Winter 2017 - Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Winter 2017

Cover Story

Inspiring The Earliest Learners

Children are natural-born scientists but need rich learning environments, prepared teachers, and engaged families to feed their natural curiosities. Carnegie Science Center is leading the way.

By Eleanor Chute

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The People Are the Light

How one Pittsburgh-based artist formed a creative community to bring light to the vacant spaces in Homewood.

Story by Barbara Klein | Photography by Bryan Conley and Renee Rosensteel

To Preserve and Protect

Behind the scenes with the cultural caretakers of Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s one-of-a-kind collections.

By Cristina Rouvalis

Thinking in the Round

For decades, Pittsburgh sculptor Thaddeus Mosley has been circling the wood to find the art within. And this year, a dream of sorts comes true as he joins the ranks of artists he’s always admired as part of the 2018 Carnegie International.

By Julie Hannon

Also in this Issue

The Unforgettable DODO

Artistic License

An immersive theater production featuring actors, scientists, and the expanse of Carnegie Museums’ historic Oakland building, Bricolage’s DODO set a whole new standard.

By Lynne Glover

What’s a Coryphodon?

Science & Nature

A Carnegie Museum of Natural History anatomist is leading a major new study aimed at telling a new, more informed story of long-lost mammals and humans’ evolutionary past.

By Jason Bittel

Face Time: Ingrid Schaffner

Face Time

Once a year, curator Ingrid Schaffner delivers a lecture titled What Is Contemporary? She begins with a declaration: “I will never answer this, so come back next year.” Then she wrestles with the ever-evolving answer for the next 90 minutes. When Schaffner was named curator of the 2018 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art’s signature … Continued

By Elizabeth Hoover

News Worthy

News Worthy

Technological sleuthing Since Carnegie Museum of Art acquired the Teenie Harris Archive in 2001, its caretakers have been working feverishly to identify the people and places captured in as many of the 80,000 photographic negatives as possible. Harris documented African-American life in Pittsburgh from the 1930s to the 1970s, so many of his subjects are … Continued

President’s Note

President's Note

Photo: Joshua Franzos Nothing does my heart quite as much good as seeing children in the museums. School groups, little ones in strollers, babies in their parents’ arms—the noise and life and energy children inject into the galleries is delightful. Seeing children in the museums also makes me just a little nostalgic. Many years ago, … Continued

Big Picture

Close-up of a skull (size of a lima bean) and jaw bone of a vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) from Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s collection. Vampire bats are the only mammals that feed entirely on blood, with sleeping cattle and horses as their usual victims. In one year, a 100-bat colony can drink the blood of 25 cows. Photo: Joshua Franzos