in the Time of Crisis
These days, it seems that self-quarantining and stay-at-home orders are not only prompting us to gaze longingly out our windows but to also search for historic touchstones—moments that might be able to offer us context, guidance, and perhaps a closer look at our shared humanity.
After all, what’s past is prologue, right?
Through expressions of grief fear, and rage artists have helped us make sense of past pandemics.
Side Note: I'd like to thank Carnegie magazine for continuing to publish during this current time of crisis. I was never so happy to receive an assignment in my life, especially one that was so thought provoking and relavant.
Edvard Munch, Self-Portrait with the Spanish Flu, 1919y.
Rachel Carson's Silent Spring was the quintessential canary in the coal mine if there ever was one. Carnegie Museum of Art took a page—actually a passage—from that cautionary tale and built an entire exhibition on its power—both to inspire and shock.
Jasper Johns has never stopped reimagining, reconfiguring, and redefining his work. Not too bad for a guy, now 89, who once famously said, “I assumed that everything would lead to complete failure, but I decided that didn't matter—that would be my life.”
As it turns out, the signs, symbols, and imagery of Andy Warhol's Byzantine Catholic faith were hiding in plain sight all along. But with all things Warhol, it's complicated.
Working as the interim communications director for Pitt Global, I helped coordinate the department's most successful Pitt Day of Giving campaign to date (more than doubling the number of individual donors from the previous year, and as a result, earning bonus funding).
Part of the 2020 strategy involved leveraging original social media content designed to target students and alums. To that end, I created, developed, and produced more than 20 videos, which can now be re-edited and repurposed for other uses.
The Pitt Day of Giving video features Ariel Armony, vice provost for Global Affairs and Pitt Global director, discussing the many ways Pitt students are encouraged to experience the world as well as the many ways the university brings the world to its students.
The Chair video is one in a series where Pitt students and faculty talk about their travels, what they have learned from exploring different countries, and what they see as the most challenging issues facing the world today.