Carnegie Museum of Art

September 19
6:30 – 9 p.m.

Berlin-based artist Joachim Schmid is on a mission to collect the world’s unwanted images. Meticulously gathering discarded images from around the globe, Schmid’s Pictures from the Street and Photographic Garbage Survey projects span some 30 years and countless cities.

Follow Schmid on this fascinating journey during the world premiere of the film, Discarded: Joachim Schmid and the Anti-Museum, which screens at Carnegie Museum of Art on Friday, September 19th. Museum visitors will be the very first to see Discarded, and will have the chance to meet Schmid and hear about his unique process during a conversation and Q&A session moderated by Arthur Ou, creative director of The Invisible Photograph documentary series.

Be a part of the art by bringing in and discarding an old photograph for someone else to discover at the museum’s photo-swap. The screening will be followed by a party with a cash bar featuring pretzels, German-style beer from Great Lakes Brewing and custom cocktails.

Working with found photography since the early 1980s, Schmid’s Pictures from the Street recovers photographs that people throw away, including everything from the beautiful and intimate, to the mundane and the bizarre. For the past three decades, Schmid has assembled the found images into artworks and albums. His Photographic Garbage Survey Project (1996-1997) visited nine cities around the world, where he systematically cataloged and mapped found photographs.

While there, be sure to also pop into the museum’s brand new design exhibition, Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again. The first solo museum exhibition of work by the prolific Chilean-born, New York-based artist/designer, Look Again is on view in the museum’s first-floor Forum gallery, where visitors can even use Errazuriz’s custom drawing table. Watch a time-lapse video that chronicles the museum’s art preparation and installation team as they install several of Errazuriz’s works, including a hanging piano, in the Hall of Architecture.

Discarded marks the fourth installment of a five-part documentary series called The Invisible Photograph, which examines the expansive nature of photographic production, distribution and consumption via the more hidden side of the medium, whether buried, stashed away, unrecognizable, lost or simply forgotten. Each installment of the documentary series will be shared online after its premiere at the museum. The Invisible Photograph is part of the recently unveiled Hillman Photography Initiative,

Purchase tickets ($10 in advance; $15 at the door).

Jennifer Baron

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...