Press Release Upcoming Public Programs at The Andy Warhol Museum

An image of superman.

Alex Ross, Mythology: Superman, 2005, courtesy of the artist, SUPERMAN, ®, TM and © 2011 DC Comics. All Rights Reserved. From the exhibition Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross

For immediate release

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross

Through January 8, 2012

Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross includes over 100 artworks by Alex Ross, the foremost comic book artist of today. Ross, acclaimed for the photorealism of his work is often referred to as “the Norman Rockwell of the comics world.” In addition to works by Ross, Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell works This exhibition celebrates the strong influences of Rockwell, Warhol, Andrew Loomis, and Ross’ mother Lynette (a successful commercial illustrator in her own right), and outlines Ross’ career of redefining comic books and graphic novels to a new generation through paintings, sketches, and sculptures of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and other comic book superheroes. This exhibition, curated by The Warhol’s Director of Exhibitions, Jesse Kowalski, comprises 5,500 square feet of gallery space. Heroes & Villains is the first museum exhibition of Ross’ work. Ross has graciously prepared an original artwork for The Warhol. This original artwork will be available to the public in a limited edition poster exclusively at The Warhol Store (412.7237.8303). An exhibition comic book will also be available exclusively at The Warhol Store. Ross will be on hand for the opening celebrations on October 1, 2011 which include a private tour with Ross, an autograph session and the Heroes and Villains Unmasked party. In addition, Warhol’s uncompleted film Batman/Dracula (1964), which has not been exhibited since 1964, is also included in the exhibition.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of DC Entertainment with additional support by BRGR, Smith Micro Software Point Park University, and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Media Sponsor: Pittsburgh’s CW

FIFTEEN MINUTES: Homage To Andy Warhol
An Exhibition in Sight and Sound
Through January 8, 2012
Organized and produced by Wu-Shan, Inc. (Jeff Gordon and Path Soong), this exhibition features silkscreen prints and original recordings, ranging from spoken word to music and sound, created by a diverse roster of artists, writers and performers who knew, worked with, were associated with or were inspired by Andy Warhol. Artist included in the exhibition are Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Ivan Karp, Billy Name, Ultra Violet, Lawrence Weiner, Carter Ratcliff, John Giorno, Vincent Freemont, Alexander Heinrici, Brigid Berlin, Christopher Makos, Yura Adams, Nat Finkelstein, Connie Beckley, Susan Breen, Path Soong, and Jeff Gordon.

Sony Music Entertainment is the sponsor of the exhibition tour worldwide. For more information visit

Pittsburgh Biennial – Gertrude’s/LOT

Through January 8, 2012

Once home to such cultural luminaries as Mary Cassatt, Willa Cather, Martha Graham, and Gertrude Stein, today’s Pittsburgh continues to produce and/or play home to some of the most talented women artists in this nation. For the Pittsburgh Biennial 2011, The Warhol has assembled an exhibition dedicated to these artists whose work aims at transgressing boundaries and engendering transformative change in a nod to Stein and her important life’s work. Artists included in the exhibition either currently live or work in Pittsburgh, or have spent a period of many years here. Works included span all media and aim to challenge and provoke the status quo.

Generous Support provided by Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, Hillman Foundation, and Kreider Printing.
The Pittsburgh Biennial collaborators are Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, and The Andy Warhol Museum.

The Word of God: Jeffrey Vallance

December 11, 2011 – February 5, 2012

Artist Jeffrey Vallance creates objects, installations, performance and curatorial works. Some of his past projects have included: traveling throughout Polynesia in search of the origin of the myth of Tiki; creating a Richard Nixon Museum; and traveling to the Vatican, Turin, and Italy to study Christian relics. It is Vallance’s interest in the relics and religion that brings his work to the Word of God exhibition series. Featured in the exhibition are Valence’s The Vallance Bible, Jesus Exegesis, Three Beatific Visions and the Gospel According to Jeffery. These series of writings are based upon Vallance’s personal experiences, spiritual upbringing, and studies. The exhibition will also include a selection of his reliquary objects. Vallance has a vast historical and cultural knowledge of the tradition of relics. Raised as a Lutheran, he was taught how such objects were inventions for “silly folk” but today believes differently. “They are among the most beautiful and wondrous art objects created by humankind,” added Vallance. His reliquaries, like Warhol’s Time Capsules, store and revere mementos of travel, superstars, products and kitsch; from the plastic animals excavated from his backyard as a child in 1958 to the Vallance family Lutheran Catechism or a tuft of green shag carpet from Elvis Presley’s house in Graceland.

Warhol and Cars: American Icons

February 4 – May 11, 2012

About Face

February 4 – May 11, 2012


Chip Kidd Lecture December 9, 2011

7 p.m.

Chip Kidd’s first novel, The Cheese Monkeys, was a national bestseller and a New York Times notable book of the year. Kidd, a graphic designer and writer living in New York City and Stonington, Connecticut, has written and designed the Alex Ross publications Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross and Rough Justice: The DC Comics Sketches of Alex Ross among many award winning publications.

