Andy Warhol collected everything from cookie jars to contemporary art, scouring auction houses, antique stores, and flea markets for new treasures to add to his many collections.
The Time Capsules are Warhol’s largest collecting project, in which he saved source material for his work and an enormous record of his own daily life.
It is in Warhol’s spirit of collecting that the Community Time Capsules were created. Celebrating Pittsburgh’s rich cultural heritage, these time capsules are a collection of personal objects and stories that provide a window into local immigrant culture.
Andy Warhol’s Time Capsule 21
Explore over 50 objects from Time Capsule 21 (TC21), including photobooth photos, business records, personal notes and cards, record albums, newspaper headlines, and source material for Warhol’s artworks. Full of material dating from the 1950s to the early 1970s, the contents of the box offers a lens to examine the diverse aspects of Warhol’s art and life and the socio-cultural context of his time.
Community Time Capsules
Explore over 100 objects from local immigrant and ethnic communities documenting their journeys and contributions to western Pennsylvania. African American, Carpatho-Rusyn American, German American, Italian American, and Russian American participants mined their homes and communities, gathering photos, clothing, records, heirlooms, and other belongings recounting their stories through the objects they’ve collected.
Gen-Z Time Capsule
Were you born between the years of 1997-2012?
Do you have an object to contribute to our online time capsule that best represents your generation?
We are now accepting submissions to be included in our online Gen-Z Time Capsule. Upload images or videos of an object that you think best represents your generation, and tell us why you chose it! Your photo may be selected to be part of an online exhibition and publication.
* This project is a collaboration between the Learning and Public Engagement department and Harvard-trained educator, artist, author, and Gen-Z advocate John Schlimm.