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Party at the Factory

April 21, 1964, established Andy Warhol’s studio, the Factory, as a hub of social life for New York’s hip and elite. Earlier that evening, Warhol had attended the opening of his second solo exhibition in New York at the Stable Gallery. The gallery had been filled with hundreds of Warhol’s box sculptures—Brillo Soap Pads, Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Campbell’s Tomato Juice, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Del Monte Peach Halves—which Warhol had painted with his assistant over the previous two months. Mimicking assembly-line style methods of production within Warhol’s studio allowed for this massive amount of work to be accomplished in a short period of time. Within the gallery, the sculptures were stacked along walls and in the middle of rooms, a method of display recalling a storage room or warehouse and forcing visitors to navigate narrow or cramped spaces.

The Stable Gallery opening wasn’t as commercially successful as Warhol had hoped, but the night wasn’t over then. Stable Gallery owner Eleanor Ward and Warhol patron Ethel Scull had organized a big party at the Factory, and those invited traveled from the warehouse-like display of box sculptures within the Stable Gallery to the festivities at Warhol’s studio. The party guests, which included fellow Pop artists Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg, were present for the debut of Warhol’s studio, which served as a social destination as well as a place for artistic production throughout Warhol’s career.

Warhol once said of his studio,

“Factory is as good a name as any. A factory is where you build things. This is where I make or build my work. In my art work, hand painting would take much too long and anyway that’s not the age we live in. Mechanical means are today, and using them I can get more art to more people. Art should be for everyone.”

Similarly, my workplace will transform into a social destination this Saturday at the opening of Andy Warhol Enterprises. Come see the IMA’s reinterpretation of a Factory-style party on October 9th, where you can review the exhibition before the public opening, then join the party in Pulliam Great Hall. Mod dress appreciated!

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Strike A Pose

So here we are, in the midst of Fashion Week (Have you been paying attention?) and even though we in Indianapolis are safely out of the way of all the hustle and bustle of tent life in New York, we are in the midst of preparing for a little hustle of our own.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

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Filed under: Current Events, Design


Bloggers Anonymous

Hello, my name is Kate… and I’m a social media addict. I blog, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr…you name it. Whew. I feel better.

Lucky for me, social media has become an integral part of the way museums create an interactive experience for the museum visitor, especially here at the IMA.

That said, we at the IMA would like to invite all our blog readers and fellow bloggers to peel your eyes from the computer screens for one night, and put a face to the local blogs you love to read. (Don’t worry, we’ll have wi-fi so you can live-blog and tweet to your heart’s content!)

Come one, come all...

Come one, come all...

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Filed under: Current Events, New Media, Technology


Dawoud Bey Opening

Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey opens tomorrow night at the IMA with a conversation with artist Dawoud Bey followed by an opening party. For the exhibition, Bey photographed young people from all parts of the economic, racial and ethnic spectrum in both public and private high schools. I had the pleasure of asking Bey about his work earlier this year:

Interview with artist Dawoud Bey
As published in the fall issue of the IMA’s Previews membership magazine

Q. Can you tell us when you became interested in portraiture?
As I began to figure out what I wanted to do as an artist, I was spending a lot of time going to museums and galleries looking at work by other photographers. The pictures that resonated for me most strongly were those that were of human subjects. There seemed to me something quite powerful about a person confronting the camera, returning the attention of the photographer. Read the rest of this entry »

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How…To Live Forever?

A recent article on Cosmos online proclaimed that “developments in a number of scientific disciplines suggest that we may soon be able to increase life expectancies from the 70-to 80-year range already seen in the richest countries to well over 100 and, perhaps, to over 1,000. We shall, in one sense, have made ourselves immortal.”

Good news, right? Until the day when scientific advancements make living forever possible, everyday blogger-types like myself can pursue other life-extending options gleaned from those who do it best. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Exhibitions, Musings


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