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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.
Yes! The museum is currently open using many new enhanced health and safety measures. All staff and visitors must wear a face covering and practice social distancing. Additionally, the museum only offers timed admission tickets as only 10% of the building occupancy is allowed inside. At this time the Warhol Store is open however, the Cafe is closed until all COVID 19 restrictions are lifted.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Parking in the museum lot is $8 and is cash only during normal operating hours. The entrance is located on East General Robinson Street. Look out for the Brillo, painted attendant booth. You can also park in the public East General Robinson Street garage, North of the museum.
This blog post is sponsored by The Andy Warhol Museum