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Miller Gallery
at Carnegie Mellon University

Purnell Center for the Arts
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412.268.3618
miller-gallery@andrew.cmu.edu
www.cmu.edu/millergallery

HOURS: Tues.-Sun., 12-6pm
ADMISSION: Free
Free parking in E. Campus Garage
on weekends + after 5pm Mon.-Fri.



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AROUND TOWN

Sept. 10, Fri.

5pm:
Tour of Steelers Room
6-8pm:
The Immaculate Reception
for WHATEVER IT TAKES
@ Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University

5:30-8pm
DIY: A Revolution in Handicrafts
@ Society for Contemporary Craft

7-9pm:
Reception for Six New Shows
@ Pittsburgh Center for the Arts












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ABOUT US

THE MILLER GALLERY AT
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
supports the creation, understanding and growth of contemporary art through exhibitions, projects, lectures, events and publications. The gallery aspires to engage diverse audiences and to create and strengthen communities through art and ideas. The Miller Gallery was founded in 2000 by Regina Gouger Miller, artist, educator, businesswoman, arts patron and alumna of Carnegie Mellon's School of Art. A unit of the College of Fine Arts, the three-story, 9,000 square foot space is free and open to the public and located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.





 





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Images:
Detail from Cosley Football Player, R. Netherland/Animal Photography, groomed by J. Cosley;
SuperFan by L. Apperson, photo by P. Fitzgibbons; Steelers Hair Helmet, design by Little Willie, photograph by D. Yellen; Memorial to an ExxonMobil Janitor, from Keep It Slick at Columbia College

THIS FRIDAY

THE IMMACULATE RECEPTION
5pm:
TOUR OF STEELERS ROOM
by Denny DeLuca

6-8pm:
THE IMMACULATE RECEPTION
sponsored by
Iron City Brewing Company

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Exhibition and events are free and open to the public.

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WHATEVER IT TAKES:
Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions

Curated by Jon Rubin and Astria Suparak
Through Jan. 30, 2011

If space aliens landed in Pittsburgh, what would they determine was the dominant culture that unified the populace? It could only be Steelers culture.

Steelers culture is Pittsburgh's popular culture, and the fans are its primary producers. Often overlooked in discussions of pop culture, much less "high" culture, sports fans are portrayed as uncritical and passive consumers blindly following a branded product. Whatever It Takes: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions looks at the particular and ingenious methods Steelers fans use to construct their own personal and social identities in relation to the team, and in the process, create an active community of cultural producers. Through countless fan sites, gameday rituals, costumes, tattoos, videos, unlicensed merchandise, and more, Steelers fans brilliantly remix and meld the team's identity with their own.

A common way fans bridge the gap between team and self is by collecting team-related merchandise and signed memorabilia. What's interesting about many Steelers fans is that they often take collecting a step further: Shawn Spinda has over 100 signed footballs; the Pittsburgh Sports and Mini Ponies blog details "Great Moments in Unlicensed Pittsburgh Sports Merch"; Denny DeLuca transformed his basement into a Steelers Room (moved in its entirety into the gallery for this exhibition) crammed floor to ceiling with hundreds of handmade and altered objects, each with its own story that describes both the biography of the team and Denny's autobiography. Other fans dedicate their bodies to expressing their allegiance. For instance, Ron Vergerio has spent the past eight years tattooing his entire torso with a stream-of-consciousness mural of players, plays, trophies, the cigar-smoking team owner, and a stadium full of fans, all intermingled with the Pittsburgh skyline and flowing hot metal.

Whatever It Takes: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions presents the participatory popular culture of Steelers fandom. The exhibition, a first of its kind, focuses not on fans as consumers, but on fans as producers--a creative force that modifies dominant culture into something much more personal, and collectively creates the Steeler Nation.

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PRESS

"In creating this amusing, endearing portrait of Pittsburgh sports fans, the curators aimed to examine how fans become producers of culture by constructing their personal and social identities in relation to the team. The result is that the gallery feels like a fun house where Steelers Nation is reflected through a thousand mirrors."
- "CMU exhibit shows how fans created Steeler Nation culture," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"The latest pop subculture to be tackled by the Miller Gallery is one that's very close to home... The first-of-its-kind exhibition reflects the cultural, psychological and emotional forces at work behind the Steel Curtain" - "Art Score: The Immaculate Reception," Pop City Media

"Art of the Steel: A New CMU Exhibit Celebrates Steelers Fandom," Pittsburgh City Paper

"Quite possibly the first art exhibit in the known universe dedicated to Steelers fans." - "The Art of Steeler Fandom," Post-Gazette Sports Blog


"Fantasy Football Focus,"ESPN Radio Stillers 365


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IN CHICAGO

KEEP IT SLICK:
Infiltrating Capitalism
with The Yes Men

Curated by Astria Suparak, organized by Feldman Gallery at PNCA + Miller Gallery at CMU
Through Oct. 23, 2010
@ Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College Chicago
1104 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL


The Yes Men are the 2010 Critical Encounters Artists-in-Residence at Columbia College Chicago. Learn how to apply for the Yes Lab here >>>

Sept. 22
6:30pm:

Film screening of The Yes Men Fix the World followed by a Q&Q with the Yes Men (for each question the audience asks of the Yes Men, the Yes Men will ask one of the audience)
@ Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th fl.

Sept. 23
5-8pm:

RECEPTION
with The Yes Men + Curator

6:30pm:
PRESENTATION
by The Yes Men

 

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"This is the first-ever solo exhibition of The Yes Men's exploits, and it includes mixed-media works, video and a fully outfitted "conference room" with PowerPoint presentations.... Hysterical stuff."
- Houston Press

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