Corey Escoto is a multidisciplinary artist who has lived in Pittsburgh since 2010. I wasn’t familiar with his work until 2012, when I came upon a few of his “experimental Polaroids” at the NADA art fair in Miami and was completely captivated. I subsequently invited Corey to do a talk at the 2013 Carnegie International satellite space in Lawrenceville, but wanted to help his extraordinary work reach a wider audience in Pittsburgh. The 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial presented the perfect opportunity. Corey Escoto: Sleight of Hand is his first solo museum show and the first one-person presentation of his work here in
his adopted hometown. The exhibition brings together the artist’s recent work in photography and sculpture within a perplexing immersive environment, creating a layered exploration of surface,
dimensionality, and transformation.
Amanda Donnan is assistant curator of contemporary art at Carnegie Museum of Art. She was assistant curator of the 2013 Carnegie International, and organized Susan Philipsz: One and the Same (2013), Duncan Campbell (2012), and James Lee Byars at Carnegie Museum of Art (2010; co-curated with Dan Byers) for the museum’s Forum series. She is curatorial lead for the A. W. Mellon time-based media collection project, and in 2010 founded the popular submission-based Two-Minute Film Festival. Before joining the staff of CMOA in 2009, Amanda was production coordinator at Art21 in New York.