Carnegie Museum of Art

Ellen Baxter

Ellen Baxter

Chief Conservator, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: Collections Care: Conservation and Preservation

Ellen Baxter oversees CMOA’s conservation program, and is responsible for the care and maintenance of the museum’s paintings, drawings, and works on paper. She has been working in the field for more than 30 years, and has been at CMOA since 1990. Her early work in Pittsburgh revolved around the care of dozens works by Andy Warhol during the foundation of The Andy Warhol Museum. She supervised the cleaning and restoration of John White Alexander’s 3900 square-foot mural cycle, The Crowning of Labor. Before arriving in Pittsburgh, she was a private conservator in Charlotte, NC, and a fellow at the Walters Museum, Baltimore. She holds undergraduate degrees in studio arts, art history, and chemistry, and a Master’s degree in art conservation from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

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Eric Crosby in the foyer of Carnegie Museum of Art

Eric Crosby

The Henry J. Heinz II Director

Areas of focus: Contemporary Art

Eric Crosby is the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art. He joined the museum in October 2015 as the Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, becoming senior curator in 2018. He quickly made his mark with a number of outstanding exhibitions involving significant partnerships. These included 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art, a collaborative exhibition that examined the current state of American society through the combined lenses of two major museum collections; and Crossroads: Carnegie Museum of Art’s Collection, 1945 to Now, a reinstallation of CMOA’s postwar and contemporary art galleries.

Eric is currently planning an exhibition titled Working Thought that explores how artists engage with the critical issues of labor, class, and economic inequality that have shaped American life past and present. For his research on this project, Crosby was awarded a 2018 Curatorial Fellowship from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Prior to joining CMOA, Crosby was Associate Curator, Visual Arts, at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Charlene Foggie-Barnett

Teenie Harris Archive Specialist, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: Teenie Harris, Photography

Charlene Foggie-Barnett hails from Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District and was born to Civil Rights leaders Bishop and Mrs. Charles H. Foggie. She researches the Teenie Harris Archive’s photos, conducts outreach, collects and records oral histories that result from the Archive’s exhibitions, events, lectures, blogs, and tours. Currently, Foggie-Barnett is vice president of the African American Historical and Genealogical Society of Pittsburgh and is a member of the Association of African American Museums. Foggie-Barnett knew and was photographed by Harris from the age of 3 months through adulthood.

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Dan Leers

Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: Photography, Contemporary African Art

Prior to joining Carnegie Museum of Art in May 2015, Dan Leers was an independent curator in New York City and a curatorial advisor to the 2013 Venice Biennale. From 2007 to 2011, he served as the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow in the department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. During his tenure at MoMA, Leers organized the exhibition New Photography 2011: Moyra Davey, George Georgiou, Deana Lawson, Doug Rickard, Viviane Sassen, Zhang Dali. He graduated with a BA from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and an MA from Columbia University. Since arriving in Pittsburgh, Leers has curated Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups and William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography.

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Dominique Luster standing next to a photo of Teenie Harris

Dominique Luster

Teenie Harris Archivist, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: Charles "Teenie" Harris, Photography, Diversity and Inclusion

Dominique Luster is a proud Kentuckian transplanted to Pittsburgh for school and work. She currently serves as the Teenie Harris Archivist at Carnegie Museum of Art, striving to help the museum build a world-renown archive that is uniquely hyper-specialized on the life of African-Americans in the mid-20th century. The Teenie Harris Archive consists of nearly 80,000 images dating from the 1930s to the 1970s; documenting what might be one of the most complete insights into African-American urban life at that time. The collection spans just about every major topic imaginable from births and weddings to cars and jazz clubs and features some of the most prominent African American entertainers and politicians as well as beloved local community members in their everyday lives.

Previously, Luster worked as a Liaison Librarian at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) where she focused on serving at-risk undergraduate students, promoted advanced research at the undergraduate level, and served as the liaison to the Theatre Arts Department. Luster studied theatre design and technology at the University of Kentucky before moving to Pittsburgh to pursue her MLIS in archives and information management at Pitt.

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