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Fall 2011 E-News: Season Preview +Year in Review

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2010-2011 Year In Review + 2011-2012 Season Preview

The MILLER GALLERY is CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY’s contemporary art gallery. The gallery produces exhibitions, projects, events and publications with a focus on social issues, and is free and open to the public.

Since its founding in 2000 by Regina Gouger Miller, artist, educator, businesswoman, arts patron and alumna, the Miller Gallery has presented 87 exhibitions, 2394 artists + cultural producers, 168 events, in 6 cities.

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As we launch our second decade in 2011, we are excited to share with you the many accomplishments of our previous season.

We received a range of notable local and national awards, hosted our first artist, writer, and curator residencies, and once again surpassed the gallery’s records for attendance, sales, and donations. We were featured in an astonishing amount of newspapers, art journals, and TV broadcasts (over 200 internationally, including The New York Times, Artforum, USA Today, and Houston Chronicle, among others), were the subject of two Associated Press articles, graced the cover of many local papers, and were a feature story on ABC-affiliate WTAE’s Action News.

This season we return with an array of thought-provoking exhibitions, publications and projects, including the premiere of four new installations in an unprecedented, city-wide collaboration with several major art institutions, the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial.

Thank you for your interest in and support of our programming—we hope you will join us as we enter our next decade!

- Astria Suparak Director, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University


IN THE 2010-2011 SEASON…

Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University had an extraordinary season supporting the research, creation and presentation of innovative and challenging work.


• STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Miller Gallery at CMU were awarded $50,000 from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in support of curatorial research leading to new scholarship in the field of contemporary art. With this fellowship, Andrea Grover was in residence last fall and directed a book sprint in the spring to collectively author a publication on the current state of art/science/technology practice. The book will be released this fall and a related exhibition will open in winter.

• Gallery Director Astria Suparak was selected for the 2010 Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations. Organized by the National Alliance for Media Art + Culture, the institute is designed to encourage and sustain visionary leadership in the arts.

City Paper selected Whatever It Takes as Staff Pick for a Best of Pittsburgh 2010 award.

• For the 10th year in a row, Miller Gallery received support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2011, director Suparak received an Alcoa Foundation Leadership Grant for Arts Managers.


2011 TED Senior Fellows include Cesar Harada of Open_Sailing and Mitchell Joachim of TerreformONE, featured in our exhibition 29 Chains to the Moon: Artists’ Schemes for a Fantastic Future.

2011 Graham Foundation grant was awarded to our Pittsburgh Biennial artists Sarah Ross, Ryan Griffis, and Lize Mogel to produce a new installation premiering at the gallery this fall.

• The first Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change was presented to The Yes Men, the subject of our internationally touring retrospective, Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men.


• Our exhibition WHATEVER IT TAKES: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions was featured in The New York Times (#1 Most Emailed NYT sports article for two consecutive days), selected as a City Paper Staff Pick for Best Crossover Art Exhibit of 2010, and described by Art Papers as a “creative sublimation of fandom, with its inimitable rawness and verve.”

• Our exhibition KEEP IT SLICK: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men toured to Columbia College in Chicago and DiverseWorks Artspace in Houston. The Yes Men’s first solo exhibition was dubbed “the most prescient show of the year” by Paper City Magazine, “a timely acknowledgment of the work of …two of the great social satirists of our time" by Art Papers, and selected as a Critic’s Pick on Artforum.

• The annual Carnegie Mellon MFA and Senior Art exhibitions, UP DOWN UP DOWN and MEGA, were organized by the School of Art and featured 40 artists at the Miller Gallery.

• We collaborated with the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry on a series of residencies: Art & Technology Residency with our Biennial artists R. Griffis, S. Ross, and L. Mogel; a residency for our Warhol Foundation Fellow A. Grover; and the Art/Science/ Technology Book Sprint with Grover, Régine Debatty, Claire Evans, Pablo Garcia, Jessica Young and Luke Bulman.

• We hosted the Pittsburgh live stream of the CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT: Revolutions in Public Practice 2.

• We co-presented TEACH 4 AMERIKA: A Rally for a National Reconsideration of Art School with the Bruce High Quality Foundation in partnership with the CMU School of Art and the Warhol Museum.

One of the finest shows I've seen at the Miller Gallery



Sept. 17 – Dec. 11, 2011
Co-organized by Carnegie Museum of Art, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts + the Andy Warhol Museum
Opening reception: Friday Sept. 16, 6-8pm

Jan. 21 – Mar. 4, 2012. Touring 2012 – 2013.
Guest curated by Andrea Grover, Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellow at Miller Gallery

Mar. 24 – Apr. 22, 2012

May 5 – 19, 2012


Fall 2011, Online + Miller Gallery Store
Contributors: Andrea Grover, Régine Debatty, Claire Evans, Pablo Garcia, Thumb Projects
Produced by: STUDIO for Creative Inquiry + Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University

aNew Art/Science Affinities cover (forthcoming 2011)



Miller Gallery Store features exhibition-related books, catalogs, DVDs, shirts, cards, posters, and more. Some of our unique items for Whatever It Takes are hand-knit gloves wearing six Super Bowl rings, temporary tattoos of Steelers fans’ real tattoos, and a video detailing the socio-economic underpinnings of Steeler Nation.

• Check our website, Google Calendar, and Flickr, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts for photos, videos and details from the history of the gallery, or preview what’s to come.

• To say thanks to our visitors and supporters, we will be offering gifts in the Store and online. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest details on discounts, prize drawings, and other surprises.

aHand-knit Super Bowl gloves available in Miller Gallery Store


Help support our adventurous programming and critically acclaimed exhibitions with a tax-deductible donation to the Miller Gallery.

Interested in supporting us in another way? Donate in-kind services (like products, services, equipment, materials), sign up to be a volunteer, or include the Miller Gallery in your estate planning.

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