Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Carnegie Museum of Art Schedule for 2011 2012

Carnegie Museum of Art

Exhibition Schedule for 2011–2012

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art announces a rich schedule of exhibitions and programs from now until 2012. The museum explores the intersection of the local and the global by creating exceptional exhibitions that travel to cities worldwide; by bringing renowned international art to Pittsburgh; and by collecting, curating, and displaying the work of regional artists with the potential to transform the way the world thinks about art from Pittsburgh.

Please note that all information included in this news release is effective as of June 15 and is subject to change. For current information, please contact the museum’s communications office at 412.688.8690 or Images of the museum, its collection, and special exhibitions are available online. Contact the communications office for access.

Exhibitions 2011

Andrey Avinoff: In Pursuit of Beauty

Through August 28, 2011

Works on Paper Gallery

Carnegie Museum of Art presents the first exhibition in more than 50 years devoted to the visionary art of the brilliant and talented Andrey Avinoff (1884–1949), who believed that beauty would save the world. His exotic story, from the court of the Russian tsar to the mountains of Tibet, from an upstate New York dairy farm to the laboratories of Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh and to the salons of Park Avenue, has never been told in full. Best known for his scientific research on butterflies, and as director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History from 1926 to 1945, Avinoff created a rich body of fantastical, symbolist watercolor paintings that express ideas about metamorphosis, transience, and change. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color, illustrated catalogue and organized by Louise Lippincott, curator of fine arts.

Major support for this exhibition is provided by Dr. Richard and Priscilla Hunt, the Virginia Kaufman Fund, and the Beal Publication Fund.

Ragnar Kjartansson: Song

Through October 9, 2011

Forum Gallery and other museum galleries

Carnegie Museum of Art presents the first solo US museum exhibition of the work of Ragnar Kjartansson. A musician as well as artist, Kjartansson (b. 1976) has been drawn to the theater and performance since he formed a band in his teenage years. Kjartansson’s videos reflect an interest in music and theater and the personae of its performers, often coupled with extreme environments. The End (2008) features two musicians in a mountainous snowy landscape, while Satan is Real (2005) finds the naked artist buried to his chest in the lawn of a public park, playing a guitar. His approach wavers between a besotted optimism and a deadpan, sometimes unnerving, directness. Ritual, repetition, and an almost hallucinogenic reverie share the stage with humor, levity, and a charismatic impulse to entertain. Ragnar Kjartansson: Song is the 66th installment of the Forum series and is organized by associate curator of contemporary art Dan Byers.

Major support for this exhibition is provided by The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, the Virginia Kaufman Fund, and the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, with presenting sponsorship provided by Rodgers Insurance Group and Motorists Mutual Insurance Company. Support is also provided by The American-Scandinavian Association.

Hand Made: Contemporary Craft in Ceramic, Glass, and Wood


Balcony Gallery

The first exhibition in the newly renovated Balcony Gallery, Hand Made features highlights of the three most significant studio craft movements of the last 70 years: ceramic, glass, and wood. The new Balcony Gallery’s floor-to-ceiling, glass-fronted casework present 65 handmade objects integrated thematically to reveal interrelationships in form and technique across media. More than half of the objects on view are new to the museum’s collection; not to be missed are recent acquisitions in contemporary turned wood as well as major gifts from the Deena and Jerome Kaplan collection. The celebration of craft extends beyond the Balcony Gallery to the adjacent Hall of Sculpture Balcony, the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries, and the Scaife Foyer, where another two dozen works of contemporary craft and studio furniture are on view. The exhibition is organized by Rachel Delphia, assistant curator of decorative arts and design.

Major support for the renovation and reinstallation of the Balcony Gallery was provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, Governor, as well as the Henry Luce Foundation, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Henry L. Hillman Fund. Support also was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and The Decorative Arts and Design Forum of Carnegie Museum of Art.

