Friday, July 15, 2016

News from the CMOA

Still from "The App Expo" by Ashley Andrews and Ashley Andreykovitch

It's time for movie magic—a whole 120 seconds worth—as CMOA's 2-Minute Film Festival returns for the sixth year! Carnegie Museum of Art received nearly 200 entries from all over the world for this edition of the festival. And more than 40 of the entries were from local filmmakers!

56 films were selected for the 2016 Festival. Of those, 21 came from other countries, 11 came from across the US, and 24 are from the greater Pittsburgh area.

This year, we're partnering with Pittsburgh’s Row House Cinema for the 2-Minute Film Festival series. Row House Cinema is a single-screen, state-of-the-art theater in the historic Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Be sure to join us at one of the celebratory events below, or attend a screening the week of July 15–20 at Row House!

Opening Party for 2MFF
Friday, July 15 at 7 p.m.
Premiere the sixth annual 2-Minute Film Festival with a party and screening at Row House Cinema! Have a delicious beer on us and snacks from B52, The Vandal, and Butterwood Bake Consortium. Then, kick back in the theater to watch our picks from 2-minute films from across the globe.

Third Thursday: CINEMA
Thursday, July 21, 8–11 p.m.
It is time for movie magic - a whole 120 seconds worth - as CMOA's 2-Minute Film Festival returns for the sixth year! Screen the locally and internationally submitted films and cheer for the award winners for Critics' Choice, Audience Favorite, and Best Local Film. Celebrate the cinematic excellence while grooving to EyeJay the DJ and snap a photo on our red carpet.

Screenings at Row House
July 15–20, various times
Festival screenings at Row House feature special concessions as well as a slew of two minute short films from all across the globe, including local filmmakers.

For special event ticketing, please visit

Still from “I am pretty sure that the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority wants me to fall in love with the stranger next to me” by Jehan Madhani
2016 2-Minute Film Festival Filmmakers
Lola Adebiyi, Angela Adusah & Brennan Alexa, Ashley Andrews & Ashley Andrykovitch, Sandra May Beukes, Kalpana Biswas, BPO Films, Miguel Braga & Gonçalo Roquette, Molly Brown, Bruno Carnide, Andreea Dobre, Ignacio F. Rodó, Ben Dietels, Anton Forsdik, Reza Golchin, Scott Gros, Mike Hanley, Ilean Doble Hernandez,  Maureen Hilton, Krishan Hooda, Besnik Ibrahimi, Tejasvi Kang, P. Sam Kessie, Nathan King, Kevin Kino, Thomas Kyhn, Rovsing Hjørnet, Marcie Lacerte, Mazen Lotfy, Jehan Madhani, Chris Mason, Lisa McCarty, Patricia McInroy, Morgen Miller, Aaron Miranda, Evan Mulgrave, Jose Muniain, Saeed Naghavian, Sergio Pastore, Andrew Payne, Matthew R. Day, Samuel Rinkacs & Tyler Barkich, Jean-Michel Rolland, Ryan Sanderson, Will Simmons, Dana Sink, Jeffrey Smee, Seth Smiley, Madalene Spezialetti, Ivette Spradlin, Jordan C. Taylor & DS Kinsel, Dennis Tsai, S. Tucker Orbison, Lauren Valley, Ayerim Villanueva, Bill Wade, Tomer Werechson, Masha Zarnitsa, and Ben Ziv & Daniel Binsted. @ciemvee

Heads up Instagrammers: the Carnegie Museum of Art wants to get your perspective on life. Show us how photography can gather moments to tell a bigger story.

The one rule—your story should be authentic. If something is "on fleek," we don’t want to see it. Keep your sunsets, magazine-quality food shots, and perfectly styled selfies. We want to see the reality of your world, good, bad, and meh. So don’t hold back on details others might miss or your unique perspectives—as long as it’s your truth, we want to see it.

