Museum Publications

 

Silver to Steel: The Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk

Book jacket with silverware and enamel cookwareAccompanying the first monographic museum exhibition of his life and work, this catalogue situates Peter Muller-Munk (1904–1967), a German-American émigré, as one of the most influential designers of his generation. It presents the untold story of his meteoric rise as a silversmith of luxury objects in New York, to a professorship in the first industrial design baccalaureate program in America at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, to his establishment of a prominent American design consultancy: Peter Muller-Munk Associates (PMMA). Alongside Muller-Munk’s well-known Normandie Pitcher and the Waring Blendor are his revelatory designs for products such as cameras, radios, power tools, and refrigerators, as well as total environments for gas stations, international expositions, and mass-transit vehicles, for prestigious clients that included Bell & Howell, Westinghouse, US Steel, Texaco, and Schick.

By Rachel Delphia and Jewel Stern, with Catherine Walworth

2015; hardcover; 9 x 11 inches; 208 pages with 171 illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and DelMonico Books/Prestel; ISBN 978-3-7913-5463-7

Shannon Ebner: Auto Body Collision

Book cover showing gray triangle against car tireUsing photography as a language, Shannon Ebner (born 1971) examines the signs, symbols, letters, words and graphical icons we encounter in the world. Auto Body Collision documents Ebner’s most recent ongoing project.  Since 2014, Ebner has been collecting language taken from signs, seeking out repetitions of terms such as “Auto Body Collision” and “Automotive.” In dissecting found language and coupling it with her own, she establishes connections between the terms “auto,” “body,” “motive” and “collision.” The themes of Ebner’s new work include the circulatory and the network, performance and its relationship to the body, and collision, in terms both literal and conceptual.

Auto Body Collision, designed in collaboration with the artist, includes more than 150 never-before-published photographs, as well as essays by Alex Klein, Tina Kukielski, and Mark Owens.

This publication is a commission of Orphaned Images, a project within Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hillman Photography Initiative, curated by Tina Kukielski and Alex Klein.

2015; softcover; 272 pages with 176 color and black-and-white illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-88039-057-6

Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium

Book cover with text Helio OiticicaHélio Oiticica (1937–1980) created art that reawakens us to our bodies, our senses, our feelings about being in the world. Accompanying the first full U.S. retrospective of the Brazilian artist in over two decades, this volume captures the excitement, complexity, and performative nature of Oiticica’s art. Thoroughly exploring Oiticica’s most acclaimed works, such as the Parangolés and his groundbreaking installation Tropicália, this book also examines his involvement with music and literature, and his response to politics and the social environment in Brazil. From his immersion in 1960s counterculture to his life in New York City and final return to Rio de Janeiro, this catalogue charts the development of an utterly original talent whose work is both provocative and enduring.

Accompanies an exhibition co-organized by Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (October 1, 2016–January 2, 2017); The Art Institute of Chicago (February 19–May 7, 2017); and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (July 14–October 1, 2017). Exhibition organized by Lynn Zelevansky, Elisabeth Sussman, James Rondeau, and Donna De Salvo, with Anna Katherine Brodbeck. Contributions by Martha Scott Burton, Frederico Coelho, Max Hinderer Cruz, Sérgio B. Martins, Adele Nelson, Irene Small, and Guilherme Wisnik

2016; hardcover and softcover; 320 pages with 310 color illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and DelMonico Books/Prestel; ISBN 978-3-7913-6659-3 (hardcover); ISBN 978-3-7913-6660-9 (softcover)

Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals

Book cover with photographs of men walking with title Storyteller Duane Michals

A self-taught photographer, Duane Michals broke away from established traditions of the medium during the 1960s. His messages and poems inscribed on the photographs, and his visual stories created through multiple images, defied the principles of the reigning practitioners of the form. Indeed, Michals considers himself as much a storyteller as a photographer. Accompanying a major traveling retrospective of his work, this book features Michals’s best-known early sequences, The Spirit Leaves the Body, Paradise Regained, and Chance Meeting—as well as works from later in his career such as The Bewitched Bee and Who is Sidney Sherman? Penetrating essays situate Michals within the history of 20th-century photography, explore the artist’s images of sexual identity and sensuality, examine his legacy today, and address the childlike aspects of his work. This volume of more than 75 original works will thrill Duane Michals aficionados, while introducing younger viewers to an innovative artist who redefined the role of the photograph in artistic expression.

