This fall, Washington is going pop in celebration of the life and works of pop culture artist Andy Warhol, whose immortalization of American figures such as Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson - and who can forget the Campbell’s soup can? - solidified his place in American art. The main celebration “Warhol on the Mall” brings together the exhibits “Warhol: Headlines” at the National Gallery of Art, and “Andy Warhol: Shadows” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, for a season to learn more about the color and sensationalism that revolved in Warhol’s world.
“Warhol: Headlines” will explore the artists’ works that he created that focused on the tabloid headlines of the day, while “Andy Warhol: Shadows” will pair 102 silkscreen canvasses “edge-to-edge” to create a cinematic view of the deviated images of shadows created in Warhol’s apartment. Both exhibits will open Sept. 25.
There will be several film programs, gallery talks, and workshops dedicated to the occasion, including the music concert “13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests” on Nov. 12, where performers Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips perform melodies set to a reel of the artist’s silent screen tests, entitled “13 Most Beautiful.” Hosted in partnership with “Warhol: Headlines,” the reel will feature images of Warhol proteges including Dennis Hopper and Edie Sedgwick.
“Warhol: Headlines” at the National Gallery of Art presents a sensational, multi-media narrative of Warhol’s life and times,” says Molly Donovan, curator of the exhibit. “In addition to the exhibitions, Warhol On the Mall will give visitors a broader view of Warhol and his work through films, speakers, concerts, and more at the National Gallery of Art and the Hirshhorn.”
“Warhol: Headlines” will close at the National Gallery of Art on Jan. 2, 2012. “Andy Warhol: Shadows” will close at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture garden Jan. 15. For more information, visit nga.gov and hirshhorn.si.edu.