Summer 2015 Director's Statement
This summer is an exciting time at The Andy Warhol Museum. We recently appointed Bartholomew Ryan to the position of Milton Fine Curator of Art. Ryan was previously an assistant curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, where he began as a curatorial fellow. He studied at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and before studied drama and theatre at Trinity College Dublin, where he is originally from.
Ryan takes up his role at the museum just in time for our major summer announcement: A foremost international exhibition featuring two significant artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries—Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei—opens at The Warhol June 2016. Ryan and the museum’s curatorial staff are working closely with Ai Weiwei to hone The Warhol’s presentation of the exhibition, Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, developed in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, which opens its show December 2015.
Opening in July as part of the “Year of the Family” is our playful installation of Warhol’s paintings, prints, and photographs from the late 1970s and 1980s, Andy’s Toybox, curated by our amazing Curator of Education and Interpretation Tresa Varner. The installation is inspired by a series of paintings Warhol created for children in 1983, and it includes Toy paintings hung at child-height on Fish wallpaper and the artist’s collection of vintage wind-up mechanical toys used as source material for the paintings. Children of all ages are encouraged to dress-up and pose for photographs, build their own castles, race toy cars, and play with toys from the museum’s own toy box. August is our month for family-friendly programs, including musical comedy duo Josh & Gab, ensemble Anime’BOP!, and DJ KellyMom’s Kid City dance party.
Our summer exhibition Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor: From Pittsburgh to New York is on view through September 6. It explores the early works of Philip Pearlstein, Andy Warhol, and Dorothy Cantor as students at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) and as aspiring artists in New York City. This exhibition is the first to study this important period for these three artists, and it includes a new painting series Pearlstein completed earlier this year. In conjunction with the exhibition, we’re asking our digital community to submit city-inspired works of art using #MyPittsburgh—some of our favorite tagged works will be showcased on our social channels.
We’re looking forward to this fall and our exciting programming schedule, including an exhibition exploring Warhol’s book work, Warhol By the Book, curated by our Chief Archivist Matt Wrbican. Our Sound Series, organized by Ben Harrison, our curator of performing arts and public programs, features three stand-out performances: Television, An Evening with Luna, and Johnathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins. Television’s rare North American performance is the only one scheduled on the East Coast—you won’t want to miss this one!
We hope to see you at The Warhol this summer, exploring our exhibitions, playing dress-up in Andy’s Toybox, or attending one of our programs with the whole family.
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