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58th Carnegie International

Photo from the Carnegie Museum of Art

The 58th edition of the Carnegie International opened this past weekend and runs through April 2, 2023. The Carnegie International is the longest-running survey of contemporary art in North America and has been Carnegie Museum of Art’s signature exhibition since its creation in 1896.

The exhibition features work by established and emerging artists from the United States, Asia, Europe, South America and Middle East. The themes of decentralization and reconstitution guided the curator, Sohrab Mohebbi’s research. He envisioned an exhibition that will present Carnegie Museum of Art as one location among others in and around Pittsburgh and beyond, prompting the museum to forge new partnerships with arts organizations, music venues, local universities, and other civic entities. The exhibition, which will be accompanied by a publication, will transform galleries and public spaces in the museum and occupy sites and engage the public in various Pittsburgh neighborhoods. 

Pittsburgh will be represented by four artists and organizations:

James “Yaya” Hough who lives in the Hill District is known for his drawing practice and essentially looks into confinement and authority and how that impacts human bodies, minds, and perceptions. The International will have a presentation of his drawings in the Carnegie Art Musuem gallery – drawings that the museum recently acquired.

The International is also working on a commission with a group working to end perpetual incarceration, “Let’s Get Free: The Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee.” They use art as an organizing tool and educate to shift cultural understandings around harm, healing, and justice.

Finally, they will have a significant commission with a Braddock, PA-born artist, LaToya Ruby Frazier, who is creating an incredible and important monument for the community healthcare workers in Baltimore. Her work will be on view within the museum.

Another local partner that many will recognize is The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). The International has commissioned the Berlin-based collective terra0, a group of developers, artists, and researchers to present an augmented tree that owns its land. CCAC has generously donated land on which the tree has been planted. 

For more details and tickets, visit their website!

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