Press Release Upcoming Public Programs at The Andy Warhol Museum

A line drawing of an old red car.

Andy Warhol, Car, 1950s, ©AWF; exhibition on view through May 13, 2012

For immediate release

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Warhol and Cars: American Icons

Through May 13, 2012

As one of the most iconic and influential artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol has helped to define America. His signature images of such American products and celebrities as Campbell’s soup cans, Coca-Cola bottles, Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor have become instantly recognizable. This exhibition is the first to examine Warhol’s enduring fascination with automotive vehicles as products of American consumer society. Warhol and Cars: American Icons features more than forty drawings, paintings, photographs, and related archival material spanning from 1946 to 1986. The majority of the work in the exhibition is from The Andy Warhol Museum’s collection. An original BMW M-1 racing car that was hand-painted by Warhol is on display in the entrance gallery.

The exhibition is organized by the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey. Sponsored by LanXess, Energizing Chemistry

About Face

Through May 13, 2012

Arne Svenson, a New York photographer working in collaboration with The Warhol, created a series of portraits on view in the exhibition About Face. In February 2011, Svenson was the artist-in-residency at Pittsburgh’s Wesley Spectrum Highland, an Approve Private School for students with special needs, grades 4 – 12. Svenson’s residency, which led to this exhibition, is part of an ongoing partnership with Svenson, The Warhol, the Cognitive Psychology Department at the University of Victoria, British Colombia, and Wesley Spectrum Highland. The goal of this partnership is to improve autistic youth’s communication skills by developing and piloting activities that utilize Warhol’s portraits and the practice of contemporary portrait artists to teach facial recognition skills to students within the autism spectrum.

About Face is made possible with generous support from the McGuinn Family Foundation.

Factory Direct: Pittsburgh

June 24 – September 9, 2012

Factory Direct: Pittsburgh showcases the artwork of 14 established contemporary artists invited to conduct artist residencies in Pittsburgh-based factories. Factory Direct artists will work closely with the management teams and factory workers within their host facilities to plan and execute a new work of art based on the factory’s history, technologies, materials, and/or processes. Factory Direct: Pittsburgh artists are Chakaia Booker, Dee Briggs, Thorsten Brinkmann, Jeanette Doyle, Todd Eberle, Fabrizio Gerbino, Ann Hamilton, William Earl Kofmehl, Ryan McGinness, Mark Neville, Sarah Oppenheimer, Edgar Orlaineta, ORLAN, and Tomoko Sawada. Participating factories include Ansaldo, Bayer, Body Media, Construction Junction, Forms and Surfaces, Robotics Institute, and TAKTL.

The Heinz Endowments The Fine Foundation Schneider Downs

Culture Ireland

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V.

Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein

June 23 – September 9, 2012

Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein, is the first comprehensive survey of Donald Moffett’s investigations into art history, paint, and form, provides the breadth and range of the artist’s practice over the past 20 years. As a painter, Moffett extends the traditional two-dimensional frame, converting the ordinariness of the flat plane into highly textured relief works. These signature oil paintings are illuminated by incorporating video projections onto the canvas. The subject matter of his paintings range from landscape and nature to politics and history. Moffett uses his power as an artist to critique the world at large. As a founding member of Gran Fury, the artistic arm of the activist group ACT UP, Moffett has remained engaged with issues surrounding the presence of gays in historical and contemporary culture. Moffett also incorporates sound and light in his work, sometimes as stand alone projects and at other times in conjunction with his paintings.

Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein is organized by Senior Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The exhibition has been made possible by a generous grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. A catalog accompanies the exhibition and is available at The Warhol Store.


Henry Rollins: The Long March 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Carnegie Lecture Hall
8 p.m.
Co-presented with Carnegie Museum of Art
Spoken word artist, musician, actor, author, radio show host, columnist, iconic cultural gadfly, and frontman for the Rollins Band and the seminal punk band Black Flag, Henry Rollins is above all else a self-described “workaholic.” He brings what the New York Daily News describes as “some of the most provocative chit-chat around” to Carnegie Lecture Hall, via spoken word performances that are a seamless mix of humor and outrage; political commentary and personal anecdote; healthy skepticism and rugged optimism.

Tickets: $25/$20 CMP members & students; visit or call 412-237- 8300.

Media Sponsor: Pittsburgh City Paper

Sound Series: Kimya Dawson with special guest, Your Heart Breaks

Thursday, March 22, 2012
8 p.m.
Co-presented with WYEP 91.3 Presents

The Warhol welcomes distinctive singer-songwriter, Kimya Dawson, for the first time to the Museum’s intimate theater. She is a Grammy winning, platinum selling artist due to her work on the JUNO soundtrack, and her former band The Moldy Peaches. Dawson’s latest solo album Thunder Thighs is her seventh release and features guest performances from Aesop Rock, members of The Strokes, and the Mountain Goats. The Seattle-based queercore music collective, Your Heart Breaks, opens the show.

