There's an Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and it's everything you'd imagine it to be....
Even if you’re not arty, you’ll recognise the work of Andy Warhol. As the granddaddy of pop art, Warhol is responsible for the cartoon Campbell soup cans, the neon-hued mug shots of Marylin Monroe that spawned a gazillion filters, and a twelve foot painting of Elvis.
Warhol’s art explored the connection between art, celebrity culture and advertising... and things got a bit weird. It is this quirkiness that has kept the masses printing his art on mugs and shirts even 30 years after his death.
The Andy Warhol Museum was established in 1994 in the artist’s home town of Pittsburgh. Filled with an extensive collection of Warhol’s work and a bunch of interactive opportunities that will blow you away, it’s everything you’d imagine and more. Here are a few appetisers.
Walk through a dream at the Silver Clouds installation
Warhol’s silver clouds are said to “challenge traditional expectations of art by mingling with and touching the viewer”, but we just think they’re rad.
Star in your own screen test
Ever wondered if you’ve got what it takes to kill it on the silver screen? At the Warhol Museum you’re invited to create your own screen test, using computer touch screen, a vintage camera and a moveable backdrop. Your clip is then transformed into slo-mo and can be shared on social media from a custom webpage.
Pose on the pimp couch
This infamous couch featured in Warhol’s underground movies “Couch” and “Blow Job”. A selfie on Warhol’s red throne is a must - even Jay Z did it.
Check out prints you’ve seen before but didn’t realise were his
This fluoro print of Maz is splashed all over the world, but it’s more than just a pretty face. By replicating Marilyn Monroe’s face in multiple pieces, Warhol expressed his fascination with a society in which personas could be manufactured and shipped out like products.
Buy something awesome at the gift shop
Check out some big skulls
Warhol was very into the shadows cast by this skull, and his repeated return to the subject matter may have had something to do with a near-death experience he suffered in 1968.
Check out some even bigger skulls
He sure liked that skull...
Just kidding. But this would be a pretty awesome spot to pop the question.
Browse some high fashion
The Campbell’s soup cans are Andy Warhol’s signature work. The artist felt that his contemporaries dismissed the aesthetics of of modern things, and wanted to acknowledge the beauty of everyday objects. Despite being sneered at and critically blasted, Campbell’s Soup Cans put Warhol on the map and spawned a thousand spin offs, like this fetching frock.
#Andywarhol's -Today would have been Andy Warhol's 89th birthday. . #ArtFunded, #onthisday #onthisdayinhistory born -6 August 1928.NY #Art #Fashion #Popart #Arthistorian #IloveNYC #fashionillustration #dresses #TheSouperDress" Date:1966–67 Culture:American Medium:paper Dimensions:Length at CB: 32 in. (81.3 cm) Credit Line:Purchase, Isabel Schults Fund and Martin and Caryl Horwitz and Hearst Corporation Gifts, 1995 Accession Number:1995.178.3 As art historian Marco Livingstone has stressed, Pop Art was never a circumscribed movement with membership and manifestos. Rather, it was a sensibility emergent in the 1950s and rampant in the 1960s. #AndyWarhol (who began his career as a #fashion #illustrator) had been #painting #Campbell's soup cans since 1962. Such advertising icons, along with cartoons and billboards, yielded a synthesis of word and image, of art and the everyday. Fashion quickly embraced the spirit of Pop, playing an important role in its dissemination. The paper dresses of 1966 - 67 were throwaways, open to advertising and the commercial.
... or make your own
If the soup can dress isn’t doing it for you, make your own screen print in The Factory, an underground art studio that celebrates Warhol’s signature art-making techniques.
Thought I'd only spend a couple of hours at @thewarholmuseum in Pittsburgh on my last day before my flight and then squeeze in a couple other sites. Instead I spent the entire day there until it was time to leave for the airport and made this one of a kind custom t-shirt at the museum. My fellow artists if you find yourself in Pittsburgh filming do yourself a favor and go see this museum. So much inspiration contained in one building. #art #warhol #museum #pittsburgh #filmmaking #actor #acting #t-shirt #souvenir
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