UW Art Museum Presents Portraits by Pop Artist Andy Warhol

September 30, 2010
Pia Zadora
Andy Warhol's portrait of Pia Zadora is among those that can be seen in an exhibition that opens Sept. 11 at the UW Art Museum.

Portraits by American pop artist Andy Warhol will be featured in a University of Wyoming Art Museum exhibition "Iconic Mass Culture: Andy Warhol's Portraits," that opens Saturday, Sept. 11. A free public reception is scheduled Friday, Sept. 17, from 6-8 p.m at the museum.

An art talk by David McCarthy, professor of art history at Rhodes College and a pop art scholar, is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. He will conduct a gallery walk-through Friday, Oct. 1, at 10:30 a.m. All programs are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by the UW Department of Art and the UW Art Museum.

For the 20th anniversary of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Photographic Legacy Program distributed a collection of original Warhol photographs to 180 academic collections in the United States. The UW Art Museum received 150 Polaroid and gelatin silver prints taken by Warhol during his career.

The exhibition presents a selection of photographs with borrowed screen print works that include the actress/activist Jane Fonda, American Indian war chief Sitting Bull, the artist Joseph Beuys and ballet dancer Karen Kain.

The exhibition explores how Warhol used the formal yet instantaneous Polaroid portraits as one method of creative research, and his informal gelatin silver prints to capture more casual views of his subjects.

Included in the exhibition will be Polaroids of celebrities Pia Zadora, Sylvester Stallone and Wayne Gretzky. Gelatin silver prints include Demi Moore, Barbara Allen and Ann Meara, among others.

For additional information on exhibitions and programs, call the UW Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit the museum's Web site at www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum or blog at www.uwartmuseum.blogspot.com.

"Imagine learning from the masters" is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum's programs. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays. Admission is free.

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