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The third installment of the 2-Minute Film Festival at Carnegie Museum of Art is fast approaching, and with only a week left, it’s time for you to rock the vote. For the first time in the history of the festival, we are asking our friends from all stops along the Information Superhighway to help us choose the 2MFF People’s Choice. We have made all 32 videos chosen for the festival available on our website for viewing and voting by you and anyone else in the blogosphere. This year’s theme, “At Play,” inspired submissions from all over the globe that run the gamut of cinematic forms, but you only get ONE VOTE, so be sure to think long and hard before casting your ballot. Online voting will be live right up to the festival screening on Thursday, July 18 (mark your calendars!), and the video that garners the most votes will be rewarded with a fantastic selection of film-centric prizes. Vote virtually, then come actually to watch the short films on the big screen in our courtyard, with a beer and burger in hand. The clock is ticking!
To vote, and for more information on the evening’s events, visit the 2MFF website: http://2mff.cmoa.org/
Tweet us your most playful 6-second Vine using the hashtag #2mff for a chance to be featured on our website!
Philip Leers, Senior Research Associate Time-Based Media Collection
Walking through the hallway at Carnegie Museum of Art, my eyes detected the familiar two letters of DU [“You”] for the renowned Swiss Art magazine founded in 1941. It was the February 1983 issue dedicated to Pittsburgh (!). Edgar Munhall, born and raised in Pittsburgh and later curator of the Frick Collection in New York (1965–2000) contributed the opening essay. Unimpressed by the devastating descriptions of poets and intellectuals, he portrays the steel city in a surprisingly positive way. Munhall had left Pittsburgh for New York in 1951, then 17 years old.
“The city I was leaving did not have a very good reputation. As one of the greatest industrial centers of the word it had been described by Lincoln Steffens (1866–1936, American journalist) in 1905 as ‘Hell with the lid off.’ A few years later [sic] Herbert Spencer (1820–1903, English philosopher) opined that, ‘A month in Pittsburgh would justify anyone in committing suicide,’ and, on her deathbed in 1924 Eleonora Duse (1858–1924, Italian actress) was said to have exclaimed, ‘Oh, my God, I am dying in Pittsburgh!’ The short-story-writer O. Henry (1862–1910, American) called the city ‘the low-down-est hole in the surface of the earth.'”
Unlike them, Munhall expresses the true love for his hometown: “Growing up in such a maligned environment had left me with totally different feelings, for I had always thought that Pittsburgh possessed a magical and unique beauty, sinister and awesome. Even before I had found artistic parallels in Whistler’s views of London to justify my cause, I had thrilled to the experience of walking to school unable to see through the smoky fog more than three feet in front me.”
Gabriela Burkhalter is the guest curator of The Playground Project.
This summer, Carnegie Museum of Art will be presenting the third installment of the 2-Minute Film Festival. The festival is always one of our favorite events, bringing in crowds of people to the museum’s outdoor Sculpture Court to see how much creativity can be fit into 120 seconds. This year’s theme, in keeping with the upcoming International, is “At Play,” and in addition to the outdoor screening we will be offering a number of playful activities as a part of our monthly Culture Club series, giving each visitor the opportunity to make their own short film. The event will take place on Thursday, July 18, so mark your calendars!
You are invited to submit your most creative, most innovative, briefest video engaging in some way with the notion of play to the 2MFF. Each selected entry will eligible for People’s Choice and Juror’s Choice prizes, and for the first time this year, films chosen for the festival screening will also be made available on the 2MFF website, where visitors will be able to vote for their favorite prior to the event. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 21, 2013.
If you can’t wait until July to watch some short films, we will be making promotional 6-second videos for the event and posting them on Vine. Be sure to follow us, and submit your own Vine using hashtag #2MFF.
Philip Leers, Senior Research Associate
Time-Based Media Collection, Carnegie Museum of Art
From today’s perspective, George Sauter’s The Bridal Morning is only one among innumerable paintings showing a female nude. It depicts a standing female from behind who is being assisted by two other women as she gets dressed for her wedding. But in 1909 the public response to the work was greatly divided. The painting, which received second prize at the Carnegie Institute in the 1909 exhibition, aroused a huge controversy ranging from praise to condemnation.