Sohrab Mohebbi has been chosen to curate the Carnegie Museum of Art’s International exhibition that is slated to open in 2022.
A curator, writer and art critic Mohebbi previously served as a curator at SculptureCenter in Long Island City, Queens overseeing the center’s exhibitions and educational and public programs. Mohebbi, who is 39, grew up in Iran and is the first person of Western Asian decent to lead the contemporary art survey in its 124-year history.
The International Exhibition was created in 1896 by Pittsburgh, PA Industrialist and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie who founded the Carnegie Institute to showcase, preserve and celebrate modern art — and attract the art world to Pittsburgh. He founded his eponymous Museum of Art the following year.
Today, the Carnegie International is the oldest exhibition of international contemporary art in North America, and the second oldest in the world. The work of thousands of the world’s most coveted artists has been featured, including that of Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, William de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Camille Pissarro and Winslow Homer among many others.
The exhibition was founded as an annual event and currently is staged every three to five years. www.cmoa.org