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Jessica Beck

Jessica Beck

Milton Fine Curator of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum

Areas of focus: Andy Warhol, Contemporary Art

Since arriving at The Warhol in early 2014,  Jessica Beck has curated many projects, most notably Andy Warhol: My Perfect Bodythe first exhibition to explore the complexities of the body, through beauty, pain and perfection, in Warhol’s practice. She is currently working on Devan Shimoyama’s first solo-exhibition for the fall of 2018. Beck focused both her undergraduate and graduate research on Warhol. Outside of the museum, Beck serves as a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Mellon School of Art for the 2017-2018 academic year. She received her bachelor of arts in art history from the University of Chicago and completed her master of arts with distinction at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

To schedule an interview, email Charlene Bidula or call her at 412.237.8351.

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 was appointed the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art in 2020. He initially joined the museum in October 2015 as the Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, becoming Senior Curator in 2018 and Interim Director in 2019. Guided by a belief in museums’ potential to facilitate meaningful connections between artists and communities, Crosby is charting a new course for the 125-year-old institution by creating an artistic program that animates local concerns within a broader picture of the world today. Integral to that program is the Carnegie International, one of the world’s most significant surveys of contemporary art and the museum’s flagship exhibition. Under Crosby’s direction, the museum will open the 58th edition of the Carnegie International on September 24, 2022.

Since joining Carnegie Museum of Art, Crosby has sought to advance the museum through dynamic exhibitions, ambitious acquisitions, events, and program. He most recently curated Working Thought, a group exhibition exploring how contemporary artists have engaged with
critical issues of labor, class, and economic disparity that have shaped American life past and present. For his research on the project, Crosby was awarded a curatorial fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 2018. Crosby has also broadened Carnegie Museum of Art’s reach through strategic partnerships locally and nationally, including exhibitions such as 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art, and expanded the museum’s community-based programming with initiatives such as Inside Out, the museum’s first-ever outdoor event series featuring over two dozen Pittsburgh-based performing artists and arts organizations. He has also left an indelible mark on the museum’s collection presentations by overseeing the institution through the reinstallation of the museum’s postwar and contemporary art galleries with Crossroads: 1945 to Now and its decorative arts and design galleries with Extraordinary Ordinary Things.

Prior to joining Carnegie Museum of Art, Crosby was Associate Curator, Visual Arts, at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Crosby studied at Wesleyan University (BA) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA).

 

 

Ben Harrison

Ben Harrison

Curator of Performing Arts, The Andy Warhol Museum

Areas of focus: Contemporary Performing Arts, Andy Warhol

Ben Harrison has helped lead and grow The Warhol’s performance program since joining the museum in 1997. Harrison develops and implements a broad spectrum of live performance programming. His strengths at strategic partnership collaboration have benefited the museum, as well as other performing arts presenters in the Pittsburgh region, such as the Music on the Edge Series at the University of Pittsburgh, Calliope: Pittsburgh’s Folk Music Society, WYEP Presents, and Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art. He served as performance consultant for New Hazlett Theater in 2006–07 and was associate curator for Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts in 2008. Harrison was lead curator and producer of the commissioned, multi-media performances 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests (2008) and Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films (2014) which tour internationally. Harrison has also served as co-producer of the Carnegie Nexus initiative since 2016.

To schedule an interview, email Charlene Bidula or call her at 412.237.8351.

Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore

Director of The Andy Warhol Museum

Areas of focus: 21st-century Museums, Contemporary Art, Technology and Innovation, Andy Warhol

Patrick Moore joined The Andy Warhol Museum in 2011 as director of development before becoming deputy director and managing director. Prior to his arrival at The Warhol, Moore worked as a digital producer for Yahoo! and was also the founding director of The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS (a project of The Alliance for the Arts, New York). He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in theater direction and English literature. As a writer, Moore has published books with Beacon Press and Kensington. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Times, Newsday and The Advocate.

To schedule an interview, email Charlene Bidula or call her at 412.237.8351.