“Preserving his 15 minutes”
The Andy Warhol Museum is a vital forum in which diverse audiences of artists, scholars, and the general public are galvanized through creative interaction with the art and life of Andy Warhol. The Warhol is ever-changing, constantly redefining itself in relationship to contemporary life using its unique collections and dynamic interactive programming as tools. The collection includes 900 paintings; approximately 100 sculptures; nearly 2,000 works on paper; more than 1,000 published and unique prints; and 4,000 photographs. The film & video collection includes 60 feature films, 200 of Warhol’s Screen Tests and more than 4,000 videos. Exhibition prints of all Warhol films and videos are added to the collection as they are preserved. The collection also features wallpaper and books by Warhol, covering the entire range of his work from all periods, and includes student work from the 1940s, 1950s drawings, commercial illustrations and sketchbooks; 1960s Pop paintings of consumer products (Campbell's Soup Cans), celebrities (Liz, Jackie,Marilyn, Elvis), Disasters and Electric Chairs; portrait paintings (Mao), Skull paintings and the abstract Oxidations from the 1970s; and works from the 1980s such as The Last Supper, Raphael I-6.99 and collaborative paintings made with younger artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francesco Clemente. Drawings by Warhol's mother Julia Warhola are also included in the collection. The collections are the founding contributions of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., Dia Center for the Arts, museum purchases and private donations. The Warhol regularly organizes and tours traveling exhibitions of its collections to venues across the United States and around the world. To date, more than 8 million people have visited the traveling exhibitions.
I just went to the Andy Warhol museum about a month ago- if you are really into art, or just want to see something different, this museum is definitely a place to visit! There are 7 floors of art, and it was just an amazing experience.
I stopped here on the way to see the Warhol album art exhibit at the Cranbook Art Museum in MI. Going in, I knew little of Andy's background. The museum does a wonderful overview of his entire life and career, with timelines presented on each floor for the decade it represents, with something displayed from each period and type of medium he worked with. He also amassed a huge personal archive of physical objects, gifts & correspondence in numbered boxes, of which the contents of one are displayed. The museum also features a gallery space featuring outside exhibits and a hands-on work Factory area down in the basement for those with kids that might be feeling immediately creative.
This is one building that is all Warhol! Start on the seventh floor, and progress through his life as you descend to the bottom floor. Be sure to explore some of the interactive exhibits. Give yourself 2 to 3 hours to get through. Spend a few minutes in the cafe on the ground floor. It’s somewhat expensive so be sure to get your discounts. Convenient Parking lot across the street, or many garages within a few minutes walk. Tons of construction in Jan 2020, when we were there; dead ends and closed bridges so navigating was a drag. Overall, very fun.
Great collection; Very cool that there was a lot of interactive style exhibits. Even if you are not into art so much (my fiancee is not at all) it is will an interesting and fun time.
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