Carnegie Mellon University to send art to the Moon

In competition for the Google Lunar X Prize, the Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotic Institute in Pennsylvania, United States, will send a rover to the Moon in 2016. A team of artists has been asked to create an artwork that will be attached to be attached to the rover. Famous roboticist and founder of Astrobotic, Inc., William L. “Red” Whittaker, has invited a group of artists to participate to this expedition. A team of artists, scientists, and engineers has developed a project entitled The Moon Arts Ark. It is designed to represent an small-scale museum with elements of art, dance, music and poetry. The Moon Arts Ark will include four miniature rooms containing evidence of life on Earth. The entire artwork will weigh no more than 6 ounces, a great technical accomplishment. Artist Lowry Burgess, who is co-directing the initiative, explained that “this is an opportunity to take the arts and humanities into a realm that is traditionally thought of as cold and lifeless.” Once the rover reaches the Moon, exhibitions documenting the Moon Arts Project will be hosted in several European cities, including Paris. These will be curated by Jean Luc Soret, who currently serves the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) in...

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Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei come together in Joint Exhibition

A joint exhibition bringing together Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei will be presented consecutively at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne, Australia, from 11 December 2015 until 24 April 2016, followed by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, United States, from 4 June until 28 August 2016. This is an international exhibition, presenting two major artists of the twentieth and twenty-first century, Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei. It will explore the considerable influence of these artists on modern art as well as in contemporary lifestyles. Focusing on the practices of these two artists, the exhibition brings to light their similarities as well as their differences. The exhibition at the NGV will showcase close to 300 works, as well as new commissions by Ai Weiwei. It offers a representation of works by the two artists that spans their renowned careers as much as possible, through varying media: paintings, sculpture, as well as video and photography. Ai Weiwei has said: “It appears to be a very interesting and important exhibition and an honor for me to have the opportunity to be exhibited alongside Andy Warhol. This is a great privilege for me, as an...

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Jacqueline Humphries at the Carnegie Museum of Art

From 11 June until 5 October 2015, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh is holding an exhibition of the works the artist Jacqueline Humphries. In her first solo museum exhibition for ten years, curated by Amanda Donnan, Humphries will present a new body of works, which have been created specifically for the space at the Carnegie Museum of Art. In this new series, the artist is continuing her experimentation with metallic pigments and painting in black light. Aware of the ever-changing nature of the medium of painting, this series’ abstract works address the digital world, which is now an integral part of daily life. Using a stencil-cutting technique, with which the artist has been experimenting for several years, she draws over her canvasses, creating an immersive environment. With her black light paintings, which have fluorescent pigments that are only visible in the dark, Humphries offers a similar experience to her visitors. By making them approach this specific, spectacular environment in the darkness, she intensifies the phenomemon of vision: that of seeing as well as being seen. “Perhaps it’s about motion and light. Having a heightened sense of the painting changing in front of your eyes gives it an almost cinematic quality,” she explains in reference to her installation for the...

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Andy Warhol Museum hires new curator Bartholomew Ryan

The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the United States, has announced the nomination of a new curator, Bartholomew Ryan, who is to take up his post as of 18 May 2015. Previously, Ryan was an assistant curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, working on several successful exhibitions such as the recent “International Pop”, which he co-curated with Darsie Alexander. In 2013 he co-organised the exhibition “Painter Painter”, which looked at contemporary abstract painting, and “9 Artists”, which looked at the role of the artist in contemporary culture through the works of Yael Bartana, Liam Gillick, Renzo Martens, Bjarne Melgaard, Nastio Mosquito, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Hito Steyerl, and Dahn Vo. Director of the Andy Warhol Museum Eric Shiner said in a statement: “Bartholomew is one of the most dynamic young curators in America today, and his exhibition record and deep working relationships with some of today’s most compelling artists make him a perfect fit for The...

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The Carnegie Museum of Art appoints Dan Leers as curator of photography

The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) has announced the appointment of Daniel Leers as curator of photography, effective of 27 April 2015. Leers follows the retirement of Linda Benedict Jones, the museum’s first curator of photography. Leers will steer CMOA into the direction of international contemporary photography, an area in which the museum already invests, and will shape the Department of Photography’s collection through important acquisitions and exhibitions. Lynn Zelevansky, a director at CMOA said: “[Dan’s] global perspective, high-caliber institutional experience, and collaborative energy, make him an ideal fit for Carnegie Museum of Art as we look forward to a dynamic future in which photography plays a major role.” Daniel Leers worked as a curatorial advisor for the 2013 Venice Biennale and served as a curatorial fellow in the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art from 2008-2011. Leers has also held prestigious curatorial positions at the American Federation of Arts, the Museum of the City of New York, and has organised over ten important exhibitions in the United States. The Carnegie Museum of Art, located in the Oakland neighbourhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is an art museum founded in 1895 by the Pittsburgh-based industrialist Andrew Carnegie. The museum holds a distinguished collection of contemporary art, including film and video...

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