Press Release The Andy Warhol Museum Celebrates 20th Anniversary

the warhol: press release

For immediate release

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In honor of its 20th anniversary, The Andy Warhol Museum, the most comprehensive single artist museum in the world, kicks off a year-long celebration with a gala event on May 17, 2014. The anniversary celebration also includes the opening of a special exhibition, Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede, a reinstallation of The Warhol’s permanent collection, the premiere of a short biopic film on Andy Warhol, and a special auction with Paddle8 benefiting The Warhol.

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The Warhol’s director Eric Shiner states, “It is difficult to believe that Pittsburgh’s beloved Warhol Museum turns 20 this year. As one of hundreds of people who queued up to see the museum on its opening night, I am delighted to celebrate this momentous birthday full-tilt Warhol style! If you haven’t been to The Warhol before, or if it’s been a while, I can safely tell you that now is the time. I know that the new face of The Warhol will both inspire and delight and our entire team can’t wait to share our stories, collections and programming with our visitors near and far.”

Gala co-chair Ann McGuinn states, “It’s often said that ‘lightning never strikes twice.’ Well at The Warhol there will be an exception! I had the privilege of chairing the museum’s opening in 1994 and now co-chairing the 20th Anniversary May 16-18. Thousands attended the opening weekend in 1994 and thousands will be here again to celebrate this milestone. What a privilege this has been.”

Maureen Kerr, Gala co-chair states, “I doubt Andy Warhol ever expected that a museum would be dedicated to his impressions of life as art. Nor would he have envisioned that The Warhol would be a cultural magnet attracting attention and visitors to his home town from around the world. The 20th anniversary of The Warhol will be celebrated this May and heralded in many of the cities where Andy’s art has toured globally. As an ambassador for the city he is true to his roots and people from every walk of life are on a first name basis with him as a result. It’s Andy all the way and I am proud to be a part of it!”

20th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, May 17, 2014
6 p.m.
The Warhol & The Warhol Parking Lot
Celebrate our first 20 years with highballs, dinner, special entertainment and a fascinating look back at The Warhol’s worldwide influence. Experience our seven floors of renewed gallery spaces and a new take on Warhol with guests from around the globe.

Timeline of Events:

6 p.m.

Debut of the newly installed permanent collection of The Warhol Preview of Halson and Warhol: Silver and Suede exhibition

8 p.m.

Black Tie Dinner with special entertainment

11 p.m.
Dance party with DJs AndrewAndrew

12 a.m.
The Warhol opens free of charge for Community Day

Tickets $500; visit (cost of goods and services is $200) Please note The Warhol will be closed to the public on Saturday, May 17, 2014.


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Pittsburgh Pirates
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Related Exhibition and Programming

Special Hours at The Warhol
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Warhol will be closed on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. to prepare for our 20th Anniversary Gala and Community Day on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

20th Anniversary Collection Rehang
Opening May 18, 2014
To mark its 20th Anniversary, The Warhol, the most comprehensive single artist museum in the world, is undertaking a major redesign of its collection galleries. This rehang of the collection represents the most comprehensive review of the museum’s collection of Warhol’s artwork and archival materials since it opened in 1994. Chronologically organized across five of the museum’s seven floors, it will feature masterpieces from the collection alongside rarely seen artworks and archival material.


Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede

May 18 – August 24, 2014

The exhibition Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede examines the interconnected lives and creative practices of Andy Warhol and Halston – two American icons who had a profound impact on the development of 20th century art and fashion. The exhibition has been organized by The Andy Warhol Museum and Lesley Frowick (the niece of Halston). The exhibition integrates Halston’s garments and accessories with photography, video and paintings by Warhol.

This exhibition is presented by PNC Financial Services

Additional support provided by Halston Heritage

Eckert Seamans

20th Anniversary Community Day
Sunday, May 18, 2014
12 a.m. – 5 p.m.
In celebration of the kickoff of The Warhol’s 20th anniversary and American Art Museum Day, the museum will be open free to the public. Community Day is sponsored by The Benter Foundation.

Special activities include…
Midnight – 2 a.m. Notorious NYC DJ’s AndrewAndrew
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hands-on art making and studio programs exploring Warhol’s artistic practices
3 p.m. – Author talk and book signing: Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up with Bob Colacello
Tickets FREE; visit or call 412-237-8300


Author talk and book signing: HOLY TERROR: Andy Warhol Close Up by Bob Colacello
Sunday, May 18, 2014
3 p.m.

Warhol theater

The Warhol welcomes Bob Colacello, a close collaborator, confidante, and business partner of Andy Warhol, to speak about his recently repackaged book HOLY TERROR: Andy Warhol Close Up. Originally published in 1990, the book offers a rare and definitive portrait of Warhol as an enigmatic cultural titan and includes over sixty photos of stars, such as Truman Capote, Diane von Furstenberg, Diana Vreeland, and Mick Jagger, that constellated around him. The New York Times has referred to it simply as “killingly observed.” The program will include a brief talk about the book, followed by a Q & A with the author and a book signing. This program is part of The Warhol’s 20th Anniversary Community Day.

Tickets FREE; visit or call 412-237-8300

Paddle8 Auction
Live Auction May 5 – 17, 2014
Preview: late April on
An online auction benefiting The Warhol takes place May 5 – 17, 2014. Auction preview begins April 28. Please visit for more details. Co- chaired by Bob Colacello and Vito Schnabel, the auction will feature works by artists including Cindy Sherman, Shirin Neshat, Carrie Mae Weems, and other luminary artists.

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.