Adults: $9.95 (Seniors: $7.50, Kids: $5.95, Kids under 2: Free)
The museum will open its galleries early for a sensory-friendly holiday celebration! Visit stations throughout the museum to learn about holiday traditions from many cultures through amazing artifacts, festive artifacts, and more. Say hello to Sven, our friendly reindeer!

Shop at the Museums

Museum Store Sunday
December 1, 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
No admission required
Shop with us and support your museums! Members receive 25% off regularly priced purchases and non-members receive 20% off purchases over $50. The CMOA Store offers free gift wrap from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Extra Shopping Day
December 17, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
No admission required
Finish up your holiday shopping at the CMOA and CMNH stores! The museums are closed, but the shops will stay open and feature special discounts.


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.

CMOA announces recent acquisitions

Contact: Jonathan Gaugler | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces highlights from its new acquisitions, which were approved on December 14. The museum’s collection includes over 30,000 art objects including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery.

Several highlights from our December 14 acquisitions include:

Photograph of a shiny steel chair, the steel frame is drawn out and sculpted to the sides like two droopy arms

nendo, ‘Manga chair #49,’ 2016, stainless steel, Edition 2 of 3, Gifts of G. David Thompson, John Baird Hudson and the Hudson Conservancy, and Reverend Alfred Duane Pell, all by exchange, © 2016 nendo, by permission

nendo
Japanese, 2002–present
Manga chair #49, 2016
stainless steel
32 x 45 ¾ x 17 ¼ in.
Edition 2 of 3
Gifts of G. David Thompson, John Baird Hudson and the Hudson Conservancy, and Reverend Alfred Duane Pell, all by exchange
© 2016 nendo, by permission

Grid of small model chairs. Each is distorted or accented in a cartoonish way, showing motion or humorous gestures

nendo, ‘Scale models of 50 Manga chairs,’ 2016, 3-D printed, thermoplastic, Gift of Allan Gerdau, by exchange,© 2016 nendo, by permission

nendo
Japanese, 2002–present
Scale models of 50 Manga chairs, 2016
3-D printed thermoplastic
Dimensions variable, each approx. H: 4 in.
Gift of Allan Gerdau, by exchange
© 2016 nendo, by permission

Manga, or “humorous picture,” is a popular style of Japanese comic book art. The details of characters (eyes, hair, and other body parts) are exaggerated for comedic or dramatic effect. With the group of 50 Manga chairs, design firm nendo mimics the qualities of manga comics. The chairs are happy, distressed, embarrassed, and surprised. CMOA has acquired a full set of 50 1/10 scale models representing each manga chair, along with one full-size chair, Manga chair #49, designed with flopping arms resting humorously at each side.

–Rachel Delphia, The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design

 

Photograph of a woman wearing a long dress made of white gloves, and a sash, like a beauty pageant contestant

Lorraine O’Grady, ‘Untitled (Mlle Bourgeoise Noire),’ 1980–1983, printed 2009, 14 gelatin silver prints, Second Century Acquisition Fund and the Mr. and Mrs. Peter Denby Fund for Contemporary Art, © Lorraine O’Grady / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

Lorraine O’Grady
American, b. 1934
Untitled (Mlle Bourgeoise Noire), 1980–1983, printed 2009
14 gelatin silver prints
15 1/8 x 15 1/8 x 7/8 in. each
Second Century Acquisition Fund and the Mr. and Mrs. Peter Denby Fund for Contemporary Art
© Lorraine O’Grady / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

Lorraine O’Grady has been recognized as a significant player both in the fields of conceptual art and feminist art. Untitled (Mlle Bourgeoise Noire) documents her guerrilla performance as the character Mlle Bourgeoise Noire (Miss Black Middle-Class) occupying the space of museum openings where people of color and women have historically been marginalized or excluded. See this work now in 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art in CMOA’s Heinz Galleries.

–Eric Crosby, The Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Hannah Turpin, curatorial assistant

Cross-section drawing of a building

Peter Salter, ‘Early Sectional Elevation, Walmer Yard Housing, London,’ 2004, Ink, pencil, and acrylic on architectural paper, Drue Heinz Trust

Peter Salter
British, 1947–
Early Sectional Elevation, Walmer Yard Housing, London, 2004
Ink, pencil, and acrylic on architectural paper
11 3/4 x 16 3/4 in
Drue Heinz Trust

Renowned for his meticulous drawings and atmospheric architecture, Peter Salter recently completed four townhouses on Walmer Road in West London. The Heinz Architectural Center is delighted to add to its collection a set of plans and a cross section of this complex project as well as a characteristically poetic working drawing of the lower street façade.

–Raymund Ryan, curator of architecture

Stark image of a leafless tree standing out against a bright sky

William Henry Fox Talbot, ‘Oak Tree in Winter,’ 1842–1843, Salted paper print from a calotype negative, Gift of the William Talbott Hillman Foundation

William Henry Fox Talbot
British, 1800–1877
Oak Tree in Winter, 1842–1843
Salted paper print from a calotype negative
7 11/16 x 6 9/16 in. image
Gift of the William Talbott Hillman Foundation

Considered to be one of the inventors of photography, William Henry Fox Talbot drew on his knowledge of art history, botany, chemistry, and optics to produce the first ever photographic work on paper. The particular choice of subject for this photograph must have come easily; Talbot once wrote, “Old oak trees are very much to my taste.” See this work now in William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography in CMOA’s Gallery One.

–Dan Leers, curator of photography

Two people having a conversation, their faces flattened into geometric planes

Max Weber, ‘The Discussion,’ 1918, Graphite and gouache on paper, The Foster Charitable Trust Fund

Max Weber
American, 1881–1961
The Discussion, 1918
Graphite and gouache on paper
8 9/16 x 5 1/2 in.
The Foster Charitable Trust Fund

This is a work of cubist abstraction, but the title tells us there’s more to it. Its line and form and space and color and texture are complex and beautiful; and so, perhaps, is the relationship between two individuals sharing an aperitif and a conversation. I recommended its acquisition for its strength and freshness of color, and because it exemplifies early cubism. In addition, it is the first cubist work in our collection by this important American modernist, and it comes with a Pittsburgh provenance.

–Louise Lippincott, curator of fine art

 

Support
General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. 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
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 world-class 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. Learn more: call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.