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 reverberate in 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. 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.