Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University
On view through November 30th, the Biennial at The Miller Gallery presents an eclectic group of artists and cultural producers who are all either living in, or connected to, Pittsburgh. Curated by local artist Casey Droege, the compelling group show features work by Edith Abeyta and Michael Lewis Miller, Gavin Benjamin, David Bernabo, Alexis Gideon, Ulric Joseph, Jessica Langley and Celeste Neuhaus.
Representing media and processes spanning painting, sculpture, video and sound, participating artists all “collect and reconfigure the data and debris of today’s world.” Highlighting innovative experiments in dance, social practice and performance, and revealing a fresh perspective on the creative process itself, the exhibition also reflects the diverse range of approaches to making art that can be found within Pittsburgh’s current contemporary art scene.
Augmenting works in the exhibition will be a unique rotating lineup of artist presentations that will further engage viewers and spark dialogue. Works on view, along with the accompanying presentations, also aim to explore the dynamics and intersections between “the quotidian and the cosmic, the social and the spectacular, the local and the global.”
Don’t miss the public opening reception on September 19th from 6 to 8 p.m., which will be preceded by an exhibition tour with the curator and artists at 5 p.m.
On September 27th, the Miller will host three performances by Lightlab, including movement-based work by Maree ReMalia/David Bernabo, Taylor Knight/Anna Thompson and Jil Stifel. Additional concurrent presentations and performances will feature Janks Archive, Drew Droege, Alexis Gideon, Celeste Neuhaus and more.
Celebrating some of the region’s most compelling artists, as well as showcasing Pittsburgh’s unique cultural landscape, this year’s Biennial continues with dynamic programming at multiple local arts venues through January 4th, 2015. Recently expanded in terms of scope and site—and launched with an unprecedented collaborative approach—the mega-show brings together local powerhouse curators and creators for a look at the region’s most thought-provoking contemporary art.
A signature exhibition of Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts since its founding in 1994, the show uniquely pairs young emerging contemporary art curators from each organization, and allows the venues to break from tradition and create a new collaborative model for the presentation of contemporary artworks.
Featuring distinct exhibitions that reflect each curator’s and partner institution’s engagement with artists working in and around Pittsburgh, the Biennial also aims to engage the public in a lively dialogue about contemporary art practice and production via monthly receptions at rotating sites, artist and curator talks, exhibition tours, film screenings, family-friendly workshops and culture club happy hour events.
Curators for the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial are: Jessica Beck (The Andy Warhol Museum); Nicholas Chambers (The Andy Warhol Museum); Amanda Donnan (Carnegie Museum of Art); Casey Droege (Miller Gallery at CMU); Murray Horne (SPACE); Barbara Luderoweski (Mattress Factory); Heather McElwee (Pittsburgh Glass Center); Michael Olijnyk (Mattress Factory); and Adam Welch (Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Pittsburgh Filmmakers).