The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh has named Sohrab Mohebbi as curator for the 58th Carnegie International, set to take place in 2022.
A curator, writer and art critic, Mohebbi recently commenced work on the exhibition, coming from New York, where he served as curator at the cutting-edge contemporary art museum, SculptureCenter.
“I have deep admiration for (Mohebbi’s) curatorial work, which consistently foregrounds artists who are uniquely equipped to guide us in navigating the complexities of contemporary life,” says Eric Crosby, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art. “As a curator, he is committed to examining immediate, local concerns in a broader picture of the world today.”
Crosby says Mohebbi is interested in Pittsburgh, and especially overlooked aspects of its history, as both subject matter and vehicle for the International, the oldest exhibition of international contemporary art in North America, and the second oldest in the world.
“This iteration of the exhibition will expand out of the museum and involve other sites, organizations and institutions in the city,” Mohebbi says. “There will be an opportunity to reach our constituents across the city and beyond, on and off site, in opening hours and after hours.”
“The themes of ‘decentralization’ and ‘reconstitution’ are guiding Mohebbi’s early research,” Crosby says. “Mohebbi envisions an International that will present Carnegie Museum of Art as one location among others in and around Pittsburgh and beyond, prompting the museum to forge new partnerships with arts organizations, music venues, local universities and other civic entities.
“By tracing social, artistic, intellectual and industrial histories of the city, Mohebbi hopes to connect local concerns rooted in Pittsburgh’s past to current issues prompting national and international debate today,” Crosby adds. “Central to his research will be a collaborative curatorial effort to explore how we reconstitute our lives after upheavals caused by colonialism, imperialism and environmental disaster.”