Camille Pissarro, The Crossroads, Pontoise, or Square at the Old Cemetery (Le Carrefour, Pontoise, or Place du Vieux Cimetière, Pontoise), 1872, Carnegie Museum of Art

Camille Pissarro, The Crossroads, Pontoise, or Square at the Old Cemetery (Le Carrefour, Pontoise, or Place du Vieux Cimetière, Pontoise), 1872, Carnegie Museum of Art

Monday Motivation

Start each week with inspiring artworks, words of advice from the artists we love, and creative prompts.

A skeletal figure with the head of a bull is clothed in a black robe standing in the forefront of a painting. In the background, you can see a pair of feet, a trumpet on fire resting on the ground, and a figure with progressively larger torso, waist, and legs. At the top of the image is the word “Minotaure.”

The Mystery of Art with Magritte

For today’s Monday Motivation, we’re exploring the mystery of artworks as demonstrated by iconic surrealist René Magritte.

People crowd into a room to watch a performer. In the foreground of the paiting a person wearing dark glasses and a bright shirt is seated in the doorway watching the act.

Knowing Yourself Through Art with Nicole Eisenman

Nicole Eisenman is one of the foremost figurative painters of our time. Combining a visual language of art history with personal allegory, Eisenman’s works offer a forthright, comedic, and critical mediation on contemporary life.

A wall along a staircase is divided vertically into three equal parts. All one-, two-, and three-part combinations of three colors.

Sol LeWitt on Making Your Own Uncool

This week’s Monday Motivation comes from Sol LeWitt, who designed the wall drawing that extends up to our second-floor galleries from the museum lobby. We’re inspired by his words:

An etching depicts a man with a mustache looking down while holding a pipe to his lips. Smoke is coming out of the pipe. 

Van Gogh on Love

Van Gogh is our source of Monday Motivation this week!

A double exposure image of singer Nina Simone, wearing statement earrings and leaning over a piano and microphone with a pensive expression

An Artist’s Duty With Nina Simone

Our Monday Motivation this week comes from the words of iconic musician and activist Nina Simone paired with this picture of her performance in the Hilton Hotel Ballroom captured by Pittsburgh-based photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris.

A photograph depicts the back of a wing-back chair facing a white wall. A woman’s leg wearing a polka dot sock and a high-hell shoe hangs over the arm of the chair. On the wall, the Netflix logo is projected.

Join the Museum Challenge–Recreate Works from Our Collection!

Alyssa Velazquez, CMOA’s Curatorial Assistant of Decorative Arts and Design, has joined the worldwide museum challenge with an art recreation from our collection…

A black and white photograph depicts an aerial view of The Point in Pittsburgh.

Opening Doors with Margaret Bourke-White

We’re finding our Monday Motivation this week in the words of Margaret Bourke-White, one of the best-known photojournalists and one of the first women to serve as a war correspondent. She also traveled to Pittsburgh…

A sculpture depicts a human figure made from found objects, with a glass bottle forming the head, doll parts forming the limbs, and adornments made from items including beads, fabric, an electrical outlet, and the framed slave ownership photograph of a woman named Delilah.

Making Your Work about Love with Vanessa German

This week’s Monday Motivation comes from Pittsburgh artist Vanessa German. German’s work is rooted in objects she finds in her neighborhood of Homewood, and she uses her art to explore the transformative power of art and love in communities.

Three women sitting together on blankets. They are all looking directly at the camera. The woman at the right holds a flower in an outstretched hand.

Overcoming Doubt with Mickalene Thomas

This week, we’re inspired by the words of Mickalene Thomas on overcoming doubt. Thomas’s work draws upon images from popular culture and art history and explores subjects such as femininity, power, and beauty.

A young man wearing swim trunks lays on his stomach on a beach towel on a wooden boardwalk, drawing on a large piece of paper.

Capturing Moments with Elizabeth Peyton

This week, we’re gleaning some Monday Motivation from the words of artist Elizabeth Peyton. Known for her portraits of friends, lovers, and celebrities in bright jewel tones, Peyton depicts her subjects with great emotional detail, inviting the viewer into an intimate and fleeting moment.