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Andy Warhol, Little Electric Chair,  1965 ©AWF

Andy Warhol's Electric Chairs: Reflecting on Capital Punishment in America

This exhibition presented Warhol's Electric Chair series of paintings and prints together with diverse audio and written points of view as a catalyst to generate dialogue around the various sides of the capital punishment debate. Presented in collaboration with Amnesty International USA's Human Rights Education Program and Mid-Atlantic Regional Office (MARO), the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Duquesne University School of Law, The Center for Victims of Violent Crime and The Public Conversations Project. The museum gratefully acknowledges these organizations, the Electric Chair community advisory committee and all the individuals who have given their time to the project. Supported in part by The Animating Democracy Initiative, a project of Americans for the Arts, funded by The Ford Foundation.

Installation of the exhibition Andy Warhol's Electric Chairs: Reflecting on Capital Punishment in America. 


Learn about the history of the electric chair together with a legal and socio-cultural overview of capital punishment in America.

A Chronicle of Capital Punishment  

Capital Punishment: A History of America's Electric Chair   

Capital Punishment: A Socio-Cultural Overview   

Visitor listening to the audio points of view in the exhibition.

Audio Points of View:

Listen to different perspectives on the death penalty from Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell to victims' family members as well as diverse cultural commentators. Each audio track is about 10 minutes long and features four different points of view of approximately 3 minutes in length.