Pittsburgh Biennial

June 17–September 18, 2011

Heinz Galleries

The local meets the global at Carnegie Museum of Art with the Pittsburgh Biennial. For the first time, the Biennial extends beyond Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts into three additional co-presenting venues—Carnegie Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, and The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University—each with its own independent curatorial focus. The Biennial represents a new level of commitment to regional artists at Carnegie Museum of Art with the potential to transform how the global art world considers and experiences art from Pittsburgh. The Museum of Art’s presentation is organized by Dan Byers, associate curator of contemporary art, and features a multigenerational mix of artists from or living in Pittsburgh: Peggy Ahwesh, Stephanie Beroes, Brandon Boan, Lenka Clayton, Ed Eberle, Fabrizio Gerbino, Jamie Gruzska, Zak Prekop, and Frank Santoro. The exhibition includes film, video, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and publications that explore the double meaning of “work” as action and outcome. The artists most overtly conjure this notion of work through meditations on the nature of making, and an interest in the social contexts, totems, artifacts, and songs of labor.

Major support for the Pittsburgh Biennial at Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, with additional support provided by the Hillman Foundation, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, and Kreider Printing.

Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey

September 3–December 31, 2011

The Heinz Architectural Center

Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) was one of the most influential architects in the Western world. Fascinated by Roman ruins and the work of the ancient Roman architect/engineer/theorist Vitruvius, Palladio designed public and private buildings that incorporate classical design elements while exploiting Renaissance advances in engineering and construction. Palladio’s architectural theory, widely disseminated through his Four Books on Architecture (1570), reached the United States by the 18th century and influenced Thomas Jefferson and the design of monumental buildings in Washington, DC. Through rarely seen drawings and books from the collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, modern bas-relief models, and specially commissioned models of buildings that Palladio studied, designed, or influenced, Palladio and His Legacy documents this transatlantic migration of architectural thinking.

Organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects Trust, London, in association with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza. Carnegie Museum of Art’s presentation is organized by curator of architecture Tracy Myers.

Picturing the City: Downtown Pittsburgh, 2007–2010

September 17, 2011–March 25, 2012

Works on Paper Gallery

Nine Pittsburgh photographers have turned their lenses toward Pittsburgh’s Downtown neighborhood to document the significant changes in the natural and built environment brought on by an unprecedented development boom. The inspiration for the project, supported by the Heinz Endowments, was the Pittsburgh Photographic Library that documented the Pittsburgh Renaissance of the 1950s. Organized by curator of photography Linda Benedict-Jones, the exhibition reflects the evolution of the city’s downtown throughout a series of dramatic changes during the last decade. Picturing the City presents the finest works created by photographers Melissa Farlow, Richard Kelly, Jim Judkis, Kenneth Neely, Annie O’Neill, Mark Perrott, Martha Rial, Renee Rosensteel, and Dylan Vitone.

Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story

October 29, 2011–April 15, 2012

Heinz Galleries

Carnegie Museum of Art presents a retrospective of the work of African American photojournalist Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908–1997). The exhibition, organized by curator of fine arts Louise Lippincott, showcases and promotes Harris’s remarkable work, which the New York Times called “breathtaking in scope.” Featuring Harris’s greatest images of life in Pittsburgh’s African American communities from the 1930s through the 1970s, Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story includes a multimedia presentation of nearly 1,000 images and a variety of educational resources. The museum is also copublishing with the University of Pittsburgh Press Teenie Harris, Photographer: Image, Memory, History. The richly illustrated book will offer new and unpublished scholarship about Harris, his work, and his times that will inform the fields of American and African American art, culture, and history. A portion of the retrospective will travel as a smaller-scale exhibition of prints to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama, and then to the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library in Georgia.

Major support for this exhibition is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., and Richard King Mellon Foundation. Support is also provided by The Heinz Endowments and the Virginia Kaufman Fund. Support for the exhibition soundtrack is provided by BNY Mellon. Other generous support is provided by The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Beal Publication Fund.

Cathy Wilkes

November 11, 2011–February 26, 2012

Forum Gallery

Cathy Wilkes, the 67th installment of the Forum series, is the first American museum exhibition to feature both paintings and sculptures by the renowned Scottish artist, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2008. Organized by associate curator of contemporary art Dan Byers, the exhibition presents Wilkes’s meticulously worked abstract paintings and two installations, one of which has been newly commissioned by the museum.

