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Here Are the 150 Artists That Curators Hand-Picked for This Year’s Carnegie International, a Time-Tested Showcase for New Talent and Ideas
The 58th edition will feature 150 artists, creative collectives, and institutional collections.
At this year’s Carnegie International, the emphasis is definitely on the “international.”
“How can we think of the ‘international’ as an idea from the specific place that we’re working from?” said Sohrab Mohebbi, head curator of the 58th edition of the show, set to open this September at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The exhibition will seek to answer this question by tracing the “geopolitical imprint of the U.S. since 1945”—a moment that, according to Mohebbi, signals both the birth of contemporary art and the country’s ascension to global hegemonic power.
The exhibition’s global framing is mirrored by its expansive list of participants, a lineup that includes artists both living and dead, as well as several creative collectives and institutional collections. Altogether, there are 150 names from 40 territories around the world, including Claes Oldenburg, Diane Severin Nguyen, Susan Meiselas, and Trương Công Tùng.
That’s a huge grouping, even for a historically scopious show like the International, which is the longest-running exhibition series in the U.S. (The previous edition, in 2018, for instance, boasted 32 collectives.)
“The show is, by design, different in almost every way,” said Eric Crosby, director of the Carnegie Museum. Among the themes animating it are “issues of artistic solidarity, reconstitution, and responding to traumatic world events.”
Special focus will be given to “thinking historically,” the director went on, “to looking not just at the present moment but at practices that have been overlooked by art history. We want to bring those practices into the museum alongside the [Carnegie’s] own collection in a way that prompts new reconsiderations of our history through the lens of the contemporary.”
Édgar Calel, a Kaqchikel artist, was responsible for the show’s title: “Is it morning for you yet?” Calel was visiting Mohebbi in Pittsburgh when he explained that, for his people in the Mayan Kaqchikel community of Guatemala, it is customary not to say “good morning” but to ask, “Is it morning for you yet?”
“This really kept resonating in many ways,” Mohebbi recalled, referring again to the relativity of the exhibition’s conceit. The title, he said, “was a way for us to acknowledge this question around what is contemporary. Are we together? Are we on the same clock? Let’s check our times together.”
See the full list of the participating collectives, institutions, estates, and artists below:
Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara
Võ An Khánh
Angel Velasco Shaw
Antonio Martorell with poetry by Ernesto Cardenal
Colectivo 3 (Aarón Flores, Araceli Zúñiga, Blanca Noval Vilar, and César Espinosa) Dala Nasser
Diane Severin Nguyen
Giana De Dier
Hyphen— (Akmalia Rizqita “Chita,” Grace Samboh, Ratna Mufida), presenting works by: Kustiyah alongside Edhi Sunarso, Gregorius Sidharta Soegijo, Kartika, Rustamadji, Siti Ruliyati, Sriyani Hudyonoto, Sudarso, Trubus Soedarsono, Zaini
I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih
Isabel De Obaldía
James “Yaya” Hough
Joong Seop Lee
Julian Abraham “Togar”
Karen Tei Yamashita
Krista Belle Stewart
LaToya Ruby Frazier
Let’s Get Free: The Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee
Los Angeles Poverty Department
Louise E. Jefferson
Monira Al Qadiri
Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende Collection presenting works by: Alberto Pérez, Alfredo Portillos, Anders Åberg, Anonymous women, Bat T. Tchouloun, Carol Law, Derek Boshier, Eduardo Terrazas, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Francisco Brugnoli, Gontran Guanaes Netto, Hanns Karlewski, Hugo Rivera-Scott, Leonilda González, Lilo Salberg, Luis Felipe Noé, Luis Tomasello, Maryse Eloy, Myra Landau, N. Bavoujav, Öyvind Fahlström, Patricia Israel, Paul Peter Piech, Ricardo Mesa, Ryszard Winiarski, Sambuungiin Mashbat, SANALBAT (S. Natsagdorj, N. Sandagdorj, N. Sukhbat), Valentina Cruz, Ximena Armas
Rafa Nasiri and Etel Adnan
Rosa Mena Valenzuela
Tei Carpenter / Agency—Agency
Thu Van Tran
Trương Công Tùng
“Is it morning for you yet?” will run from September 24, 2022 through April 2, 2023 at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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