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Art Therapy and Art Education students from Carlow University test out silkscreen printing in the studio.
The 2015 Teacher Open House focused on the exhibition Warhol By the Book
. This exhibition showcased Warhol's book work
throughout his career as a student, commercial illustrator, pop artist and
filmmaker. Teachers saw a comprehensive
overview of more than 400 objects including unfinished projects, original
drawings, manuscripts and other materials that revealed Warhol's creative
Participants during the 2014 Teacher Open House discussed how Andy Warhol sparked a minor scandal at the 1964 New York World’s Fair when he enlarged mug shots from a NYPD booklet featuring the 13 most wanted criminals of 1962. The 13 Most Wanted Men
was installed April 15, 1964 and due to potential controversy was painted over by Fair officials with silver paint a few days later. When the Fair opened to the public, all that was visible was a large silver panel.
Teachers posing in a Morimura diorama in the education studio
During the 2013 Teacher Open House, teachers viewed the work by Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura. Morimura is renowned for his photographic reprisals of iconic images from art history and popular culture in which he replaces the subjects with his own self-image. By Morimura assuming a place in these works, he reimagines historical narratives and, in the process, mixes issues of originality and reproduction, gender, and race to create what he calls a “beautiful commotion.”
Teachers at the 2012 Teacher Open HouseThe 2012 Fall Teacher Open House featured special previews of two new exhibitions; Warhol Headlines which focused on Warhol’s lifelong obsession with the sensational side of contemporary news media and Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After, a retrospective in which Kass presented playful quips on iconic artworks and pop culture, addressing themes of history, power, gender and ethnicity. The event also included lectures, gallery talks, art making activities, and classroom resources. Abby Franzen-Sheehan presents The Warhol's digital silkscreening app, DIY POP to teachers.Participants at the 2011 Teacher Open House viewed the exhibition Heroes & Villians: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross. Just as Warhol elevated soup can labels into multi-million dollar artworks, Ross transformed comic books by revitalizing classic superheroes into works of fine art through his brilliant use of watercolor. Teachers tested out lesson plan ideas like pop paper dolls and comic book silkscreens as well as created their own digital artwork using The Warhol's new digital silkscreening app called DIY POP. Teachers pose for a glamour shot in front of the paparazzi wall.Participants of the 2010 Teacher Open House got a sneak peek of the exhibition Marilyn Monroe: Life as a Legend. The exhibition celebrated the many sides of the 1950s glamour goddess with more than 300 works by international artists; capturing Marilyn’s rise to stardom from fashion photography to Pop Art. Plus a special presentation on Warhol’s Hollywood by Geralyn Huxley, curator of film and video at The Warhol. Schenley High School Art Teacher, Karen Price inspects an artwork by artist Shepard Fairey during the 2009 Teacher Open House.The 2009 Teacher Open House explored contemporary artists’ interpretations of portraiture. Participants viewed The Mattress Factory’s exhibition, Likeness as well as their new permanent installation, It's All About ME Not You, by Greer Lankton, then explored nontraditional materials to create self-portraits. Through gallery talks and activities at The Warhol, teachers compared and contrasted the use of reproduction and appropriation found in the portraits of both Warhol and Shepard Fairey.