November 2011 – All

November 1, 2011

All Activities


MFA DAYS for prospective graduate students occur November 10, December 8, and February 9, starting at 12noon at the School of Art Office, CFA 300. Spread the word! Those interested in applying to the School of Art’s MFA Program at Carnegie Mellon University can sign up now for tours and info sessions by emailing Keni Jefferson,, or calling 412.268.8001. Application Deadline is January 28, 2012.


Kim Beck (Associate Professor of Art’s) solo exhibition, “Under Development”, recently opened at Mixed Greens, NYC. Using drawing, sculpture, photography and site-specific installation, Beck explores the relationship between desire, stability, and economic security in this show of new work. The exhibition runs through November 12th. Additionally, her skywriting project, “The Sky Is the Limit (NYC)”, was presented by The Friends of The High Line in New York. In November she will be a visiting artist at Purdue University and in the Lecture Series at Hunter College MFA Program.

Lowry Burgess (Professor of Art) and Melissa Ragona (Associate Professor of Critical Theory) were presenters and panel moderators as part of Pittsburgh’s ASAP3 Symposium on post-1960s art and culture on October 27 at the Wyndham Hotel. As part of “Mediated Culture and Telepresence in Contemporary Art: Part I” they moderated “Issues in Anglophone Fiction” with Jeffrey R. Di Leo; Burgess presented “On The Metasphere: Virtual Reality Close-Up” with Jeffrey Jacobson, Director of PublicVR; Ragona presented “Reversed Delay: Early Experiments in Telepresence in the Work of Dan Graham and Andy Warhol”; and at 4:30 in the Earth Theater, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Burgess (Moon Arts Group, Studio for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University) and Jeffrey Jacobson presented “Mediated Culture and Telepresence in Contemporary Art: Part II”.

John Carson (Head of School, Regina & Marlin Miller Professor of Art) will be showing work in a group exhibition entitled “A Rocky Road’ at The Crawford Art GalleryM in Cork, Ireland, from November 2011 to January 2012. Curated by Sean Lynch, the exhibition is a selection of artworks and cultural occurrences in Ireland over the last 40 years, which challenge the broad social constructs of their time. Carson is reprising a work from 1978, entitled “A Bottle of Guinness In Every Pub In Buncrana”.

Pat Bellan-Gillen (Dorothy L. Stubnitz Professor of Art’s) work is included in “Flora and Fauna/Appropriation” at the Heike Pickett Gallery in Lexington, KY and in “Invitational 2011″ at the Heike Pickett Gallery in Versailles, KY through December 4. Pat was one of two printmakers from Pennsylvania to be included in The East/West Portfolio curated by Brian Kelly, director of Marais Press at the University of Louisiana. The portfolio will be exhibited around the country over the next several years. Shows begin this fall at CCSU Art Gallery, Central Connecticut University, New Britain, CT and The UCF Art Gallery at the University of Central Florida. The portfolio has been added to the collection of the University of Louisiana Art Museum and the art collection of Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA. She also exhibits in “Super-Sized/Large Scale Drawings” at Dupont Gallery, University of Mary Washington, VA, through December 2 and is featured on the blog, ArtStormer

Andrew Ellis Johnson and Susanne Slavick will be showing works in “The Imprint of War: Responses in Print” at the University Art Galley at University of Pittsburgh, on view through December 5. Other artists with works on view include: Sandow Birk, Nicolas Naughton and Jacques Callot.

Elaine A. King (Professor of Art History, Theory & Museum Studies’) article “Artists and Environmental Change: The Elusive Power of Contemporary” appears in on the on-line Journal Artes.  Her review of the exhibition “Quelodes: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art” is published in the November issue of Sculpture Magazine. 

Ben Kinsley (MFA ’08, Adjunct Faculty) and Jessica Langley (Adjunct Faculty) were visiting artists in the School of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) on October 23 & 24. They will also be creating a new, collaborative project titled “Make CATopia Real” as part of SPACES World Artists Program (SWAP), at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland Ohio during the months of November and December.

Golan Levin (Associate Professor of Electronic Art/STUDIO for Creative Inquiry Director) exhibits work through November 8 in “Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects”, curated by Paola Antonelli at MoMA, NYC. Levin also presents a large-scale solo exhibition at the Beall Center for Art and Technology at UC Irvine through January 28. Other works appear in “BEHOLD: Sight in New Media”, at Atlantic Wharf, Boston, MA (through December 4), and “The Gesture in Paint and Software: Helen Levin and Golan Levin”, at Staten Island Museum (through January 8), an unusual mother-son exhibition in which the gesture of the hand plays a central role.

