Pittsburgh: Andy Warhol

by Mary Gallagher

The first time I went to the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh it

Warhole Museum

Warhol Museum. Unassuming from the outside.

was reluctantly. I thought the tomato soup can and Marilyn Monroe portraits were truly commercial and not real art.

Well I go back every time I’m in PIttsburgh, at least four+ times so far, and it just gets better. Sure Andy Warhol was a genius at marketing, sort of the P.T. Barnum of the art world and you’ll recognize that  flamboyant “Trump” genius when you visit here. But then the exuberance of his art, the iconic subjects and I’m sure Princess Diana would have been one of his subjects if their paths had crossed in time, is so enjoyable.

My all time favorite was a room filled with silver helium mylar balloons “Silver Clouds”. This is my dream bedroom!

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Silver Clouds at the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

 

Pittsburgh is full of museums and art, restaurants and wonderful ethnic neighborhoods. How could I avoid professional sports with one of the best downtown stadiums in the US?  And Randyland?

Pittsburgh is a city you need to visit over and over with more to discover each time.

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EXHIBITIONS COMING UP:

Andy Warhol:  Ai Weiwei
Through August 28, 2016
 Ai Weiwei, developed by The Warhol and the National Gallery of Victoria, with the participation of Ai Weiwei, explores the significant

Ai_Weiwei

Ai_Weiwei

influence of these two artists on modern and contemporary life, focusing on the parallels, intersections, and points of difference between their practices—Warhol representing 20th-century modernity and the “American century,” and Ai representing life in the 21st century and what has been called the “Chinese century” to come. At The Warhol, the exhibition creates a dialogue between the artists, throughout the seven floors of the building. Visitors experience more than 350 works in drawing, film, new media, photography, painting, sculpture, wallpapers, and publishing, including some of the major contributions by both artists, each of whom is as famous for his artistic persona as for the work he produced.

Activist Print
Throughout 2016
Activist Print is a collaboration between The Warhol, BOOM Concepts (a creative hub for artists to incubate ideas), and the North Side printmaking studio Artists Image Resource (AIR). Activist Print is inspired by the long history of artists using silkscreen and print-based media to raise awareness of contemporary issues and inspire change. The intent of Activist Print is to present perspectives on important societal issues that are often ignored and to create a forum for action on timely community concerns. Three Pittsburgh artists, Bekezela Mguni, Paradise Gray, and Alisha B. Wormsley, have been invited to create socially and politically inspired print work in this yearlong project. The Activist Print series will be exhibited on the windows of the Rosa Villa, a building across the street from The Warhol. The museum was given the Rosa Villa property and has used the façade of the building for public artworks while working on a plan to rehabilitate the site. Project leader and artist D.S. Kinsel launched the project with the installation of What They Say, What They Said.

Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body Andy Warhol My Perfect Body – Press Images (1)
October 21, 2016 – January 22, 2017
Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body presents the first comprehensive look at Andy Warhol’s engagement with the body. Highlighting The Warhol’s permanent collection, and including rarely traveled loans, this exhibition broadly examines Warhol’s work, from student drawings to late paintings of the 1980s. This exhibition reveals the parallels between Warhol’s personal history—including his struggles with his own physical appearance, such as early signs of balding in 1950s and the gruesome scars following his shooting in 1968—and the treatment of the body as a subject in his work.

EVENTS

Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo Indie Band

Sound Series: Yo La Tengo with special guest Lambchop
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
8 p.m.
Carnegie Music Hall (Oakland)
The Warhol welcomes back Yo La Tengo, one of the most respected and unwavering bands in independent music. For more than 30 years and 14 albums, the group has charted its own course. A Stereogum review says, “In the best possible sense, Yo La Tengo can feel less like a band and more like a beloved national trust.” Similar to Television, which played the Carnegie Music Hall last fall, Yo La Tengo sits prominently on the trajectory of bands influenced by the Velvet Underground and its impact on rock music in the 60s. This unique evening also features, on its first Pittsburgh visit, the highly praised Nashville band Lambchop (led by songwriter Kurt Wagner), which has deftly subverted and honored traditions of country music for almost 20 years. On this rare and special occasion, both bands pull from their extensive catalogs, as well as perform new material and collaborate on each other’s songs.
Tickets $20 / $15 Members & students; visit www.warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

TQ Live!
Friday, September 16, 2016
8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
The Warhol hosts TQ Live!, which presents a queer evening of dazzling performance, dance, poetry, comedy, resplendent fantasies, music, and so much more. This third annual performance series features artists and performers from the many LGBTQIA communities in the Pittsburgh region. Hosted by Joseph Hall, the line-up of performers includes Ginger Brooks Takahashi + Nica Ross, Joy KMT, Smokin’ McQueen, Sarah Elaine Smith, Angela Washko, and Anthony Williams, plus special surprise videos! Please note this performance contains adult subject matter and strong language. This event is co-presented with Trans-Q Television, a project of Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for the Arts in Society, and it is produced by Scott Andrew and Suzie Silver.
Tickets $10 / $8 Members & students; visit www.warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Pop Generation: Andy’s Antiquities
Thursday, September 29, 2016
11 a.m.
For the generation that inspired Warhol, Pop Generation features educational tours exclusively for older adults, age 65 and over. Donald Warhola explores the role of collecting in Warhol’s art. Registration is required at least two weeks in advance. Email popgeneration@warhol.org or call Leah Morelli at 412-237-8389.
Tickets $10 / Members free

Sound Series: An Evening with Joan Shelley
Friday, September 30, 2016
8 p.m.
The Warhol theater

Joan Shelley

Joan Shelley to perform at Warhol.

