Contemporary Art

contemporary310wideIn addition to organizing the Carnegie International, the contemporary art department is responsible for the Forum project series, presenting the works of prominent emerging contemporary artists in the museum's Forum Gallery; large-scale solo and group exhibitions; and revolving collection installations. The department maintains an ambitious acquisitions program in all media, buying recent works (often by artists featured in the museum's exhibitions) and filling in historical gaps. The contemporary art department is also responsible for the museum's significant collection of film and video works, the result of CMOA's trailblazing Film Section, begun in 1970, that brought the era's most important experimental filmmakers to Pittsburgh to present their work and make new films.

A number of permanent, or semi-permanent, site-specific works by artists including Richard Serra, Lothar Baumgarten, Sol Lewitt, Mel Bochner, and Christopher Wool inhabit public spaces around the museum.

More Gallery views


View of the Scaife Galleries, including works by Robert Motherwell and Phyllida Barlow


View of the Scaife Galleries, including works by Carl Andre and Frank Stella 


View of 1980s video works in the Scaife Galleries