University of Pittsburgh
November 5, 2013

MARTIN CREED: more and less to Be Shown Through Nov. 26 at Pitt’s University Art Gallery


Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH—Students enrolled in the Museum Studies course at the University of Pittsburgh have designed and installed a solo exhibition of the work of London artist Martin Creed.

MARTIN CREED:Work No. 960 by Martin Creed more and less opens tonight and will be on display through Nov. 26 at Pitt’s University Art Gallery, in the Frick Fine Arts Building, 650 Schenley Drive, Oakland. 

The following events are planned:

Opening Reception 
Nov. 5, 6-8:30 p.m.

Student Presentations About the Works of Martin Creed 
Nov. 19, 6-8:30 p.m.

Expanded Gallery Hours 
Nov. 19 until 8:30 p.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 23, noon-5 p.m.

Regular Gallery Hours 
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

In the Museum Studies course, offered every fall through Pitt’s Department of History of Art and Architecture, students gain a full understanding of successful exhibition planning, design, and implementation. They go on field trips to local museums, participate in class discussions, and make a commitment to team meetings, installation, and de-installation responsibilities.

This year, under the guidance of instructor Nicholas Chambers, the Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Andy Warhol Museum, the students used each of the five rooms of the University Art Gallery to feature one of Creed’s works. They range from the video and sound installations Sick Film and Blowing a raspberry to the simple Planks of wood and Work No. 960, which depicts a row of cacti arranged in descending order. Creed utilizes seemingly mundane objects and explores themes of repetition, order, equality, and isolation to invite viewers to discover the everyday as art.

The Museum Studies course was launched at Pitt in 2009 and is sponsored by the Fine Foundation. Additional support this year came from the Pittsburgh Zoo, Phipps Conservatory, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Gavin Brown Enterprises, and the Martin Creed Studio.