The Warhol is a global resource for Warhol artworks and archival materials, and you’ll always see something different each time you visit the museum.
Art and Archives
Seven floors and the underground
The Warhol’s art collection includes works from the artist’s entire artistic output—from 1940s student work to 1980s collaborations. The seven-story museum devotes four floors to showcasing an ever-changing selection of Warhol’s artwork, as well as features a permanent film and video gallery for viewing individual Warhol films and videos. One floor is devoted to the museum’s archives collection, and another is reserved for rotating exhibitions of deep dives into the museum’s collection or showcasing contemporary artists that resonate with Warhol. The ground floor continuously shows Fifteen Minutes Eternal, a twenty-minute introductory film, and the underground includes The Factory education studio and the museum’s conservation lab.
The Warhol’s art collection includes 900 paintings; approximately 100 sculptures; nearly 2,000 works on paper; more than 1,000 published and unique prints; 4,000 photographs; 60 feature films; 200 Screen Tests; and more than 4,000 videos. The collection also features Warhol wallpaper and books.
Some of the most notable artworks include 1960s pop art paintings of consumer products, including Campbell’s Soup Cans and Coke, and celebrities portraits of stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley; 1970s series, such as Death and Disaster, Mao, and abstract Oxidations; and works from the 1980s, including The Last Supper and collaborative paintings made with younger artists, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francesco Clemente.
From the time he obtained his first film camera in 1963 until his death in 1987, Warhol actively explored the moving image, creating films, personal portraits, programs for cable television, and music videos. Among the films and videos in the collection are Warhol’s Empire, The Chelsea Girls, and Sleep, as well as video diaries, experimental soap operas, music videos, commercial work-for-hire, and all completed episodes of the television series Fashion, Andy Warhol’s T.V., and Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes.
Drawings made by Warhol’s mother, Julia Warhola, are also included in the art collection.
The archives are part of Warhol’s life work and the greatest single collection of ephemera documenting the diverse worlds in which Warhol was active. The collection consists of perhaps half a million objects, and it tells Warhol’s story alongside the art collection.
The archives collection includes scrapbooks; press clippings; art supplies; source material; posters publicizing exhibitions and films; about 4,000 audio tapes of conversations between Warhol and his associates; thousands of documentary photographs; a nearly complete run of Interview magazine; his extensive library; hundreds of decorative art objects; and many personal items, such as correspondence, diaries, clothing, wigs, and cosmetics.
The keystone of the archives collection is Warhol’s largest serial artwork, the Time Capsules. Beginning in 1974, Warhol filled 569 standard-sized cardboard boxes, 40 filing cabinet drawers, and a large steamer trunk with materials spanning a nearly forty-year period, from the 1950s to his death in 1987, which he then sealed and sent to storage. Warhol used these boxes to manage the bewildering quantity of material that routinely passed through his life. Photographs, newspapers, and magazines; fan letters, business, and personal correspondence; artwork; source images; books, exhibition catalogues, and telephone messages; dinner invitations and poetry reading announcements; and ephemera were placed on an almost daily basis into a box kept conveniently next to his desk.