“You are a part of everything you consume: food, material goods, and energy. And everything you consume affects the world that you live in. Know how to gather good data, understand what it means, make your choices based on quality information, and take action. You are made of energy and have the power.”
This is the crux of Andrea Polli’s project Hack the Grid, which reveals how photography, digital imagery, and data visualizations can inspire community activism and political action. Polli is an artist working at the intersection of art, science, and technology. For Hack the Grid, she presents past and current projects that reveal how data visualizations create emotional impact and societal change. Polli also engages in conversations with scientists, activists, technologists, and designers in Pittsburgh, a city at the intersection of technological advancements and longstanding ecological concerns.
Hack the Grid is a project of the Hillman Photography Initiative, in which Carnegie Museum of Art invites artists to investigate contemporary social issues through photography’s measurement of light and time. In addressing the relationship between light and environmental sustainability using data visualization, Polli pushes the boundaries of photography and reveals the power of imagery to inspire citizens and change the world for the better.
2017; hardcover; 160 pages with full color; available from the CMOA Store and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-88039-061-3
Art Cat is the beloved mascot and spokescat of children’s and family programs at Carnegie Museum of Art. He lives in the museum and knows a bunch of its secrets. Art Cat wants to give you access to his personal sketchbook, full of insight into his ideas, doodles, and imagination. Art Cat has started so many sketches, he could never finish them all. With your help, his sketchbook will be complete!
Try out dozens of Art Cat’s favorite activities: Draw your own setting for a suit of medieval armor. Imagine what people in portraits might say to you. Design your own work to be added to the museum’s grand Hall of Sculpture. Assemble an art collection of your own by drawing paintings and sculptures in the museum’s collection.
2017; softcover; 64 pages with full color; available from the CMOA Store; ISBN 978-0-8803-059-0
Over the last 10 years, Los Angeles–based Michael Williams has created paintings known for their layered imagery, eye-popping color, and use of airbrushing and inkjet printing. His large-scale works begin as drawings either on paper or on the computer screen before they are printed or transferred to canvas and then embellished with oil paint. Williams’s narrative content reveals a dark sense of humor about everyday life, often exploring the role of the painter as observer. Wickedly funny allegories merge with abstract painting as free-form amoebic shapes frequently fill the entirety of his canvases. The resulting paintings offer a dense and absorbing terrain of color and form.
Michael Williams is published to accompany the artist’s first US solo museum exhibition, at Carnegie Museum of Art (April 20 to August 27, 2017), where he presents a new body of his large-scale paintings as well as drawings that mix collage and free-associative mark-making.
2017; softcover; 112 pages with 81 color illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-8803-9058-3
Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980) created art that reawakens us to our bodies, our senses, our feelings about being in the world. Accompanying the first full US 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.
Accompanied an exhibition co-organized by Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (October 1, 2016 to January 2, 2017); The Art Institute of Chicago (February 19 to May 7, 2017); and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (July 14 to 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)
Accompanying 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.
2015; hardcover; 9 × 11 inches; 208 pages with 171 illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and DelMonico Books/Prestel; ISBN 978-3-7913-5463-7