Art Notes: Carnegie Museum of Art names chief curator


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Museums are changing with the culture and Carnegie Museum of Art is no exception. Under the guidance of director Lynn Zelevansky, the museum has begun to implement a recently adopted strategic plan that puts emphasis on a cross-departmental alignment of staff, expertise and resources.

One step in realizing that plan is the appointment of Catherine Evans as chief curator, announced last week. Goals include building a stronger national and international profile, enhancing presence through use of digital media, and identifying challenges museums are facing in the 21st century.

"We are at a crossroads at Carnegie Museum of Art as we strive to make ourselves more visible locally and globally, and take a leadership role in redefining museums for the next century," said Ms. Zelevansky in a prepared statement. "Along with scholarly chops and extensive museum experience, [Ms. Evans] brings to the position a background in innovative cross-departmental programming involving technology and viewer participation. She is committed to making the museum welcoming and the art accessible to all."

Since 1996, Ms. Evans had been at the Columbus Museum of Art, where she was the museum's first curator of photography, having previously been chief curator. She has served in the photography departments of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, and was co-author/co-curator of "The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951." A graduate of Williams College, she is on the Association of Art Museum Curators board, and was a 2012 TEDx presenter. (TED is a nonprofit started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become broader.)

Make parade puppets

Cheryl Capezzuti is leading an adult puppet-making workshop in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust New Year's Eve celebration, Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2014.

Ms. Capezzuti is known for her large, fanciful puppets that have enlivened events ranging from the Three Rivers Arts Festival to the debut of the Art Lending Collection at the Braddock Carnegie Library.

The adult (21 and over) Holiday Workshop and Happy Hour, with DJ SMI, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Ave., Downtown.

Participants will work collaboratively to make puppets for the First Night Fed Ex Ground Parade.

Free but registration is required at www.TrustArts.org for the workshop or to carry a puppet in the parade.


Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: mthomas@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1925.

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