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Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum. Photo by Ric Evans.

From the Director

Winter 2016 Director's Statement

Dear valued guest,

We ended 2015 on a high note with the successful funding of our Activist Print Kickstarter to support a collaboration between the museum and the local screen printing collective Artist Image Resource (AIR) to commission three Pittsburgh artists to create socially and politically inspired prints. We’re thrilled to begin work on the project—identifying the artists, creating the prints, and showcasing them on the Rosa Villa building façade directly across the street from The Warhol—and to contribute to the discourse around contemporary issues. Stay tuned for more details about this inspiring community project. This past year also marked a nearly twelve percent increase in museum attendance.

Our spring exhibition Michael Chow aka Zhou Yinghua: Voice for My Father features paintings by artist Michael Chow, photographs of the artist’s father (a grand master of the Bejing Opera), and portraits of Chow painted by his contemporaries and friends, such as Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha. Chow, notable for his high-end Chinese restaurants called MR CHOW, began painting again in 2012 after a nearly 50 year hiatus. The result is a series of dramatic and expressionistic large-scale works made form an array of materials, such as household paint and precious metals.

Presented in conjunction with Voice for My Father is Exposures: Jamie Earnest: Private Spaces / Public Personas. Pittsburgh-based artist Jamie Earnest created three new large-scale paintings to hang in The Warhol Store's street-facing windows. The panels incorporate details from the private, residential spaces of both Warhol and Chow, the imagery mined from catalogues and online news stories, to present abstracted views of the private dwellings of these two famous personas. Earnest joins past Exposures artist Elizabeth Rudnick in The Warhol theater on February 20 for an artist talk about their artistic approaches and future projects.

Our winter Sound Series launched with ethereal vocalist and composer GABI, and it continues with The Red Western, and Disappears—all three groups supporting an album release. The seventh year of our co-presentation series with Music on the Edge of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music features vocal ensemble Ekmeles, trombonist George Lewis, and cello/percussion duo New Morse Code with vocalist Jamie Jordan. This spring the museum continues its Sound Series with an experimental trio, a guitar virtuoso, an acoustic ensemble, and so many more vibrant, dynamic groups.

While you’re enjoying The Warhol this spring, make a date to come back this summer when we open the acclaimed exhibition Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, displayed throughout our seven floors. The Warhol developed the exhibition with the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, and it opened at NGV in December 2015, to record-braking attendance. You will not want to miss this exceptional show!

Eric Shiner
Director
The Andy Warhol Museum

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of The Andy Warhol Museum is composed of esteemed professionals in the local, regional and national community who lend their expertise to the continued growth and success of The Warhol. The Board’s function is to advise the director, to raise funds to support major museum initiatives and exhibitions, and to recruit new board members from around the country to support the museum’s mission.

Michele Fabrizi
Chair

Eric Shiner
Director

Ralph Goetz
Gail Hashimoto
Maureen B. Kerr
Ann M. McGuinn
Jacqueline C. Morby
Kathleen Patrinos
Donna Peterman
Susan Baker Shipley
Dmitri D. Shiry
Judith Evans Thomas
Jamee W. Todd
Larry Wasser
Doris Carson Williams

Emeriti
Milton Fine
Vincent P. Fremont
Juliet Lea H. Simonds

Ex Officio
William E. Hunt
Jo Ellen Parker
Eric Shiner
Joel Wachs

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