For the first time, the Biennial extends beyond Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts into three additional co-presenting venues—Carnegie Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, and The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University—each with its own independent curatorial focus. The Biennialrepresents a new level of commitment to regional artists at Carnegie Museum of Art with the potential to transform how the global art world considers and experiences art from Pittsburgh.
The Museum of Art’s presentation is organized by Dan Byers, associate curator of contemporary art, and features a multigenerational mix of artists from or living in Pittsburgh: Peggy Ahwesh, Stephanie Beroes, Brandon Boan, Lenka Clayton, Ed Eberle, Fabrizio Gerbino, Jamie Gruzska, Zak Prekop, and Frank Santoro. The exhibition includes film, video, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and publications thatreverberate in the double meaning of “work” as action and outcome. The artists most overtly conjure this notion of work through meditations on the nature of making, and an interest in the social contexts, totems, artifacts, and songs of labor.