We’ve been busy in Star Studio during Andy Warhol Enterprises…then again, it might be more accurate to say that our visitors have been busy. Star Studio is a space designed to encourage visitors of all ages to participate in hands-on exploration of works of art on display at the IMA. Star Studio projects encourage visitors to think about art by making art of their own, by creating in dialogue with the work on display. Andy Warhol Enterprises has definitely sparked quite a few of those creative conversations in Star Studio. We’ve divided the activities in Star between making art and writing about the intersection between art and commerce.
You’ve probably heard that Andy Warhol Enterpriseswill be on display at the IMA from October 10th through January 2, 2011. Organized by IMA Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Sarah Urist Green and former Assistant Curator Allison Unruh, this retrospective includes works by Warhol that relate to his business as well as studio practices spanning from 1946 until his death in 1987. Andy Warhol Enterprises encompasses Warhol’s beginnings as a commercial artist upon his move to New York in 1949, as well as works that are more familiar, such as his Brillo box sculptures or his portraits of Marilyn Monroe. Archival materials included in the show provide insight into the many different areas of Warhol’s career. For example, record covers and contracts chronicle his time spent as the band manager for the Velvet Underground and Nico, and episodes of Andy Warhol’s T.V. and copies of Interview magazine serve as evidence for Warhol’s explorations into mass media.
Most museum staff live at least 6 months in the future. Life at the IMA is no different- we are always looking ahead to the next exciting things happening in the Museum or on our grounds. So, what’s up next? Right now, we are preparing to open the highly anticipated Andy Warhol Enterpriseswith much fanfare on 10.10.10, and the crisp weather always means lots of new programming in the Toby.
Have you checked out our fall calendar? Schedule your cultural adventure now. Here are the trailers to whet your appetite:
This summer I am fortunate to have two dedicated and hard-working interns working with me in the Public Affairs Department. The following is a post by Steph Gray, the marketing and promotions intern who is also starting her senior year in Theatre Performance and Arts Administration at Butler University, about her experiences at the Museum this summer.
Now that I have my first blog under my belt, I’ve been pondering what exciting things I’ll see and blog about in the coming year. I’ve compiled a little “must do” list to complete during my “next top blogger” reign this year.
I call it the Blucket List…
4. Summer Nights. What better way to spend a Friday night than to be outside under the stars watching a movie with friends, food and wine! I’m thinking a blog about finding the perfect outfit to wear to the Rocky Horror Picture Show night is an absolute must.
3. Controversy. Not to alarm anyone or anything, I’m not talking Balloon Boy style scandal here. However, I do plan to express my opinions in my blog and I really hope that people will comment and react to those opinions.
2. The Andy Warhol Enterprises Exhibit, scheduled to open in October. This exhibition makes the list for three reasons… One, if I write a blog about Warhol I’ll almost certainly accomplish #3 on my blucket list. Love him or hate him, you’re gonna talk about him! Two, no pressure on design team for the IMA or anything… but can you imagine what Warhol would have done with iPhone apps?! With that in mind the tap tour could be really sweet. And finally, I think Edie Sedgwick is fascinating. I might just use the exhibition as an excuse to emulate her style for a few months. I can rock dark eyeliner and huge chandelier earrings with the best of them…
The number ONE thing on my blucket list for the year is…
100 Acres Art and Nature Park. The concept of mixing nature and art is a brilliant way to drop the formality of visiting a Museum. People who may not have visited the Museum before can come and interact with Art on their own terms. Personally, I want to hang out with the Island People. I’ve been enjoying their blog, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds this summer!
So that’s the blucket list as it stands today. If you have any suggestions for