ANDY WARHOL, THE EAST VILLAGE OTHER, 1966
If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.
To fully understand the artistic legend, Andy Warhol, all you have to do is admire his work. From film to canvas, Warhol created pieces ahead of his time that are now more popular than ever. Largely recognized as an artistic icon for New York City, Warhol’s Pittsburgh roots tended to be overlooked until 25 years ago with the opening of The Andy Warhol Museum on the North Shore.
The museum, recently celebrating its Silver Anniversary on May 13, 2019, has been a symbol of creativity throughout the city for over 25 years now. His collections and archived materials rest here, making it the largest single-artist museum in North America. But what makes this museum so special is how it positively impacts the Pittsburgh community.
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Over the past two and a half decades, The Warhol has provided artist educators who visit local schools and introduce art making techniques, partnered with programs like the Homeless Children’s Education Fund and Highmark Caring Place to offer therapeutic art workshops for children and families affected by trauma, and supports the Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) that fosters a healthy community among the LGBTQ+ youth throughout Pittsburgh.
For avid Warhol fans, view a live feed of his gravesite, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in a project the museum has named Figment. Click here to watch his tombstone live, completed with rosaries and Campbell soup cans.
The museum is always bustling. Through daily programming like Fifteen Minutes Eternal, a thirty-minute film that gives an overview of Warhol’s life, Gallery Talks which offer thematic museum tours led by museum staff members or Donald Warhola, one of Warhol’s ten nieces and nephews, and Photographic Silkscreen Demonstrations held each day at 2pm, The Warhol has become a welcoming place for all who want to experience his art. It has even become a trendy rental space for cocktail parties, events, and weddings!
To properly celebrate the significant anniversary, The Warhol will be hosting numerous events and exhibits that will display Warhol’s colorful pieces and exuberant collections. Here is what you can’t miss when you visit The Warhol:
This blog post is sponsored by The Andy Warhol Museum
Natalie is a current marketing student and passionate about all things Pittsburgh. She loves how the city inspires her creativity and surrounds her with opportunities. Her hobbies include photography, brunching, and petting every dog in sight. Follow her on Instagram and check out her blog for her fashion finds and Pittsburgh adventures!