Fall / Winter 2013 Director's Statement
The Warhol Redefined
We’ve always wanted to make The Warhol a welcoming social hub for visitors and community members of all walks of life, and just in time for the holidays, I’m happy to launch our new entrance space. We’ve opened the museum to the street by bringing in a lot more natural light, pumping music onto the sidewalks and even adding a few disco balls to our windows. We want the museum to be hip and cool, just like Andy himself. We hope you will think so, too!
I’m also thrilled to present Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self,a retrospective of 30 years of the artist’s self-portraiture, with over 100 works on display. Self-described as Warhol’s “conceptual son,” Morimura inserts himself into historic scenes, resituating the people and moments to envelope his fascination with self-portraiture, celebrity, gay and transgendered life, art history, and popular culture.
Once inside, the first thing you’ll notice before heading to the upstairs is our brand new first floor, with new windows, a lounge area, an iPad bar, and an expanded store. Our store, three times its original size, features new products ranging from Fiestaware to Warhol Bugaboo strollers. Visitors can lounge in the new space, grab lunch at the café (or a cocktail on Good Fridays), and enjoy kicking back in the silver room, all without having to pay museum admission. It’s a dynamic new space that can be used for everything from a lunchtime getaway to a customizable event space.
Another feature you may notice on the first floor is our wildly popular live feed, Figment, of the Warhol gravesite. Warhol’s grave is a site of pilgrimage for hundreds of visitors per year, and the EarthCam live feed has shown everything from fans leaving cans at the site to live performance art. Since launching on August 6th (Warhol’s birthday), it’s quickly become one of the most popular projects in the museum’s history with nearly a quarter million page views to date.
In 2014, our Sound Series will continue to bring world class musicians to The Warhol’s theater. On December 12th we’re welcoming back Nellie McKay to our stage, and in January we’re bringing in Damien Jurado, then co-presenting h2 Saxophone Quartet and Strike Duo with University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Music. Stay tuned to our social media channels for upcoming music and performance announcements.
Finally, we’re getting a little nostalgic and making preparations to celebrate our 20th anniversary in May. So save the date, because we’ll have a party fit for the Factory on May 17, 2014! Details can be found at flywarhol.com.
Enjoy your winter at The Warhol.
The Andy Warhol Museum