April 24, 2008 - Carnegie Museum of Art - Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International
April 24, 2008

Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International

Paul Thek (American, 1933-1988)
Untitled (Earth Drawing I), c. 1974
Acrylic on newspaper
Collection of Robert Wilson, New York
The Estate of George Paul Thek.
Courtesy Alexander and Bonin, New York

Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International
May 3, 2008 – January 11, 2009

4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Are we alone in the universe? Do aliens exist? Or are we, ourselves, strangers in our own world?

Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International explores the important yet continually perplexing question of what it means to be human in the world today. Organized by Douglas Fogle, curator of contemporary art at Carnegie Museum of Art, the provocative Life on Mars will present the varying perspectives of 40 artists from 17 countries, spanning generations and continents. This is the 55th installation of the series of contemporary-art survey exhibitions that was founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1896. It will include 204 works of art in diverse media, from painting, sculpture, and drawing to animation, film, installation, and performance—all searching for the sublime in the confusion of everyday life.

The question “Is there life on Mars?” is a rhetorical one posed by the exhibition in the face of a world where political, social, natural, and economic global events increasingly seem to challenge and threaten to overtake the most basic forms of everyday existence.

“The thematic premise behind the show has to do with the idea of the intimate moments in our daily lives that we miss by walking through our worlds and not seeing what is right in front of us. It also has to do with the more infinite sense of being part of the larger universe and finding ourselves on the inside and looking out.” says Fogle. “The art world itself is Mars, and the best contemporary art asks you more questions than you sometimes have answers for.”

With Life on Mars, Carnegie Museum of Art is inviting its audience to ponder the questions and answers of humanity through real-life and virtual experiences. For the first time, the International web site
( www.cmoa.org/ci08lifeonmars ) offers opportunities for blogging by on- and off-site visitors, museum staff, and special guests; social networking outlets like MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr will also have International sites. Video interviews with International artists, architects, and curators provide personal views of their work and their thoughts about Life on Mars. On-site education pods scattered throughout the exhibition will have computers where visitors can share their immediate responses to what they have seen. A robust schedule of interactive lectures with the curator, artist talks, a summer music series, and late night hours are just a few of the programs and activities that have been organized to further
the discussion.

Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International Artists
Doug AITKEN, United States, b. 1968
Kai ALTHOFF, Germany, b. 1966
Mark BRADFORD, United States, b. 1961
CAO Fei, China, b. 1978
Vija CELMINS, United States, b. 1938
Phil COLLINS, England, b. 1970
Bruce CONNER, United States, b. 1933
Peter FISCHLI, Switzerland, b. 1952 and David WEISS, Switzerland, b. 1946
Ryan GANDER, England, b. 1976
Daniel GUZMÁN, Mexico, b. 1964
Thomas HIRSCHHORN, Switzerland, b. 1957
Richard HUGHES, England, b. 1974
Mike KELLEY, United States, b.1954
Friedrich KUNATH, Germany, b. 1974
Maria LASSNIG, Austria, b. 1919
Sharon LOCKHART, United States, b. 1964
Mark MANDERS, The Netherlands, b. 1968
Barry McGEE, United States, b. 1966
Mario MERZ, Italy, b. 1925, d. 2003
Marisa MERZ, Italy, b. 1931
Matthew MONAHAN, United States, b. 1972
Rivane NEUENSCHWANDER, Brazil, b. 1967
NOGUCHI Rika, Japan, b. 1971
Manfred PERNICE, Germany, b. 1963
Susan PHILIPSZ, Scotland, b. 1965
Wilhelm SASNAL, Poland, b. 1972
Thomas SCHÜTTE, Germany, b. 1954
Ranjani SHETTAR, India, b. 1977
David SHRIGLEY, England, b. 1968
Paul SIETSEMA, United States, b. 1968
Rudolf STINGEL, Italy, b. 1956
Katja STRUNZ, Germany, b. 1970
Paul THEK, United States, b. 1933, d. 1988
Wolfgang TILLMANS, Germany, b. 1968
Rosemarie TROCKEL, Germany, b. 1952
Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL, Thailand, b. 1970
Andro WEKUA, Georgia, b. 1977
Richard WRIGHT, England, b. 1960
YANG Haegue, Korea, b. 1971

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