Andy Warhol Museum
On view through August 24
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
If you’ve ever wanted to stage your own Night at the Museum, this Sunday’s Community Day at The Warhol is the event for you. Forget 15 minutes, it’s time to be famous for 17 hours.
Free and open to the public from midnight (read: 12 a.m.) to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 18th, The Warhol’s Community Day is part of the Northside venue’s year-long 20th anniversary celebration, and also marks American Art Museum Day, with special late-night, morning and afternoon festivities.
Kicking off the midnight hour will be acclaimed NYC-based DJ duo, AndrewAndrew. Equal parts DJ collective and living performance art, the flamboyant pair has taken their self-described “conservative drag” look and tech-savvy beats to prestigious clubs and arts venues around the globe—from Art Basel Miami Beach to NYC’s Cipriani. For 10-plus years, Andrew and Andrew have dressed and behaved identically, pursuing a staunch public anonymity and embracing the art of DJing as a form of what they call “social experimentation.” Don’t miss their signature dose of double fun from midnight to 2 a.m. in the Museum’s recently redesigned Lobby.
Community Day continues with hands-on art making and studio activities exploring Warhol’s artistic practices from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out new threads created by local teen designers, as models show off their latest looks on the runway, during the 1 p.m. Youth Invasion Fashion Show. At 3 p.m., don’t miss a talk and book signing with writer Bob Colacello, author of Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up (Cooper Square Press, 1999).
In honor of its auspicious 20 years in Pittsburgh, The Warhol is also opening the first-of-its-kind exhibition, Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede, reinstalling its permanent collection and premiering a short biopic on the King of Pop. On view through August 24, Silver and Suede explores the interconnected lives and creative practices of Andy Warhol and Halston—American icons who had a profound impact on 20th century art, design and fashion. Organized by The Warhol along with Halston’s niece, Lesley Frowick, the exhibition features 40 of Halston’s enduring creations, including the iconic pillbox hat he designed for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1961 and his signature Ultrasuede shirtdress.
Juxtaposed with Halston’s fashions in the show are Warhol’s own paintings, photographs and videos. Also on view are ephemera from the museum’s rich archives and pieces from Frowick’s personal collection. Halston was also known for collecting Warhol’s art, which he displayed in his Manhattan townhouse and Montauk retreat (rented from the artist), and the legendary fashion designer is depicted and immortalized by Warhol in his art.
Screening in the museum’s theater during Community Day will be the short biographical film, Andy Warhol: Fifteen Minutes Eternal, co-produced by The Warhol and Ogilvy Entertainment.
Andy Warhol, Halston, 1974, ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum.