Friday, April 18, 2008

Carnegie International "Life on Mars" May 3 2008 to January 11, 2009 Pittsburgh,PA Carnegie Museum of Art Exhibit

55th Carnegie International Life on Mars May 3 2008 to January 11, 2009
Check out the curator statement below and then after that the events schedule.

5.3.08 - 1.11.09 Curator's Introduction by Douglas Fogle

Carnegie Museum of Art Curator of Contemporary Art and Curator of the 2008 Carnegie International"Life on Mars," the 2008 Carnegie International, focuses on the increasingly relevant question of what it means to be human in the world today. Foregoing any universal answers to this question, the artists in the exhibition investigate particular aspects of the human condition, moving along paths that are both introspective and worldly while poetically traversing the dramatic spectrum from tragedy to comedy.

The question, "Is there life on Mars?" is a rhetorical one, posed in the face of a world in which increasingly accelerating global events—political, social, natural, and economic—seem to challenge and threaten to overtake our most basic forms of everyday existence.

Rather than a literal search for extraterrestrial intelligence, this question might be seen as a metaphorical quest to explore what it means to be human in this radically unmoored world. Moving from the micro to the macro levels of experience, the exhibition proposes to look at the multiple perspectives and myriad responses to this 21st-century dilemma from artists from all over the globe.

Today, a concern with the question of what it means to be human can be found in contemporary art everywhere. Many of the younger artists in the exhibition have inherited a legacy that seeks to produce the momentary, the ephemeral, and the modest rather than the monumental. One sees in their work not a discredited universal humanism but a real connection to the human condition, expressed with an economy of means that is at once fragile and powerful.

Life on Mars is a collective self-portrait of humanity colliding with the economic and political events that define daily existence. Questions of our survival are humorously and poignantly brought to the fore in films, installations, paintings, sculptures, and photographs that search for the sublime in the banality of everyday life.

Events Calendar

-->Daily Tours Tues.-Sun., 1:30-2:30 p.m., beginning May 3 Also Mondays from July 7 through Aug. 25 Guided drop-in tours are free with museum admission and meet in front of the museum store. To schedule adult or student group tours, call the group visits office at 412.622.3289. Discounts apply for groups who register and pay in advance.

Guide by Cell Audio Tour Beginning May 3 Hear from curators and artists right from your own cell phone. You control what you hear and when.

What's New? Approaches to Contemporary Art and the 55th Carnegie International Thurs., Apr. 3, 10, 17, 25 (4 sessions) 1:30-3:00 p.m. or 6:00-7:30 p.m. $64 members/$76 nonmembers Call 412.622.3288 to register. The unfamiliar can be unsettling or unleashing! For 112 years the Carnegie International has challenged Pittsburghers to overcome our reservations about the unfamiliar and to open our imaginations to the new in art. Prepare to see and experience the newest installment of the exhibition by looking at how art has changed in the last 50 years with four slide-illustrated sessions by Vicky A. Clark. From the rebellious '60s to our unsettled global politic--examine art that has made us see and think in new ways. Learn how to share you thoughts and ask questions on the Life on Mars web site. Be a part of the discussion!

Members Tour: Gearing up for the 2008 Carnegie International Sun., Apr. 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Two-week advance reservation required. Call 412.578.2476. The first Carnegie International exhibition opened in 1896, and over its 112 year history many works first seen in Internationals have been added to the museum's collection. Discover how these works expressed their contemporary moments, and get ready for the 55th presentation of the exhibition that opens on May 3.

Exclusive Member's Event Sun., May 4 5:00-5:45 p.m.: Curator's Discussion, Carnegie Lecture Hall 5:45-8:30 p.m.: reception and galleries open Free for Carnegie Museum members. Begin the evening with an unconventional, thought-provoking introduction to the key themes explored in Life on Mars. Douglas Fogle, curator of the exhibition, joins Eungie Joo, Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs, at The New Museum, New York, and a member of the International's advisory team in a conversation that will energize your thinking as you visit the galleries. React to what you see in the galleries by registering your questions or comments on the Life on Mars web site. Then continue the discussion on May 22. Sponsored by Fort Pitt Capital

Members' Tour: Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International Sun., May 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Two-week advance reservation required. Call 412.578.2476. You can't see it all in one hour or even one visit! Enjoy a closer look at specific artists included in the exhibition that brings the best contemporary art from around the world to Pittsburgh.

Open House for Educators: Life on Mars Wed., May 14, 4:00-8:00 p.m., CMA theater and galleries $10, preregistration required, 3 ACT 48 hours. Call 412.622.3288 to register. Join K-12 educators and Carnegie Museum of Art staff to experience the most intriguing contemporary art from around the world, right here in Pittsburgh during this exclusive open house to celebrate the 2008 Carnegie International. Enjoy wine and appetizers, tour the exhibition, try out the new participatory web site, and listen as Douglas Fogle, curator of Life on Mars, shares his insights on art's significance in the 21st century. Ask questions and share feedback and ideas for creating thematic interdisciplinary programs for students at the museum and on the Web! Register on-site for International-related summer teacher workshops and school tours for the fall 2008.

Lunch & Learn: The Carnegie International in Context--What do the big international shows tell us about contemporary art and culture? Thurs., May 15, 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. $36 members/$45 nonmembers Lunch in the Carnegie Café is included. Call 412.622.3288 to register. Call 412.622.3288 to register.Teachers earn 2.5 ACT 48 hours. The Carnegie International is only one of many huge survey exhibitions of contemporary art. How is it different from the Venice Biennale, Documenta, the Whitney Biennial and the rest of the pack? Join Vicky Clark, independent curator, to discover why these shows are so successful and what can we learn from them. After lunch, enjoy a docent-led gallery tour of a selection of works in the current International.

On-line and On Stage: Douglas Fogle and Living on Mars Thurs., May 22, 6:00-7:00 p.m., galleries open until 9:00 p.m. Carnegie Lecture HallLife on Mars What are your initial impressions of Life on Mars? What questions or insights have your visits to the galleries or to the exhibition's web site provoked? Life on Mars curator Douglas Fogle has spent the past 3 years reflecting on what he's heard from artists, critics, dealers, and advisors while organizing the exhibition. Now he wants to hear from you. Submit your questions, observations, and insights to the Life on Mars web site. Then join us in person or on-line for a live, web cast, lecture-discussion when Fogle responds to your questions.

SUMMER PROGRAMS: Coming Soon Events link here

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