Remembering Panopticon: An Art Spectacular

This Throwback Thursday, we remember the wonder of the 2002 exhibition Panopticon: An Art Spectacular. Featuring over 500 objects from our collection, this show offered a new way to look at and engage with art. Meaning “a place where everything can be seen at once,” Panopticon filled the floors and covered the walls floor to ceiling of our Heinz Galleries with paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings from across time periods and styles. Interactive stations were set up for visitors to respond to the works and reflect on posed questions sparking dialogue with CMOA staff and other museum goers.

“The art is friendlier in a jumble like that,” shared one visitor. “And I like finding what you know and seeing it next to something unfamiliar. You see it differently.”

Check out these pictures and see what looks different or familiar to you!

A full gallery wall with portraits and paintings
Installation view of Panopticon: An Art Spectacular, 2002, Carnegie Museum of Art
A full gallery with dark walls that feature paintings; in the center of the floor are a number of different sculptures
Installation view of Panopticon: An Art Spectacular, 2002, Carnegie Museum of Art
The entryway to a gallery, whose doorway is framed with a dark red and gold curtain, like the curtain of a theatre; a sign next to the doorway reads, "Panopticon. Carnegie Museum of Art presents a grand display
Installation view of Panopticon: An Art Spectacular, 2002, Carnegie Museum of Art