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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

The Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: Contemporary Art

Since joining CMOA’s curatorial staff in October 2015, Eric Crosby has organized Forum Gallery exhibitions featuring the work of Alison Knowles, Michael Williams, and Ian Cheng. He is also the co-curator 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art, which Vogue hailed as the “most important art show in America.”

Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh, Crosby was associate curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During his time at the Walker, Crosby organized special exhibitions and installations of the permanent collection, including Art Expanded 1958–1978, a reinterpretation of the Walker’s Fluxus collection, and Liz Deschenes: Gallery 7, the artist’s first solo presentation at an American museum. Crosby also served as the curatorial lead for the Walker’s Living Collections Catalogue, an award-winning online platform for collections-based research and scholarship. He received a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he studied the history of avant-garde film and video as a doctoral candidate.

To schedule an interview, email Jonathan Gaugler or call him at 412.688.8690.

Jose Carlos Diaz

José Carlos Diaz

Chief Curator at The Andy Warhol Museum

Areas of focus: Andy Warhol, Contemporary Art

A native of Miami, José Carlos Diaz is the chief curator at The Andy Warhol Museum and was included in Artsy’s list of 20 Most Influential Young Curators in the United States. He recently organized Farhad Moshiri: Go West, the first solo museum exhibition of Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri. Diaz was previously the curator of exhibitions at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Florida, where he curated new artist commissions by Athi-Patra Ruga and Sylvie Fleury and the travelling exhibition GOLD. At the Bass he organized the exhibitions Rachel Harrison/Voyage of the Beagle, One Way: Peter Marino, Vanitas: Fashion and Art, and Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui. Diaz also organized Temporary Contemporary, a public sculpture program, which partners with the Art Basel Miami Beach PUBLIC sector each year. Prior to joining the Bass, Diaz worked at Tate Liverpool and the Liverpool Biennal. He received a master of arts in cultural history from the University of Liverpool, and a bachelor of arts in art history from San Francisco State University.

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

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.

Marilyn Russell

Curator of Education, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: 21st-century Museums, Teaching Across the Humanities, Diversity and Inclusion

A member of Carnegie Museum of Art’s senior leadership team, Marilyn Russell is responsible for developing the museum’s philosophy and strategies for audience engagement, interpretation of the collection and temporary exhibitions, and investigating how art and art museums remain relevant in 21st-century life.

She leads a team of educators and teaching artists who design and facilitate memorable experiences with art for adults and children throughout the region. Activities include The Art Connection, the museum’s renowned Saturday art classes for youth; summer camp for children; innovative gallery programs for school students and professional learning for teachers, including the new Empowered Educators series that focuses on race and social justice as they impact K-12 learning; artist talks and artist-led workshops for adults; and drop-in gallery programs for children and families. New programs include a Youth Arts Initiative, in which high school students design museum experiences for their peers, and an architecture apprenticeship for high school youth interested in urban design.

In partnership with colleagues at The Andy Warhol Museum, Russell launched a program for medical school students designed to enhance skills in observation and visual literacy, and guided development of a gallery program for individuals living with dementia. She provides oversight for The Arts Education Collaborative, an agency focused on transforming K-12 education by making the arts central. She holds a masters degree in the history of art from the University of Michigan.

To schedule an interview, email Jonathan Gaugler or call him at 412.688.8690

Ingrid Schaffner

Curator of the 57th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: Contemporary Art, 21st-century Museums

Ingrid Schaffner is an American curator, art critic, writer, and educator, specializing in art history. She is currently at work on the 57th Carnegie International, which will open in fall 2018 at Carnegie Museum of Art. Known for the breadth of her art historical knowledge and her exceptional collaborations with artists such as Richard Artschwager, Barry LeVa, Karen Kilimnik, Maira Kalman, and Anne Tyng, Schaffner’s work often coalesces around themes of archiving and collecting, photography, feminism, and alternate modernisms—especially Surrealism. Her many significant monographic and thematic exhibitions have brought attention to under-recognized artists and little-explored themes and practices in the art world. From 2000 to 2015, Schaffner directed the exhibition program at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the leading museums dedicated to exhibiting the innovative art of our time.

To schedule an interview, email Jonathan Gaugler or call him at 412.688.6890.