In front of the Cloud Factory behind Carnegie Museum of Art
Welcome, Lauren. Tell us your official title, and what are some of your responsibilities at the museum?
As the curatorial assistant for the 2013 Carnegie International, I’m here to help the three intrepid curators, the ever-poised curatorial assistant in contemporary art, Amanda Donnan, and all the unflagging members of the CMA staff turn a vast historical precedent and some crazy new ideas into a survey exhibition of contemporary art that is going to knock your socks off.
One of my favorite parts of the job is coordinating events at the Lawrenceville Apartment; a satellite space for the International, where local and visiting artists, writers, and filmmakers can present new and ongoing projects to members of the Pittsburgh cultural community. Just recently we had Suzie Silver from The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality and Jasdeep Khaira of Encyclopedia Destructica present readings and video projects from their new book Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities. The book is full of all manner of intergalactic and interspecies perversities, dreamed up by a wide range of contributors, including many from the Pittsburgh area.