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Launching in Beta: Carnegie Museum of Art to Open Two Interactive Exhibitions in February 2013 

Released: January 31, 2013

As part of a larger institutional commitment to experimentation and increased interaction from the public, Carnegie Museum of Art will launch two exhibitions in February that rely on visitor participation. 20/20: Celebrating Two Decades of the Heinz Architectural Center and Oh Snap!: Your Take on Our Photographs will launch with a selection of works from the museum’s collections to encourage responses from visitors.

20/20: Celebrating Two Decades of the Heinz Architectural Center

February 9–May 19 

Birthday Party / Cake Contest Launch Event, CAKEitecture: February 9

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Heinz Architectural Center and help inform its vision for the future. 20/20 kicks off a year of programming that will engage the public in dialogue about the significance of architecture in their lives. The presentation includes a timeline that highlights important exhibitions, events, and acquisitions of the past 20 years; a display of 20 objects from the collection selected by current or past curatorial staff because of their personal resonance; and a video presentation of individuals from outside the museum reflecting on experiences in their lives that were profoundly affected by architecture.

Visitors will be invited to reflect on their own experiences with architecture and design, and their responses will join an online forum that will help shape the Heinz Architectural Center's next 20 years. "20/20 will bring together the institution's history, curators, and the visitors themselves to share ideas and everyday experiences with the built environment," said curator of architecture Tracy Myers. "These responses will give the center insight into new and different ways to discuss architecture and design."

Special Launch Event


February 9, 2013, 7–9 p.m.
Hall of Sculpture, Carnegie Museum of Art

Join us for this 20th birthday party with cake fit for an architect. CAKEitecture pairs architects and designers with local bakeries to craft architecturally designed confections. Vote for your favorite, admire the sight, and have a taste—they are all edible!


The Teams 

The Design Alliance and Gluuteny
Loysen + Kreuthmeier and Prantl’s Bakery
Springboard Design and Sugar ’N Spires
Perkins Eastman and Madison Ave Cakes
Young Architects Forum and Dozen Bake Shop

Visit for more information.


Oh Snap! Your Take on Our Photographs

Opens February 21
Forum Gallery

The museum's photography collection is constantly growing—come see some of our new acquisitions and get inspired. Visitors may take their own photos in response and share them with us. We'll be printing images in the gallery and adding new user-submitted photos to the walls as the project evolves. Museum staff hope that this experimental approach will spur conversation, reaction, and interaction, as well as demonstrate that art on museum walls is not hermetically sealed from new ways of thinking. Help us, and others, see our works in a new light! "We're looking forward to seeing how audiences help round out Oh Snap!," said Marilyn Russell, the museum's curator of education. "It will be a fantastic avenue for encouraging more than just the viewing of our artworks—we hope to provoke real conversations that will be shared in the galleries."

Visit to share your photos and view some of our new acquisitions.

Launch Event

Stay tuned for details on the Oh Snap! launch event, scheduled for the evening of February 21.


The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. 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.

Carnegie Museum of Art

Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European works from the 16th century to the present. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understanding of the physical environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131.