Art Gallery of Alberta

Summer of Warhol includes parties, soup cans, and hot dogs!

For Immediate Release
May 24, 2011

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is excited to kick of an exciting summer season with the opening of ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured and SARAH FULLER: My Banff on Saturday, May 28.

The AGA will host a special Media Preview of the exhibitions on Friday, May 27, 11 am-2 pm. Interviews with the AGA’s Deputy Director/Chief Curator Catherine Crowston and Executive Director Gilles Hébert will be available. The preview will also include the launch and sampling of the Andy Dog by Fat Franks, as well Warhol-inspired Zinc menu items.

Media are also invited to attend the Opening Reception for both exhibitions Friday, May 27 at 7:30 pm.

Please RSVP with Alison Bulloch, Media Relations and Communications Coordinator
alison.bulloch@youraga.ca 780.392.2468

On view until August 21, ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured features almost 90 works by one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The AGA is the only venue to present this show in Canada, which the largest exhibition of Warhol’s work ever to show in Edmonton. The exhibition comprises rarely exhibited drawings, early commercial work, large-scale, iconic works on canvas, Heinz ketchup boxes and small-scale sculptures. Also included are Warhol’s portraits of Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy and Judy Garland, several selections from the Campbell’s Soup series and even some of the wigs that Warhol used to transform himself. The exhibition will also include an installation of Warhol’s Silver Clouds in the 4th floor Borealis Room, a room not typically used as exhibition space. This installation can be accessed by the public during Gallery hours.

In conjunction with this exhibition, the AGA is proud to host the former Executive Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, Thomas Sokolowski for a lecture on Wednesday, June 8 at 7 pm. Andy Warhol: Camouflage Man will focus on the many ways in which Andy Warhol 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. The AGA will also be offering film presentations, family programs and art classes for all ages throughout the summer.

To help celebrate ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured, the AGA is teaming up with Fat Franks Hot Dogs to offer a limited edition themed hot dog. The Andy Dog will be available as of May 28 at Fat Franks vendors on Sir Winston Churchill Square and Whyte Avenue, as well as at select festivals throughout the summer.

The AGA is also hosting a Soup Can Drive throughout the exhibition’s run. Guests who visit the Gallery are encouraged to bring a can of soup (or other non-perishable food item) to be donated to Edmonton’s Food Bank.

The AGA will also host a sold out Warhol-inspired Refinery Factory Party on Saturday, June 4 from 9 pm-2 am. The event will include music by DJs Blue Jay and Travy D, and hands-on projects from local artists Sarah Patterson, Zachary Ayotte and Wesley Robert, and local artist-run centre SNAP. The Refinery Factory Party will also host the winner of the AGA’s Superstars Wanted contest, which closes on May 29. Fans of the AGA’s Facebook page have been entering to become the AGA’s Refinery Superstar for the night. The entry with the most votes (‘likes’) will receive four tickets and a limo ride to the party, courtesy of Ace Limousines. Full details can be found at youraga.ca/superstars.

Also opening on May 28 is SARAH FULLER: My Banff, presented in the RBC New Works Gallery, a space devoted to the presentation of new works by Alberta artists. This exhibition brings together a suite of photographic portraits of residents of the community of Banff, with a miniature diorama of the town itself. Featuring places of personal significance to the artist, the exhibition presents a view alternative to the usual representations of Banff. This exhibition will be on view until August 7, 2011.

To mark the opening of this exhibition, the AGA is proud to present Conversation with the Artist: Sarah Fuller on Friday, May 27 at 6:30 pm. The artist will speak about her new exhibition in this informal and engaging artist talk, taking place in the exhibition space. This event is free with Gallery admission.

See attached backgrounder for complete list of programs offered with these exhibitions.

For interviews or to RSVP, please contact:

Alison Bulloch, Media Relations and Communications Coordinator
T: 780.392.2468 E: alison.bulloch@youraga.ca

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The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.