Gordon Parks, Emerging Man, Harlem, NY (detail), 1952, printed before 2006, gelatin silver print, 10 7/8 x 17 3/8 in., Carnegie Museum of Art, Purchase, The William T. Hillman Fund for Photography, Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation

20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art

Heinz Galleries

Experience a dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.

Founded in 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem is internationally known for its catalytic role in championing the works of artists of African descent. In a unique collaboration, curators Eric Crosby (Carnegie Museum of Art) and Amanda Hunt (The Studio Museum in Harlem) conceived a group exhibition with works by 20 artists each drawn from their museums’ collections.

Painting of African American woman wearing stylish green printed skirt standing in a gallery, with photograph hanging behind her shoulder. Her eyes gaze right at the viewer, and her arms are crossed.
Kerry James Marshall, “Untitled (Gallery),” 2016, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Henry L. Hillman Fund ©Kerry James Marshall

Highlighting a diverse array of makers and media, 20/20 offers a metaphoric picture of America by foregrounding artworks that address challenging notions of identity and social inequality in art and life across the 20th century and into the 21st. The exhibition allows for focused interpretation of artworks around specific themes of democracy, labor and economy, the American landscape, spiritual and artistic introspection, and forms of political resistance. 20/20 presents a critical opportunity to prompt conversations in the museum, the city of Pittsburgh, and beyond about the necessity of art at a time of social and political transformation.

A range of public programs and educational initiatives activate the critical themes and artworks in 20/20, including a writing collaboration with City of Asylum, community conversations in the galleries with By Any Means, artist talks, docent tours and workshops, special activities for educators, and more.

This exhibition is organized by Carnegie Museum of Art in partnership with The Studio Museum in Harlem and curated by Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Carnegie Museum of Art, and Amanda Hunt, former Associate Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and now Director of Education and Public Programs, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.