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Carnegie Int’l
57th ed., 2018

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Programming Brings Carnegie International to Life

12 Sep 2018

A bounty of dynamic programming will animate the Carnegie International, helping visitors connect to the exhibition in many and diverse ways as it unfurls between October and March.

Carnegie International Info:

Pittsburgh, PA (September 12, 2018) Film screenings, music performances, in-gallery coffee service, a ballet collage, themed FEASTs by local chefs, artist lectures, improvisational drawing sessions, and more: an expansive, well–balanced series of public programs activate Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018. The programming offers myriad points of entry for different audiences, and many opportunities for repeat visitors to experience new aspects of the show.

Artist Projects

Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin’s busy studio will be in operation whenever the museum is open. Hard-working pairs will create text—based paintings—of the titles of rejected works from early Internationals—which visitors can select to take home.

Other recurring programs will take place at specific times. Tacita Dean’s Event for a Stage—a seamlessly edited 16mm film of four performances by actor Stephen Dillane—will screen Mondays at 11 AM. Kevin Jerome Everson will supplement his eight-hour film portrait of a factory with Thursday evening screenings of short films. Local jazz musicians will interpret Postcommodity’s monumental installation as a graphic score Thursday-Sunday at 1 PM. Art Labor’s coffee service—11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Monday—will make a visit to their Hammock Café that much more stimulating.

Some International artists will present one-time-only programs. Sculptor Josiah McElheney is organizing a day of “deep listening” in homage to composer Pauline Oliveros, who pioneered the technique of actively opening the ears to the sounds of the world. Celebrated jazz trumpet player Joe McPhee and others will improvise as they “listen” to the work in the gallery, followed by an evening concert. Date TBD.

Jeremy Deller will visit Pittsburgh in February for a week of art classes with elementary school students. Emphasizing the artist’s role as a historian of their time, the program will culminate in a weekend-long exhibition in the Hall of Architecture where visitors can get a glimpse of America through children’s eyes. Drawings will be on exhibit February 2–3, 2019.

Opening weekend, October 13–14, will brim with events, including a collage of ballet scenes, composed by Karen Kilimnik, performed by students from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Tavares Strachan’s electric contribution to the International will be revealed. There will be several screenings of Tacita Dean’s film in the Music Hall, where on Saturday afternoon, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye will lead the public in a lively drawing session accompanied by flamenco music and dancers.

Curatorial Projects

The International’s Cinematheque series presents four Saturdays of film screenings, each unraveling one of the exhibition’s interpretive threads. A matinee program of films for kids is followed by tea and cookies in the café. An evening program for adults is followed by FEAST by a local chef. Cinematheque brings a range of visions and perspectives into the museum’s theater.

  • Nov. 10: Beauty
  • Dec. 1: Politics
  • Jan. 26: Children
  • Feb. 23: Sound

Tam O’Shanter Drawing Sessions take inspiration from Carnegie Museum of Art’s long tradition of free public art classes of the same name. With the goal of building creative community through improvisational acts of drawing, each session is dreamed up by an International artist or organizer, guided by their own particular passions and processes. From a star-gazer’s night of sketching in the observatory, to a zine-making workshop, to an afternoon of drawing while listening to a sculptor’s jazz playlist, these sessions offer singular opportunities to learn and create.

Carnegie International curator Ingrid Schaffner’s annual lecture is a fast-paced, deep-dive into the big question What Is Contemporary? On November 8, her culminating version of this lecture will focus on the exhibition she has been working on for more than three years!

Collaborations with Local Institutions

October 20

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater and Carnegie Museum of Art will celebrate the Pittsburgh arts organizations and individuals who received micro-grants through KEYWORD: INTERNATIONAL, from FashionAFRICANA and Fairy Fantastic! to the Braddock Community Oven and Working-Class Media Project. Charged with conducting creative research that explores the meaning of “international,” the awardees will report their findings at a lively public forum at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

November 1

College and university students, faculty, and staff are invited to the museum for the International’s much anticipated University Night led by Postcommodity’s Cristóbal Martínez and Kade Twist. Teachers as well as artists, the pair will bring students from San Francisco Art Institute and Otis College of Art and Design to animate an evening of conversation, performance, drawing, conviviality, and snacks.

Winter Holiday Season

Since 1937 the Women’s Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art has erected and decorated five magnificent trees in the Hall of Architecture. This year’s decorations are inspired by themes suggested by International artist Karen Kilimnik: tartans, bows, gingerbread, and more.


The International teams up with our neighbor, Carnegie Mellon University, to present an Artist Lecture Series. International artists will give public talks about their ideas and processes at CMU.

With the spring schedule to be announced, the fall schedule is as follows:

  • Sep. 18: Rachel Rose
  • Oct. 2: Saba Innab
  • Oct. 9: Zoe Leonard with Rhea Anastas
  • Oct. 23: Alex Da Corte
  • Oct. 30: Jon Rubin and Lenka Clayton
  • Nov. 27: Jessi Reaves

Enrichment in the Galleries

The International offers a diverse range of in-gallery interpretation. Daily docent tours and gallery ambassadors give insights into the exhibition. In the Moment tours are unique opportunities for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their care partners. Tours for visitors who are deaf and hard of hearing and tours for visitors who are blind and partially-sighted are offered for the International.

Specialized enrichment will be provided by students in a unique museum studies course at the University of Pittsburgh, co-taught by International Associate Curator Liz Park and Erin Peters, Carnegie Museum of Natural History and University of Pittsburgh. Small groups of Inside the Carnegie International students will conduct “field work” in the galleries, soliciting the ideas and impressions of members of the public while sharing their own evolving understanding of the exhibition, its artists, and the legacy of the International.

Organize Your Own Experience

With so many unmissable programs, visitors may want to strategize. Take a Monday morning to watch Tacita Dean’s Event for a Stage, or organize a group of friends to attend a Cinematheque screening and FEAST. Hear your favorite artists speak and draw with them at a Tam Session. Mark November 8 on your calendar to hear curator Ingrid Schaffner talk about the show. Revel in the excitement of Opening Weekend—and stay tuned to hear what’s planned for Closing Weekend next March! With such a vast menu of experiences on offer, one single visit is bound to feel insufficient. We hope many people will visit and re-visit the exhibition, anticipating particular pleasures and stumbling upon unexpected delights.


Major support for the Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 has been provided by the Carnegie International Endowment, The Fine Foundation, and the Keystone Friends of the 2018 Carnegie International. Additional major support is provided by the Friends of the 2018 Carnegie International, the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowment for Contemporary Art, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Louisa S. Rosenthal Family Fund.

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.

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