Archive for the ‘Pittsburgh Artists’ Category

Jerstin Crosby and Jasdeep Khaira at Apartment Talks

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Apartment Talk #6: Jerstin Crosby and Jasdeep Khaira / Encyclopedia Destructica

Jerstin Crosby and Jasdeep Khaira co-hosted our latest installment of the Apartment Talks series on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 at 113 44th Street. Jerstin Crosby, a transplant from Raleigh, North Carolina and a member of Team Lump presented his work to date including a parody of environmentalism in Goth Seinfeld.

Jasdeep Khaira, co-founder of Encyclopedia Destructica gave a preview of the DIY book publisher’s latest project Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities curated by Suzie Silver.

Highlights of the night included a video on alien abduction and a healthy serving of Meat Lover’s pizza.

More on Jerstin Crosby

More on Jasdeep Khaira

 

 

Outpost Journal #1: Pittsburgh, PA

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Outpost Journal is an annual, non-profit print publication on innovative art, design, and community action from cities that have been traditionally underexposed beyond their local contexts.

The inaugural issue of this new publication focuses on our home base, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and features stories about local artists, City of Asylum, The Waffle Shop (pictured above), and the Bayernhof, among other traditionally off-the-map points of interest. While Outpost isn’t a comprehensive guide (and doesn’t aim to be), the Providence-based editorial team did a good job getting the inside scoop on the the city’s unique off-center art scene. Pittsburgh in a nut-shell according to Outpost? “A former home of major American wealth and industry, the city is now chock full of beautiful building stock, thriving non-profits, [and] every-which-way parking jobs that point to the both intrepid spatial problem-solving and a hint of lawlessness…” I wonder what the “Pittsburgh Left” and parking chairs say about us?

Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908–1998)

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

If you are in Pittsburgh, don’t miss the amazing Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story at Carnegie Museum of Art, October 29, 2011, through April 7, 2012. If you don’t make it, go here.

Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908–1998) photographed Pittsburgh’s African American community from c. 1935 to c. 1975. His archive of nearly 80,000 images is one of the most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience known today.

Rich Pell / Center for PostNatural History at Apartment Talks

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Apartment Talk #5: Rich Pell / Center for PostNatural History

Rich Pell came down to the Lawrenceville apartment to talk about his Center For PostNatural History, a cultural outreach center dedicated to the collection and documentation of life forms that have been intentionally altered through selective breeding or genetic engineering. We had quite some enlightening visual and mental 3D moments, and Rich is soon going to open a new permanent home for the Center on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh in early 2012.

This took place on Sunday, October 30th, 2011, 6–9 p.m., at 113 44th Street, in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh. The Apartment Talks series serves as a satellite space of the Carnegie International and the Contemporary Art Department of the Carnegie Museum of Art.

A Brief History of CMoA’s Forum Gallery

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The Carnegie Museum of Art’s Forum gallery, located right of the busy lobby, has an interesting history. (Lynn Zelevansky just wrote one of her “Inside the Museum” letters about the space). As the museum’s main venue for non-Carnegie International contemporary art, it has functioned as a kind of project gallery since the early 1990s, when it was bolstered by generous NEA funds to present an ambitious and oft-changing rotation of shows. The first few shows were organized by Vicky Clark and by Mark Francis.

In 1990, the program was inaugurated with Forum 1: Jeff Wall, followed by Forum 2: Jon Kessler, Forum 3: Georg Herold, Forum 4: Meg Webster, and Forum 5: Ed Eberle, Pittsburgh’s incredible ceramicist. In addition to Clark and Francis, and soon new Contemporary Curator Richard Armstrong, the space was also programmed by Film Curator Bill Judson, who introduced video installations by artists such as Paul Glabicki and Rita Myers. Armstrong organized exhibitions of work by Alexis Rockman, Andrew Lord, and Craigie Horsfield in Forum.  Madeleine Grynsztejn organized Forum shows by artists such as Diana Thater and James Welling. The gallery has also hosted small group exhibitions, often drawn from the collection. More recently, former curator Elizabeth Thomas initiated a series called “Mixed Doubles” that paired video works, by combos such as Nam June Paik and Omer Fast, and Anri Sala and Edgar Arceneaux. Thomas also commissioned Christian Jankowski’s excellent Puppet Conference video for the gallery.  More on what we’ve been doing in the last few years in another post…