TO PARTICIPATE: Simply post to Instagram using the hashtag #cmoarealday. We’ll collect images and share each person’s real life at and on a display in the exhibition gallery. Also, at the end of the exhibition, we’ll ask local musicians to write songs using the #cmoarealday submissions as inspiration.

#cmoarealday is a program of Strength in Numbers at CMOA, which draws from all four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh to show how photography in groups can convey the perspectives of individual photographers. Photographers like Garry Winogrand, the quintessential street photographer observing the world around him as it rushed by; LaToya Ruby Frazier, sharing her perspectives on her native Braddock, Pa., through intimate views of her family life; or Larry Clark, portraying the lives of his drug-addicted friends as only an insider can.

Now it’s your turn to share your real perspectives with the CMOA community.

With 500 images and growing, CMOA’s Instagram campaign #cmoarealday invites users to capture their lives as they actually happen, sharing more than those ubiquitous, perfectly-styled moments. That means moments that are messy, unplanned, real. After all, life is more than restaurant meals, cats, and beach vistas.

#cmoarealday emerged from the upcoming exhibition Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups, which explores how photographers have used multiple images for deeper, more expansive narratives and investigations than a single image could carry. Images posted to Instagram using #cmoarealday post on our website, and on a screen in the Strength in Numbers gallery. They will also serve as inspiration for singers and songwriters for series of performances this winter.

About The Exhibit
Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups
July 23, 2016–February 6, 2017
Gallery One, Carnegie Museum of Art

Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups brings together nearly 100 photographs from the collections of all four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh for the very first time. Organized around themes of People, Place, and Perspective, the exhibition explores how photographers throughout history have used multiple images to create narratives or examine subjects more deeply than is possible with a single picture.

Photographers often seek to better understand others by taking their picture. The theme of People in Strength in Numbers examines the work of photographers who have compiled groups of portraits. August Sander (German, 1876–1964) ambitiously tried to photograph every type of person living in Germany between the World Wars with his series People of the 20th Century.

 Though ultimately destined to fail, the project provided insight into preoccupations of Weimar-era society and the documentary ability of the camera. More recently, Zanele Muholi (South African, b. 1972) set out to catalogue the marginalized LGBTQ community in South Africa with her powerful project Faces and Phases. As a member of this community herself, Muholi humanizes and gives voice to people who otherwise are silenced.  Part of the2013 Carnegie International, this project has met widespread acclaim, and earned Muholi the International’s Fine Prize for emerging artists. 

In the context of Strength in Numbers, Place is a concept that keeps one rooted and yet is always changing. As a foreigner traveling across the US in the mid-2000s, Paul Graham (British, b. 1956) was attuned to the everyday moments and ordinary places that most Americans ignored. With his multi-part photograph Pittsburgh (2004), Graham somehow turns a nondescript motel lawn into a sublime setting. By the late 1800s, Eugene Atget (French, 1857–1927) had settled on Paris as his most significant subject. The city’s old streets and storefronts were under threat from Baron Haussmann’s plan of modernization supported by Emperor Napoleon III. Atget’s series of photographs of small shops destined for demolition are filled with nostalgia, but resigned to the progression of time. 
The theme of Perspective refers to the role that both the photographer and the viewer play in making a picture. LaToya Ruby Frazier’s (American, b. 1982) photographs made in her hometown of Braddock, Pa., share tender, intimate moments between Frazier and her family with the rest of the world. By inviting viewers behind her camera and into her personal life, the artist gives access to scenes normally off-limits to outsiders. Access is also important to the work of Newsha Tavakolian (Iranian, b. 1981) whose series Hajj, Trip of a Lifetimefollows the artist as she goes on a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Through Tavakolian’s photographs, audiences can experience one of the most important journeys in Islam from the unique perspective of a practicing Muslim.
The exhibition features work dating from as early as 1887 and as recent as 2011 by artist as varied as John Divola, Judy Fiskin, Mike Kelley, Sharon Lockhart, Eadweard Muybridge, Eliot Porter, and Andy Warhol.. Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups is the first exhibition organized for Carnegie Museum of Art by its new curator of photography, Dan Leers.

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