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September 11 – November 1, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 18, 6–8 PM
Exploring Warhol’s use of photo silkscreen, Polaroid photographs, silver gelatin prints, and black and white print media, this exhibition will examine Warhol’s “photo-aesthetic,” a hallmark of Pop Art. “By presenting images in different media side by side, the exhibition will allow viewers to move back and forth between moments of Warhol’s art, work, and life—inseparable parts of a fascinating whole,” says Amy Winter, Godwin-Ternbach Director.
This exhibition will highlight recent gifts from the Andy Warhol Foundation. The recently donated color silkscreens include portraits of the iconic American figures Muhammad Ali and Sitting Bull; “portraits” of two famous monuments, the Brooklyn Bridge and Cologne Cathedral; and Ladies and Gentlemen, an image from a series of portraits of New York City drag queens created by Warhol in 1975. These prints were made following Warhol’s usual formula: a Polaroid portrait of the sitter or image was silkscreened onto paper or canvas and then embellished with silkscreen ink in a bright array of nearly psychedelic colors. The foundation’s gift enhances the Godwin-Ternbach’s already sizable collection of Warhol art, which includes the Campbell’s Soup and Electric Chair suites of photo-silkscreen prints.
Appropriating the means and content of mass media, including celebrities, comic books, and advertising, Warhol utilized photomechanical reproduction methods, emphasizing the replica vs. the original work of art, often in a mock-serious or ironic tone.
Thursday, September 18, 6-8 PM
EDWARD POWERS, QC Assistant Professor of Art History
Thursday, September 18th, 7 PM
Monday, October 27th, 3:30 PM
Andy Warhol, Sitting Bull, 1986, screenprint on Lenox Museum Board, 36 x 36 inches. Extra, out of the edition. Designated for research and educational purposes only.
With regret, although works by the artist Chee Wang Ng were originally envisioned as part of Andy Warhol’s Photo-Aesthetic and Beyond, they were not made available in time for their inclusion in this exhibition.
YEAR OF SOUTH AFRICA
September 2014 - August 2015
On display in the Lobby Gallery are highlights of African art from the GTM's permanent collection. The selection of artwork focuses primarily on ritual obejcts and masks, but also includes examples of textiles and currency. Throughout history, objects have served as symbols of spiritual and material power. The masks on display are all associated with strong religious and spiritual beliefs that influence the way a community responds to them. The functions of masks are as complex and varied as their forms.
Along side the African objects is a display of anti-apartheid posters, pins, and documents that aims to provide some sense of the political struggle against the violent system of racial segregation that was in place in South Africa for much of the 20th century.
The documents and reproductions are examples of the visual material that was used all over the world in the decades long protest of the treatment of black South Africans. We hope that these pieces of history provide some insight into the protest movement and afford some space for reflection on the power and value of mass-movements in a time when injustice and racism are apparent in our own country.
Top image: Published in 1981 by Liberation Support Movement with support from the United Nations Centre Against Apartheid. Design/Artwork by Rupert Garcia.
Bottom image: Giwoyo mask, early 20th century, Democratic Republic of the Congo, wood and fiber. Gift of William Siegmann, 2006.3.3
Mon.–Thurs. 11 am to 7 pm, Sat. 11 am to 5 pm
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