Co-sponsored by AIGA Pittsburgh (
Tickets $25/$10 for AIGA members; visit or call 412-237-8300

Opening Celebration – The Word of God: Jeffrey Vallance
Sunday, December 11, 2011
2 p.m. Jeffrey Vallance Talk – seating is limited
3 p.m. Reception – coffee, tea, lite bites and cash wine bar
Join us as we celebrate the opening of our fifth and final exhibition in The Word of God series, The Word of God: Jeffrey Vallance.

Free with Museum admission

Public Dialogue with Susan Kendall Saturday, December 17, 2011
2 p.m.

Where does the word of God come from: tradition, story, experience? Susan Kendall, a member of the faculty of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, will explore these questions through dialogue. Kendall has lived in Pittsburgh for seven years and is completing a book titled Hunting for Jesus in Pittsburgh, both a personal memoir and a reflection on the intersection and intricacies of faith and everyday life. She is ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds a PhD from Claremont Graduate University.
Free with Museum admission. Visit or call 412-237-8300.

Presented in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art Friday, December 17, 2011
7 p.m.
Pop Cabaret, a performance art class of Carnegie Mellon University, presents Frostbite, a rollicking variety show featuring misfit toys, yule logs and general holiday calamity. Join us for a festive winter solstice celebration.
Free with Museum admission. Visit or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Ra Ra Riot, with special guest, 1,2,3

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave, Oakland

8 pm

The Warhol and Carnegie Museum of Art welcome Ra Ra Riot to the Carnegie Lecture Hall stage. This ensemble, comprised of former Syracuse students, includes Wes Miles – (vocals), Milo Bonacci (guitar), Alexandra Lawn (cello), Mathieu Santos (bass) and Rebecca Zeller (Violin) who met and formed the band in college and have since relocated to New York City. Collectively they create a unique blend of new wave influenced indie rock that melds taut rhythms with lush chamber pop, subtle psychedelia and infectious melodies. Pittsburgh-based rock quartet, 1,2,3, opens the show.
Tickets $15/$12 CMP Members & students; visit or call 412-237- 8300
Co-presented with the Carnegie Museum of Art and WYEP 91.3 Presents

Media Sponsor: Pop City Media

Special Holiday Hours at The Warhol
Monday, December 26, 2011
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Warhol Museum will be open on Monday, December 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit or call 412-237-8300

A Pittsburgh Treasure Sampler: Word of God: Vallance, St. Anthony’s Reliquaries and Maxo Vanko Murals
Thursday, December 29, 2011
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join The Warhol Museum staff on a tour of treasured Northside institutions where Christianity, relics and cultural traditions are exemplary. Meet us at The Warhol Museum where we will begin our tour with the current exhibition Word of God: Jeffrey Vallance; then follow us to Troy Hill, for a visit and tour of one of the best reliquaries in the country at St. Anthony’s Church. The group will then travel to Millvale where we will enjoy a tour of the widely acclaimed Maxo Vemko Murals at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church and end our tour with one Pittsburgh’s finest culinary delights croissants and brioche from Jean Marc Chatteliers’ French Bakery.

Tickets: $30 per person, $20 for members, $15 students.
Cost includes entrance fee to museums and organizations, a guided tour, coffee and pastry.
Reservations required, space is limited. Must provide own transportation.
Visit or call 412-237-8300.

Teresa Foley: The Dummy is Present
Friday, January 6, 2012
7 p.m.
Pittsburgh Biennial Gertrude’s/LOT artist T. Foley performs with Hector the Dummy. In her performance, Foley manipulates the dummy on Chatroulette, and searches for unwitting partners online. Moving the action from the gallery space to the big screen (via projection), she invites the live audience to participate, magnifying transitory online exchanges, and taking spectators to a wholly unpredictable place.

Free with Museum admission.

Public Dialogue with William G. Stout
Saturday, January 14, 2012
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
William Stout, leads a dialogue in the Word of God: Jeffrey Vallance exhibition presenting his professional perspective on history and preservation of religious based art. Currently the Docent Director of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, has held the position of Registrar, at The Frick Collection, New York City and a Fellow in the Department of Decorative Arts at the John Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Stout, will discuss the history and preservation religious based art.

Free with Museum admission. Visit or call 412-237-8300.

Sound Series: LotUS
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Co-presented with the Music on the Edge series with the University of Pittsburgh
8 p.m.
LotUS performs duos by co-curators Ken Ueno and David Smooke, Sofia Gubaidulina’s masterful trio Quasi Hoquetus, and improvisations.
The League of the Unsound Sound (LotUS) is a group of musicians dedicated to exploring experimental music in all its variations. LotUS are performers and composers and improvisers. Core members choose the repertoire and the modes of improvisation, and invite others to join us in these events. The repertoire of the League comprises contemporary music by international composers. Some pieces have jagged edges. Some pieces are improvisations. Some pieces incorporate movement. Some pieces are microtonal. Some pieces are repetitive.

LotUS core members include: Tim Feeney (percussion), Michael Formanek (bass/composer), Michael Harley (bassoon), Courtney Orlando (violin), David Smooke (composer/toy piano), Wendy Richman (viola), and Shirley Yoo (piano). Advance Tickets: $15 general /$10 students; visit or call 412-394-3353.

