The Carnegie Museum of Art plans to launch two projects in February designed to rely on interaction with the general public. 20/20: Celebrating Two Decades of the Heinz Architectural Center and Oh Snap! Your Take on Our Photographs will coupled with selections of works from the museum’s collections geared to elicit response from the museum visitors.
Celebrating Two Decades of the Heinz Architectural Center
February 9–May 19
Birthday Party / Cake Contest Launch Event, CAKEitecture: February 9
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Heinz Architectural Center, the Carnegie Museum of art plans to engage the public in a dialog concerning the significance of architecture in their lives.
Included in the presentation will be timelines highlighting important events, exhibitions and acquisitions that have been a part of the center’s 20 year history. There will also be a display of twenty objects from the museum archives selected by current and past curatorial staff members. A video presentation will highlight various individuals from outside the museum and their reflections of the effect of architecture on their lives.
While the exhibit is currently on display, visitors will be invited to speak of their own experiences with architecture and design. Their responses will be part of an online forum designed to shape the future of the Heinz Architectural Center future.
“20/20 will bring together the institution’s history, curators, and the visitors themselves to share ideas and everyday experiences with the built environment,” said curator of architecture Tracy Myers. “These responses will give the center insight into new and different ways to discuss architecture and design.”
Special launch event
February 9, 2013, 7–9 p.m.
Hall of Sculpture, Carnegie Museum of Art
CAKEitecture teams up architects, designers and local bakers with the goal to craft the ultimate cake from an architectural standpoint. Visitors will be asked to vote for their favorites as well as taste the results
The Design Alliance and Gluuteny
Loysen + Kreuthmeier and Prantl’s Bakery
Springboard Design and Sugar ’N Spires
Perkins Eastman and Madison Ave Cakes
Young Architects Forum and Dozen Bake Shop
Oh Snap! Your Take on Our Photographs
Opens February 21
Visit the museum’s photography collection and get motivated, then go home and send your favorite photos in response to the exhibit. The museum will then print various images right in the gallery and adding these newly acquired user submitted photos as part of the exhibit.
The project is designed to spur not only visitor involvement, but also to promote social intercourse in the form of conversation and reaction thus breaking down the concept of museums not being unapproachable in terms of new ideas and thinking.
“We’re looking forward to seeing how audiences help round out Oh Snap!,” said Marilyn Russell, the museum’s curator of education. “It will be a fantastic avenue for encouraging more than just the viewing of our artworks—we hope to provoke real conversations that will be shared in the galleries.”
Visit ohsnap.cmoa.org to share your photos and view some of the museum’s new acquisitions.
The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. 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.
Carnegie Museum of Art
Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European works from the 16th century to the present. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understanding of the physical environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131 or visit our website at www.cmoa.org.