Carnegie Museum of Art specials include Presepio, trees, and new activities


Holiday events at Carnegie Art Museum include the return of two visitor favorites, as well as activities and events presented for the first time this year.

The Neapolitan presepio, first presented in 1957, will have a new home this year in the Scaife Galleries, while the Carnegie Trees, commemorating 60 years, will be featured as usual in the Architecture Hall.

“For the first time, the Neapolitan Presepio will be surrounded by art in its context, so that viewers will have the opportunity to see it in its artistic tradition, period and history,” said Dana Bishop-Root, director education and the museum public. programs. The docents will also offer walk-in art discussions.

The museum’s women’s committee will present five 18-foot Fraser trees adorned with hand-crafted ornaments reflecting the “Dazzled” theme.

The presepio and decorated trees will be available for viewing from November 20 to coincide with the launch of seasonal activities, including a photo studio for friends and family, a gift-making workshop, an out-of-office party and musical performances. live Sounds for the Season.

The idea is to offer the Oakland facility at 4400 Forbes Ave. to the “many people who celebrate different holidays in different ways, or don’t celebrate at all but are still looking for things to do during the holiday season,” Bishop-Root mentioned.

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The Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee is presenting the 60th Carnegie Trees this year in the museum’s Hall of Architecture.

“It’s a big space and there are many ways to access art and activities,” she said. “We want people to see the museum as a destination. The activities are designed to encourage visitors to spend an entire day.

For example, two Out of Office Party sessions are envisioned as “an office / mixer party mashup.” It is a way for different organizations in the region to meet colleagues, friends and new friends, and also a new way to network.

“He was informed by the pandemic, when the offices could not be together,” Bishop-Root added.

Registration begins November 1 for events and programs, including:

Cat Art: Neapolitan Presepio

The docents will discuss the elaborate nativity scene set out in a detailed panorama of 18th-century Italian life. Handcrafted by artists from the royal court of Naples between 1700 and 1830, the exhibition includes more than 100 miniature humans, animals, angelic figures and architectural elements.

For the first time, the presepio is exhibited near the Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces of the collection, contextualizing the work as it would have been in Naples in the 19th century.

Paying visitors to the museum can participate in the discussions, which are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and from 10:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays from November 20 to January 20. ten.

Carnegie trees

Since 1961, the annual installation and decoration of Carnegie trees has been the flagship event of the museum’s women’s committee. Each year the trees are decorated with handmade ornaments by the committee, celebrating a different theme, ranging from “Great History Towns” to “Beloved Children’s Book Characters”.

The trees will be on display from November 20 to January 20. ten.

Friends and family photo studio

Select a location in the museum for a group portrait taken by a local professional photographer. The maximum is six participants per session. Registrants who want more than six people in their photos should register for two consecutive sessions to ensure sufficient time is allocated. Three photos will be provided for the exclusive use and printing of participants.

The 45-minute sessions will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, from November 20 to December 20. 19. Masks are mandatory but can be removed while the photographer is taking pictures. The $ 75 fee includes admission to the museum for up to four people.

Gift making workshop

Join the museum’s artist-educators in the Architecture Room to create a gift inspired by the works of art in the collection.

The workshops will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, from November 27 to December 31. 19. After registering online, participants can come at any time during workshop hours to make their donation.

Each $ 35 entry provides a gift, hot chocolate, holiday cookies and admission to the museum.

Absence party

Guests 21 and older can enjoy light snacks, drinks including a holiday punch, music by DJs, a photo booth, and pop-up performances among the Carnegie trees. Masks are mandatory, except when eating or drinking.

Full and individual registrations are available. The fee of $ 35 per person, or $ 315 for a group of 10, includes two drinks per person, appetizers and admission to the museum.

Sounds for the season

Live musical performances at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. will include River City Brass Band, November 27; Roger Humphries and RH Factor, December 4; Choir of the Baptist Church of Mount Ararat, December 11; and Hugo Cruz and the Caminos, December 18.

No registration necessary; concerts are free with admission to the museum.

Holiday shopping

The Carnegie Museum of Art Store and Custom Prints Store will offer seasonal promotions in person and online, including the new Collection Handbook released to mark the 125th anniversary. The book features images of over 200 works in the collection, including unpublished archival material and essays revealing the stories behind the creation and acquisition of the works.

Custom impressions will be reduced from November 15 to November 30.

For more information and to register for activities and programs, visit

Shirley McMarlin is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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