A Pittsburgh Anthology at Carnegie Museum of Art

The CMOA has a new installation unlike anything it has ever done before. The best part? It’s an ode to Pittsburgh!

The Carnegie Museum of Art is an institution in Pittsburgh’s artistic legacy. For any visitor to Pittsburgh, it is as much a must-do as the iconic Duquesne Incline. And, art lovers and enthusiasts are likely to find something incredible during a trip to the CMOA. Find it right in the heart of the Oakland neighborhood, among the legendary universities and medical centers, bustling college students, and delicious food. 

A Pittsburgh Anthology, which opened in August, highlights pieces from the permanent collection at the CMOA that were made in, about, and for Pittsburgh. The objects all work together to tell stories about Pittsburgh from many different perspectives. The installation features work by some famous local artists like Lenka Clayton, Thaddeus Mosley, Charles "Teenie" Harris, and Vanessa German as well as artists who have been to the city temporarily and felt inspired to created something in their time here. 

An interesting aspect of A Pittsburgh Anthology is the compulsion artists tend to feel to map out Pittsburgh’s interesting topography or skyline. The stories that are told this way are endless, and often reflect the community in Pittsburgh as well. Each piece shows how the artists related to the people and the environment of the city to create their unique pieces. This installation will leave you feeling like you’ve seen Pittsburgh from 100 different perspectives at once. 

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Johanna K. W. Hailman was born and lived in Pittsburgh, drawing inspiration from a range of subjects, from the flowers growing in her garden to the smoky industrial landscapes that defined her hometown. She began painting early in life, training under her father, Joseph R. Woodwell, and sharing his East End studio until his death. . Hailman submitted paintings to the Carnegie International almost every year, and her works were shown in an astonishing 38 separate exhibitions. She left an important legacy as an artist and patron; Hailman was a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and bequeathed her art collection to the museum. . Celebrate creative life in Pittsburgh. Visit A Pittsburgh Anthology in the Scaife galleries now and check in tomorrow for our final post of the week. #MyPittsburghAnthology #CMOAcollects . Johanna K. W. Hailman, The River, 1929, Carnegie Museum of Art, Bequest of Johanna K. W. Hailman.

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The permanent collection at the CMOA has been around since 1895, when the museum opened. Since then, the collection has grown to more than 30,000 objects in an array of different media. 

The CMOA is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, although its current collection features works from the ancient to the contemporary. It is devoted to exploring the role art plays in confronting social issues at any time throughout history. The museum does this by creating an environment where art is accessible through programming like children's events, classes and workshops, and even yoga.

It’s easy to spend an entire day roaming the halls of the beautiful building, seeing ancient artifacts, renaissance works, famous Van Goghs and Monets, and complex modern pieces all in one day. You'll want to explore every nook a cranny to make sure you don’t miss what incredible story is behind every corner. But it’s especially exciting to come across a piece about Pittsburgh or something created by a local artist that gives you a true sense of the spirit and energy of the city. 

This installation is one you won't want to miss. Next time you're visiting Oakland, strolling through Schenley Park, or exploring the halls of the Cathedral of Learning, be sure to make a stop at the CMOA (as if you weren't headed there next anyway) to learn the stories of Pittsburgh through the eyes of its people.

Installation view of A Pittsburgh Anthology, 2019, Carnegie Museum of Art. Photo: Bryan Conley.

This Blog Post is sponsored by the Carnegie Museum of Art