Friday, December 17, 2010

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Announces Expanded 2011 Biennial with Warhol, Carnegie Museum of Art and CMU’s Miller Gallery

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Announces Expanded 2011 Biennial with Warhol, Carnegie Museum of Art and CMU’s Miller Gallery

December 9, 2010

(Pittsburgh, PA) – The Pittsburgh Biennial, a signature exhibition for Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts since 1994, will expand in scope and location in 2011. Setting a new precedent of collaboration among major art institutions in Pittsburgh, the exhibit will be co-presented and co-curated by The Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, and Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PF/PCA).

“This unique collaboration among these organizations builds on the open exchange of ideas as well as the collaborative atmosphere PF/PCA cultivates,” says Laura Domencic, Director of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. “These organizations have stepped outside of their regular programming to focus on the creative energy of Pittsburgh artists. They bring their valuable perspectives and resources, as well as a heightened recognition of our region’s most compelling visual artists.”

The Biennial will consist of distinct exhibitions which reflect each curator’s and partner institution’s engagement with artists working in Pittsburgh. The curatorial team is comprised of Eric Shiner, The Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Warhol; Dan Byers, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at Carnegie Museum of Art; Astria Suparak, Curator and Director of The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University; and Adam Welch, Curator of Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Starting next summer, the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial will have monthly receptions that will revolve to each of the partner institutions. The Pittsburgh Biennial will open at Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts on June 10 and be on view through October 23. It will open at Carnegie Museum of Art in June and be on view through mid-September. The second half of the Biennial will open in the fall at the Miller Gallery at CMU and at The Warhol.

“I am very much looking forward to working with my colleagues at some of the city’s finest art venues. It is nothing less than exciting to work with so many talented contemporary artists that live and work—or once did—in Pittsburgh,” says Eric Shiner of The Warhol. “We are quickly becoming one of the most dynamic art communities in America, and the Pittsburgh Biennial is going to prove that Pittsburgh is a place that cherishes and supports the arts.”

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