Displays at the 2018 Carnegie International opening.
Photo by Renee Rosenteel courtesy Carnegie Museum of Art.

The Carnegie International returns to Pittsburgh on Sept. 24 representing more the 100 famous and emerging artists with works at the Carnegie Museum of Art and throughout the city.

To kick off the longest-running North American exhibition of international art, which only occurs every three to four years, the museum in partnership with NEXTpittsburgh is hosting a one-night-only preview party on Sept. 23.

The 58th Carnegie International Opening Celebration Party will transform the Carnegie Museum of Art into a discotheque created by luxury event designer Joe Mineo.

Guests will be transported into a futuristic wonderland with romantic florals and twinkling lights in juxtaposition with aluminum orbs and contemporary sculptures. The museum’s lobby will be lit like a nightclub, with lights cascading down the walls to set the mood.

A 72-foot bar positioned in front of a glass wall will frame an illuminated pavilion commissioned for the exhibition by artist Rafael Domenech in the Sculpture Court.

In addition, there will be live performances by interdisciplinary artist Hyd and DJ sets by pvkvsv and Muqata’a.

Cocktails, beer, and espresso will be poured at three immersive bars in and outside the museum. And to satisfy your sweet tooth, there will be towers of confections from The Café Carnegie.

“Is it morning for you yet?” is the theme of the Carnegie International, which runs through April 2, 2023. And that will play out in the late-night party, which begins at 8:30 p.m. and lasts until midnight. 

Tickets, which are available only online, are $150. But NEXT readers can buy tickets for $125.

The staff at NEXTpittsburgh writes about the people driving change in the region and the innovative and cool things happening here.