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Andy Warhol on View at University Art Museum

Published: November 3, 2008

Andy Warhol’s famous edict that everyone would enjoy 15 minutes of fame in their lifetime is a testament to his investment in looking, and his prodigious output of Polaroids and black-and-white photographs is the core of his legacy.

From Thursday, Nov. 13-Sunday, Dec. 14, the University Art Museum at CSULB will present “Warhol: 15 min/24 fps,” exhibits from a selection of 102 original Polacolor Polaroids produced by Warhol from 1974-85. The exhibit is from the UAM’s recent acquisition gifted by The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, the Silver Clouds installation, and screen prints on loan from the Hammer Museum, and private donors.

The exhibition includes iconic portraits of celebrities such as Dennis Hopper, Lana Turner, O.J. Simpson, and R.C. Gorman. Also on view will be screen prints derived from select Polaroids such as “The Witch” (Margaret Hamilton from “The Wizard of Oz”); and from Warhol’s Suite of Athletes series – Dorothy Hamill, O.J. Simpson, Jack Nicklaus, and others. The Silver Clouds installation was originally created for a 1966 exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York where Warhol conceived of an environment in one room full of silver Mylar balloons, filled with helium which moved with the air currents. The installation, reproduced at the UAM, seeks to challenge the traditional expectations of viewers as the balloons mingle with, and touch the visitor.

On Nov. 13, there will be a members preview from 5-6 p.m., with a gallery talk by Prof. Karen Kleinfelder, who heads the art history program at CSULB. In addition, there will be a public reception from 6-8 p.m.

For more information, call 562/985-5761.

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