Winter 2020 - Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Winter 2020

Cover Story

125 Years. 125 Objects. 125 Stories.

A Pennsylvania wildflower and a pedestal fan. A school bus and a shot of homemade lightning. And the dinosaur and one of the first paintings that started it all. To mark 125 years, we’re telling the tales of 125 objects—starting with these 25. Over the next year, ours will be a story, not the story of Carnegie Museums, which begs the question: What would you include?

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On Creating and Defining Ourselves

Two Black women in conversation about making art and making a life in Pittsburgh.

By Njaimeh Njie

Virtual Learning, Museum Style

The education teams at the four Carnegie Museums are partnering with area K–12 teachers to keep students inspired and teachers supported during an unusual year.

By Cristina Rouvalis

The Retooling of Pittsburgh’s Cosmic Cathedral

The next-level Buhl Planetarium is more immersive, more realistic, and more awe-inspiring.

By Barbara Klein

Also in this Issue

Teens Find  Self-Expression in Drag


The Warhol’s School of Drag is the museum’s latest effort to provide more inclusive, accepting, and creative spaces for LGBTQ+ young people to thrive.

By Elizabeth Hoover

Fleeing Winter: A Songbird’s Journey

First Person

We spent the spring and summer watching yellow warblers at our favorite parks. Where are they now, and what could that mean for the sustainability of their future wintering habitats?

By Chase Mendenhall, the William and Ingrid Rea Assistant Curator of Bird Conservation, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Q+A: Hanna Dausch


In conversation with the woodworker and featured maker in Locally Sourced.

By Cristina Rouvalis

Seen+Heard: Winter 2020


In brief, what’s new around the museums.

Five Things: Winter 2020

Five Things

Art and science news you can use.

Closer Look: Inside the Wee World of Miniatures

Closer Look

We offer a new perspective on favorites from across Carnegie Museums.

Objects of Our Affection: Kitaoka Fumio’s Snow Scene (Sekkei)

Objects of Our Affection

Carnegie Museums is home to some of the most significant collections in the world. Here we showcase some of the most compelling objects.

President’s Note: Winter 2020

President's Note

A message from Steven Knapp

All In for Women and Femmes

Giving Forward

Passionate about creating opportunities for women, one donor couple helps amplify their work.

By Julie Hannon

Big Picture

A dedicated home for Teenie. This past January, Carnegie Museum of Art opened a long-awaited gallery devoted to the works of photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris. It’s filled with iconic examples of Harris’ photographs and includes space to host educational programs and community events inspired by his world-renowned archive. Harris created an unparalleled chronicle of African American history and culture during the mid-20th century.