director and board of directors

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

From the Director

Fall / Winter 2014 Director's Statement

As The Warhol closes out its 20th anniversary year, we remember all that we accomplished and what we are looking forward to in 2015. The museum-wide gallery redesign, which was completed this past spring, chronologically organizes the museum’s collection across five of the museum’s seven floors, featuring masterpieces alongside rarely seen artworks and archival material. Next year, we begin periodic collection rotations, presenting even more artworks to the public. 

This fall, we’re excited to present the work of painter and Pittsburgh-native Chuck Connelly in his first solo museum exhibition, Chuck Connelly: My America. A key figure among 1980s New York Neo-expressionist painters—such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Julian Schnabel—Connelly presents works from the 1970s during his time at the Tyler School of Art, to his time in Germany and New York, to current pieces painted in his Philadelphia home. This exhibition is part of the Pittsburgh Biennial, which features eight institutions presenting exhibitions of works by artists connected to the Pittsburgh region. 

Also on view until January 4, 2015, is 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair, an exhibition that marks a scandal Andy Warhol sparked at the World’s Fair, 50 years ago. As part of a prominent set of public commissions for the exterior of the Philip Johnson-designed New York State Pavilion, Warhol chose to enlarge mug shots from an NYPD booklet featuring the 13 most wanted criminals of 1962, and due to potential controversy, it was painted over by Fair officials with silver paint a few days after installation. Accompanying several 13 Most Wanted Men paintings—made in 1964 using the same screens Warhol used to make the mural—are rarely seen documents and ephemera surrounding the controversy. 

In October we premiered Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films, a performance that pairs 15 never-before-seen Warhol films with live music from five songwriter-composers who reflect the generational trajectory and musical influence from the post-Velvet Underground 1970s through today. Exposed travels to UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance October 24, and to The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from November 6–8. 

Looking toward the holiday season, The Warhol Store is ready for the shopping rush. This fall marks one year since we moved and redesigned the store, earning a 2014 Design Pittsburgh Certificate of Merit, presented by AIA Pittsburgh. If you haven’t yet seen the space, stop by and look for whimsical, innovative gifts for everyone on your list. Beginning in November, The Warhol is launching a pop up shop within the museum store that features products from local and international artists. We are also introducing the new Windows Project, which features commissioned window installations by emerging artists in Pittsburgh and pays tribute to Warhol’s early career as a window dresser for Horne’s department store in Pittsburgh and New York department store Bonwit Teller. 

This fall, we are sad to lose Nicolas Chambers as our Milton Fine Curator of Art to his hometown of Sydney, Australia, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, where we know he will do great things. We are currently engaged in an international search to find a new curator to join our team at The Warhol, and we are looking forward to the energy and ideas a new curator will bring to the museum. 

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.