Rachel Rose, Lake Valley, 2016. HD video, 8:25. Carnegie Museum of Art, A. W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2018.2
Carnegie Museum of Art’s new online exhibition series launches with Lake Valley, an enchanting eight-minute video work by American artist Rachel Rose. With this visually rich, animated video, Rose mines themes and imagery from the history of children’s literature to create a dream-like story about loneliness, imagination, and longing for personal connection.
Debuting online while the museum’s doors remain closed, this timely digital presentation—drawn from the museum’s collection—brings the comfort and inspiration of art directly into the homes of museum visitors. Rose, who exhibited this work in the Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 and the 2017 Venice Biennale, is known for her mesmerizing video installations that immerse the viewer in sound and image, merging cinematic innovation and sensory awareness. With Lake Valley, Rose painstakingly created a highly textured storybook environment through dense collage and cel animation, adding and transforming layers of fantasy and imaginative detail that invite close looking and repeated viewings.
Rachel Rose: Lake Valley is organized by Eric Crosby, Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art.
About the Artist
The work of Rachel Rose (b. 1986) explores how our changing relationship to landscape has shaped storytelling and belief systems. Rose draws from and contributes to a long history of cinematic innovation, and through her subjects—whether investigating cryogenics, the American Revolutionary War, modernist architecture, or the sensory experience of walking in outer space—she questions what it is that makes us human and the ways we seek to alter and escape that designation.
Recent solo exhibitions include Lafayette Anticipations, Paris (2020); Fridericianum, Kassel (2019); Fondation Luma, Arles (2019); Fondazione Sandretto, Turin (2018); Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2018); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (2017); Museu Serralves, Porto (2016); The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2016); The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); The Serpentine Galleries, London (2015) and inclusion recently in the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and the 32nd São Paulo Biennial (2016). She is the recipient of the Future Fields Award and the Frieze Artist Award.