Posts Tagged ‘Forum exhibitions’

Duncan Campbell

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Installation shot of "Duncan Campbell" showing screen prints (alt)

The other day I did an interview about this blog with Tyler Green of Modern Art Notes, and he was telling me that he thinks one of the things that makes it great is that it doesn’t feel like we’re plugging something. True, we’re usually just interested in sharing what we’re interested in. But now I’m going to actively promote something. Sorry Tyler! I hope you’ll forgive this transgression, because this is important:

There’s about a month left to see new screen prints and three powerful films by Duncan Campbell—Arbeit (2011), Make It New John (2009), and Bernadette (2008)—which are playing on a timed daily rotation in our Forum Gallery. I think people don’t necessarily expect to sit down and watch a longish (39 min., 50 min., and 37 min., respectively) video when they come to a museum, but this is an opportunity not to be missed. The dinosaurs aren’t going anywhere, so if you live in the Pittsburgh area or will be visiting before July 8, please don’t rush past Forum en route to somewhere else—commit a little time to this show.

Miami (in the off-season with Ragnar Kjartansson)

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

I have just begun a month-long research trip that began in Miami, will end in Basel, and in-between will take me to Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, Zagreb, Berlin, Kassel, and Paris. And maybe a mining town in Belgium. This trip began in a humid, sultry fashion in Miami, where the CMA’s exhibition, Ragnar Kjartansson: Song, was opening at MoCA North Miami (it goes to ICA Boston in December). I’d never been to Miami outside of December, during Art Basel, and it was nice to see the city as it normally is, without the thousands of art world characters floating around. I had a great few days down there and was reminded of the strong artist community. Thursday evening was Ragnar’s opening—the installation was impeccable. And Ragnar, in true Ragnar fashion, made everybody happy. I had an 8:00 AM flight the next morning, which I miraculously made, and then spent the next 22 hours en-route to Hong Kong. I don’t recommend that to anyone…

Cathy Wilkes

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

I was introduced to Cathy Wilkes’s work by Yasmil Raymond when I was working at the Walker Art Center. Wilkes was a linchpin of Raymond’s exhibition Abstract Resistance. She and I talked about the show at length, and while I was always compelled by the images of Cathy’s work, something seemed to be missing for me. …Turned out that the missing element was actually seeing the work in person. (Imagine!) Her installation in Abstract Resistance was raw, visceral, delicate, psychologically complex, and beautiful in a way that was quiet, peaceful, and dark. The Sunday following the opening, Cathy gave a talk at Midway Contemporary Art. It remains the most moving, most interesting artist talk I’ve ever heard. Hearing Cathy talk about her work is as affecting as seeing it.

When Lynn Zelevansky and I took a trip to London in the spring of 2010, I went up to Glasgow by train (a BEAUTIFUL train ride) to meet with Cathy. It was a great studio visit, which gave me a lot of insight… most memorable was the altered bathtub that Cathy had up on cinderblocks that she uses to scrub the surfaces of her paintings… the paint and cleaning liquids empty through the drain into a bucket, full of dark and mysterious residue. When Cathy came to Pittsburgh after a trip to Aspen a few months later, in the middle of the winter, we looked at the Forum gallery together, deciding on a mix of recent paintings and a new installation. Most of the work she made for the show which opened here in November was actually made right in the gallery. I watched as steel frames turned into ghostly men, and saw Cathy and her assistant Darren apply what looked like hundreds of layers of papier-mâché to get the figures’ skin densities and colors just right. We had to have an attendant in the gallery after hours and on weekends as they worked. I volunteered, and am so happy I did, because I saw the work come into being, and take on meaning and force in real time, in front of my eyes.

Check out the booklet we published for the show, and read my essay, along with Cathy Wilkes’s artist statement.

The light lock in the lobby: Recent films and moving images in Forum

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

When I arrived at the museum in May 2009, my first show was in the Forum Gallery. I brought together three moving image works that kept kicking around my head over the preceding year. The dark, granite floored gallery seemed a good place to experiment with their simultaneous presentation. All silent, the group included Joachim Koester’s frantic, beautiful, and strange 16mm film Tarantism, William E. Jones latest version of his Farm Security Administration digital photo animation hypnotism Killed, called Punctured, and Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer’s nighttime film raid on the Met, Flash in the Metropolitan. You can read more about the Jones, Koester, Nashashibi/Skaer: Reanimation here.


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…