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Susan Chainey with her brother, Roger Jacoby; Pittsburgh, 1974.

Envisioning Appalachia

American Dream Sequence: Left Behind in the Monongahela River Valley

In his painting The Monongahela River Valley, Pennsylvania, the Scottish-born, self-taught John Kane offers an ode to the ever-growing industrialization in his adopted hometown of Pittsburgh. Painted in 1931, and now part of the collection at The Met, the landscape that Kane captured borders on pastoral. In the foreground, white fog tumbles from smokestacks set against perfect blue skies, while copper-hued factories rise from the banks on either side of the river as if extensions of the soil itself.

Hillman Photography Initiative

Second Lives: Who Are We in the Virtual World?

People once thought of the Internet as a place we would eventually be able to go. There, we would live second lives, as custom-made second selves, in virtual worlds that held parallels to our real ones. These avatars of ours would go to work in virtual conference spaces, cycle through virtual outfits. We were going to shop at virtual stores, browse lifelike 3-D models of real things. After all, people were already designing and selling virtual goods and virtual pets—and in some cases, making big money from virtual real estate.

Film and Video

Materiality, Lecture, and Game in the Work of Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann’s performance of ABC We Print Anything—In The Cards (1976–77)—a collaborative event between Carnegie Museum of Art and Pittsburgh Filmmakers (October 28–29, 1978)—was part of a three-day extravaganza that included two Schneemann performances; several film screenings; and lengthy discussions of her process across film, kinetic theater, and the “lecture” as an art form. Schneemann had been experimenting with activated lectures and with a form that she came to call gesture-video, since 1965.

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An Intimate Look at the Collection of Karl and Jennifer Salatka

For over 20 years, Pittsburgh residents Karl and Jennifer Salatka have been active members and voices at Carnegie Museum of Art. While today they possess a collection vibrant with key modern era artists and their own unique personal aesthetic, neither of them began the journey with a background in art history or even a familiarity with the Museum of Art. Avid curiosity and a self-motivation to learn have guided the Salatkas towards embracing a newfound passion for art.

Carnegie International

The Sum of Encounters

There, in Umuahia, on a rainy afternoon, a dead man was moved on a stretcher from the hospital ward to the morgue. The man was the age of my father, whom I was sitting beside. I remember noting, as I glanced at each man, that they radiated a similar serenity.