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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
January 4, 2005

Carnegie Mellon Professor Suzie Silver Exhibits with Hilary Harp at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Galleries, January 7 - February 13, 2005

PITTSBURGH—Suzie Silver, Carnegie Mellon University associate professor of art, and local artist Hilary Harp will show their collaborative work in "The Happiest Day" at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Galleries January 7 - February 13, 2005. An opening reception, with the artists, will be held at 7 p.m. on January 14. Pittsburgh Filmmakers Galleries are free and open to the public.

The exhibition includes the video view-box series "Untitled Landscapes," and a projected video installation titled "The Happiest Day." In both projects, the videos are of recent, original performances staged by the artists, which are based on historical performance artworks from the 1960s and 1970s. In "Untitled Landscapes" Harp and Silver restage performances by such artists as Vito Acconci and Carolee Schneemann in an Arcadian setting. The performances are displayed on 5.6'' LCD screens in miniature theatrical landscapes. Presented in an adjacent space, the projected installation, "The Happiest Day," situates the same performances as pauses in a continuous journey through an enchanted forest, created with digital compositing. A Victorian fairytale told in the patois of an adventure video game, this single-channel video mingles conceptual art with 19th-century illustration, live action with animation, and history with fiction in a delightful hybrid of pleasure and longing.

Silver is an associate professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon. As an artist, she works primarily in video and performance; recent projects explore historical fantasies, notions of the paradisiacal, mythologies of stardom and the allure of imaginary landscapes. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Silver's works have screened at the Whitney Museum in New York, the Worldwide Video Festival in The Hague, the London Film Festival, The Moscow Film Festival and dozens of other venues worldwide. She is a 1996 recipient of the James D. Phelan Art Award in Video and a 2004 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, as well as many other awards.

Harp, visiting professor at Edinboro University, is a sculptor who creates objects and installations that explore the anxiety and absurdity of human embodiment. She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Harp's work has been exhibited at the Gale Gates Gallery, The Sculpture Center, White Columns and Esso Gallery in New York. She is the recipient of a Pew Fellowship. Harp and Silver have been working collaboratively since March 2003.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers Galleries are located at 477 Melwood Avenue, North Oakland. The New Gallery's hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and during film screenings. The Outer Gallery's hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during film screenings. For more information, call 412-681-5449 or visit


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