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Ingrid Schaffner to Curate 57th Carnegie International

The Carnegie Museum of Art has announced the appointment of Ingrid Schaffner as curator of the fifty-seventh Carnegie International. Schaffner will begin her role in May and relocate to Pittsburgh in September 2015.

Since 2000, Schaffner has served as chief curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She’s authored more than twenty books and nearly 200 articles, reviews, and features, ranging from Salvador Dalí’s Dream of Venus (2002) to The Essential Andy Warhol (1999). Schaffner’s also put together solo shows featuring Karen Kilimnik, Barry Le Va, and Jason Rhoades, among others.

Schaffner will assemble a group of “traveling and thinking partners,” each of whom will accompany her to a specific region. To some, the concept might recall the agents employed by curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev for the most recent iteration of Documenta—except that Schaffner is requiring that both she and her partners be unfamiliar with the regions they visit on their journeys.

Schaffner told that she envisions organizing an exhibition “that’s immersive and accessible on different levels and moves in different time registers and parts of our vast art world.”

The Carnegie Museum recently made headlines after it had to lay off six full-time staff members, as reported here. (The institution came in around 30 percent short of its operating budget of $10 million.) Meanwhile, it also recently hired a new curator of photography.