Last Friday, we took advantage of the cool summer night and gathered at TeeRex Syndicate for our first Carnegie International /pittsburgh event. Live screen printing took place on the second level, where the crowd gathered to create their very own custom-made, limited edition 2013 Carnegie International swag. The Travelling Pittsburgh Craft-O-Tron Machine showed up to delight the crowd with a sampling of what local crafters are making, and Scott Connor of Evil Grin FX’s creepy creations brought enjoyment to all. And if you’ve been to the 2013 Carnegie International website recently, then you surely recognized curators Dan Byers, Daniel Baumann and Tina Kukielski joining in the festivities. East End Brewery beer flowed freely, alongside delectable eats from Brasero Grill and Cake Eaters Sweet Shoppe, and we made merry with a few hundred of our closest friends and neighbors. Thanks to everyone who joined us, and be sure to join us at Artists Image Resource for our next event on Friday, September 20!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Public Innovation Session with MAYA Design on July 18! In a lively conversation led by Mickey McManus, visitors shared their thoughts about current and potential experiences at Carnegie Museum of Art with each other and with museum staff (including museum director Lynn Zelevansky). We’re still sorting through the copious sticky notes on which people jotted down their reactions to and hopes for the museum; we’ll share some of the most powerful insights in posts to come. Stay tuned!
Lynn Zelevansky, Henry Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art
The museum recently announced changes to its adult education programming to allow for art-making experiences that are event-based, flexible, and responsive to special opportunities, like visiting artists, and to artworks on view in the galleries.
One result of this change is the decision to discontinue our semester-long adult studio classes. Because I know this will disappoint a group of dedicated museum members, I feel that it is important to share our larger vision.
First, let me be clear that we did not cancel the entire adult education program. We cancelled only semester-long adult studio classes. We retain staff that works exclusively on adult classes, workshops, lectures, etc. and they remain very busy producing established and new programming.
The elimination of the classes in question is the result of a rigorous and thoughtful reappraisal of our education programs by a task force made up of museum staff. I formed this task force because I realized that, in order to serve an ever-changing public, the education department had, over the years, implemented additional programs without subtracting or fundamentally altering others. The result was an exhausted staff with little time left for the creative thought necessary to really shape those offerings.
One of the recommendations of the task force was the elimination of the studio classes. In 2012 total enrollment in adult studio classes was 422. While we know that those taking studio classes received excellent instruction from skilled instructors, and while we care deeply about enrollees, we need to use limited resources to serve a broad public. Many people are not able to commit to 5–10 week courses, nor are they available during the day, when many of the studio sessions take place.
Our chief goal with adult education is to open people up to the pleasures of seeing and, especially, looking at art. We remain dedicated to the idea that making things helps many people understand and appreciate what artists do. We believe, however, that we can reach a broader constituency and lessen the weight on our staff by offering workshops that are specifically tied to museum exhibitions and programs. We’ve done this quite successfully in the recent past with a program about architectural renovation and redesign associated with the 2010 exhibition, Imagining Home, and with this year’s participatory photography exhibition Oh Snap! Our next venture (after tonight’s 2-Minute Film Festival) will be a drawing workshop with the 2013 Carnegie International artist, Nicole Eisenman, in February. Over the coming months, adult education staff will be looking for other opportunities to create a new season of art-making programming.
We at the museum are very grateful for the dedication of the people who have been committed to our studio classes over the years, and feel confident that our programs will continue to provide inspiring experiences.
Please look for announcements as we embark on the strategic next steps—I am excited to see the ways that our educators make new connections and develop new ideas around our ever-changing in-gallery program.
Just a quick note to say the submissions are in for the third installment of the 2–Minute Film Festival at Carnegie Museum of Art! This year, aspiring moviemakers from around the globe sent in their best and briefest work responding to the theme “At Play.” The resulting videos reflect an amazingly broad and multi-faceted interpretation of play, at times absurd, touching, political, and abstract. For the first time in 2MFF’s history, you have the chance to watch each film online before the festival on July 18 and vote for your favorite entry. With the festival lineup decided, we’ve made each selected 2-Minute Film available to watch and vote for online! The film that receives the most votes (online and in–person) will receive the People’s Choice Award.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
7:30 p.m.: Food, drink, and activities will begin
9 p.m.: Screening will begin
Carnegie Museum of Art Courtyard, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
$10 admission (includes one drink ticket). Parking is available in the Carnegie Museum lot for a $5 flat rate.
Come early for a drink on the house!
Before the Festival begins, MAYA Design will be hosting a Public Innovation Session to get your feedback on the museum. Be here at 6 p.m. in the Museum Café and share your opinions!
Welcome to the new CMOA.ORG. It’s been an incredibly long time in the making and the aesthetic refresh was much needed. An amazing team helped pull this project across the finish line and their hard work is evident in the elegant new design. In addition to the new look and feel, we’ve also introduced some functional changes.
Most notable of these functional changes is the inclusion of our online collection within the framework of the museum website. CMOA.ORG now pulls real-time object data through an API to present object records on the site. This is vastly different than what we have done in the past. Being a new approach for the museum, we acknowledge the new data, as it is currently published, is somewhat limited. We have to start somewhere!
In the coming months, we will systematically work to increase the accessibility of our collection. This means publishing more records, offering more high-resolution images, improving search, opening up the metadata and integrating more effectively with the outside web. Keep an eye out on this blog for status updates from Travis Snyder, our amazing Collections Database Administrator.
We’ve also infused the new website with the incredible multimedia we’ve been producing over the past several months. Video is a great way to tell the stories of the people behind the art we show here. We will be publishing much more leading up to and during the 2013 Carnegie International this fall.
For now though, explore the site, peruse our collection and enjoy the stories that make up the new CMOA.ORG. Thanks for visiting.