Andy Warhol, Celebrity Culture, and the 1980s
August 15 – January 24, 2010 | North Balcony
Big Shots highlights a recent gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation of rarely seen photographs by Warhol, dating from 1970 to 1986, presented within the context of the dynamic period of art and cultural production during which they were made. The photographs include celebrity portraits shot as black-and-white prints or as unique color Polaroids using the eccentric Big Shot camera that Warhol made famous.
In light of Warhol’s near iconic status and his views on the topic of fame, the exhibition features artists and other celebrities in New York City during the late 1970s and early 1980s, looking at the interconnections between Warhol’s Factory, performance art, the underground music club scene, punk and new wave, and the cult of celebrity.
True to the spirit of this intermingling of different art forms and social interactions, the exhibition encompasses a variety of media. There are photographs, prints, posters, items of clothing, and great musical selections from the 1980s. The vintage photobooth allows visitors to shoot self-portraits and enjoy their own “15 minutes of fame.”
Artists in addition to Warhol include Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, Laurie Anderson, Keith Haring, Martha Rosler, Larry Fink, and Bud Lee, among others. Celebrities and culture-producers portrayed include Mick Jagger, Patti Smith, William Burroughs, Joseph Kosuth, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Calvin Klein, Brooke Shields, Iris Love, Victor Hugo, Cherry Vanilla, Carmen d’Alessio, and punk rocker/New Waver David Yarritu, among others.
Susan Earle, curator of European and American art, organized the exhibition for the Spencer Museum of Art. All objects on view (except the photobooth) are from the Spencer Museum’s collection.
- Hawk Week Film: I Shot Andy Warhol
- 7 PM / SMA Auditorium
- Sponsored by the Spencer Student Advisory Board and shown in conjunction with the exhibition Big Shots: Andy Warhol, Celebrity Culture, and the 1980s / In 1968, radical feminist Valerie Solanas (Lili Taylor) shot pop-art icon Andy Warhol (Jared Harris) when he ignored the screenplay she wrote. This film traces Solanas's life up to that moment, from childhood abuse to college prostitution to writing the male-bashing "SCUM Manifesto." Taylor won a Special Recognition Award at the Sundance Film Festival for her portrayal of a deranged woman seeking recognition / Part of KU’s Hawk Week / Presented as part of KU’ Hawk Week activities.
- It Starts with Art!: Children's art appreciation classes for ages 5-14 Big Shots: Are you a Star?
- 10:30 AM & 1:30 PM /
- Look at how Andy Warhol and his contemporaries used Polaroids to depict celebrities. Create your own 15 minutes of fame with collage materials. / Instructor: Emily Barr, KU design student / $ / To enroll, contact the SMA Education Department, 785.864.0137 or email@example.com, or visit the Spencer's website to enroll online. / In conjunction with the exhibition Big Shots: Andy Warhol, Celebrity Culture, and the 1980s
- Reception: Fall @ the Spencer
- 5:30 PM / Central Court & Galleries
- A celebration of the Museum’s fall exhibitions.
- Lecture: Andy Warhol: Consumption x Production
- 5:30 PM / SMA Auditorium
- Eric C. Shiner is the Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. / In conjunction with the exhibition Big Shots: Andy Warhol, Celebrity Culture, and the 1980s
- Special Event: Fall Student Night
- 6-8 PM / SMA Central Court & Galleries
- Event sponsored by the SMA Student / Enjoy music, food, and art activities relating to the fall SMA exhibitions.
- Town & Gown Forum: Andy Warhol, Celebrity Culture, and the 1980s
- 10-11:30 AM / North Balcony Gallery
- Co-sponsored with KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities / Join KU faculty members for a series of gallery presentations about the Spencer’s exhibition Big Shots: Andy Warhol, Celebrity Culture, and the 1980s. / SMA Curator Susan Earle, moderator
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