Archive for the ‘Visiting Artists’ Category

Artist Talk: Zoe Strauss

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

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Don’t miss everyone’s favorite Philadelphia artist Zoe Strauss, this Thursday evening at 6:30 for a free artist talk in the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater. Zoe will be talking about her past work, along with her project for the 2013 Carnegie International. For the International, Zoe made frequent trips to Homestead and then lived there for two months, opening a public portrait studio where she took hundreds of portraits of the citizens of Homestead. The studio also included an incredible library of books and historical documents chronicling the Homestead Strike, as well as histories of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art, Andrew Carnegie, art history, and labor history. Many of the portraits she made are on view at the Carnegie Museum of Art, along with street photography, large-scale photographic murals, and videos.

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iDubai

Monday, January 27th, 2014
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Joel Sternfeld, Mall of Dubai, 2008–2009, Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

It has been endlessly pleasurable to watch museum visitors react initially with some confusion and then with delight at the collection of mechanized musical instruments that echo from the middle of the museum’s great Hall of Sculpture. Perhaps even more unexpected is the slow ambulation many visitors make around the outer walls of the same space. I watch visitors stop, stare, read, and admire the 29 Joel Sternfeld photographs that line the black bays spliced in between the white marble pilasters that are a hallmark of this space (museum lore attests that the room was based on the Parthenon). It is easy to lose time in this gallery, at least until one of two compositions erupts in orchestra every 20–30 minutes and pulls you outside of your head.

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Joel Sternfeld’s artist talk is this Thursday, January 30, 6:307:30 p.m., Carnegie Museum of Art Theater
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Sternfeld’s Sweet Earth series is an easy favorite. Once you’ve digested one image and text combination, it’s hard to resist Sternfeld’s storytelling. In the broadest sense, the subject of this work deals with experimental communities that tested utopian pursuits, past or present. The series is rich with colorful accounts of human conflict, delusion, faith, and perseverance. The thoughtful photographs were taken with Sternfeld’s trusty 8×10 camera.

Yet Sternfeld is no stranger to shooting from the hip. Recently the artist made a surprising body of work using his cell phone camera. Unlike the quiet, forgotten backroads of America, his newer subject demands a certain agility: consumerism. Specifically, Sternfeld spent a number of recent trips to Dubai photographing in one megamall or another. He was interested in using a consumer device—his iPhone—to turn his eye on global consumption. The result is a wide range of photographs that both reflect out onto the cultural and consumerist race that is now fueling the Emirates, while at the same time subtly hinting at the experience of alienation amid consumerist proliferation. This is the sentiment we see most often in the faces of the Sternfeld’s unsuspecting passersby. Nothing is quite grandiose or staged in these pictures, as one might expect from a place that touts the world’s largest building (the Burj Khalifa) and whose tourism numbers topped 10 million last year. Instead, Sternfeld triumphs the beautifully mundane and the result is an empathetic look at where we stand at a global crossroads. Here is a selection from the iDubai series.

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Joel Sternfeld, Valet Parking, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, 2008–2009, Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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Joel Sternfeld, The Burj Al Arab, 2008–2009, Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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Joel Sternfeld, Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, 2008–2009, Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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Joel Sternfeld, Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, 2008–2009, Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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Joel Sternfeld, Outside Wafi Gourmet, Wafi Mall, 2008–2009, Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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Joel Sternfeld, Magic Planet, Mall of the Emirates, 2008–2009, Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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Joel Sternfeld, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Mall of Dubai, 2008–2009, Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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Joel Sternfeld, Deira City Centre Mall, 2008–2009, Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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Joel Sternfeld, Choitrams, “The Market” at Green Community, 2008–2009, Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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Joel Sternfeld, Amusement Park, Deira City Centre Mall, 2008–2009, Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

 

Ed Steck and White Reeves to join Wade Guyton!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

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Pittsburgh writer Ed Steck just announced that he will join Wade Guyton’s Friday night coatroom-lecture-drinks-performance to launch his newly published book The Garden: Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulation. He is, in turn, joined by Ryan Emmett and Micah Pacileo of White Reeves. They create sounds using past and present analog and digital technologies, somebody says.

The maelstrom is building.

Please join us for what may turn into a truly unforgettable night!

Wade Guyton. Friday the 13th. Serving Warm-Hearted Drinks

Monday, December 9th, 2013

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On Friday, December 13th, 2013, American artist Wade Guyton, assisted by 2013 Carnegie International co-curator Daniel Baumann and supervised by a bartender from Pittsburgh’s Parkhurst Dining empire, will serve you drinks in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s coatroom. Or, if you prefer, Carnegie Museum of Art’s new exhibition space and coatroom. Please join us from 8–11 p.m. for this full-on, intimate, and relaxed soiree! It also includes a reading of texts written by American photographer Joel Sternfeld to accompany the photographs taken for his seminal project Sweet Earth: Experimental Utopias in America.

Among the people lending their voices to Sternfeld we welcome:

Deavron Dailey (artist and facilitator, Braddock Art Lending Collection)
Lauren Goshinski (Co-Founder/Director of VIA | Pittsburgh)
Sherrie Flick (writer)
Cathy Lewis Long (founding Executive Director of The Sprout Fund)
Angela Love (illustrator and teacher)
Jon Reyes (facilitator, Braddock Art Lending Collection)
John Schulman (owner, Caliban Book Shop)
Ed Steck (writer)
Josh Weinstein (filmmaker)

This warm-hearted, pre-Christmas evening also offers an introduction of Sternfeld’s work in the 2013 Carnegie International by co-curator Tina Kukielski, as well as a visit with Wade to the very exclusive Founders Room, where his second contribution to the exhibition is located. Music will be provided by artist and puppeteer Tom Sarver who graciously agreed to play some of his father’s collection of partly obscure singles.

$18 in advance/$20 at the door ($15 students). Call 412.622.3288 for tickets or register online, but don’t miss Friday the 13th!

Tonight! Yael Bartana, Film & Discussion

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Yael Bartana And Europe Will Be Stunned

Don’t miss the one-time screening of Yael Bartana’s provocative film trilogy …And Europe Will Be Stunned (2007–11), which imagines the rise of the Jewish Renaissance Movement when 3.3 million Jews move back to Poland. Yael Bartana will discuss the films and answer your questions (5:30–6:30 p.m.: Happy Hour near the artist’s installation at the Grand Staircase; 7–8:30 p.m.: Screening and conversation in the CMA Theater; Cost: $10. Includes admission and one drink ticket).

Also, don’t miss Bartana’s film Summer Camp as part of the 2013 Carnegie International.

And be sure to attend this weekend’s symposium “A Collection of Misfits: Time-Based Media and the Museum,” presented by Carnegie Museum of Art and designed to encourage discourse about the practical and philosophical issues of building, maintaining, exhibiting, and preserving time-based media art collections. Details, register, program