I have to say, I liked the last Carnegie International, but it didn't exactly stretch your brain, consisting to largely of established American and European art stars-showing works in the very tight confines of a traditional museum and making very little use of Pittsburgh's unique landscape or history. Not surprisingly, the curator pretty quickly skipped town.
I have heard some rumors, that the new curatorial team is looking to possibly use some alternate spaces outside the museum. I sure hope so. If their blog is any indicator, they are much more involved in the neighborhood art scene. Their curatorial trips also indicate a show that spans a much wider range.
Write up in Gallerist NY
Some sample posts.
Symposium on building art institutions in Africa-In Senegal
A look at a sculpture park made out of garbage in Senegal
Political Puppet Theater from Poland
A look at Beirut's Arab Image Foundation
Artist Apartment Talks in Lawrenceville
A trip to The Maxo Vanka Murals