Press Release The Andy Warhol Museum Plans Program of Multiple Events During The Armory Show 2013

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Eric Shiner, director of The Andy Warhol Museum, photo by Ric Evans

For immediate release

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Armory Focus, the annually curated section of The Armory Show, will highlight the gallery and artistic landscape of a chosen geographic region. As part of this year’s reflection on the arrival of the avant-garde in America, Eric Shiner, director of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, has been selected to curate Armory Focus: USA, presenting a broad snapshot of the country’s contemporary cultural practice.

In recognition of Shiner’s involvement with The Armory Show, The Andy Warhol Museum will have a large presence at The Armory Show and around New York City from Wednesday, March 6 through Sunday, March 10. Special exhibitions include:

William John Kennedy: The Warhol Museum Edition is a limited edition portfolio of prints including five newly released portraits of Andy Warhol taken in 1964; four black and white silver gelatin fiber prints, and one chromogenic print, each 22” x 28”. William John Kennedy: The Warhol Museum Edition includes essays by Eric Shiner, director of The Warhol, Nicholas Chambers, Milton Fine curator of art at The Warhol, and Matt Wrbican, the museum’s chief archivist. In addition, art historian Thomas E. Crow has written an essay contextualizing the images. The portfolio is contained in a specially-designed aluminum box. William John Kennedy: The Warhol Museum Edition was produced for The Warhol by KIWI Arts Group and was printed by Duggal Visual Solutions.

William John Kennedy: The Warhol Museum Edition debuted at a private party, sponsored by BNY Mellon, at Art Basel Miami. Nearly half of the edition of 50 has sold. The portfolio will be offered publicly for the first time in a booth at The Armory Show and will also be displayed at Affirmation Arts (523 West 37th Street, 212-925-0092; in conjunction with Andy Warhol’s TV. Patrick Moore, deputy director of The Warhol, who organized the portfolio for The Warhol, says “These images are extraordinary because they capture Warhol at the height of his creative powers and pair him with some of his most famous artworks.”

Andy Warhol’s TV – Shown for the first time in New York in a specially mounted exhibition, Andy Warhol’s TV was conceived as a televisual companion to Interview Magazine, and featured rapidly interwoven interviews with the great, the good and anyone else Warhol happened to feature. An array of stars−from Grace Jones, Debbie Harry and Paloma Picasso to Cindy Sherman, Philip Glass and Keith Haring−all passed before Warhol’s camera. The exhibition, consisting of individual viewing stations, will be open from noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 6 through Saturday, March 9 at Affirmation Arts. (523 West 37th Street, 212-925-0092;

Screen Test Interactive – The Warhol has created a new interactive experience that allows visitors to participate in a recreation of Andy Warhol’s process of filming a screen test. This interactive experience, which debuted at The Warhol in August 2012, will be shown for the first time outside the museum at The Armory Show.

In a display reminiscent of Warhol’s Silver Factory studio, visitors will be invited to create their own screen test utilizing a computer touch screen, a moveable backdrop, a specially modified vintage camera, and two studio lights. Upon completion, the visitor’s screen test is transformed digitally from real time to slow motion and pushed to the Internet, where their work of art will be available on a custom webpage. The screen test can then be shared on various social media channels.

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.