Neapolitan Presepio

December 1, 2011–January 8, 2012

Hall of Architecture

A visit to Carnegie Museum of Art’s Neapolitan presepio, one of the finest Nativity scenes of its kind, has been a Pittsburgh holiday tradition since 1957. Handcrafted between 1700 and 1830, the annual presepio is filled with lifelike figures and colorful details that re-create the Nativity within a vibrant and detailed panorama of 18th-century Italian village life. More than 100 superbly modeled human and angelic figures, along with animals, accessories, and architectural elements, are displayed over 250 square feet and create a memorable depiction of the Nativity as seen through the eyes of Neapolitan artisans and collectors.

Annual Holiday Trees

December 1, 2011–January 8, 2012

Hall of Architecture

During the holidays, Carnegie Museum of Art decks the Hall of Architecture with delightful seasonal displays and towering holiday trees adorned with handmade ornaments by the Women’s Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art.

2011 Special Events and Activities

Culture Club

Select Thursday evenings

Happy hour has never been so interesting. Museum staff and guest presenters engage visitors in provocative conversation about art and life in a different part of the galleries each month. The salon-style conversation begins around 6 p.m.

June 16: Pittsburgh Biennial Opening Event

5:30­–9 p.m.

Free with cash bar

In this first look at the exhibition, meet the artists with ties to the Pittsburgh area, and experience the local and the global in a whole new way.

July 21: “The Labor Party,” Second Annual Two-Minute Film Festival

Food and drink available starting at 7:30 p.m.; 9:30 p.m. screening in the Sculpture Court

$10; includes admission and two drink tickets

Culture Club goes late night! Start with a visit to the Pittsburgh Biennial and Ragnar Kjartansson: Song. Then enjoy drinks, summer fare, and a screening of two-minute films submitted by the public. Picnic dinner is available for purchase.

Artists on Art Gallery Talks

Sundays, 2:30–3:30 p.m.; free with museum admission

Get to know the intriguing artists behind the work in the Pittsburgh Biennial at Carnegie Museum of Art. Join in on the conversation as pairs of artists discuss their works and share their insights about local connections and global views.

June 19: Peggy Ahwesh and Frank Santoro

July 10: Fabrizio Gerbino and Lenka Clayton

August 7: Ed Eberle and Brandon Boan

September 11: Zak Prekop and Jamie Gruzska

Sound Series

Thursday and Friday, July 7 and 8; 8 p.m. each night

Carnegie Museum of Art Sculpture Court; rain location TBA

Single performance: $15 nonmembers/$12 members and students

Both performances: $25 nonmembers/$20 members and students

Visit for tickets.

The performance collaboration between The Warhol and Carnegie Museum of Art shifts outdoors for the summer with two special evenings of indie folk/pop music in Carnegie Museum of Art’s Sculpture Court.

Thursday, July 7: Pittsburgh-based Ladybug Transistor and guests

Friday, July 8: Texas-based Bill Callahan (SMOG) and guest

2012 Exhibitions

Meanings of Impressionism: Paintings, Pastels, and Photographs from the Collection

May 12–August 26, 2012

Heinz Galleries

Meanings of Impressionism: Paintings, Pastels, and Photographs from the Collection features more than 120 works by many of the most important artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Drawn primarily from Carnegie Museum of Art’s significant holdings from the period, Meanings of Impressionism includes many of the most beloved works by artists such as Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Renoir, Paul Signac, and Alfred Sisley as well as some objects that have never been on view before. The exhibition will include a section examining the relevance of Impressionism to the Pictorialist movement in photography intermixing paintings and photographs. Overall, the exhibition investigates the complicated nature of Impressionism, which can be defined in many ways: as a unique social and artistic scene; as a style of painting associated with certain subjects; and as a term related to optics and expression. The exhibition is organized by Amanda Zehnder, associate curator of fine arts, and Linda Benedict-Jones, curator of photography. To coincide with the exhibition, the museum will publish a full-color, illustrated handbook entitled Impressionism and Post-Impressionism Collection Highlights.

