November 13 – December 14, 2008
Warhol’s famous edict that everyone would enjoy fifteen 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. Warhol: 15 min/24 fps exhibits a selection of 102 original Polacolor Polaroids produced by Andy Warhol from 1974 through 1985, (from the UAM’s new acquisition gifted by The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program); the Silver Clouds installation (Silver Clouds installation courtesy of The Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, PA.); 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 filled with 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.