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Carnegie Museum of Art is the premiere pan-historical museum in its region, encompassing works from the ancient world to the 21st century. Particular areas of strength are painting and sculpture from 1850 to 1910; decorative arts and design from 1800 to the present; and contemporary art from the 1980s onward. Five curatorial departments oversee the collection: contemporary art, decorative arts and design, fine arts, photography, and the Heinz Architectural Center. The museum also houses the Teenie Harris Archive, including nearly 75,000 negatives by this important African American photographer, and the Hillman Photography Initiative, a living laboratory for photography exploring the intersections among artistic practices and technological research.

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