Spring 2015 Director's Statement
We have declared 2015 “The Year of the Family” at The Andy Warhol Museum. This year, we are offering even more family friendly activities, programming, and exhibitions than before. In our galleries this spring, we’re installing Warhol works of art for children, like Warhol’s paintings of toys hung at child height. On March 7 we’re introducing Half-Pint Prints—a monthly silkscreen printing activity for families with children ages 1 to 4—as just one of this year’s family oriented tours, performances, and activities. We’re excited to get our galleries ready for young minds to explore!
We opened Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent, the first full-scale survey covering more than 30 years of work by this important American artist, during a free public reception in January. A designer, teacher, feminist, and activist for civil rights and anti-war causes, Kent’s thousands of posters, murals, and signature serigraphs reflect combined passion for faith and politics. A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she ran the art department at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles until 1968, inspiring her students during the turbulent 1960s and 70s, and her work continues to influence artists today.
An interactive education space is installed at the center of Corita Kent. This space invites children and families to explore assignments from the book Learning By Heart, which Kent co-wrote with Jan Stewart. This book is a collection of lessons and inspirational text on how to be creative in your daily life, a guide to seeing the world anew. Children are encouraged to continue the lessons and assignments at home, exploring different ways to observe, experience, and analyze during their daily routines.
Our annual teen-takeover of The Warhol Youth Invasion 2015 is set for May 8. This multi-faceted project features teens’ unique take on Warhol, with their points of view, ideas, and creative expressions energizing the entire museum, through a fashion show, performances, art activities, and much more. Twelve dynamic teens comprise the Youth Invasion Advisory Board, who, along with our education staff, plan every aspect of this vibrant, spirited event.
Opening on May 30 is an exhibition exploring the work of Philip Pearlstein, Dorothy Cantor, and Andy Warhol as students in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University), and as aspiring artists in New York City. This early period was one of close association between Warhol and Pearlstein as they were fellow students, roommates in New York, and eager artists working in commercial illustration. Cantor, one year younger, was equally looking to pursue her work, but abandoned her practice when she started a family with Pearlstein. This exhibition is the first to study this important period for the three artists. The exhibition also features Pearlstein’s most-recent paintings—a brand new series that has never been exhibited and arguably is his most challenging work in his many decades of painting.
We’re also excited to announce the debut of Summer Camps at The Warhol. Beginning in June, these camps include a variety of activities, from working with our international visiting artist Stefan Hoffmann to designing art for a social cause. Camps are run by museum education staff and The Warhol’s artist educators, working artists who bring their own practice, innovative ideas, and experience to the interpretation of Warhol’s art. Aftercamp Adventures are also offered to allow for children to explore many other places that make Pittsburgh great—Carnegie Science Center, National Aviary, and City of Asylum, among others.
This year, enjoy the museum with your family, and stay tuned as we announce even more family-friendly events and activities throughout the year!
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