Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids

  • Jun 6, 2010 – Sep 19, 2010
  • The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery
Andy Warhol, "Jean-Michel Basquiat", 1982 (detail), Gift of the Andy
Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 2008. © The Andy Warhol
Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Did you know?

Warhol’s quote, “In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes,” is known throughout the world, and originated in about 1967 or 1968.

This show features approximately 300 Polaroids and 70 gelatin silver black-and-white prints pooled from the many donated to the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Nasher Museum of Art, and the Ackland Art Museum in 2008 by the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, a division of the Andy Warhol Foundation. The donations were part of a larger gift made to 180 institutions nationwide by the Foundation in recognition of its 20th anniversary. A first-time collaboration between these three North Carolina-based university art museums, Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids will feature some of the models, actors, sports heroes, and socialites who populated Warhol’s world. The selected photographs will also provide new insights into the artist’s working process as well as his use of the photographic medium.

Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids is co-organized by the Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; and the Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The exhibition was previously seen at the Nasher Museum (November 12, 2009 - February 21, 2010). After exhibiting at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the installation will travel to the Ackland Art Museum (October 2, 2010 - January 2, 2011).

Support for Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids, related programs, and the Summer Solstice Party come from the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, a division of the Andy Warhol Foundation; Carey Sound; Design Archives; Greensboro Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; Hogan's Groovy Gourmet, Lincoln Financial; Natty Greene’s Brewing Co.; Proximity Hotel; Revolve Film & Music Festival; Stamey's Barbecue, and WUAG 103.1.



New Member Proximity Drawing:
A special drawing will be held after the Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids exhibition ends on September 19. Those who purchase a new (sorry, not renewal) Weatherspoon Art Museum Association membership during the run of the exhibition (June 6 – September 19) will be eligible for one (1) weekend night’s stay at the Proximity Hotel, compliments of our friends at the Proximity Hotel. There will be (5) winners in this special drawing.

 

WAM in the Press:


Winston-Salem Journal, September 12, 2010: All is Vanity Gallery Displays Plethora of Polaroid Portraits by Pop Art's High Priest, by Tom Patterson

The Carolinian, September 1, 2010: Big Shots: The Exhibiton, by Kaley Davis

The Carolinian, September 1, 2010: Warhol Documentary Ignites, by Kaycie Coy

High Point Enterprise, July 6, 2010: Warhol's World: Exhibit of Artist's Polaroid Pictures on Display at UNCG Museum.

Go Triad, July 1, 2010:  Polaroids Show Warhol's Unique Viewpoint

YES! Weekly, June 23, 2010:  At the Weatherspoon, Warhol Packs a House

 

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