Ticket Price: $15/$12 CMP members & students; visit or call 412- 237-8300.

Media Sponsor: Pop City

Sound Series: Bear in Heaven

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Co-presented with WYEP 91.3 Presents

8 p.m.

The Warhol welcomes minimalist, psychedelic-pop Brooklyn-based quartet, Bear in Heaven, on tour supporting their latest release I Love You, It’s Cool on Dead Oceans. The bands first full length release, Red Bloom of the Boom in 2007 on Hometapes initially drew comparisons to bands such as Radiohead, Animal Collective, and Can. Their second album, Beast Rest Forth Mouth, garnered the band much critical praise and a showcase spot at that the 2009 CMJ festival in New York. The band’s bassist, Adam Wills, has also performed with noted minimalist composers, Jonathan Kane and his February project as well as Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Trio.

Tickets: $15/$12 CMP members/students; visit or call 412-237- 8300.

Media Sponsor: Pop City

Film Screening: Swoon (1992) with Special Guest Tom Kalin, Director
Friday, March 30, 2012
8 p.m.
The Warhol and the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University are pleased to welcome New York based filmmaker, writer, producer and activist Tom Kalin to introduce and discuss his 1992 feature Swoon in celebration of the film’s twenty-year anniversary. The film, along with Todd Haynes’ Poison and Gregg Araki’s The Living End, heralded what came to be known as the New Queer Cinema. It is the third cinematic retelling of the famous Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb child murder case of 1924 in which the two lovers kidnapped and killed a 14-year old boy just to see if they could commit the perfect crime. Kalin focuses on the portrayal of gay sexuality and has done a significant work in changing the public opinion of AIDS, while simultaneously expanding the definition of activist video.

Special thanks to Suzie Silver, Associate Professor of Art, School of Art, Carnegie Mellon University.
Tickets $15; visit or call 412.237.8300.

Sound Series: An Evening with The Psychedelic Furs Friday, April 6, 2012
Carnegie Lecture Hall
Co-presented with WYEP 91.3 Presents

8 p.m.

The Warhol is pleased to present An Evening with The Psychedelic Furs at the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland. Led by the smoky vocals and poetic lyrics of songwriter and front man Richard Butler, The Psychedelic Furs emerged out of the late 70’s U.K. punk scene and made their debut on the U.S. album charts with 1981’s Talk Talk Talk. One of the singles from that album, Pretty in Pink, would become a bona-fide teenage anthem after being re-recorded for the platinum-selling soundtrack of the 1986 John Hughes film of the same name. After seven studio albums with other hits such as Love My Way, Heaven, and The Ghost In You, the band took a hiatus through most of the 90’s and resumed touring in 2000.

Ticket Price: $22/$15 CMP members & students; visit or call 412- 237-8300.

Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug hug: (glowing)
Saturday, April 14, 2012
New Hazlett Theater
8 p.m.
Co-presented with New Hazlett Theater
New York based, butoh-trained and Bessie award-winning dancer/choreographer, Kota Yamazaki makes his Pittsburgh debut with his company Fluid hug hug. Inspired by novelist Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s essay In’ei Raisan (In Praise of Shadows), which describes Japan’s appreciation of the refined beauty found in darkness and shadows, Yamazaki re-examines the fundamentals of butoh. In an unparalleled collaboration with African dancers, American architect Robert Kocik, lighting designer Kathy Kaufmann, and Tokyo-based composer DJ Kohji Setoh, six dancers will perform within a set constructed to evoke the soft lighting and dim interior of a traditional Japanese house.
Tickets: $25/$20 CMP members & students; visit or call 412- 237-8300.

Co-commissioned by Japan Society and EMPAC (The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center). This tour of (glowing) is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Media Sponsor: Pittsburgh City Paper

Sister Spit
Friday, April 20, 2012
8 p.m.
The legendary, raucous, rowdy performance gang, Sister Spit, comes to The Warhol with a vanload of multimedia, queer-centric brilliance! Don’t miss this multimedia explosion of taste-makers, novelists, luminaries, chanteuses, performance artists, poets and filmmakers. Featuring your host Michelle Tea (Best Music Writing 2010, Chelsea Whistle, Valencia, Rent Girl), “The greatest cabaret artist of (v’s) generation” (Hilton Als, The New Yorker) and star of John Cameron Mitchell’s groundbreaking film Shortbus, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, writer and musician Brontez Purnell (FAG School, Younger Lovers, Gravy Train!!!), genius performer and playwright Erin Markey (Green Eyes, Puppy Love: A Stripper’s Tail), comic artist and writer Cassie J Sneider (Fine Fine Music) and nationally-ranking slam poet and Mr Transman 2010 Kit Yan!
Tickets $15/$12 CMP Members & students; visit or call 412-237- 8300.