Ayanah Moor (Associate Professorof Art’s) print and video work was featured in the recent book, Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality and Blackness, by Nicole R. Fleetwood. (The University of Chicago Press). Moor was also awarded a grant by the Pittsburgh Foundation to support an artist residency and solo exhibition at Proyecto ‘ace, a fine art print center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Moor is showing recent lithographs in, “Oil & Water”, October 26 – November 18 at Snowhite Gallery, Unitec, Auckland, New Zealand, and will also exhibit in, My Mythos at Fe Gallery, November 11 – December 23 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Paolo Pedercini released Phone Story, an iPhone/Android game about the hidden social costs of smartphone manufacturing. The ban of the app from the iTunes store generated a wide debate in the gaming community and beyond. The story was covered by Wired, USA Today, The Guardian, Techcrunch, CNN, NYT and Spiegel among the others. Paolo’s work was included in the Gwangu Design Biennale in Korea (co-curated by Ai Weiwei); AND: Abandon Normal Devices festival in UK; Interiority exhibition, part of the Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art. Paolo contributed to the book Net Works edited by xtine Burrough (Routledge).

Martin Prekop (Professor of Art) presented a solo show “Rococo Minimalism” through October 1 in Swewickly, PA, revisiting themes, materials and techniques, some dating back to his work from the 1970’s. Prekop’s recent pieces include light sculptures, photographs, mirror constructions, paintings and collage. They are installed to suggest a Shaker era hanging chair rail. Domestic architecture and related measuring systems referencing music and nature are among the long-term themes on view. Black and white Martin is doing color.

Mary Weidner (Professor of Art) has work in “Voices and Visions: Standing on the Bridge Between Health and Disease,” an exhibition in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness. This traveling exhibition will next be shown at the Harbin Clinic, Tony E. Warren, MD Cancer Center, just outside of Atlanta, GA from September 26 – November 1.


Pittsburgh’s 2011 VIA Music & New Media Festival, co-founded/directed by Lauren Goshinski (Marketing & Communications Manager), has been reviewed by Interview Magazine, Dummy Magazine, Temporary Art Review (by Lauren Adams (MFA ’07)), Create Digital Motion, and Resident Advisor. Interview Magazine features the FRKWYS7 Ensemble performance at CMU’s Kresge Theater, in collaboration with CMU Activities Board, along with a photo gallery by esteemed fashion and music photographer Shawn Brackbill.


Andy Warhol (A ’49): Paintings from the 1970′s is on view at Skarstedt Gallery in New York City, September 15 – October 22. Andy Warhol: Liz is on view at Gagosian, NYC, through October 22. “Warhol: Bardot” is on view at Gagosian, London, October 10 – November 12.

Audrey (Kleiman) Code(BFA ’59) presents “Transformations,” a solo show at The Painting Center in NYC, November 1-26, 2011.

Thomas Norulak (MFA ’71) presents a solo exhibition of etchings “Detritus” at 709 Penn Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh, PA; November 25 – January 1, 2012.

Katherine Kuharic (BFA ’84) presents “Pound of Flesh,” a solo exhibit at P.P.O.W. In New York City, October 13 through November 12, 2011.

Carolyn Muskat (BFA ’87) has work is included in “Seven for Science” at Smith College’s Oresman Gallery, November 4-30, 2011 with a reception on Thursday, November 3, at 5:30pm. She has also been invited back to Vietnam in January to teach lithography at the Hanoi Contemporary Art Center.

Mary Bates (BFA ’91) is working in the Liberal Arts Colleges Program at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in NYC.

Andy Vogt (BFA ’92) participates in “Stop & Go Rides Again,” a screening and exhibition at Z Space, October 6 ­- November 5, and will also be showing work in the project room of Electric Works, October 21 – November 25, both in San Francisco, CA.

Laleh Mehran (MFA ’97) presents “Entropic Order,” an interactive installation in “Ways of Knowing: Part I,” a two-person show at Galleries of Contemporary Art at University of Colorado (GOCA) in Colorado Springs, October 7 – December 16.

Arden Bendler Browning (BFA ’97) will be showing new work in these exhibitions this fall/winter: Solo show at Arlington Arts Center,VA , on view through December 30. Participating in “Collage Perspectives” at List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, opening November 3 – December 11. “Karmic Abstraction”, the re-opening exhibition of Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, November 15 – December 31.

Bianca Beck (BFA ’01) presents “Body,” a solo exhibit at Rachel Uffner Gallery, NYC, on view through December 23, 2011. Bianca Beck’s work was recently featured in a solo show at New York’s White Columns, as well as in group shows at New York galleries Cheim & Read, West Street Gallery at Harris Lieberman Gallery, Laurel Gitlen, and Renwick Gallery. She has also exhibited in Madrid, Detroit, and Chicago. She lives and works in NYC.

