LIVE ARCHIVE: CMU + SAIC MFA Students Present Collaborative Exhibition-School of Art - Carnegie Mellon University

LIVE ARCHIVE: CMU + SAIC MFA Students Present Collaborative Exhibition

Pittsburgh meets Chicago at the Crucible Building, a warehouse space in Pittsburgh's Strip District, in "LIVE ARCHIVE" a first-ever collaborative exhibition between 1st and 2nd year MFA students from Carnegie Mellon University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

An opening reception will be held on April 12 from 7pm-12am. Gallery hours run April 13 and 14 from 7-9pm and April 19 and 26 from 5-9pm, with all events free and open to the public.

Featuring work that ranges from art and technology, performance, and social practice, to installation, kinetic, and bio art, the show "encourages long-term connections with peer art practitioners to generate a larger conversation about the emergence of interdisciplinary art," says Oreen Cohen (CMU MFA '14)."We hope this model of working together can affect the way ideas and interdiciplinary art are generated, shared, and experienced across an academic and social spectrum."

Exhibiting artists:Carl Bajandas (CMU), Elizabeth Buschmann (CMU), Rafael Abreu-Canedo (CMU), JingJing Chen (CMU), Oreen Cohen (CMU), Guy Eytan (SAIC), Isla Hansen (CMU), Yunmi Her (CMU), Sanghwa Hong (SAIC), Andrew Kaye (SAIC), Sarah Knudtson (SAIC), Dakotah Koniceck (CMU), Stephen Kwok (SAIC), Jaewook Lee (CMU), Lucia Nhamo (CMU), Joshua Patterson (SAIC), Felipe Rodriguez (SAIC), Troy Schafer (SAIC), Samuel Adam Swope (SAIC), Christine Shallenburg (SAIC),

“The communities within graduate art programs are ones that rarely have the opportunity to commingle due to workload, lack of organization, and geography. This is a rare opportunity to bring together emerging artists to exchange ideas for the purpose of creating new work.” says Elizabeth Buschmann (CMU MFA '14).

Initiated in the summer of 2012, graduate students from both programs spent the fall semester proposing platforms in both cities for exchange. A Think-Tank weekend in January 2013 brought everyone together at Cleveland Sculpture Center with special guest Cleveland Museum of Art’s Assistant curator Reto Thuring. Here they presented their individual work and engaged in fast-paced round robin sessions to brainstorm collaborative pieces.

The Pittsburgh exhibition will be followed by an exhibition in Chicago, with plans for this exchange to become a permanent part of both school's MFA programs.

More information on their collaboration, including artist profiles, can be found at www.cmu-saic.com.