C’est Magnifique: 

French Decorative Art 

Treasure Room through March 21

A celebration of things French is the focus of this exhibition, which features objects from the museum’s permanent collection. Decorative art objects, ranging from Sèvres porcelain to silver by Christofle will be on display complementing the Art Deco masterpiece, The Chariot of Aurora from the oceanliner Normandie.

Four Mile Run,  Pittsburgh, PA,  February 1990

James Welling 

Forum Gallery through February 14

Welling's photographic imagery ranges from the recognizable to the abstract, consistently addressing the medium and process of photography. Each of Welling’s photographs is a unique reflection on photography and photographic history. New works made in and around Pittsburgh are included in this exhibition.

Allegheny County Airport

Zigzags and Stripes:Art Deco Style 

Architectural Center  through March 28

Art Deco was an exuberant, colorful, eclectic style of the 1920s and ‘30s that was applied to everything from tea services to skyscrapers, from fashion design to movie sets. Brought to wide public attention at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1925, Art Deco rapidly became popular in the United States, from the angular, geometrical style of the 1920s through the aerodynamic style of the 1930s. Newly commissioned photography of Art Deco buildings in Pittsburgh are featured.

Jean Dupas (1882-1964) and Jean Dunand (1877-1942),  Chariot of Aurora, 1935 gold leaf and lacquer on plaster,  approx 18x26 feet,  Gift of Frederick R. Koch

Chariot of Aurora 

This 1935 Art Deco masterpiece from the French liner Normandie is now on permanent view in its own gallery in Carnegie Museum of Art. A gift of Mr. Frederick R. Koch, the monumental panel wall-relief required two years of painstaking conservation before returning to public view. Designed by Jean Dupas, the relief was carved, lacquered, and gilded by Jean Dunand. It originally stood on the end wall of the Grand Salon in the finest passenger ship ever built, and is presented at the museum in the company of Dupas’ large drawing for it. 
I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me,  1994

Christopher Wool

through January 31

Wool’s work examines aspects of abstraction in image and . The exhibition includes 50 selections of the artist’s work from 1986 to the present, drawn from American and European collections, including pattern paintings, stenciled words (of which the Carnegie Museum of Art owns the largest example), stamped images and silkscreens. The exhibition, organized the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, featuring a text by Madeleine Grynsztejn, curator of contemporary art.

Asger Jorn,  Incredible Energy,  1957

Cobra Works

Scaife Gallery through late May

The word “Cobra” is derived from the first letters of Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam, and it represents the joint artistic expression of a group of Danish, Belgian and Dutch artists collectively active between 1948 and 1951. Proclaiming a love for children’s art, folk art and the art of the insane, Cobra artists rejected system and embraced spontaneity. This survey exhibition in Carnegie Museum of Art features examples from the museum’s collection and from private collections 

The exhibition program at Carnegie Museum of Art is supported by grants from The Heinz Endowments and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Christopher Wool has been organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and has been made possible in part by a generous gift from Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg. Its presentation in Pittsburgh is supported by gifts from The Heinz Endowments, The Henry L. Hillman Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Milton and Sheila Fine, Woody and Nancy Ostrow, and Sande Deitch in memory of Caldwell.
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema; Egyptian Dancing Girls, 1868 
Chuck Close; Lorna I,  1996 Credit: Courtesy Pace Wildenstein MacGill,  New York
Frank Schwarz: Tomb, exterior perspective, 1913

Join Collectors’ Forum 

Before there were museums, there were passionate collectors. They still exist, and Collectors’ Forum is one place where new and seasoned collectors share their interests, whether it is for contemporary art, prints, paintings, photographs, decorative arts or furniture. Collectors’ Forum members view private collections locally, participate in out-of-town weekends to visit museums, art galleries, and prominent collectors, hear experts on art, and share other activities that advance their knowledge of art and collecting. 

Collectors’ Forum, under the auspices of Carnegie Museum of Art, is a membership group with a $150 annual fee, but its goal is not to raise funds for art acquisitions for the museum. Rather it is designed to promote the spirit of fine collecting among its members. Currently there are 110 members, and each is entitled to bring a guest to events, thus enabling many couples to enjoy the programs. 

The first 1999 panel discussion is "Art or Craft?" on April 14. The director of Curatorial Affairs of the American Craft Museum in New York City, 

David McFadden, will join Sarah Nichols, chief curator of Carnegie Museum of Art, and Vicky Clark, curator of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, in debating the meaning of distinctions made between art and craft.  

Later in 1999 the curator of American Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will discuss the Met’s extensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. At a later event, Madeleine Grynsztejn, curator of contemporary art of Carnegie Museum of Art will give a preview of the 1999 Carnegie International. In October the international head of the contemporary art department at Sotheby’s will discuss "Is the Contemporary Art Market Overheating?" 

Carnegie Museum of Art Board member Marshall Katz founded Collectors’ Forum six years ago, and continues to lead its varied program. Membership in Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is required to join Collectors’ Forum.  

For more information call 412/471-1600. Or write Marshall Katz, Gateway Towers, Suite 24-A, 320 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.