The Warhol is pleased to partner with Calliope to welcome Louisville, Kentucky-based singer/songwriter Joan Shelley for the first time to its intimate theater. Her latest release, Over and Even, a collaboration with guitarist Nathan Salsburg, was declared by NPR’s Bob Boilen to be “one of the most beautiful records of the year.” Influenced by both American and British folk revivals with artists such as Sandy Deny and Vashti Bunyan, Shelley has been charting her own unique course with striking lyrics and warm and genuine vocal delivery, coming off recent performances with Michael Hurley, and being joined on stage by fellow Kentuckian Bonnie Prince Billy. This performance is co-presented with Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society.
Tickets $15 / $12 Members & students; visit www.warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Sensory-Friendly Event for Adults (21+)
Friday, October 7, 2016
7 p.m.
Join The Warhol for a sensory-friendly program designed specifically for adults age 21 and over with autism spectrum disorders and those with sensory sensitivities. Explore Andy Warhol’s artwork through gallery discussions, activities, and art making. Each participant will have the opportunity to silkscreen print in the education studio and engage in lively and supportive discussions with museum staff. The museum will make accommodations during these events, such as providing quiet areas throughout the museum. There is a 20 person limit for the event, and registration is required. To register please contact Leah Morelli at morellil@warhol.org or call 412-237-8389.
Free for each participant and one guest

Sensory-Friendly Event for Teens and Young Adults
Saturday, October 8, 2016
10 a.m.
Join The Warhol for a sensory-friendly program designed specifically for teens and young adults 14 to 21 years old with autism spectrum disorders and those with sensory sensitivities. Explore Andy Warhol’s artwork through gallery discussions, activities, and art making. Each participant will have the opportunity to silkscreen print in the education studio and engage in lively and supportive discussions with museum staff. The museum will make accommodations during these events, such as providing quiet areas throughout the museum. There is a 20 person limit for the event, and registration is required. To register please contact Leah Morelli at morellil@warhol.org or call 412-237-8389.
Free for each participant and one guest

Night of 1,000 Elvises
Saturday, October 22, 2016
7 p.m. VIP
8 p.m. General Admission
El Vez, the self-proclaimed “Mexican Elvis,” headlines The Warhol’s second annual fundraiser. This year’s theme “Night of 1,000 Elvises” invites you to dress up as your favorite Elvis. The museum’s seven floors are open to explore, and spaces are activated by a DJ, dancing, and an underground VIP “Viva Las Vegas” lounge, complete with casino games. The evening features a DJ set and special musical performance by El Vez. We’ll also have free Elvis-inspired temporary Tattly tattoos available throughout the night to complete your look. VIP tickets include access to the VIP lounge in the underground studio, unlimited drinks, and hors d’oeuvres. General admission tickets include hors d’oeuvres. Cash bars are available. Wigs, glasses, and other iconic Warhol- and Elvis-themed items are available for purchase in The Warhol Store.
Tickets VIP $250 / General $50 / $45 Members; visit www.warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Henry Rollins
Thursday, November 10, 2016
8 p.m.
Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland)
The Warhol welcomes back spoken word artist, musician, actor, author, radio talk show host, and iconic cultural gadfly, Henry Rollins. Primarily best known as the lead singer for the intense hardcore Rollins Band and the seminal punk band Black Flag, Rollins has also written more than 20 books, runs his own publishing company and record label 2.13.61, and hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW. His spoken word performances—“talking shows,” as he calls them—are a seamless (yet seemingly extemporaneous) mix of humor and outrage; pop culture, political commentary, and personal anecdote; healthy skepticism and rugged optimism. This performance is co-presented with 90.5 WESA and Carnegie Museum of Art.
Tickets $25 / $20 Members & students; visit www.warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

ONGOING PROGRAMS

GOOD FRIDAYS
Every Friday, 5–10 p.m.
For a more social experience, the museum is open late with a cash bar in the entrance gallery and half-price general museum admission. Many Good Fridays also feature special programs including music, performances, and more. Be sure to check our online calendar for specific weekly special programming (additional ticket pricing may apply).
Half-price general museum admission

The Factory (Underground Studio)
Tuesday–Friday, 1:30–5 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 12–5 p.m.
Visitors to our underground studio The Factory are encouraged to try out some of Warhol’s signature art-making techniques like blotted line drawing, acetate collage, and silkscreen printing.
Free with museum admission

Zodiac Heads

Zodiac heads at the Warhol.

Daily Gallery Talks
Experience tours and discussions on a wide range of topics including Warhol’s work practices, his life, and more. The 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. gallery talks are led by either Donald Warhola, artist educators, collections staff, or curatorial staff. The 1 p.m. talks are silkscreen demonstrations led by artist educators. These 30 minute talks include time for visitors to present their own insights and ask questions.
Free with museum admission

About The Andy Warhol Museum
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials and is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Warhol is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Additional information about The Warhol is available at www.warhol.org.

 

About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.4 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.

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