Jacob Feige (BFA ’02) presents ” From the Bellona Museum of Natural History,” his third solo show at Lombard Fried projects in NYC through November 21, 2011. A new series of paintings, drawings and sound-sculptures continues Feige’s study of the American landscape, citing two central sources for inspiration: the 1974 best seller Dhalgren by science fiction author Samuel Delany and the iconic murals by paleontological reconstruction artist Charles R. Knight, who shaped the way prehistoric life is represented today.

Brooke Singer (MFA ’02) and Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga (MFA ’99) participated in “Expanding the Documentary: New Media and the Digital Documentary” is a one-day conference on October 14 with an accompanying exhibition organized by the School of Film and Media Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York.

Naomi Falk (MFA ’03) will exhibit an installation & performance piece in “Islands” at Eastern Michigan University, October 31 – Dec 12. Opening reception, November 2 from 4-7pm. Related to the upcoming exhibition, this past summer, Falk spent five weeks at NES Artist Residency in Iceland and blogged about it (May, June, July 2011).

Erika May (BFA ’05) will be opening for Dar Williams on November 20 at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh, PA.

Lauren Adams (MFA ‘07) had a current solo project at Conner Contemporary in Washington, D.C. through October 22. Plunder is a textile installation in the courtyard with silk bunting featuring decorative paintings appropriated from the clothing on Queen Elizabeth I in her many royal portraits, acting as subversive pirate flags. Her work has also been included in “Conversation Pieces” at Purdue University and will be on view in “Out of Fashion” at South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art November 3 – March 4, 2012. Lauren participates in a panel on Installation Art and Site Specificity at Luminary Center for the Arts in St. Louis, MO on September 16, is a visiting artist at Alfred University on September 21 and continues to write for Temporary Art Review.

Julia Stein (JULIACKS) (BHA ’08) has been selected as one of five young artists of different geographical origins, already engaged in different types of artistic work to the post-graduate program at the École Nationale Superieux de Beaux Arts de Lyon. During the year long adventure they have access to the school’s infrastructure and studios. They also receive a grant, an apartment and critical accompaniment, constant interactivity and opportunities for foreign travel. Since April, Juliacks has been on a DIY tour with the art film, “Invisible Forces” with events in Los Angeles, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Rome, Tallinn, and Helsinki.

Magali Duzant (BHA ’09) exhibited in “Narrative” curated by Holly Andres at Black Box Gallery in Portland, OR, through October 22. Selected images from her series “Ardara and On” will be published in the fall issue of Union Station Magazine, released September 27.

Haydee Naula (BFA ’11) showed work in a group exhibition at NY COO Gallery October 5-22.


Agnes Bolt (MFA ’12) has a solo show “Dealing” at Project 4 in Washington DC October 22 – November 26 based on interventions into the lives of 2 DC art collectors. She exhibited in a group video show in October at the Damien Minton Annex Space in Sydney, Australia, and have a mention in Screen Slate for inclusion in “Independence Returns” that recently closed at project4 in Brooklyn, NY. She is the recipient of a CMU GUSH and Pittsburgh Artist Opportunity Grant.

Sung Rok Choi (MFA ’12) is presenting his works and thoughts, and accepting a winner prize at the 8th AHL Foundation Gala Show, Raging Hope, Transforming Lives as a winner of 8th AHL Foundation Visual Arts Competition. It takes place at Lehman Maupin Gallery, NYC, on Nov 5.

Oreen Cohen (MFA ’14) presents a solo exhibition “Wholesale Destruction” at Area 405, Baltimore, MD, opening Friday, December 9.


The undergraduate POP Cabaret course, taught by Suzie Silver (Associate Professor of Art), presented the Halloween Variety Show “I Put A Spell on You” at the Andy Warhol Museum on October 28. View photos and learn more about this first-time, museum-as-classroom collaboration. Performers: Adelaide Agyemang, Harrison Apple, Julia Cahill, Murphi Cook, Kinji Cheri Ho, Chelsea Lupkin, Julie Mallis, Ippei Mori, Stephanie Ross, Tim Sherman, Ann Stone, Mitsuko Verdery, and your host, Sonny Topaz.

Caroline Record (BFA ’14), who organizes ArtHang – a Carnegie Mellon student initiative to place artwork in a variety of prominent locations across campus – announces an exhibit of digital work in the Gates-Hilman Center in October/November and the opening 2D works at the Zebra Lounge, CFA, on November 9 at 3:30. ArtHang is always exploring potential spaces for art on campus: students should definitely consider submitting work!


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