Daniel Baumann | December 11th, 2013
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!
Daniel Baumann | December 9th, 2013
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!
Daniel Baumann | November 21st, 2013
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
Tina Kukielski | November 12th, 2013
We had our first snow of the season last night, but we won’t let that stop our hotly anticipated bike art tour of Pittsburgh this Saturday. Daniel Baumann and I, along with Bike Pittsburgh, will be your fearless guides through the cold streets. We start at home base, beside the Phyllida Barlow sculpture that is part of the 2013 Carnegie International, then it’s a short jaunt over to Kraus Campo, a garden sculpture designed by Mel Bochner on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Next we cruise (mostly downhill!) over to the South Side, then downtown for a quick break in two of our favorite public plazas, one with chairs made by Scott Burton for the 1985 Carnegie International, and another straight out of Louise Bourgeois’s wild imagination. She too was in an International exhibition in 1991, proof that the Carnegie International leaves its mark on this city in mysterious ways. The intrepid will join us over to Randyland for a real treat in Do-it-Yourself public art practice, then to the wondrous Maxo Vanka murals of St. Nicholas’s Church in Millvale. As time allows, we will heat up with tea in the 2013 Carnegie International apartment on 44th Street in Lawrenceville before heading home through the Allegheny Cemetery. By then, I assume all will be ready for lunch and de-icing in the warm galleries of the Carnegie.
Daniel Baumann | November 5th, 2013
He An’s What Makes Me Understand What I Know?; Photo: Josh Franzos
Untitled works by Vincent Fecteau; Photo: Josh Franzos
We worked hard on this show; gave everything and the last bit at the opening on October 4, 5, and 6; and then fell into a coma to wake up delighted about the amazing reviews. Pittsburgh had trembled at the thought of being bashed by New York, but New York discussed it (what bigger compliment is there?), liked it, and acknowledged some touchdowns. Roberta Smith of the New York Times: “This lean, seemingly modest, thought-out exhibition takes the big global survey of contemporary art off steroids…”; Peter Schjeldahl of The New Yorker: “The strikingly thoughtful new edition of the venerable Carnegie International…”; Andrew Russeth of the New York Observer: “The more time I spent [with the exhibition] the more I envied the people of the Steel City, who get to have it at their doorstep for the next five months.”
New York not being everything, there were (and still are coming, we’ll keep you posted) other reviews with great insights. Kerr Houston’s critique was one them for Baltimore’s Bmoreart; another one was Nessia Pope’s “A Seriously Playful Carnegie International Brings Welcome Attention to New Artistic Visions” for Artspace; a third was by Bryne McLaughlin in Canadian Art, and (not) finally, a more visual one was by Contemporary Art Daily.
Other journals, magazines, and blogs focused on individual artists like Taryn Simon (Telegraph), Zanele Muholi (Huffington Post), Mladen Stilinović (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review), Zoe Strauss in Artforum and in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Transformazium’s Art Lending Collection, Ei Arakawa/Henning Bohl’s interview, John Kane (prominently shown in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection reinstallation), Henry Taylor, and Dinh Q. Lê.
And the Lawrenceville Apartment Talks.
And the Collection component of the exhibition—see this archive timeline, these archives on Tumblr and Pinterest, and this article from The Exhibitionist.
And The Playground Project in The New York Times by Carol Kino. Another great review by architect Sean Sheffler of AIA Pittsburgh.
And there were interviews and articles where we raised our voices (or they were raised for us)—a profile on Tina Kukielski, Dan Byers, and Daniel Baumann; Tom Eccles in conversation with the three co-curators for the British ArtReview; Jay Sanders in discussion with Daniel Baumann in Spike Art Quarterly.