Friday, April 27, 2012 Byham Theater

9 p.m.
Co-presented with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as part of the Distinctively Dutch Festival.

This controversial musical maverick has been called the “Andy Warhol of new music” by the Dutch press. Perhaps because JacobTV (Jacob Ter Veldhuis) has a unique “avant pop” sensibility that exists at the high/low crossroads of rock, pop, jazz and classical music. As part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Distinctively Dutch Festival, JacobTV will premier his new “reality opera,” THE NEWS. This non fiction video opera is a topical form of Gesammtkunstwerk, based on original footage from the international media: “revealing” one-liners from the likes of Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Silvio Berlusconi, Fox News, TV evangelists and more.

Tickets: Ticket range $20 – 40; visit or contact the Box Office at Theater Square at 412-456-6666.

Media Sponsor: Pittsburgh City Paper

Sound Series: Sharon Van Etten with Flock of Dimes Saturday, April 28, 2012
Carnegie Lecture Hall
8 p.m.

Co-presented with WYEP 91.3 Presents

The Warhol welcomes Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, Sharon Van Etten, along with Flock of Dimes, to the Carnegie Lecture Hall. Garnering much critical praise in her quick trajectory since releasing her solo debut album, Because I Was in Love on Drag City, her rather frank, confessional ballads, have been likened to artists such as Cat Power (Chan Marshall) and Edith Frost. Van Etten shifted to a full band approach, for her second release, Epic on Jagjaguwar Records, and her latest release, Tramp, produced by Aaron Dessner of the National. She has shared the stage recently with artists such as Neko Case, Bon Iver and José González.

Ticket Price: $15/$12 CMP members & students; visit or call 412- 237-8300.

Sound Series: Oberhofer, with special guest Young Man

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

8 p.m.
Co-presented with WYEP 91.3 Presents
The Warhol welcomes the young indie-pop quartet, Oberhofer, to the Museum’s intimate theater for an evening of well-crafted songs that blend effervescent and decidedly catchy melodic hooks with earnest and cerebral lyrics of vocalist and songwriter, Brad Oberhofer. The band’s debut release in 2011 on Glassnote Records was produced by legendary producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, The Rolling Stones, Morrissey). Oberhofer will come to the Warhol fresh from their appearance at this spring’s Coachella music festival. The lush melodies of Young Man (aka Colin Caulfield) opens the show.
Ticket Price: $15/$12 CMP members & students; visit or call 412- 237-8300
Free Parking in Warhol Lot

Sound Series: Damien Jurado with Special Guest JBM

Thursday, May 17, 2012
8 p.m.
Co-presented with WYEP 91.3 Presents

The eclectic Seattle-based folk singer/songwriter Damien Jurado comes to The Warhol’s intimate theater on a tour supporting his latest release, Maraqopa, on Secretly Canadian Records. Since his solo debut on Sub Pop Records in 1997, Jurado has amassed a strong catalogue in the indie-folk and roots rock realms inspired and influenced by songwriters such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, and Randy Newman. His powerful yet fragile vocals are a particularly striking aspect of his minimalist folk-pop compositions, rife with melodic hooks. The delicate and haunting melodies of JBM (Jesse Marchant) open the show.

Ticket Price: $15/$12 CMP members & students; visit or call 412- 237-8300.
Free Parking in Warhol Lot


Every Friday, 5 – 10 p.m.
Half-Price Admission and cash bar
For a more social experience, the Museum is open late with a cash bar in the entrance gallery and special half-price regular Museum admission. Many Good Fridays also feature special programs including music, film, performances, and more. Be sure to check our online calendar for specific weekly special programming (additional ticket pricing may apply).

The Factory (Underground Studio)
Weekdays, 2 -5 p.m., Weekends, 12 – 4 p.m.
Free with Museum admission
The Factory is a lively studio program where Museum visitors can create art alongside artist/educators while exploring Warhol’s artistic practice. It’s a collaborative environment where visitors investigate ideas about art and culture while working alongside artist/educators, staff and volunteers.

Weekday Gallery Talks
Weekdays, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Experience a range of topics including Warhol’s work practices and more. Subjects vary depending on current exhibitions and guest speaker. Guest speakers include curators, artist educators, and more. These 30 minute talks include time for visitors to present their own perspectives and questions.

Daily Films
Weekdays, 12:30 p.m.; Weekends; 12:30 p.m. & 3p.m.
Warhol’s film and video works screened in our theater.

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.