Andy Warhol's first exhibit is coming to Alaska on Nov. 5. Tickets can be purchased starting today for the Anchorage Museum exhibit. The exhibit runs through Jan. 30.
Don't dally if you want to secure a view of the pop art master.
Below is a press release about the event.
On Nov. 5, the Anchorage Museum will debut “Andy Warhol: Manufactured,” the state’s first Andy Warhol exhibition. Tickets go on sale today at www.anchoragemuseum.org and the Anchorage Museum front desk.
Warhol was one of the most influential and iconic artists of the 20th century. His major works are instantly recognizable: The MTV astronaut logo, Campbell’s Soup Cans, and especially his Pop Art portraits of celebrities from Elvis to Jacqueline Kennedy.
Warhol challenged traditional ideas about art by mechanically repeating a single image, mimicking the manufacturing industry and parodying mass consumption. As his work gained recognition, he also began to manufacture his own image.
Warhol’s artistic premise is that the ordinary can be considered art, and the ordinary is usually a manufactured object. From soup cans to portraits of movie stars, all are constructs of a commercial world. Warhol even manufactured his own persona. This 7,500-square-foot exhibition employs Warhol’s photographs, silkscreens and films to comment on manufactured objects and lives.
The father of Pop Art was not a social critic of America: He was not counseling against consumerism. He was a keen observer, and he chose to paint objects that define culture on the most basic level.
This exhibition of nearly 90 Warhol originals includes his portraits of Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy and Judy Garland; several selections from the Campbell’s Soup series; and his 25-feet-wide, hot pink “The Last Supper.”
“Manufactured” also features less-exhibited works, such as early drawings, and a wealth of self-portraits, including a series of Polaroids of Warhol in drag. Screens will play selections from Warhol’s “Screen Tests” film series that feature Dennis Hopper, Edie Sedgwick, Bob Dylan and Nico.
The exhibition has many interactive features, including a children’s reading area and guided art activities. Children can “try on” Warhol-era fashion using life-size Colorforms of ‘60s clothing and wigs. The vinyl clothes stick to a giant, mirrored wall via static cling and can be repositioned. When children stand in front of the mirror, they’ll see how they look in a mod dress or one of Warhol’s silver wigs.
To create this exhibition, the Anchorage Museum and Anchorage curator Julie Decker collaborated with The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. The exhibition is on view through Jan. 30, 2011.
Admission to “Andy Warhol: Manufactured” is $18 adult, $16 senior/student/military, $7 ages 3-12, free for museum members and ages 2 and younger. Prices include museum general admission. Tickets go on sale Oct. 5 at www.anchoragemuseum.org.