Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), Flowers (Hand-Colored), 1974. Watercolor dyes on paper. 41 x 27.5 in. Bruce Museum Collection, Gift of Peter M. Brant, 86.48.01.05. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

4. Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), Sachiko, 1977. Screenprint on paper, 40 x 32 in. Bruce Museum Collection, Gift of the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation of Art, 85.30.01. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), Bald Eagle, 1983, from 'Endangered Species' portfolio of 10 silkscreen prints on Lenox Museum Board. 38 × 38 in. Edition of 150. 11 panels. Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts New York. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

1. Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), San Francisco Silverspot, 1983, from 'Endangered Species' portfolio of 10 silkscreen prints on Lenox Museum Board. 38 × 38 in. Edition of 150. 11 panels. Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts New York. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Self-portrait from Warhol’s Little Red Book, 1971 Polaroid photograph Bruce Museum Collection, Gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Spring into Summer with Andy Warhol and Friends!

June 10, 2017 - September 3, 2017

The exhibition Spring into Summer with Andy Warhol and Friends! takes an unusual approach to this most famous of Pop artists. Although we tend to associate Warhol’s work with artifice and mass production—think of his bold images of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Soup cans—there is another side to the artist that is often overlooked, his interest in the natural, the real, and the intimate.

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The exhibition builds on three important works in the Bruce Museum collection:

  1. Warhol’s Little Red Book, 1971, a gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, featuring ten unique polaroid portraits of the artist’s friends (New Canaan architect Philip Johnson and his partner David Whitney, fashion model Donna Jordan, art critic Barbara Rose, and a self-portrait);
  2. Flowers (Hand-Colored), 1974, a suite of ten silkscreens prints depicting floral still-lives, given to the Bruce by Peter Brant
  3. two large silkscreen portrait prints, Sachiko, 1977, gifts of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.

Beyond these Bruce Museum treasures, significant loans will allow Spring into Summer with Andy Warhol and Friends! to offer an expanded view of Warhol’s aesthetic universe, including an important four-part painted portrait, never before exhibited in public, of Sachiko Goodman, along with the scores of polaroid studies that the artist made in preparation for the commission; and a fine pencil portrait by Warhol of Philip Johnson. 

Beyond the human, Warhol’s silkscreen series of 1983, Endangered Species, offers ten “animal portraits” including a San Francisco Silverspot butterfly and an American Bald Eagle. Fortuitously, the great American realist painter Philip Pearlstein, Warhol’s undergraduate roommate, has kindly agreed to lend his surprisingly abstract rendition of an American Eagle (1949) to the exhibition as well.

Finally, following the lead of Warhol’s ground-breaking exhibition of 1970, Raid the Icebox with Andy Warhol, in which the artist retrieved and put on display long-forgotten objects from the storerooms of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Bruce’s own storerooms have been plundered for specimens from its historic natural science collection—butterflies, birds, and a few other creatures. Come spend some time this summer at the Bruce Museum with Andy Warhol and friends!

Spring into Summer with Andy Warhol and Friends is curated by Kenneth E. Silver, New York University Professor of Modern Art and Bruce Museum Adjunct Curator of Art, with the assistance of Courtney Long, Bruce Museum Zvi Grunberg Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-17.

This exhibition is generously supported by:

The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund

Amica Insurance

Bank of America                     

Crozier

Susan and Bill Mahoney

The 2016-17 Bruce Museum Council

Connecticut Office of the Arts

We are pleased to partner with Bank of America on the Museums on Us program. On the first full weekend of every month, admission to the Bruce is free for all Bank of American cardholders. Each cardholder gets one free general admission.

Exhibition Programs

June 21, 6:00  – 8:00 pm 
Andy Warhol and the Impact on Photography 

Lecture by Lyle Rexer

The changes wrought by Andy Warhol’s work on painting and art are well known. Less discussed is the impact on photography. Warhol played a crucial role in changing the climate for image making and helped usher in a photographic era of bad pictures of bad subjects. (It’s no coincidence that both Stephen Shore and William Eggleston, both pilloried for being pedestrian photographers, spent time at Warhol’s “factory.”) This lecture explores Warhol’s influence, direct and indirect, on photography since the 1970s.

Lyle Rexer is the author of several books, including The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (2009) and Photography’s Antiquarian Avant Garde: the New Wave in Old Processes (2002). In addition, he has published many catalogue essays and articles on art, architecture, and photography and contributed to such publications as The New York Times, Art in America, Aperture, BOMB, Parkett and DAMn. As a curator, he has organized exhibitions in the United States and internationally, most recently “The Edge of Vision,” a selection of contemporary abstract photography. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York and is a columnist for Photograph magazine.

Advance registration required. Free for Bruce members, $15 for non-members. At the door: $10 Bruce members, $25 non-members.
Tickets will be on sale at this Eventbrite link until Monday, June 19, 2017. After Monday, June 19, space permitting, tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

 

Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film

Wed, July 12, 2017  10:30 am – 12:45 pm Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film | Part 1 
Tickets will be on sale online until Monday, July 10, 2017. After July 10, space permitting, tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Wed., July 19, 2017  10:30 am - 12:45 pm Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film | Part 2 
Tickets will be on sale online until Monday, July 17, 2017. After July 17, space permitting, tickets will be available for purchase at the door

This riveting and often deeply moving film portrait of the most famous and famously controversial artist of the second half of the 20th century is the first to explore the complete spectrum of Warhol’s astonishing artistic output, stretching across five decades from the late 1940s to his untimely death in 1987. Combining powerful on-camera interviews and rare still and motion picture footage, it is also the first to put Warhol himself—his humble family background and formative experiences in Pittsburgh, and his crucial apprenticeship as a commercial artist in New York—back into the presentation of his life.

Narrated by Laurie Anderson. Includes interviews with Irving Blum, Bob Colacello, Donna De Salvo, Vincent Fremont, Dave Hickey, Stephen Koch, Wayne Koestenbaum, Jeff Koons, Paul Morrissey, Billy Name, George Plimpton, Neil Printz, John Richardson, Ronald Tavel and John Warhola. A special two-part presentation for American Masters.

Advance registration required; limited seating. 
Admission: Free for Bruce members, and free with admission to the Museum ($10/$8) for non-members.