Press Release The Andy Warhol Museum Announces BREYER P-ORRIDGE: S/HE IS HER/E, Caldwell Linker: All Through the Night, and Nick Bubash: The Patron Saint of White Guys that Went Tribal and Other Works, Opening in June 2013
For immediate release
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE: S/HE IS HER/E
June 15 – September 15, 2013
H/er first solo museum exhibition, S/HE IS HER/E, showcases the breadth of BREYER P-ORRIDGE’s art practice through over 100 works, dating from the mid 1970s to the present. With an art practice dating back to the late 1960s, BREYER P-ORRIDGE has reinvented and reintroduced h/erself as groundbreaking performance artist, pioneer of industrial music, “wrecker of civilization,” essayist, and, most recently, as pandrogyne. H/er singular and, at times, provocative creative practice has exerted a profound influence on visual artists and musicians alike.
A central focus for the exhibition is the Pandrogyne project – a complex and highly ambitious series of collaborative artworks by Genesis P-Orridge and h/er wife Lady Jaye Breyer (1969-2007). Frustrated by what they considered to be socially imposed limits on personal identity and on the language of true love, the artists sought to merge their two identities, using plastic surgery, hormone therapy, cross- dressing, and altered behavior to create the pandrogynous being, “BREYER P- ORRIDGE.” An act of love, the work explores how fully two people can integrate their lives, bodies, and consciousnesses. S/HE IS HER/E examines and celebrates BREYER P-ORRIDGE’s open-ended conception of identity. As the artist has stated, “There are more than one of you. Maybe hundreds to choose from.”
Related Public Programming:
Sound Series: Psychic TV / PTV3 Friday, August 16, 2013
New Hazlett Theater
The Warhol welcomes Psychic TV / PTV3 for a rare performance at New Hazlett Theater. Fronted by performance artist, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Psychic TV (born out of Industrial Music pioneers, Throbbing Gristle) made highly innovative and provocative music from the early 80’s to mid-90’s, blending elements of psychedelia and dance with Industrial sounds (known as “hyperdelic”). In 2003, drummer Edley ODowd of the legendary NYC rock band Toilet Boys persuaded Genesis to rekindle her rock spirit and Psychic TV, which became known as “PTV3”. For this special performance, the band will feature Genesis Breyer P- Orridge -vocals, violin; Edley ODowd – drums, samples; Alice Genese – bass; Jeff ‘Bunsen’ Berner – guitar and Jess Stewart – keyboards. Live projections by Jeanne Angel & Sam Zimmerman will accompany the performance.
Tickets $25/$20 Members & students; visit www.warhol.org or call 412.237.8300
Caldwell Linker: All Through the Night
June 15 – September 15, 2013
Caldwell Linker has worked in photography for over 15 years and has produced a large body of work depicting LGBQT individuals and events. All Through the Night presents a selection of images executed since the artist’s relocation to Pittsburgh in 2007 and reveals an intimate and celebratory portrait of Pittsburgh’s vibrant LGBQT communities. From extravagant performances of local drag queens, house parties and simple afternoons on the porch, Linker’s images portray a broad spectrum of people, locations and emotions. Primarily composed with available light “as found” rather than staged, the photographs convey a sense of the community’s rich social texture and intimate personal engagement.
Nick Bubash: The Patron Saint of White Guys That Went Tribal and Other Works
June 15 – September 15, 2013
Nick Bubash has worked across a wide range of media and embraced diverse stylistic approaches – from naturalistic figure studies through to fantastical imagery influenced by his work as a tattooist. Always present, however, is Bubash’s sardonic sense of humor. The Patron Saint of White Guys That Went Tribal and Other Works will focus on a new group of found object sculptures that reveal a playful, irreverent approach to the figure and its possibility for transformation. Bubash has exhibited extensively across the US since 1989. He is also a nationally recognized tattooist and the owner of Route 60 Tattoo in McKees Rocks.
Nicholas Chambers, the Milton Fine curator of art at The Warhol states, “It’s a privilege for The Warhol to be presenting the first solo museum exhibitions by three contemporary artists this summer. They are shows that, together, emphasize the museum’s commitment to experimental art practices, both here in Pittsburgh and elsewhere in the world.”
Eric Shiner, The Warhol’s director states, “In true Warhol Museum fashion, we are pulling out all the stops this summer, examining in detail contemporary notions of sex, gender and the human body some 20 years after these topics first became relevant in academia. Now fully entrenched in the greater culture, we take these issues as our central focus and show how artists are dealing with them today. Visitors might be surprised by what they see, but upon full understanding, a story of love, empathy and community will emerge showing that the anomalies of society are growing ever-closer to becoming the paradigm.”
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.
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