Saturday, November 01, 2008

Andy Warhol's Polaroids arrive at Meadows Museum, Centenary College; lecture Sun, Nov 2, at 2 pm

Photographs taken by artist Andy Warhol will be on display at the Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College from Nov. 2, through the end of January, 2009, says Diane DuFilho.

Meadows was among 180 university galleries chosen to participate in the Warhol Photographic Legacy Project.

A pioneer of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, Warhol turned from advertising and journalism to photographic imagery as the starting-point for his celebrated silkscreen works. An obsessive photographer, it is estimated that Andy Warhol made between 60,000 and 100,000 snapshots during his lifetime. The camera was his constant companion, serving as a combination sketchbook and diary.

Warhol himself referred specifically to his Polaroid camera as his “pencil and paper” producing the "sketches" from which images for the finished paintings and silkscreen prints were chosen.

Meadows Museum’s exhibition will allow visitors to examine examples of Warhol’s Polaroid portraits that provide an intimate glimpse into how the artist worked.

A number of public programs have been designed in tandem with (extra) Ordinary: The Photographs of Andy Warhol. Included are a gallery talk on Warhol’s photographs by Dr. Lisa Nicoletti, Chair of the Art Department of Centenary College, and lectures by contemporary photographers J. Shimon and J. Lindemann, Assistant Professors of Art at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., whose photographic exhibition at Centenary College’s Turner Art Center coincides with the presentation of Warhol’s works at the Meadows.

Shimon and Lindemann’s talk entitled Unmasked & Anonymous kicks off the opening of both photographic exhibitions on Sunday, November 2, at 2 p.m. in the Meadows Museum galleries.

Meadows is open Tues through Sun:

* Tues, Wed, Fri from noon until 4 p.m.
* Thurs noon until 5 p.m.
* Sat and Sun 1 until 4 p.m.


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