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Highlights from the Miller Gallery's exhibitions, projects, and events.
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Purnell Center for the Arts
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

nfo line: 412-268-3618

HOURS: Tues.-Sun., 12-6pm
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exhibition dates
+ holidays

ADMISSION: Free + open to the public


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Free parking after 5pm + on weekends


Miller Gallery alums selected for the
2014 Whitney Biennial

- Marc Fischer (Public Collectors), 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial
- David Robbins, Ice Cream Social
- Amy Sillman, Comic Release

See all the artists, architects, designers, scientists, musicians, filmmakers, crafters, writers, curators, tattoo artists, organizations, & so many more showcased in Miller Gallery exhibitions, events, publications, and store.


Miller Gallery student assistants gain hands-on experience within an established university art gallery and are an integral part of our visitor experience. Carnegie Mellon students from all academic departments may apply. Find out more >>>


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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, and is free and open to the public.


Help support our adventurous programming and critically acclaimed exhibitions with a tax-deductible donation or in-kind services (like products, services, equipment, materials).

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Thanksgiving Week

Open Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun. 12-6pm.

Closed Thurs. for Thanksgiving.

Holiday Gift suggestions
Miller Gallery Store located on 1st floor

From Alien She:
Sign Painters book; Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design book; Some Kind of Loving Joanie 4 Jackie Co-Star videotape

From Whatever It Takes:
Hairy Helmet antenna balls, Steeler National plush doll (only one left!), temporary tattoos of real tattoos on Steelers fans.

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Feminist Body Pillow
Alien She installation shot: Ginger Brooks Takahashi section. Banner image: Detail from I'm With Problematic / Women's Studies Professors Have Class Privilege by Allyson Mitchell, altered t-shirts, courtesy of the artist and Katharine Mulherin Gallery, Toronto.

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Alien She

On view through Feb. 16, 2014 at Miller Gallery.
Touring nationally.

The Huffington Post:
"A new exhibit at Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery is paying homage to this revolutionary movement in 'Alien She,' the first ever exhibition to explore the legacy of Riot Grrrl on contemporary culture...

From Ginger Brooks Takahashi to Miranda July, Alien She rips through 20 years of archival material, including new and rarely before seen pieces that illuminate the lasting effect of Riot Grrrl axioms. Taking its name from a Bikini Kill song, the collected artworks reflect on, challenge and continue feminist critiques of the '90s, evoking the diversity of identities and senses of self-determination that have sprung forth in the years since."

Boing Boing Feature: Riot Grrrl, redux

Justseeds Blog:
"Epically researched, crowdsourced and thoughtful exhibit critically examining Riot Grrrl and its lasting impact through primary artifacts of the movement (zines, show and meeting flyers, music) and also the work of contemporary artists."

The Pitt News:
"Alien She captures the irrepressible legacy of riot grrrl and avoids reverting to a nostalgic reflection on better days. Instead, it uses the movement as a platform from which a new generation can explore the feminist and queer issues that were once erupting from punk gigs, scribbled upon leaflets and discussed at weekly meetings."

Pop City Media:
"Pittsburgh's always been a bit of a counter-culture hotbed, particularly in the punk scene. Everyone's heard the Ramones and The Clash, and a few of you out there may have heard of Pittsburgh-local Anti-Flag - but a little-explored part of punk history is revealing itself at CMU's Miller Gallery."

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Huffington Post
Alien She was the cover story of the Huffington Post's Arts & Culture page and one of their highest trafficked articles of September.


Upcoming Event
Nov. 23, Sat.
12-7pm: Visit Alien She. Open late tonight.
Miller Gallery, CMU, 5000 Forbes Ave.

8pm: Video Screening: Sadie Benning
@ Carnegie Museum of Art Theater, lower level, 4400 Forbes Ave. (1 block west of CMU)

Events are part of A Collection of Misfits: Time-Based Media and the Museum symposium. Benning is a featured artist in the 2013 Carnegie International. Fliers from her early video screenings and music from her former band Le Tigre are included in Alien She.

New additions to the exhibition
- More zines, covering a range of topics including violence, racism, homophobia, fat activism, mental illness, gender identity, and sex work.
- More fliers from Riot Grrrl related bands, shows, conventions and meetings, including new additions from Pittsburgh and Southern California.
- More songs and music ephemera in the regional music playlists.

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Features Miller Gallery Director Astria Suparak

Pigeons on the Grass, Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field is the newest publication from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. This book gathers together interviews with curators to talk about their influences, aspirations, and challenges, offering a candid assessment of the field at this moment in time.

The Miller Gallery's director and curator Astria Suparak is featured alongside impressive colleagues from the Victoria & Albert Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, Tate Modern, LACMA, ICA Boston, Performa, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and MoMA PS1, among others.

Curators the gallery has closely collaborated with are also included: Nato Thompson of Creative Time, Andrea Grover of the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, and Dan Byers of the Carnegie Museum and International.

Distributed by D.A.P. / Artbook

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Pigeons on the Grass

"This book is a convening of experts unlike any other we have organized." - from the Introduction

"What has remained consistent is my belief that curating provides an opportunity to explore ideas in surprising ways; to create memorable experiences; to support artists and politics I feel passionate about; to showcase unique and under-represented perspectives; and to bring different people, from various walks of life, together." - from interview with Astria Suparak

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