Duane Michals

Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

January 22
5:30 – 9 p.m.

Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals was one of the most significant art exhibitions to open in Pittsburgh this year.

If you have yet to see this first-of-its-kind exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), you have an excellent chance to do so on Thursday, January 22nd. For its next installment of Culture Club, a monthly mixer that invites patrons to mingle, imbibe and wax poetic about all things art, CMOA is hosting a film screening and Q&A program featuring the work of contemporary photographer and Pittsburgh native, Duane Michals. Equal parts happy hour and art salon, Culture Club will feature a cash bar happy hour, time to view the exhibition and a screening of the documentary film Duane Michals: The Man Who Invented Himself.

Exploring universal themes of love, mortality and identity–all found in Michals’ throught-provoking work—The Man Who Invented Himself follows the 80-year-old artist to some of his favorite locations in New York, Vermont and Pittsburgh. Ruminating on the people and places that have deeply impacted the artist and his creative practice, the film includes reflections about the steelworker heritage of Michals’ father and grandfather in Pittsburgh, his studio life in New York and his country home in Vermont. Made by French director Camille Guichard, the 2012 film provides refreshing and informative insight into the artist’s prolific career.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Michals and Veronique Bernard, president and executive producer of Iliad Entertainment, which co-produced the film. The Storyteller exhibition will be open until 9 p.m. that evening.

On view through February 16th, Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals is the definitive retrospective and largest-ever presentation of the artist’s work. Culled from select loans as well as the CMOA’s own collections, Storyteller spans six decades, and includes classic sequences Michals created during the early 1970s, as well as rarely seen images representing later stages of his career.

A cash bar will be open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The screening takes place in the CMOA Theater from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: $10 (CMOA members); $15 (general). Seating is limited. Register now.

Read more about the Duane Michals exhibition at CMOA in NEXTpittsburgh.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.