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Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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ADMISSION: Free + open to the public


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Post-Gazette: "Artful Bounty: Revealing and relevant exhibitions deliver strong messages in 2011," Dec. 28, 2011

Tribune-Review: "Top A&E stories of 2011," Jan. 1, 2012

City Paper:
"Best of 2011: Culture and Nightlife. Best Super-Friends Imitation on the Art Scene: The Pittsburgh Biennial," Dec. 2011


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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, 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.

Images: Solar Sinter, M. Kayser; Capacity for (urban eden, human error), A. Kudla, photo by M. Fras; Build a Synthesizer workshop, Machine Project; From the collection of the Smithsonian: Mus musculus domesticus, photo by Center for PostNatural History; Tranformazium installation in 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial.


Come celebrate our
ninetieth exhibition on Friday, January 20th.

We are pleased to welcome back Andrea Grover, curator of our 2009 exhibition 29 Chains to the Moon: Artists' Schemes for a Fantastic Future. Grover premieres a new exhibition this month, based on her research as the 2010 Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellow at the Miller Gallery and STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon: Intimate Science.

Phil Ross
downloadDownload: Intimate Science poster

On view Jan. 21 - March 4, 2012

Guest curated by Andrea Grover
BCL, Center for PostNatural History, Markus Kayser, Allison Kudla, Machine Project, Philip Ross

The most recent manifestation of artists working at the intersection of art, science and technology demonstrates a distinctly autodidactic, heuristic approach to understanding the physical and natural world.

Intimate Science features artists who are engaged in non-disciplinary inquiry; they aren't allied to the customs of any single field, and therefore have license to reach beyond conventions. This kind of practice hinges on up-close observation, experiential learning, and inventing new ways for the public to participate in the process. And through their engagement with “intimate science,” a more knowledgeable public might well be able to influence what research is supported and adopted by the larger culture, and the walls of science can become more transparent.

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Intimate Science is accompanied by a densely illustrated publication, New Art/Science Affinities (Miller Gallery at CMU + STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, 2011). Co-authored by Grover, Régine Debatty, Claire Evans and Pablo Garcia, and designed by Thumb, the book features more than 60 international artists and collaboratives.


Jan. 20, Fri.
: Lectures by Allison Kudla + Philip Ross.
Lunch provided. Free.
@ Margaret Morrison Hall #203, CMU. Co-presented by the CMU Schools of Art + Architecture, with support from the University Lecture Series.

5pm: Exhibition Tour with Curator + Artists.
Free. Meet on Miller Gallery 1st floor. Sponsored by the CMU Human-Computer Interaction Institute.

6-8pm: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral Opening Reception. Free. Sponsored by Wild Purveyors and Full Pint Brewing, with support from the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club.

+ New Art/Science Affinities Book Launch with Authors + Artists. Free. Co-presented by the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.

Jan. 21, Sat.
12-6pm: Mind Reading for the Left and Right Brain Workshop with Machine Project.
Spaces limited. $25 registration includes galvanic skin response kit participant keeps. Email

March 2, Fri.
6pm: Grand Opening of the Center for PostNatural History
@ 4913 Penn Ave., Garfield

Exhibition and events are free + open to the public, unless otherwise noted. When provided, refreshments always include
vegetarian and vegan options.


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Pittsburgh, PA:
Jan. 21 - March 4, 2012
@ Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University

San Francisco, CA:
April 20 - June 2, 2012
@ Southern Exposure

Hartford, CT:
Nov. 3, 2012 - March 10, 2013
@ Real Art Ways

Additional venues to be announced.
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Machine Project



2011 Pittsburgh Biennial
Sept. 16 - Dec. 11, 2011

Curated by Astria Suparak
Artists: Justseeds, Lize Mogel, Ryan Griffis + Sarah Ross , subRosa, Temporary Services, Transformazium

We are
proud to have co-organized the largest survey of contemporary artists connected to Pittsburgh, through an unprecedented collaboration among the major local art institutions.

The 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial was one of our highest attended exhibitions on record, and it was selected for the Best of 2011 lists by the Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review, and the City Paper

Pittsburgh City Paper:
In an unprecedented move, the long-running Biennial was expanded to encompass five distinct venues, programmed by a crew of the city's top young curators: The Carnegie Museum of Art's Dan Byers; The Andy Warhol Museum's Eric Shiner; Astria Suparak, of Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery; and Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts' Adam Welch. The result was an ambitious and audacious survey of area artists." - "Best of 2011: Culture and Nightlife," Dec. 2011

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
"Well thought-out installations that synthesize complex subjects... [Pittsburgh Biennial at Miller Gallery] has become even more timely seen within the context of the Occupy Wall Street movement and its advocacy for cultural examination and social change." - M. Thomas, "Activist art in Pittsburgh Biennial segment at CMU," Nov. 30, 2011

Hyperallergic Art Blog:
"The Pittsburgh Biennial at Miller Gallery is a visually and conceptually stunning exhibition that reinvigorates awareness of the problems that afflict the world today. Through its redefinitions of place and space and trespassing of disciplinary boundaries into economics and science, the biennial contributes to the larger conversation going on within the major currents of contemporary art as defined by [Terry] Smith: global connectivity, environmental issues and the effects of media. Part of the strength of this collection of works is its demonstration that art can not only visualize the problems we face on a global scale but can also inspire political participation and even further the critical dialogue about the role of art itself. Perhaps the artists' commitment to collaboration, to working with others and negotiating their personal visions, is what makes this group so attentive to the infinite forms of interdependency that defines twenty-first century life—from gender and public/private domains, ecological sustainability, urban planning, the cultural commons and the political imagination." - L. Nadir, Dec. 3, 2011
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
"The remaining works on view are just as complex, combining the talents of several artists in unique and interesting ways that provoke the visitor into engaging with the work rather than simply explaining the subjects they have tackled. But this makes for a fun and multi-layered exhibit" - K. Shaw, "'Biennial' shifts to CMU with large-scale installations," Sept. 22, 2011

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Work created for the Pittsburgh Biennial at Miller Gallery at CMU will be on view at:

- Gallery 400. University of Illinois at Chicago:
Global Cities, Model Worlds by Ryan Griffis, Lize Mogel, and Sarah Ross
Jan. 20 - March 3, 2012
- Clarion University Art Gallery, PA:
What's Up Pittsburgh includes excerpts of the installations by Justseeds, subRosa and Transformazium
Feb. 27 - April 20, 2012

Available in the Miller Gallery Store online + on the 1st floor:

- The 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial catalog for Carnegie Museum of Art, Miller Gallery at CMU, Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts + Warhol Museum ($10, 124 pages, full color)
- Posters + publications by the Pittsburgh Biennial artists


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