By Linda Benedict-Jones with contributions by Allen Ellenzweig, Marah Gubar, Adam Ryan, and Aaron Schuman. Accompanied a retrospective at Carnegie Museum of Art, November 2014–February 2015, and Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, March–June 2015.

Named by TIME Magazine and The Daily Beast as one of the top coffee table books of 2014!

2014; softcover and hardcover; 240 pages with 285 illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and DelMonico Books/Prestel; ISBN 978-3-7913-5370-8 (hardcover), 978-3-7913-6542-8 (softcover)

2013 Carnegie International

Book cover with text 2013 Carnegie International in purple hexagonA major exhibition of new international art, the 2013 Carnegie International at Carnegie Museum of Art the also encompassed an experimental playground project, a display and examination of the museum’s permanent collection of postwar art, and a pioneering engagement with the city of Pittsburgh. Organized by the curatorial team of Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski, the catalogue provides rich background and lavish illustrations on each of the exhibition’s components—including an expanded artist section that features original interviews and in-depth texts on works by 35 artists from 19 countries in Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East: Ei Arakawa/Henning Bohl, Phyllida Barlow, Yael Bartana, Sadie Benning, Bidoun Library, Nicole Eisenman, Lara Favaretto, Vincent Fecteau, Rodney Graham, Guo Fengyi, Wade Guyton, Rokni Haerizadeh, He An, Amar Kanwar, Dinh Q. Lê, Mark Leckey, Pierre Leguillon, Sarah Lucas, Tobias Madison, Zanele Muholi, Paulina Olowska, Pedro Reyes, Kamran Shirdel, Gabriel Sierra, Taryn Simon, Frances Stark, Joel Sternfeld, Mladen Stilinovi, Zoe Strauss, Henry Taylor, Tezuka Architects, Transformazium, Erika Verzutti, and Joseph Yoakum.

Edited by Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, Tina Kukielski, and with text by Amanda Donnan, Lauren Wetmore, Gabriela Burkhalter, and Robert Bailey. Accompanied exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art, October 5, 2013–March 16, 2014.

2013; softcover; 356 pages; available from the CMOA Store and Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-88039-056-9

Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851–1939

Book cover with gold pitcher and text Inventing the Modern WorldWorld’s fairs were the most important vehicles for debuting advancements in modern living. These renowned expositions were showcases and marketplaces for design on an international level, and they democratized design unlike any previous forum. Accompanying a groundbreaking exhibition of decorative arts, Inventing the Modern World explores innovation and its effect on the creation of objects and modern life. Lavishly illustrated with more than 200 examples of furniture, metalwork, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and textiles from private and public collections, primarily in America and Europe, many never before published.

Edited by Jason T. Busch and Catherine L. Futter. Accompanied exhibition at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, April 14–August 19, 2012, and Carnegie Museum of Art, October 13, 2012–February 24, 2013.

2012; softcover and hardcover; 304 pages; available from Skira Rizzoli Publications Inc.; ISBN 978-0-88039-055-2

White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes

Book cover with overlapping images and text White Cube Green Maze Spanning four continents and six countries, this book introduces “new art landscapes” that fuse architecture, the reuse of found structures, environmentalism, and artistic experimentation. Through words and pictures, readers explore six institutions—Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, USA; Stiftung Hombroich, near Neuss, Germany; Benesse Art Site Naoshima, Japan; Instituto Inhotim, near Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Jardín Botánico de Culiacán, Mexico; and Grand Traiano Art Complex, Grottaferrata, Italy—dedicated to the experience of culture and nature. Integrating vegetation and non-linear sequences of spaces, the sites offer multiple experiences enticing the visitor to circulate between and within buildings. Architects under consideration include such established masters as Tadao Ando and Álvaro Siza Vieira as well as emerging practices such as Tatiana Bilbao and Johnston Marklee

Edited by Raymund Ryan, with photographs by Iwan Baan and texts by Brian O’Doherty and Marc Treib. Accompanied exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art, September 22, 2012–January 13, 2013.

