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Purnell Center for the Arts
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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"Riot Grrrl gave me a voice. It meant that I didn't have to be scared/ashamed of anything that I wanted to do or did in my life. It opened up a door for my feelings to let out in a creative way ...

I am now a teacher. I help others find their voices. I still create, draw, write, argue, defend and hopefully influence. I am never without my voice and I make sure that people hear it. I will never be walked all over again."

If Riot Grrrl has had an influence on your life, please respond to this short survey.


Creative Capital 2013 grants awarded to: Your Town, Inc.'s Julia Christensen to build video projectors from e-waste; 2004 MFA Shana Moulton to develop a multimedia opera; Creative Time Summit presenter Laurie Jo Reynolds to promote prison reform through performance.

Experimental Geography's Trevor Paglen launches work into space.

Contestational Cartographies' Chris Harrison named one of MIT Technology Review's Top 35 Innovators under 35 and Smithsonian's Six Innovators to Watch in 2013.

2008 MFA John Peña wins the first Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award for Emerging Artists.

29 Chains to the Moon's Mitchell Joachim featured in The New York Times Home Section cover article, "The Beauty of Bacteria."


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The MILLER GALLERY is Carnegie Mellon University's contemporary art gallery.

The Miller Gallery supports experimentation that expands the notions of art and culture, providing a forum for engaged conversations about creativity and innovation. The gallery produces exhibitions, projects, events and publications with a focus on social issues. Learn more.

Imperfect Health
The Medicalization of Architecture
Curated by Giovanna Borasi + Mirko Zardini
Organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture

On view through Feb. 24, 2013

"A fascinating exhibition ... The work on display at the Miller Gallery includes failures, scams, and downright fantastical hypotheses about how design can improve everything from asthma to obesity. It also includes plenty of successes." - Fast Company

"Exhibition of the Year Award: A smart survey of a subject that, unfortunately, we can all take personally."
- Design Observer

"This array of scrupulously assembled materials is a professional resource of breadth and depth."
- Afterimage Journal

"Industry brought prosperity, but it also brought pollution and health problems. These images capture perfectly the contradictions, consequences, and imperfections of human invention." - Pittsburgh City Paper

Check out the next issue of Art Papers magazine, which will include a review of Imperfect Health.

Support for Imperfect Health at Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery is provided in part by The Heinz Endowments.

Imperfect Health exhibition
In the Air, toxic topography of Santiago, Chile, 2008, digital drawing. Nerea Cavillo in collaboration with C+ arquitectos and In the Air. Courtesy Nerea Cavillo.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 13
, 12-5:40pm:
Therapeutic Massage: Masseuse Kathryn Kane will be available for 5 to 20 minute
sessions @ Miller Gallery. Co-presented by the CMU School of Drama. Sliding scale price. Schedule an appointment.

Feb. 21
Lecture: We are what we eat... and what we build: Designing Healthy Communities by Dr. Richard Jackson @ Magee-Womens Hospital Auditorium, 300 Halket Street. Zero level. Presented by the University Lecture Series.

Feb. 22, 6:30pm:
Film Screening: Danube Hospital by Nikolaus Geyrhalter @ McConomy Auditorium, CMU. Co-presented by the Faces International Film Festival. Advance tickets available.

April 8, 6pm:
Lecture: What's Next? by Winy Maas of MVRDV (featured in Imperfect Health) @ Carnegie Library Lecture Hall. Presented by the CMU School of Architecture

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Intimate Science
Curated by Andrea Grover
Organized by the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon

It's been an outstanding year for the Intimate Science artists and curator!

Markus Kayser's Solar Sinter project, on view in Intimate Science, won an Ars Electronica Award and the video and bowl were acquired for the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection. Allison Kudla was featured in The New York Times and BioDesign: Nature + Science + Creativity, published by MoMA and Thames & Hudson. The Center for PostNatural History received a Kindle Project Grant. Curator Andrea Grover was selected as a 2013 Fellow for the Center for Curatorial Leadership. Philip Ross began producing fungal furniture, which will be included in upcoming Intimate Science exhibitions in Pasadena and Lafayette.

And more than 1,000 copies of the Intimate Science companion publication, New Art/Science Affinities, have been purchased and downloaded. Get yours here.

The Secret Life of Mushrooms: An Intimate Science Public Program at Southern Exposure, San Francisco.

See more event + exhibition photos here.

Tour Schedule
Through March 21, 2013
@ Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

May 31 – August 18, 2013
@ Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Sept. 7, 2013- Nov. 30, 2013
@ Paul & Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA

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Featured Item

Edited by Giovanna Borasi + Mirko Zardini.
Essays by Margaret Campbell, Nan Ellin, David Gissen, Carla C. Keirns, Linda Pollak, Hilary Sample, Sarah Schrank, Deane Simpson, and others. Published by the CCA and Lars Müller Publishers.

"A rarely explored topic ripe for investigation."
- ARCHIDOSE, John Hill's Notable Books of 2012

"What emerges is a very detailed analysis, one that opens avenues for response, with no claim to absolute truths. At the visual level, the reader is treated to a book bursting with photos, drawings and diagrams, often offset by dense text, addressing such universal themes as pollution, urban epidemics, allergies, the effects of sunlight on health, etc. Once again, the CCA presents a unique topic, one we hope will spark discussion and debate." - Interieurs Magazine

"A critical reflection on the influences of health and medicalization on architecture, landscape architecture, and planning from the 1950s to the present day. ... The chief strength of the book is in the critical stance taken by the authors in order to demonstrate the inability of 'imperfectly healthy' architecture to engage recent debate about health services, in which ambiguous discourse often goes beyond health in the usual sense of well-being to touch on power and privilege as well."
esse arts + opinion Magazine

Imperfect Health
book. 376 pages, 300 illustrations.

Available in Print + E-Book
Online or in Pittsburgh at the Miller Gallery Store.

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Artists, Collaborators, Educators, CMU Connections

We've added new sections on the Miller Gallery website, including:

1) A giant list of
artists + cultural producers that we've showcased in our exhibitions, events, publications, and store over the last 13 years: See all 2,528 people and groups!

2) A list of our recent collaborators, from internationally renowned museums and festivals to local businesses and clubs, to schools and departments from across Carnegie Mellon University.

3) Five ways educators can connect with the Miller Gallery.

We've recently provided tours to preschool children, high school and college students, and senior groups, and welcomed classes on Epidemics and Public Health, Environmental Sculpture, Human Factors in Architecture, Black and White photography, Professional Writing, Animated Theater, Art Criticism, and Management.

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Artists, architects, designers, scientists, musicians, filmmakers, crafters, writers, curators, tattoo artists, organizations, and so many more featured at the Miller Gallery.

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