Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Give Us Work Now


Tonight marks the opening of Duncan Campbell, the 68th installment in our Forum series. The show features three of Campbell’s films, described by exhibition curator Amanda Donnan as “meta-documentaries,” combining historical footage with fictional elements in order to gain a more in-depth, if approximate and subjective, understanding of historical figures and events.

The show also includes some of Campbell’s print works, and a few days ago I took some photos of the installation, including this one of art handler Rob displaying his solidarity in front of one of Campbell’s protest-inspired screenprints:

As with Campbell’s films, where things aren’t always as they appear, this photo has its own complexities. It was already interesting to see Rob and several other art handlers busily hanging the protest-inspired screenprints demanding WORK NOW. But upon closer inspection, Rob’s shirt complicates the scene with an admission of his relatively meagre needs:

Duncan Campbell will be giving a lecture about his work tonight (Friday April 27) before the opening reception for the exhibition. It’s free and open to the public.

Duncan Campbell runs April 28–July 8, 2012 in the Forum Gallery.

Support for Duncan Campbell was provided by The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, Virginia Kaufman Fund, and the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds 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.

 

In Warhol’s Footsteps


Just like Andy Warhol, Duane Michals, Philip Pearlstein, and others before them, many young artists from the region get their start in our studio classes, designed for students in grades 5–9. The Art Connection Annual Student Exhibition is a chance for these artists to share their vision, and the diversity of materials and styles currently on display in the Hall of Sculpture is pretty astounding. The exhibition features a mix of over 100 paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and mixed media works, and is on view until next Thursday, May 3. After seeing the show up close, it’s clear these local artists have promising futures—come see the show and give them your support!

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General support for the museum’s exhibition program 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.

Spring is Here!


Despite the surprise smattering of hail and snow seen across Pittsburgh yesterday, today marks the official start of spring here at the museum with the opening of the fourth annual Art in Bloom, a four-day celebration featuring traditional and contemporary flower arrangements paired with paintings, sculpture, furniture, and decorative art objects from CMA’s collection (photos below).

Art in Bloom is open today and will be on view until this Sunday, April 15. Don’t miss these related events:

Preview Gala—“Tiptoe Through the Tulips” (Thurs. April 12)

Lecture & Luncheon with Renowned Florist Els Teunissen—“Flowers in Our Lives” (Fri. April 13)

Special thanks to the Women’s Committee for all of their hard work in support of this annual event. And thanks to the garden clubs, florists, and other organizations that have brought the best part of spring into our galleries:

Bidwell Training Center Horticulture Department
Carnegie Museum of Art Docents
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Charleroi Garden Club
Fox Chapel Garden Club
Garden Club of Allegheny County
Garden Club of Forest Hills
Garden Club of McKeesport
The Gentlemen Fans of Window Box Garden Club
Grapevine Garden Club
Hillcrest Garden Club
Ichiyo School Ikebana meeting at Phipps Garden Center, Pittsburgh
Leetsdale Garden Club
Nancy Lewis & MeMe Betters
Ohara School of Ikebana, Pittsburgh Chapter
Perennial Garden Club
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Pucketos Garden Club
Seeders and Weeders Garden Club
Sogetsu School of Ikebana
Trowel and Error Garden Club
Tusca Ridge Garden Club
Valley Garden Club
The Village Garden Club of Sewickley
Window Box Garden Club
Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art

Why so many photos? Well, there’s a lot to see. Of course, to smell the flowers, you’ll just have to stop by.

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