2012; hardcover; 120 pages; available from University of California Press; ISBN 978-0-520-27440-2

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism Collection Highlights

Book cover with detail of Van Gogh Wheatfields paintingCarnegie Museum of Art’s impressive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, prints, and works on paper has never before been presented as a group. More than simply a selection of highlights, this handbook weaves together objects from the collection to tell the stories of these innovative movements and the groundbreaking artists behind them, including Manet, Monet, Degas, Cassatt, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Matisse. More than 75 entries exploring nearly 100 objects are punctuated by brief artist biographies that highlight themes of friendship, influence, and artistic exchange. Close visual analyses are supplemented by contextual illustrations to illuminate the place of these masterworks within the lager story of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Particularly rich holdings of works by Bonnard, Cassatt, Degas, and Pissarro allow for an examination of the development of their art across media and over time. This richly illustrated volume will be a delightful surprise for anyone new to Carnegie Museum of Art’s important collection.

By Amanda Zehnder. Accompanied exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art, May 12–August 26, 2012.

2012; softcover; 178 pages with 149 color and black-and-white illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-88039-054-5

Teenie Harris, Photographer: Image, Memory, History

Book cover with woman seated on car overlooking landscape and text Teenie Harris PhotographerTeenie Harris grew up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, a neighborhood once called “the crossroads of the world.” A serious photographer from the age of 18, he started his professional photographic career in 1937 when he opened a studio and began to take on freelance assignments. In 1941, Harris was appointed staff photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier, the nation’s preeminent black newsweekly. His images were disseminated nationally through the Courier, and played a key role in how African Americans visualized themselves. His career with the Courier lasted until the mid-1970s, and his photos of the public personalities, events, and the daily lives of people in his neighborhood offer a historic outlook on this crucial period for black Americans. Teenie Harris, Photographer: Image, Memory, History explores Harris’s artistry along with the social and historical context of his photographs, and provides a detailed biography of the photographer whose archive of nearly 80,000 images is considered one of the most important documentations of 20th-century African American life. Harris’s work is explored through nearly 200 reproductions, including 100 plates of his signature images.

Preface by Deborah Willis and texts by Cheryl Finley, Laurence Glasco, and Joe Trotter. Accompanied exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art, October 29–April 7, 2012.

Winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

2012; softcover and hardcover; 208 pages with 198 duotone illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and University of Pittsburgh Press; ISBN: 978-0-8229-6174-1 (softcover)

Paul Thek: Diver, A Retrospective

Book cover with painted image of diver on blue backgroundAn American sculptor, painter, and installation artist, Paul Thek (1933–1988) is primarily known for hyper-realistic works of human body parts executed in fleshlike beeswax and for his strongly symbolic, room-size installations constructed from transitory materials. A major figure on the 1960s New York art scene, Thek also spent time in Europe, where he paved the way for artists adopting collaborative strategies. Published to accompany Thek’s first retrospective in the United States, this landmark publication includes nearly 300 chronologically arranged illustrations of sculptures, paintings, prints, and other works featured in the exhibition as well as four special in-depth image sections focusing on key installations, projects, and pages from the artists journals. An extensive selection of documentary photographs, many never before published, illuminate Thek’s artistic aesthetic and production process. This overdue acknowledgment of Thek’s brief but broad-reaching career will be the authoritative volume on the artist for years to come.

Co-authored by Elisabeth Sussman and Lynn Zelevansky. Accompanied exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 21, 2010–January 9, 2011; Carnegie Museum of Art, February 5–May 1, 2010; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, May 22–September 4, 2011.

2010; hardcover; 304 pages with 316 color and black-and-white illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and Yale University Press; ISBN 978-0-300-16595-1