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Director’s Letter

Visiting The Andy Warhol Museum is an unparalleled opportunity to see Andy Warhol’s work in a context that adds meaning and beauty to the famous images with which the world is so familiar. Our redesigned website—the museum’s digital home—reflects the way Warhol’s story is told throughout our building, from the top down. We hope this helps you plan your visits and better reflects what you will find when you walk through our doors.

Warhol was born in Pittsburgh during the height of its industrial wealth and gritty roughness. The museum’s industrial building, renovated by the architect Richard Gluckman before the museum’s 1994 launch, reflects this past and Warhol’s desire to create art in a studio he dubbed The Factory. The Warhol’s building was built in 1911 as a warehouse for mining and steelmaking supplies and later became the home of the famous Pittsburgh purveyor of sheet music and musical instruments Wolkwein Music. Acquired in 1989 by the Carnegie Institute to house The Warhol, the building and the North Shore where it is situated—and, in some ways, all of Pittsburgh—have been transformed since 1994 when the museum opened. No one could have imagined the ways in which Warhol’s fame continued to grow, nor could they have imagined the global enterprise The Warhol has become and Pittsburgh’s place among America’s most livable cities.

At The Warhol, we present not only Warhol’s canvases, sculptures, and moving images, but also an unmatched archival collection that explores his family’s immigrant roots and Byzantine Catholic faith. Warhol’s story is presented chronologically in the museum, through our permanent collection and archives, tracing his path from Pittsburgh to the zenith of his fame in New York City. Five floors of the museum are devoted to Warhol’s work, and one floor of the museum showcases regularly rotating exhibitions of artists influenced by Warhol or deep-dive scholarly installations devoted to aspects of Warhol’s work. On the museum’s underground level, The Factory studio hums with activity. It provides hands-on opportunities for museum visitors and youth and community groups to find meaning and hope in Warhol’s work and life story.

The Warhol has always been and will continue to be digitally progressive, presenting interactive displays and innovative accessibility projects. We also strongly believe in the importance of experiencing the physical art object—the handmade quality of Warhol’s Campbell’s soup can canvases from the early 1960s and the ghostly surface of Elvis 11 Times continue to surprise visitors who have previously only seen photographs of them.

We hope you visit us soon to encounter our exceptional art and archives, learn how to silkscreen print in The Factory, and explore our inspirational city. To see Warhol’s work in the city that gave birth to him is to see his work for the first time. This now green and sophisticated city filled with award-winning restaurants and top universities retains an authenticity that reflects upon Warhol’s work when viewed in Pittsburgh, where he became an artist.

Patrick Moore
The Andy Warhol Museum