Major support for this exhibition is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support provided by the Richard C. von Hess Foundation and the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851–1939

October 13, 2012–February 24, 2013

Heinz Galleries

Inventing the Modern World explores the diversity and ingenuity of decorative arts displayed at international expositions and world’s fairs, from London’s Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in 1851 to the New York World’s Fair of 1939. World’s fairs were the most important vehicles for debuting advancements in modern living and represented the pinnacle of scientific and artistic achievements for their times. The exhibition will include works made by a variety of international artisans and manufacturers, ranging from a monumental 1850s Gothic Revival cabinet to a streamlined glass chair from 1939, to masterpieces of jewelry and objects in glass, silver, and porcelain by Baccarat, Tiffany, Gorham, Cartier, Sèvres, and Herman Miller. Many objects will be exhibited in the United States for the very first time, and a full-color, illustrated catalogue co-published with Skira Rizzoli, will accompany the exhibition. Inventing the Modern World is co-organized by Jason T. Busch, Curatorial Chair for Collections and the Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at Carnegie Museum of Art, and Catherine L. Futter, the Helen Jane and R. Hugh “Pat” Uhlmann Curator of Decorative Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes

September 15, 2012–January 20, 2013

The Heinz Architectural Center

White Cube, Green Maze presents six innovative institutions dedicated to the experience of culture and nature. In each distinct site, architecture, the reuse of found structures, environmentalism, and artistic experimentation are combined to create museums that go beyond the traditional gallery space. Rather than any simple placement of art in nature, as with many 20th-century sculpture parks, these new art landscapes offer multiple experiences. The sites featured in the exhibition include the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, WA; The Raketenstation, a former NATO missile base in Germany; the Benesse Art Site Naoshima located on an island in Japan’s Inland Sea; Inhotim, a repurposed botanical garden in Brazil housing contemporary art; the Jardín Botánico at Culiacán, Mexico; and the Grand Traiano Art Complex in Italy. Organized by Raymund Ryan, curator of architecture, the exhibition will include a full-color, illustrated catalogue.

The exhibitions and dates listed above are subject to change.

Photos are available on Carnegie Museum of Art’s media photo Web site. Contact the communications office at 412.688.8690 or for the access code.

Permanent Collection

The museum’s significant collection of art since 1945 features paintings, sculptures, video, and installations, many of them acquired from Carnegie International exhibitions. Other collections of note include works of American art from the late 19th century, French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, and European and American decorative arts from the late 17th century to the present. The Heinz Architectural Center, opened as part of the museum in 1993, is dedicated to enhancing understanding of the physical environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. The Hall of Architecture contains the largest collection of plaster casts of architectural masterpieces in America and one of the three largest in the world. The recently reopened Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries feature an enhanced installation of decorative arts, design, and craft, highlighting important collections of Pennsylvania furniture, seating furniture, and contemporary objects made from glass and aluminum.

General Information


Web site

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Thursday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Sunday, noon–5 p.m.

(Open Mondays in the summer between the 4th of July and Labor Day; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Presidents’ Day; and Monday between Christmas Day and New Years Day)


Adults, $15

Seniors (65+), $12

Students with ID/Children ages 3–18, $11

Members and children under 3, Free

Admission includes Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Admission rates subject to change.

Group Tours


Special rates available for groups of 10 or more.

Carnegie Café

Tuesday–Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Sunday, closed

Fossil Fuels Café

Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Sunday, noon–4 p.m.

Museum Stores

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Thursday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Sunday, noon–5 p.m.

Location and Parking

Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Library, and Carnegie Music Hall are located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh at 4400 Forbes Avenue, across from the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning. Parking is available in the garage directly behind the building at the corner of Forbes Avenue and South Craig Street.


General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust.

Carnegie Museum of Art

Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European works from the 16th century to the present. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understanding of the physical environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131 or visit our Web site at



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