Carnegie Mellon University

Jim Cunningham

October 07, 2022

Osher at CMU Lecture Series presents "Art Exhibitions: How, Why, What, Huh?" by Vicky Clark! PLUS: Docent Led Tours of the Carnegie International!

Please join us for this lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM on Zoom. Members may register by logging into the registration system and searching ID: 4565 or by emailing

As the Carnegie International opens, once again, at the end of September 2022, it is time to think about how curators organize exhibitions. The process is more complicated than most assume with myriad factors influencing decisions. With the insight of a curator making exhibitions and a critic writing about them, Clark offers insight into the multiple factors that affect the organization and production of contemporary art exhibitions with an emphasis on recent Carnegie Internationals.

Clark will address key questions such as:  How does a curator put together an exhibition like the Carnegie International? How did curator Sohrab Mohebbi choose artists during a pandemic? What factors are considered when developing a particular point of view? How do Pittsburgh, the budget, and the geopolitical reality affect the final result, and other surprising things that play a part in the process.

Vicky A Clark, PhD, an independent curator, critic, and lecturer on contemporary art and issues: Clark has worked for over 35 years as a curator of contemporary art in Pittsburgh. Her exhibitions – more than 50 – have been conceptually based and ask viewers to look at art and to think differently about contemporary issues. At the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and many local/national art venues, her exhibitions have included regional, national, and international artists, trying to level the playing field. Themes have included the use of cartoon images to discuss difficult issues, contemporary artists using technology, the relationship between fact and fiction, the importance of the faculty of CMU in promoting abstract art in Pittsburgh. Additionally, she has participated in all Carnegie Internationals from 1980 on as a critic or educator, writing extensively on the exhibition. She has organized shows or written articles/books about local artists, working on the Pittsburgh Biennial, Artist of the Year, and the history of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. In retirement, she has been a popular guest at the Osher program at the University of Montana, offering courses/lectures on Impressionism, Women in Art, Art of the Sixties, Contemporary Art and Migrations.

Carnegie International Group Tour

Tours are $15 a person, and the fee is not covered by a Carnegie Museum Membership. 

The 58th Carnegie International welcomes you to experience art from around the world in a 60-minute experience led by expert docents. This iteration, entitled Is it morning for you yet? unfolds along two conceptual overlapping currents: historical works from the collections of international institutions, estates, and artists, alongside new commissions and recent works by contemporary artists. After your guided experience, consider returning to works not covered in your tour. You might also enjoy lunch at Café Carnegie to complete your morning experience!

Register for Wednesday, October 26th using course ID 4560.
Register for Friday, October 28th using course ID 4561.
Register for Thursday, November 3rd using course ID 4562.