Archive for the ‘Pittsburgh’ Category

Zoe Strauss is coming to Homestead!

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
HISTORICAL HOMESTEAD FLASH! Don’t miss out on it.   "I’m not a humanitarian, I’m a hell-raiser." -Mother Jones  (In response to a speaker who introduced her as “a great humanitarian,” Jones retorted: “Get it straight, I’m not a humanitarian, I’m a hell-raiser.”)

HISTORICAL HOMESTEAD FLASH! Don’t miss out on it.
“I’m not a humanitarian, I’m a hell-raiser.”
- Mother Jones
(In response to a speaker who introduced her as “a great humanitarian,” Jones retorted: “Get it straight, I’m not a humanitarian, I’m a hell-raiser.”)

Zoe Strauss’s portrait studio is about to open in Homestead!

She’s been assembling incredible images, stories, histories, and ideas on the Homesteading blog. The studio opens on Labor Day, and you can catch Zoe in Homestead until the middle of October. If you’re a resident of Homestead, stop by and have your portrait taken! The portraits will find their way into the museum in an installation that involves video, massive wall graphics, and over 200 portraits.

Say hi when you see her around town!

Enter the archive

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
Jeff Koons sculpture being installed during 1988 Carnegie International

Jeff Koons sculpture being installed during 1988 Carnegie International

Some say that the Carnegie Museum of Art was the first museum of modern and contemporary art in the U.S. It is true–as far as American institutions go–the Carnegie has been around the block. It opened in 1895 and a year later started an annual exhibition to bring work by the best and most talented artists to Pittsburgh. We inherited this model of an exhibition and hence thought it pertinent to reflect back on how it all went over these 117 years. Now, enter the archive: a visual history as told through installation photos and films (some seen for the first time), a few choice artworks, and a good amount of text. It opened over the weekend and will be up through the run of the 2013 Carnegie International.

Carnegie International in the 1990s and 2000s

Carnegie International in the 1990s and 2000s

 

Carnegie International in the 1960s

Carnegie International in the 1960s

 

 

 

Last week to Cast Your Vote!!!

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

2MFF countdown
 
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

Hell with the Lid Off

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Munhall Blog Gabi

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.

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Belfast Punk Night @ Apartment Talks

Friday, June 7th, 2013

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Apartment Talk #13: Belfast Punk Night

On May 13th, in collaboration with CMU School of Art, we hosted a Belfast punk event that had been percolating for over a year. I had been wanting to screen a documentary on the subject by John T. Davis, called Shellshock Rock (1979), since Duncan Campbell told me about how influential the film had been for him, but it took ages—and a circuitous train of a million emails—for me to get my hands on a copy. Around the same time as the DVD arrived from the UK, someone posted the whole thing on YouTube. So enjoy with unearned ease, but feel sorry you missed out on the dance party. That’s right: after the screening, DJ John Carson spun some records and people danced. An Apartment first (I think). (more…)