Press Release The Andy Warhol Museum Announces New Exhibition Opening in October 2013
For immediate release
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self, October 6, 2013 – January 12, 2014
For more than three decades Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura has forged an extraordinary body of work that reimagines the visual culture of the West, as well as that of his native Japan. Whether portraying Elizabeth Taylor, Mao Zedong or Andy Warhol, Morimura’s iconic images examine the practice of photography while also claiming a space for the self in historical narratives. The artist inserts himself as the subject(s) in all of his works. The exhibition, Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self, is a retrospective of Morimura’s 30 year career covering his fascination with the self-portrait, celebrity, gay and transgendered life, art history, and popular culture align him closely with the work of Andy Warhol. Morimura has described himself as Warhol’s “conceptual son.”
Developed in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition focuses on three important bodies of work: and his celebrated “Art History” photographs in which he painstakingly restages European masterpieces; “Requiem” in which Morimura recreates iconic photographs relating to political and cultural life; the “Actors” series in which he assumes the personae of Hollywood luminaries such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Audrey Hepburn.
Milton Fine Curator of Art, Nicholas Chambers states, “Including almost 100 images, many of which have never before been seen in the United States, Theater of the Self offers audiences an in-depth view of Morimura’s work. His pictures reveal a sophisticated form of engagement with the worlds of celebrity, art and the mass media that is at once celebration and critique, homage and parody, and has the effect of questioning the nature of the individual’s relationship to culture-at-large.”
Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self will be accompanied by a microsite featuring a selection of works in the exhibition, artist biography and a downloadable electronic publication. The publication will feature images from the exhibition, video footage, and scholarly essays. Authors include: Akira Mizuta Lippit, Professor of Cinematic Arts, Comparative Literature, and East Asian Languages and Cultures at University of Southern California; Robert C. Morgan, Art Critic, Art Historian, New York, NY; and Charles M. Exley. Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese Literature and Film, The University of Pittsburgh and Nicholas Chambers, Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Warhol. The electronic publication will be available in October for purchase in the Amazon Marketplace and the iTunes stores as well as a limited time text-only free download on the museum’s website.
Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self is made possible through the generous support of The Japan Foundation.
Related Public Programming:
Artist Talk: Yasumasa Morimura
Thursday, October 3, 2013
McConomy Auditorium at Carnegie Mellon University
Co-presented with Carnegie Mellon University, School of Art’s Fall 2013 Lecture Series
World renowned international artist Yasumasa Morimura’s fascination with the self- portrait and interest in celebrity, gay and transgendered life, art history, and popular culture align him closely with the work of Andy Warhol. Morimura has described himself as Warhol’s “conceptual son.” His work is a reprisal of iconic images drawn from the history of art and mass media. This, along with literally assuming his own place in these images and issues of originality, reproduction, gender, and race creates what he calls a “beautiful commotion.” This talk is co-presented with by The Warhol Carnegie Mellon University, School of Art’s Fall 2013 Lecture Series and is presented in association with the exhibition Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self, on view at The Warhol October 6, 2013 – January 12, 2014. The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Japan Foundation. Tickets FREE and open to the public; visit www.warhol.org or call 412-237-8300
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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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.