At the beginning of the 1980s, as a new artistic avant-garde was taking over the walls and streets of New York and Andy Warhol no longer dominated the New York art scene, a 15-year-old teenager was poised to change the course of art history. Born to a Haitian father and a Puerto Rican mother, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) would become the first major black artist to open up modern art to the rest of the world.
Art for Lunch: Manufacturing Warhol June 16, 2011, 12:10 pm
Thursday, June 16, 12:10-12:50 pm Free
From his art to his persona, everything about Warhol was manufactured. His interest in the democratic quality of mass produced consumer goods and his fascination with celebrity resulted in works of art born out of repetition. His studio was dubbed the ‘Factory’, and he carefully manufactured his own public image as an artist and celebrity. Art for Lunch on June 16 will be an introduction to the concept of “manufacturing” in Warhol’s artistic practice before shifting focus to the “manufacturing” of Warhol himself.
Film: The Chelsea Girls June 10, 2011, 7:00 pm
Friday, June 10, 7 pm Ledcor Theatre Free with admission
Tickets available starting May 16. Advance tickets for AGA Members available May 2.
Thomas Sokolowski Lecture June 8, 2011, 7:00 pm
Andy Warhol: Camouflage Man Wednesday, June 8, 7 pm Ledcor Theatre $15/$10 AGA Members By tickets online >
The theme of the presentation will focus on the many ways in which Andy Warhol (1928-1987) endeavored to disguise himself, both in real life and his various art forms, at the same time that he was being toasted as the most famous person of the 20th century. This lecture is being held in conjunction with the exhibition ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured, which explores Warhol's interest in the post-War consumer culture of America, mass production, and invented personas and realities.
Warhol and Conceptualism June 25, 2011, 2:30 pm
Warhol and Conceptualism: Dr. William Wood Saturday, June 25, 2:30 pm Ledcor Theatre Free
Andy Warhol in many ways preceded conceptual art but was not seen as part of the movement. What does this say about Warhol's position in the art of the 1960s and the limitations of ideas of conceptualism? Wood's lecture will discuss both Warhol's impact on conceptual art and conceptual art's impact upon Warhol, setting both on related but distinct paths.
This internationally touring exhibition features the work of one of the most influential and recognizable artists of the 20th century. This exhibition of Warhol’s work is the largest ever to show in Edmonton, and the AGA is the only Canadian venue for this exhibition. Offering a unique look at Warhol through his work, it gives a glimpse into his philosophy of life, celebrity and American culture. The exhibition demonstrates his range as an artist, explores his complexity as an individual, and looks at his tremendous impact on the development of art and contemporary culture.
ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured features works spanning each decade of Warhol’s career, including early drawings and commercial illustrations, iconic work of the 1960s, video work, and works just prior to Warhol’s death in 1987. An emphasis on media offers a broad perspective on Warhol’s work, ranging from performance-based works, to voyeur-inspired video recordings, to works created for the commercial market. Visitors new to Warhol will find an overview from which to better understand the artist and his work. Those already familiar with his work can find depth and dimension through images outside the typical Warhol icons. ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured takes you beyond the surface, beyond the commercial and into the world that Warhol so carefully manufactured.
Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds
The exhibition also includes an installation of Warhol’s Silver Clouds in the 4th floor Borealis Room. Originally created in 1966, these Silver Clouds have been recreated for The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The metalized plastic forms are inflated with helium and left to float through the room freely. This installation can be accessed by the public during Gallery hours.
What else is Popping?
The Andy Dog
Visit Fat Franks on Sir Winston Churchill Square, Old Strathcona and at select summer festivals around Edmonton and try the limited-edition ”Andy Dog” hot dog!
Soup Can Drive
Bring a can of soup (or other non-perishable food item) on your next visit to the AGA to celebrate the exhibition ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured and help support Edmonton’s Food Bank. Shop AGA is selling giant cans of soup for $5. The net proceeds from these sales will also be donated to the Edmonton Food Bank.
Andy Warhol Hotel Packages
Take a trip to Edmonton to see the AGA’s major summer exhibition ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured! Receive a discount on admission when you book your stay with a local hotel offering this special package.