Sohrab Mohebbi appointed Curator of the 58th Carnegie International

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Sohrab Mohebbi appointed Curator of the 58th Carnegie International
Sohrab Mohebbi. Photo: Sabrina Santiago.

PITTSBURGH, PA.- Eric Crosby, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art announced today the appointment of Sohrab Mohebbi as the Kathe and Jim Patrinos Curator of the 58th Carnegie International, the longest-running survey of contemporary art in North America. The International, which will open in 2022, has been the museum’s signature exhibition since its establishment in 1896.

“I am thrilled to welcome Sohrab to Carnegie Museum of Art and to support his vision for the 58th Carnegie International,” said Crosby. “I have deep admiration for his curatorial work, which consistently foregrounds artists who are uniquely equipped to guide us in navigating the complexities of contemporary life. As a curator, he is committed to examining immediate, local concerns in a broader picture of the world today. I have no doubt he will lead our museum in creating an International that is more collaborative, interdisciplinary, and socially engaged than ever before.”

Mohebbi is a curator, art critic, and writer and comes to Pittsburgh from New York where he most recently served as curator at SculptureCenter. He previously worked at REDCAT and Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Queens Museum in New York. Mohebbi’s research focuses on how art can unframe prescribed ways of inhabiting and perceiving the world.

“It is exciting to shape the next International and be a part of a tremendous exhibition history and discourse that in each edition had to confront, redefine, and question how art breaks away from arbitrary definitions, boundaries, and borders,” Mohebbi says.

With curatorial planning for the International commencing, the themes of decentralization and reconstitution are guiding Mohebbi’s early research. Mohebbi envisions an International that will present Carnegie Museum of Art as one location among others in and around Pittsburgh and beyond, prompting the museum to forge new partnerships with arts organizations, music venues, local universities, and other civic entities. By tracing social, artistic, intellectual, and industrial histories of the city, Mohebbi hopes to connect local concerns rooted in Pittsburgh’s past to current issues prompting national and international debate today. Central to his research will be a collaborative curatorial effort to explore how we reconstitute our lives after upheavals caused by colonialism, imperialism, and environmental disaster.

Mohebbi has organized solo exhibitions by Banu Cennetoğlu, Fiona Connor, Tishan Hsu, Hassan Khan, John Knight, and Falke Pisano, among others. His group exhibitions include Searching the Sky for Rain (2019), It is obvious from the map (2017; co curated by Thomas Keenan) and Hotel Theory (2015; with Ruth Estévez), which received The Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award in 2013. In 2012, he was the recipient of a grant from the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program for his blog presencedocuments. Mohebbi received an M.A. from the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies and a B.F.A. in Photography from Tehran Art University.

“SculptureCenter congratulates Sohrab on this significant appointment at Carnegie Museum of Art,” says Christian Rattemeyer, Director of SculptureCenter. “We are proud of what Sohrab has contributed to our museum during his time as Curator. We look forward to his work for the Carnegie International, and his continued relationship with us as Curator-at-Large.”

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