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Forum:  Diane Samuels

September 15 – February 24


            In 1997, Otmar Gotterbarm was driving Diane Samuels through Germany when he stopped in the woods and explained that at that very spot, on March 18, 1944, he saw a burning American airplane fall from the sky.  “After hearing that, the unexceptional, undifferentiated bit of forest changed.  The personal stories animate the history,” Samuels told Elaine A. King in Sculpture magazine. 


            Samuels began as a sculptor and now works in various media, embracing such transparent elements as time, sound, and memory, as well as video and audio recordings.  The incident in the German woods, along with the memories of Norma Perlmutter, who emigrated to the United States from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1922, are the basis of her current work in the Forum Gallery.    In this exhibition, Samuels transcribes the voices of Perlmutter and Gotterbarm and then breaks their language down further into fragments.


            “I became involved in World War II history via the perspectives and narratives of living people who talk to me about their memories of that period,  and younger people who tell me about trying to grapple with that history.” Samuels explained to King.  “There is also something about people speaking, often in minimal English or with my minimal grasp of other languages, that makes for a very pared-down, direct, to-the-point narration.  But it’s the fragility of the strong memories, the images conjured, and the sounds of the voices – not necessarily the specific memory – that interest me.”


Decorative Arts Symposium

Monday, October 22, 2001             

9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Possession Obsession: Artists, Houses, Studios, Collections

      Artists tend to be collectors. Andy Warhol collected cookie jars as well as Art Deco furniture. Frederick Church and William Merritt Chase influenced fashionable taste in this country, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti¹s decorated furniture reflected his artistic ideals.

      At a symposium sponsored by The Women¹s Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art, Stephen Calloway, Associate Curator of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, will speak on Palaces of Art and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and Karen Zukowski, former curator of Frederick Church¹s home and studio, Olana, will present A Pleasant Confusion of Beautiful Things: American Artists¹ Studios in the Late Nineteenth Century. After lunch, Ingrid Schaffner, Adjunct Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, will present Trash > Treasure Art: Contemporary Artists and the Art of Collecting.


William Merritt Chase

The Tenth Street Studio

Oil on canvas, c. 1889 - 1905
Cost is $50 for members, $55 for nonmembers, and includes lunch for those pre-registered. For information, call the Decorative Arts department at 412.622.6265.

Museum acquires Duane Michals archive            


Carnegie Museum of Art is acquiring the archive of photographer Duane Michals, which includes approximately 300 gelatin-silver prints, working prints, and other materials. This acquisition reveals a new focus on contemporary photography, says Richard Armstrong, Henry J. Heinz II director of Carnegie Museum of Art.  “With the recent establishment of the Irving and Aaronel de Roy Gruber Fund for Photography – the museum’s first such endowment for the purchase of contemporary photography – the collection is changing by acquiring today’s photography in a more comprehensive way.  Duane Michals's work will be at the center of this effort, as the transfer of photographs  continues over the next 10 years.


Michals, one of contemporary photography's most acclaimed artists, is a native of  McKeesport. The acquisition of the Michals archive has been made possible by the Henry L. Hillman Fund.




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