Carnegie Mellon University
October 03, 2019

Miller ICA Presents "Intersections" Oct. 12-Nov. 17

By Margaret Cox

Pam Wigley
  • College of Fine Arts
  • 412-268-1047
Tom Hughes
  • Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
  • 412-268-3451

Carnegie Mellon University's Miller Institute for Contemporary Art is pleased to present "Intersections: Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry 30th Anniversary Exhibition." This 30th anniversary group exhibition celebrates the atypical, anti-disciplinary, and inter-institutional spirit of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, the research laboratory of Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The exhibition will highlight intersections of the arts, science, technology, and culture through a survey of cutting-edge projects cultivated at the STUDIO and developed by national and international artists.

Intersections features artists and collectives including: Addie Wagenknecht, Aman Tiwari and Gray Crawford, Angela Washko, Ayanah Moor, Bill Shannon and Cornelius Henke, Claire Hentschker, CLOUDS, Deep Lab, Jacob Tonski, Jill Miller, Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski, Suzie Silver & Hilary Harp, Madeline Gannon, Moon Arts Group, Tahir Hemphill, Teenie Harris Archive Investigation, The Last Billboard, and the Warhol Data Recovery Project. The show includes database-driven interactive projects, real-time robotic installations, video sculptures, and virtual reality experiences, as well as documentation of more than 120 other projects from the STUDIO's archives.

This exhibition will be on display Saturday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11. The Miller ICA, and all events associated with this exhibit, are free and open to the public.

"This exhibition is the culmination of the STUDIO's support for projects that redefine the role of artists in a quickly changing world," said STUDIO Director and Professor of Art Golan Levin. "For three decades, our laboratory has specialized in supporting emerging artists, faculty, staff and students who create and adapt new technologies, who reimagine social norms, and who instigate and advance culture into new frontiers."

Through its residencies, research, funding and public programs, Levin said the STUDIO provides opportunities for learning, dialogue and research that lead to new policies, innovative breakthroughs and the exploration of poetics at the edge of the recently possible.

"Over the past 30 years, the STUDIO has catalyzed everything from award-winning virtual reality documentaries and interactive robotic sculptures, to the birth of two internationally renowned cyberfeminist collectives, to the largest urban watershed rehabilitation ever undertaken in the United States," Levin said. "We're thrilled to present this selection of projects we have supported across 30 years, organized according to 12 themes — connecting projects large and small — that exemplify our approach, our support, our community and our impact."

About Miller ICA
The Miller Institute for Contemporary Art Miller ICA provides transformative experiences with contemporary art through exhibitions, conversation, and exchange in a free and open public space. The Miller ICA is the contemporary art institute of Carnegie Mellon University and is a unit of the College of Fine Arts. It is located in the Purnell Center for the Arts on Carnegie Mellon's campus in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Miller Gallery is open to the public from 12 - 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

About Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
Founded in 1989 within the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry serves as a locus for hybrid enterprises on the CMU campus, the Pittsburgh region, and internationally. We are a laboratory for atypical, anti-disciplinary, and inter-institutional research at the intersections of the arts, science, technology and culture.