Door Tickets: $20 general /$15 students; visit or call 412-394-3353.
Media Sponsor: Pop City Media

Public Dialogue with Carole Brueckner and Becky Slemmons
Saturday, January 21, 2012
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Carole Brueckner and Becky Slemmons will lead a dialogue in the Word of God: Jeffrey Vallance exhibition presenting their own professional perspectives as reliquary guide and artist. Carole Brueckner is the head docent at St. Anthony’s Chapel, located on Troy Hill, which overlooks the Allegheny River on Pittsburgh’s North Side. This shrine, dedicated to “The Wonder Worker” − Saint Anthony of Padua, houses the largest public collection of relics in the world (over 5000 relics) and has been designated a Historical Landmark by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. Becky Slemmons is an artist working in the disciplines of drawing, painting, video, performance, 3-D and fibers.

Free with Museum admission. Visit or call 412-237-8300.

Mike Daisey: The Agony & Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Byham Theater
Co-presented with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
8 p.m.
Mike Daisey, writer and commentator for NPR, BBC, and New York Times Magazine, critically acclaimed creator of monologues, and self-proclaimed “Apple fanboy,” trains his patriotic criticism and moral compass on the questionable labor practices of one of the world’s most cherished companies. Through the minimalist form of monologue-based theater, Daisey finds a haven to focus on and emotionally connect to a subject dealing with rapid technological developments and our high- tech obsessions in an increasingly digital age.

Tickets: Ticket range $35 – $18; visit or contact the Box Office at Theater Square at 412-456-6666.

Public Dialogue with Luke Neibler
Saturday, January 28, 2012
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
From relics to the ecstatic visions of St. Teresa of Avila, the Catholic tradition of Saints hinges on physical and visceral reminders of heaven, hell, and salvation. By looking at iconic representations of sexualized saints, Warhol’s works, and Vallance’s sculptures, Niebler will discuss how sexuality and physical presences are a part of traditional Western Catholicism. Free with Museum admission. Visit or call 412-237-8300.

Rabih Mroué: Looking for a Missing Employee
Thursday, February 2, 2012
8 p.m.
Two distinct performances. One unique interdisciplinary artist. Rabih Mroué, a key figure in a new generation of artistic voices in Lebanon, presents Looking for a Missing Employee, which combines video imagery, storytelling and an archive of articles and other documents used to scrutinize the print media’s role in shaping and propagating rumors, public accusations, national political conflicts and scandals. Rabih Mroué is the recipient of the 2010 Spalding Gray Award from PS 122, The Andy Warhol Museum, On the Boards, and the Walker Art Center.
Tickets: $25/$20 CMP members & students; visit or call 412- 237-8300.


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Young Jean Lee: We’re Gonna Die
Friday, February 17, 2012
8 pm
Young Jean Lee returns to The Warhol performing with her new band, Future Wife, in We’re Gonna Die, a cabaret-style evening that premiered to rave reviews last April at Joe’s Pub in New York City. In her uniquely unnerving, subversive and hilarious style, Lee has created a dark song cycle with an ultimately affirming message about life’s futility. You may be miserable, but you won’t be alone. Tickets: $25/$20 CMP members & students; visit or call 412- 237-8300.

Sound Series: JACK Quartet
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Co-presented with the Music on the Edge series with the University of Pittsburgh
8 p.m.
The JACK Quartet premieres Pitt faculty composer Amy Williams’ new string quartet, Richter Textures.
The quartet’s recording of Xenakis’ complete string quartets appeared on “Best Of” lists from the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, New Yorker, NPR, and as “one of 2009’s most impressive recordings” from Time Out New York.
Advance Tickets: $15 general /$10 students; visit or call 412-394-3353.
Door Tickets: $20 general /$15 students; visit or call 412-394-3353.
Media Sponsor: Pop City Media

Carmelita Tropicana: Homage to Jack Smith & Ole/Ghost
Friday, March 2, 2012
8 p.m.
Alina Troyano (aka Carmelita Tropicana) is a Cuban-born, Obie award-winning performance artist, playwright and actor who since the 80s has used humor, fantasy, and cultural identity to rewrite history. For this one special evening in the Warhol Theater, Tropicana will weave components of two works: Homage to Jack, which reveals her fateful first encounter with the legendary filmmaker and performer Jack Smith, and Ole/Ghost, a story of lost love, obsession and our modern preoccupation with fast fixes.
Tickets: $25/$20 CMP members & students; visit or call 412- 237-8300.

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.

Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug hug: (glowing)
Saturday, April 14, 2012
New Hazlett Theater
8 p.m.
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.



Friday, April 27, 2012

Byham Theater

9 p.m.

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.

Co-presented with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as part of the Distinctively Dutch Festival


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 Weekend Factory
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 – 4 p.m.
The Weekend Factory is a lively studio program where Museum visitors can create art alongside Artist/Educators while exploring Andy Warhol’s artistic practice. It’s a collaborative environment where visitors investigate ideas about art and culture while working alongside Artist/Educators and staff volunteers.

Daily Films

All programs are screened in The Andy Warhol Museum theater and are free with Museum admission.

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.