Past Exhibitions

Duane Michals: Collector

November 1, 2014 – March 2, 2015


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From Duane Michals’s walls to ours, encounter the eclectic collection that the acclaimed photographer hangs in his home.  

Duane Michals: Collector offers a unique look at the world of art through the eyes of an eclectic collector, acclaimed photographer Duane Michals. One of the most influential photographers of the late 20th century—known for his genre-challenging practices such as the inclusion of text and creation of narrative series—Michals is also an avid art collector. Since 2001, he has given nearly 50 works from his collection to Carnegie Museum of Art, which is also the single largest repository of his photographs; the works in Duane Michals: Collector are all promised gifts to the museum.

The selection of works ranges from an etching made in 1799 by Francisco de Goya, to a large painting by Mark Tansey dated 1999, to photographs by André Kertész from the 1920s and 1930s. While the works and artists are diverse, certain key themes speak to Michals’s own practice: the relationship between image and text, the importance of humor and imagination, and evidence of the human hand. Duane Michals: Collector incorporates Michals’s own interpretations and memories, offering insights into his collecting and its relationship to his art-making. Don’t miss this intimate and rare experience, a meditation on a life spent with, and making, art.

More than a dozen works on view in 
Duane Michals: Collector are included in ABC Duane: A Duane Michals Primer (184 pages), available in hardcover for $40 at the CMOA Design Store.

Duane Michals: Collector is organized by Amanda Zehnder, associate curator of fine arts at Carnegie Museum of Art. 

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Exhibition Credits

Support for Duane Michals: Collector has been provided by The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art. General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Installation Views


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