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The counterpressures of the natural world was something pioneering environmentalist and Pittsburgh native Rachel Carson wrote about nearly 60 years ago. 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. 

 

“Through all these new, imaginative, and creative approaches to the problem of sharing our earth with other creatures there runs a constant theme,” Carson wrote, “the awareness that we are dealing with life with living populations and all their pressures and counterpressures, their surges, and recessions.”

 

Today, Carson’s words describing a place where everything from fish to birds, apple blossoms to children have all been silenced by humankind’s inability to appreciate the web of life have taken on an inescapable sense of urgency. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.”
            

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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.

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For Monet and many of his contemporaries, the smoke that accompanied society’s ever-increasing reliance on manufacturing set the scene for a more contemporary kind of beauty—the urban landscape.

Pitt Global

Videos 

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.

Video Production by Archie Carpenter Photography

  

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