The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Ordinary Madness Mines the Carnegie Museum of Art's Rich Holdings of Contemporary Art
David Hockney (British, b. 1937), Divine, 1979, acrylic on canvas. H: 60 in. x W: 59 7/8 in. Purchase: gift of Richard M. Scaife, 82.67

PITTSBURGH, PA.- Carnegie Museum of Art presents Ordinary Madness, an exhibition that mines the museum’s rich holdings of contemporary art to suggest an unsettling observation: that the ordinary is in fact laced with the contradictory, uncanny, and surreal.

On view are a wide array of works that engage the everyday from various vantage points, illuminating the bewildering experiences we subconsciously accept as part of our daily lives. At the heart of the exhibition are the strengths, quirks, and unique history that comprise the museum’s collection of contemporary art.

“Ordinary Madness came together from my desire to present a series of comparisons across media and art historical categories that would articulate how artists engage with everyday experience, and the way art can be used as a powerful tool to navigate a complex and disconcerting world,” said Dan Byers, curator of Ordinary Madness and associate curator of contemporary art at Carnegie Museum of Art.

Ordinary Madness revisits major works acquired from past Carnegie International exhibitions, and presents the opportunity to show a wide range of permanent collection works alongside recent acquisitions, creating juxtaposition and dialogue that otherwise might not be apparent. The exhibition takes place in the Heinz and Forum Galleries and includes a 16 mm film series in October and November in CMA Theater.

Ordinary Madness presents art from the museum’s contemporary art collection thematically as a way to explore connections and comparisons between different works. But overall, the exhibition examines how life is filled with the bizarre and unusual and how art reflects those observations.

Ordinary Madness begins as visitors climb the museum’s stairs to the Heinz Galleries and encounter a television on the floor outside the galleries playing Vito Acconci’s 1973 video Theme Song. The artist, in the video, is lying on the floor and smoking cigarettes while songs by The Doors, Bob Dylan, and Van Morrison play in the background. Acconci looks directly into the camera and addresses the viewer with a coaxing and unsettling monologue saying, “look at me with your eyes and I’ll look at you,” and “there’s got to be somebody out there watching me, somebody who wants to come in close to me.”

Beyond, positioned just within the Heinz Galleries’ glass doors, stands a diminutive four-and-a-half-feet tall model of Richard Serra’s Carnegie, the 466-feet-tall behemoth steel sculpture that currently stands outside the museum’s Forbes Avenue entrance and serves as an unofficial landmark for the museum. This presentation of a familiar structure with a disorienting shift in scale sets the tone for the exhibition.

Highlights of Ordinary Madness include groups of Charles Burchfield paintings and Ken Price ceramics; a gallery of glass and mirrors featuring works by Dan Graham, Barry Le Va, and Jim Lambie; photographs by Larry Clark and photo-collages by John Bock; representations of the nude by Pawel Althamer, Willem de Kooning, and Paul Cadmus; a darkened gallery of distorted bodies in video and sculpture by Robert Arneson, Lynda Benglis, Peter Campus, Anne Chu, and Tony Oursler; monumental paintings by Philip Guston, David Hockney, Laura Owens, Neo Rauch, and Peter Saul; major sculpture by Anthony Caro and Mike Kelley; new works to the collection by Giovanni Anselmo and Damian Ortega; and Karen Kilimnik’s recently acquired large-scale installation I Don’t Like Mondays, the Boomtown Rats, Shooting Spree, or Schoolyard Massacre.

Carnegie Museum of Art | Ordinary Madness | Contemporary Art |

Today's News

October 18, 2010

Forget the Canvas: That's the Message of David Hockney's New Paris Exhibition

'Who will Dare' to Buy the Rarest Movie Poster in the World? The Bride of Frankenstein Poster for Sale

New Online Resource Debuts for Nazi-Era Looted Art, Estimates Half of Objects Not Yet Returned

Archaeologists in Egypt Uncover Nearly 4,500-Year-Old Tomb of a Pharaonic Priest

Pictures by Grandmother Who Picked Up Paintbrush in Her Sixties Offered at Bonhams

Buckingham Palace Experiences Record Number of Visitors in 2010, Highest in 16 Years

Japanese Dragons with Long Serpentine and Undulating Body Breathe Fire Into Bonhams Sale

Previously Unseen Images by Photographer Nadav Kander on View at Flowers

Major New Exhibition Dedicated to the Master of Surrealism at The Modern Masters Gallery

Archaeological Work in Copalita Indicates that Population might have Reached more than 2,000

Ordinary Madness Mines the Carnegie Museum of Art's Rich Holdings of Contemporary Art

Pinta, Latin American Modern and Contemporary Art Show Announced at Pier # 92

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Presents Retrospective "Urban China: Informal Cities"

21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, KY Voted #1 Hotel in U.S. Again

Old Photos found in an Old Diary Reveal Tale of Japan and Jews of World War II

Sotheby's Hits Contemporary, Italian Art Targets with Combined Sales of $48.8 Million

Pompeii: Life in a Roman Village 79 CE Reveals Daily Life in a City Steeped in Mystery

Stuart Shave/Modern Art Presents the First Solo Exhibition of Nasreen Mohamedi's Work in London

Mary Kelly: Four Works in Dialogue 1973-2010 at Moderna Museet in Stockholm

Baltimore is the Last Stop on National Tour for Acclaimed Andy Warhol Exhibition

Coveted Collection of American Muscle and Classic Cars Up for Auction in Georgia

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is Showcasing a Selection of Works from the H+F

SLICK: The Fair for Contemporary Art Discoveries Opens Its Fifth Edition this Week in Paris

Ground-Breaking Exhibition that Explores Picasso's Response to Degas

Fans Mourn Closing of Liberace Museum in Las Vegas

Largest Commissioned Sol LeWitt Scribble Drawing is Completed

Moore College of Art & Design Presented 2010 Visionary Woman Awards to Wendy Ewald, Judith Leiber and Ann Temkin

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Porsche Super Speedster offered for first time in 50 years at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

2.- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'

3.- Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

4.- Stunning colored diamonds expected to dazzle at Heritage Auctions' Summer Fine Jewelry Auction

5.- US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

6.- Vincent Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: Artcurial auction house

7.- Sir Stanley Spencer painting discovered hidden under a bed during a drugs raid

8.- Oxford's Bodleian Libraries unveil UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

9.- Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

10.- World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros

Related Stories

National Endowment for the Humanities awards grant to Teenie Harris Archive at Carnegie Museum

Picturing the City: Downtown Pittsburgh, 2007-2010 at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Carnegie Museum of Art Director's Choice Book Features Highlights of Entire Collection

Carnegie Museum Announces Acquisitions in Neoclassical and Contemporary Art

Carnegie Museum Announces Major Acquisitions in 19th C. Neoclassical and Contemporary Art

André Kertész: On Reading at the Carnegie Museum of Art's Works on Paper Gallery

Carnegie Museum of Art Names a Three-Person Curatorial Team for 2013 Carnegie International

Forum 65: Jones, Koester, Nashashibi/Skaer: Reanimation

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces Staff Promotions and Changes

Carnegie Museum of Art to Feature the Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful