Past Meets Present: Decorative Arts and Design at Carnegie Museum of Art
The newly renovated Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries provide a broad perspective on American and European decorative arts from the Rococo and Neoclassical periods of the 18th century to contemporary design and craft of the 20th and 21st centuries. In this special inaugural exhibition, the past and present of decorative arts and design at the museum is explored through three key installations. A display of significant early acquisitions includes 18th-century French furniture and sumptuous German porcelain owned by the famous collector and patron Ailsa Mellon Bruce; an important group of early Pennsylvania decorative arts reflects the museum’s commitment to the arts of our region; and a stunning installation of chairs offers a unique view of the evolution of style and design into the 21st century.
The exhibition is organized by Jason T. Busch, curatorial chair for collections and The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts.
Major support for the renovation and reinstallation of the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries has been provided by The Women’s Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art through the generosity of Eleanor Reamer Smith, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Edward G. Rendell, Governor, and The Richard C. von Hess Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, Jane A. and Alan G. Lehman, Margaret Ritchie Scaife, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, The Henry L. Hillman Fund, Edward S. and Jo-Ann M. Churchill, Wallace and Patricia Smith, the Beal Publication Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Henry L. Hillman, Jr. Foundation, and the Maxine and William Block Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.