Press Release Fantasy America

A red line going across the picture of a statue depicting a man riding a horse with another man standing next to it.

Nona Faustine, In Praise of Famous Men No More, 2019, Courtesy of the artist and Two Palms, © Nona Faustine

For immediate release

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Andy Warhol Museum announces Fantasy America, opening March 5, 2021. This exhibition invites New York-based artists Nona Faustine, Kambui Olujimi, Pacifico Silano, Naama Tsabar and Chloe Wise to revisit Andy Warhol’s seminal publication, America, and contribute through their own artistic practices.

Fantasy America echoes the current moment of political upheaval and social reckoning. Against the backdrop of nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by police, the Black Lives Matter movement, the COVID-19 pandemic and the presidential election, the works in this exhibition probe and challenge the perceptions of what America is and what it can become. Like Warhol, the artists in this exhibition hold a mirror to society, reflecting the country at a critical juncture in history. Each produces work that blurs the boundaries between form and material, offering a complex picture of contemporary American life.

Nona Faustine confronts modern injustices through photography centered on public monuments and civic buildings that relate to hidden African American histories. Kambui Olujimi addresses nationhood and the colonization of bodies, land, time and space, surfacing buried political pasts. Pacifico Silano collages vintage gay men’s magazines to explore love and loss in queer culture and community. Naama Tsabar uses her body and sound compositions to perform outside the boundaries of gender norms with an array of female and gender non-conforming collaborators. Chloe Wise deconstructs advertising and audience through staged narratives to reveal tenuously manufactured social contracts and constructs.

“This exhibition and the accompanying publication think about the American experience through the lens of some of the most sensational young artists and writers working during this period of transformation. They cover subject matter that includes national identity, race, gender, sexuality and society in the United States,” said José Carlos Diaz, chief curator.

Fantasy America is curated by José Carlos Diaz, chief curator at The Warhol. The exhibition includes a full-color publication with contributions from Diaz and Jessica Lanay Moore.

Fantasy America is presented by Bank of America and generously supported by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Fine Foundation, the Sheila Reicher Fine Foundation, and Artis.

Bank of America

Artis


The Warhol receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and The Heinz Endowments. Further support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

The Andy Warhol Museum

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials and is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Warhol is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.4 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.

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Nona Faustine, In Praise of Famous Men No More, 2019, Courtesy of the artist and Two Palms, © Nona Faustine

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A red line going across the picture of a statue depicting a man riding a horse with another man standing next to it.

Nona Faustine, In Praise of Famous Men No More, 2019, Courtesy of the artist and Two Palms, © Nona Faustine

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Naama Tsabar, Stranger (video still), 2017, Single channel video, 11:34 min looped, Courtesy of the artist

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The midsection of a person wearing a white shirt and black pants seen in profile, playing a guitar two necks and strings on both sides

Naama Tsabar, Stranger (video still), 2017, Single channel video, 11:34 min looped, Courtesy of the artist

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Pacifico Silano, The Night Comes On, 2019, Courtesy of the artist, Photo credit: Julie K. Herman

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A series of rectangular images of different sizes are laid out in a row. Images are cropped and abstract, and include body parts, water, and the moon.

Pacifico Silano, The Night Comes On, 2019, Courtesy of the artist, Photo credit: Julie K. Herman

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Pacifico Silano, Sure of You, 2019, Courtesy of the artist, Photo credit: Julie K. Herman

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Two portrait-oriented rectangular images hang side-by-side. On the left is an image of white clouds mostly covering a blue sky. On the right is a close-up of an eye looking towards the viewer.

Pacifico Silano, Sure of You, 2019, Courtesy of the artist, Photo credit: Julie K. Herman

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Chloe Wise, Tormentedly Untainted, 2019, Courtesy of the artist

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A painting of a man wearing a white shirt and looking at the viewer. His hand is on his chest, his light-skinned fingers interlocking with the darker-skinned fingers of a figure behind him who is wearing a yellow outfit and holding a bottle of Purell brand hand sanitizer in the other hand. The arm of one additional person wearing a red outfit pokes out from behind the other two, their blue-gloved hand draped over the man's other shoulder.

Chloe Wise, Tormentedly Untainted, 2019, Courtesy of the artist

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Chloe Wise, Still life with peach, president, 2017, Courtesy of the artist

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A painting of two hands with a sky with clouds in the background. One hand is holding a peach. The other hand, below it, is holding something rectangular in shape with a label that says "President" on it with a piece of fruit on top of it.

Chloe Wise, Still life with peach, president, 2017, Courtesy of the artist

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Kambui Olujimi, Untitled from T-Minus Ø series, 2017, Courtesy of the artist

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Against a black background, smoke trails stream toward the right from a larger, rounder cloud of smoke on the left. A partial, horizontally-mirrored copy of the image extends the left-side of the image, and an enlarged section of the image extends the bottom.

Kambui Olujimi, Untitled from T-Minus Ø series, 2017, Courtesy of the artist

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Kambui Olujimi, Hand to Hand, 2020, Courtesy of the artist

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Four illustrated figures appear as if floating across a dark background. White dots and hair-like lines surround the figures, which seem to dissolve due to varying levels of shading.

Kambui Olujimi, Hand to Hand, 2020, Courtesy of the artist