Andy Warhol’s Art Factory feat. The Marilyn Monroe Suite On Display at The Rockwell Museum
The Rockwell Museum is featuring “Andy Warhol’s Art Factory featuring The Marilyn Monroe Suite” now until September 3. Visitors can experience the art and influence of the globally acclaimed pop artist at the exhibition, which includes ten editions of Warhol’s well-known Marilyn Monroe portrait, a silkscreened can of Black Bean Soup and other iconic works. The exhibition includes works on loan from the Swope Art Museum as well as others from local private collections.
The impact Andy Warhol’s work continues to have on contemporary artists establishes him as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His revolutionary approach to the process of making art changed the way artists work, the tools they use, and who was deemed qualified to be an artist. Warhol drew inspiration from the commercial world around him, creating icons of materialism that questioned the consumer culture of America.
Visitors to The Rockwell can become part of the Art Factory themselves with take-home projects and activities within the exhibition and find recently acquired works by Japanese-American artist Roger Shimomura (born 1939), who pays homage to Warhol with his two works, Liz and Marilyn. Shimomura combines the highly recognizable styles of Japanese woodblock printmaking and Warhol’s characteristic aesthetic to challenge American stereotypes of female beauty crafted by Hollywood. The Rockwell Museum Shop is also featuring a robust selection of Warhol-inspired gift items, from tote bags to office supplies and everything in between.
“With this exhibition, The Rockwell continues to explore the boundaries of traditional American art,” said Rockwell Museum Executive Director Brian Lee Whisenhunt. “Featuring the work of Andy Warhol and those inspired by him is something that was once out of reach, but a greater national reach paired with growing support from our community have made this and many other exciting new installations possible.”
The Andy Warhol’s Art Factory exhibition is made possible by Laura Coleman and Tom Halgash, and Melissa Gambol.
For more information on this and other upcoming Rockwell exhibitions, visit https://rockwellmuseum.org/exhibits-collections/current-exhibitions/andy-warhols-art-factory/.
Special Warhol-themed Event
Additionally, The Rockwell will host its “Andy Warhol Factory Party” from 7 – 9 p.m. Friday, August 9 to celebrate the 91st birthday of the iconic artist. The event will feature themed food, a hands-on printmaking project on the terrace, and a night of socializing in festive Warhol fashion. The event is free to Rockwell members with the Ambassador Enhancement, and $10 for not-yet-members. To learn more about this event and register by August 8, visit https://rockwellmuseum.org/events/andy-warhol-factory-party/.
Additional Summer Events
Guests at any of The Rockwell’s summer events, including but not limited to the Music & Margaritas series, Urban Arts Crawls and Arts & Recreation: Corning Tour, will also have access to the Warhol exhibition. For more information on these and other events at The Rockwell, visit https://rockwellmuseum.org/community-education/events/.
About The Rockwell Museum: A Smithsonian Affiliate
The Rockwell Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, collection tells the story of the American experience through a display of stunning art about America. Founded in 1976, The Rockwell is an evolving community center which showcases the best of America through compelling exhibitions and imaginative programs. The diverse collection includes a mix of contemporary Native American art with traditional bronze sculptures, landscape paintings and other works that embody America. Housed in the beautifully restored 19th century Old City Hall building, The Rockwell is active in the local community and holds special events and educational programming with area public schools. The Rockwell provokes curiosity, engagement and reflection about art and the American experience.