Fall 2015 Director's Statement
As we close out 2015, we look back at our family-friendly programming initiative at The Warhol, which we dubbed “Year of the Family.” We are absolutely delighted that for the first time, our visitors this fall listed family time as their top reason for visiting the museum. In addition to having many programs and performances designed for children and families throughout the year, a mainstay of “Year of the Family” has been Andy’s Toybox, a playful installation of the artist’s paintings, prints, and photographs from the late 1970s and 1980s, several hung at child-height, as well as stations for playing dress-up, racing toy cars, building castles, and playing with toys from our own toy box. The installation is on view through December 6—bring your families; you won’t want to miss this one!
Opening October 10 is an exhibition exploring Warhol’s work in the medium of books. Warhol By the Book provides a surprising look into the artist’s imagination and his ideas about art, showcasing book work, from early student-work illustrations of the late 1940s, through to his careers as a commercial artist in the 1950s, Pop artist and underground filmmaker in the 1960s, and photographer and Pop culture icon of the 1970s–80s. Accompanying the exhibition is a series of public programs featuring authors and illustrators connected to Warhol: food historian Susan Rossi-Wilcox talks about Wild Raspberries, art historian Lucy Mulroney focuses on archival collections, and Warhol nephew Jamie Warhola discusses his uncle’s children’s book illustrations.
We hope to see you at our October 17 fundraiser and community celebration Night of 1,000 Andys. We invite you to dress up as your favorite Warhol—1940s studious, 1950s professional, 1960s mod, 1970s preppy, 1980s club cool—as you explore the museum’s seven floors of art, dance to DJs in our entrance space, listen to a special musical performance by Champagne Jerry, and so much more, all while supporting your favorite Pittsburgh museum.
Nearing the end of our fall performance season, we have a sold-out entrance space Sound Series concert featuring Luna on October 14. On October 23, we partner with the New Hazlett Theater, our North Side neighbor, to present Richard Maxwell’s The Evening. We’re excited to bring Maxwell—who The New York Times recently referred to as “perhaps the greatest American experimental theater auteur of his generation”—to Pittsburgh for this performance co-commissioned by The Warhol, Walker Art Center, On The Boards, and Performance Space 122, through the jointly awarded Spalding Gray Award. Our season is rounded out with a Sounds Series performance by the highly influential singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman on November 4, and the incomparable John Waters’s critically acclaimed one-man show A John Waters Christmas: Holier & Dirtier on December 11.
We’re looking forward to seeing you this fall and into the winter season, discovering Warhol’s book work in Warhol By the Book, catching Andy’s Toybox before its gone, laughing with us at A John Waters Christmas, or enjoying one of our many other programs, performances, and installations.
The Andy Warhol Museum