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Making ItTime Capsules

This image depicts Andy Warhol's time capsules as they are displayed in the Warhol archives. Neat rows of brown cardboard boxes, all the same size, are lined up on metal shelves. On some of the boxes, tape is visible, or there is writing in black sharpie noting the date that the time capsule was sealed.

Time Capsules in the archives at The Warhol.

This instructional video explores the making of one of Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules.

During the latter part of his life, Warhol created over 600 Time Capsules by collecting and storing various items in cardboard boxes and other common storage containers. Warhol would simply fill a cardboard box with a variety of objects that represented a period of time. Each Time Capsule became an archival treasure trove, teaching us about the life, art, and career of Andy Warhol. The items contained in his Time Capsules range from everyday ephemera to valuable artworks and everything in between (including autographed underwear)!

In this video you will learn more about Warhol’s Time Capsules, which are at the heart of The Warhol’s archives. You’ll also be invited to create your own Time Capsule as a way to tell your own unique story. You too can capture a moment in your lifetime through a collection of relevant and/or unusual objects.

About the Making It Series

The Warhol’s Making It videos are designed to spark creativity and engagement at home. Artist educators demonstrate short, accessible hands-on activities inspired by Warhol’s life, art, and legacy. Designed for makers of all ages and skill levels, these award-winning activities use simple materials commonly available around the house and encourage playful experimentation. To watch more Making It videos, visit the archives.

About the Learning and Public Engagement Team

The Warhol’s Learning and Public Engagement team strives to engage audiences from different walks of life with relevant, accessible opportunities for learning, creative expression, skill-building, and connection. Whether at the museum, in the community, or online, our goal is to leave our audiences feeling inspired, empowered, and equipped with the skills they need to thrive in a changing world. To learn more, visit warhol.org.