Celebrating Red with Alison Knowles

A bright marble room rimmed with white columns and statues; a grid display of red objects spreads across the floor
Installation view of Alison Knowles, Celebration Red, 2016, Carnegie Museum of Art. Photo: Bryan Conley

On May 19, 2016, more than 500 Pittsburghers of all ages and backgrounds came to our building to take part in a massive work of performance art intended to Celebrate every red thing.

A bright marble room rimmed with white columns and statues; a grid display of red objects spreads across the floor
Installation view of Alison Knowles, Celebration Red, 2016, Carnegie Museum of Art. Photo: Bryan Conley

Each person was asked to imagine a new purpose for the object they brought. Red bowls were turned upside down to create a landscape, and a red boot was repurposed as a vessel for a creature. Through a process of creative collaboration, Celebration Red took shape.

As curatorial assistant Hannah Turpin writes in an essay in Storyboard, our award-winning online journal, Knowles’s work created more than a visually engaging sculpture of ever-changing red elements, but a means to connect art with life and life with art.