Fall / Winter 2014 Director's Statement
The Warhol closes out its 20th
anniversary year, we remember all that we accomplished and
what we are looking forward to in 2015. The museum-wide gallery redesign, which
was completed this past spring, chronologically organizes the museum’s
collection across five of the museum’s seven floors, featuring masterpieces
alongside rarely seen artworks and archival material. Next year, we begin periodic
collection rotations, presenting even more artworks to the public.
fall, we’re excited to present the work of painter and Pittsburgh-native Chuck
Connelly in his first solo museum exhibition, Chuck Connelly: My America. A key
figure among 1980s New York Neo-expressionist painters—such as Jean-Michel
Basquiat and Julian Schnabel—Connelly presents works from the 1970s during his
time at the Tyler School of Art, to his time in Germany and New York, to
current pieces painted in his Philadelphia home. This exhibition is part of the
Pittsburgh Biennial, which features eight institutions presenting exhibitions
of works by artists connected to the Pittsburgh region.
on view until January 4, 2015, is 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the
1964 World’s Fair, an exhibition that marks a scandal Andy Warhol
sparked at the World’s Fair, 50 years ago. As part of a prominent set of public
commissions for the exterior of the Philip Johnson-designed New York State
Pavilion, Warhol chose to enlarge mug shots from an NYPD booklet featuring the
13 most wanted criminals of 1962, and due to potential controversy, it was painted
over by Fair officials with silver paint a few days after installation.
Accompanying several 13 Most Wanted Men
paintings—made in 1964 using the same screens Warhol used to make the mural—are
rarely seen documents and ephemera surrounding the controversy.
October we premiered Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films, a
performance that pairs 15 never-before-seen Warhol films with live music from
five songwriter-composers who reflect the generational trajectory and musical
influence from the post-Velvet Underground 1970s through today. Exposed travels to UCLA’s Center for the
Art of Performance October 24, and to The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from
toward the holiday season, The Warhol
Store is ready for the shopping rush. This fall marks one year since
we moved and redesigned the
store, earning a 2014 Design Pittsburgh Certificate of Merit, presented by AIA
Pittsburgh. If you haven’t yet seen the space, stop by and look for whimsical,
innovative gifts for everyone on your list. Beginning in November, The Warhol
is launching a pop up shop within the museum store that features products from
local and international artists. We are also introducing the new Windows Project, which features
commissioned window installations by emerging artists in Pittsburgh and pays
tribute to Warhol’s early career as a window dresser for Horne’s department
store in Pittsburgh and New York department store Bonwit Teller.
fall, we are sad to lose Nicolas Chambers as our Milton Fine Curator of Art to his
hometown of Sydney, Australia, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, where we
know he will do great things. We are currently engaged in an international
search to find a new curator to join our team at The Warhol, and we are looking
forward to the energy and ideas a new curator will bring to the museum.
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