Puppet Collection at 2013 Carnegie International

A collection of thirty puppets and puppet show props that I made and used in performance from 1997 though 2013 is currently on display as part of Paulina Olowska’s cabaret installation Puppetry in America in Truly a Lonely Craft in the 2013 Carnegie International.  I met Olowska and co-curator Daniel Baumann in November of 2013, when the artist visited the Carnegie Museum of Art to plan the transformation of the museum’s Carnegie Cafe into a cabaret installation inspired by puppetry and the legendary Pittsburgh puppeteer Margo Lovelace.  I shared my collection of puppets, props and posters, and was later invited to participate in the project.  

Aside from the collection, I also organized a performance for the opening day of the International with Pittsburgh puppeteers Kristen Barca and Joann Kielar.  Based on Olowska’s cabaret concept, the performance titled Museum Piece: For Margo Lovelace involved Barca and Kielar manipulating marionettes on a sculptural stage to a piano and accordion score.  The piece, which is now on view as a video recording, played to a packed crowd on opening day.

Yawny

Yawny

Puppets made from fabric, wood, paint, hardware and found objects.

Puppets made from fabric, wood, paint, hardware and found objects.

Monster Burger looks out at diners in the Carnegie Cafe.

Monster Burger looks out at diners in the Carnegie Cafe.

Puppetry in America is Truly a Lonely Craft  

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