Beacon, NY—Marking the second anniversary of Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, the acclaimed contemporary art museum in the New York’s Hudson Valley, Dia Art Foundation presents an exhibition of works by Andy Warhol, one of the first artists whose work was collected in-depth by Dia. On view beginning May 15, “Dia’s Andy: Through the Lens of Patronage” brings together paintings, sculptures, films, wallpapers, and Time Capsules, celebrating the institution’s unique relationship with the artist and the extraordinary range of his practice. A special publication, which takes Warhol’s Interview magazine as a model, contextualizes the exhibition with images and facsimiles of published texts related to the works on view. Public programs include screenings of the artist’s early films and Gallery Talks on Warhol’s work. Augmenting the exhibition is a selection of works by Louise Lawler which feature examples of Warhol’s art. Both organized by Dia Art Foundation curator Lynne Cooke, “Dia’s Andy” and “In and Out of Place: Louise Lawler and Andy Warhol,” will be on view through April 10, 2006.
Andy Warhol has been a central figure in Dia’s history since the Foundation’s beginnings in the early 1970s. Dia commissioned the monumental Shadows (1978–79), a multicanvas painting now occupying a 7,000-square-foot gallery at Dia:Beacon, as well as an extensive group of his Skull paintings (1976). In addition, the Foundation collected works from his series of Disaster paintings (1963), Hand-Painted Pop works, and portraits ranging from that of Joseph Beuys to Liza Minelli, among other significant works. In keeping with Dia’s dedication to creating permanent, single-artist museums, in 1994 Dia gifted some 80 artworks to found the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. “Dia’s Andy: Through the Lens of Patronage” is timed to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Warhol Museum and will return to Dia a group of these works for the first time. In addition to works from the Disaster and Skulls series and a group of portraits, the exhibition includes an installation of Brillo Boxes, a display of Time Capsules, and a program of Screen Tests.
Adjacent to the long-term installation of the Shadows, a series of galleries will be devoted to Warhol’s paintings and sculpture, which will be installed against the backdrop of his “Washington Monument” wallpaper. Warhol’s use of wallpaper reflects his interest in the environment of displays and décor, an interest also reflected in the edge-to-edge installation of the Shadow paintings. A collection of some 75 portraits of the famous, nonfamous, and infamous will include depictions of Truman Capote, Joan Collins, Jane Fonda, Aretha Franklin, Pia Zadora, Andy Warhol himself, and several artists in Dia’s collection, namely Joseph Beuys and John Chamberlain. Brillo Boxes which highlight Warhol’s traversions between commercial and fine art will be installed in a grid pattern.
On the lower level of the museum, Warhol’s colorful “Cow” wallpaper will provide the backdrop for an installation of his Time Capsules. Beginning in the 1960s, Warhol assembled his Time Capsules by filling cardboard boxes with papers, receipts, documents, drawings, mementos, and other ephemera, sealing them for storage. Comprising more than six hundred boxes, the Time Capsules constitute an unparalleled archive of Warhol’s life, art, and interests. For “Dia’s Andy,” four of these boxes will be newly opened and their contents displayed.
Also on the lower level, a program of Warhol’s Screen Tests will be shown. Starting in 1964, Warhol made over five hundred of these four-minute silent films, inviting visitors to his Factory to be filmed for several minutes in front of his stationary Bolex camera. While some sat still, as expected, others started primping, talking, chewing gum, bobbing their heads to unheard music, even brushing their teeth. At Dia:Beacon, some seventy Screen Tests, including those of Dennis Hopper, Lou Reed, and Susan Sontag, will be shown.
Dia will also present a program of Warhol’s early films curated by art historian and critic Douglas Crimp, who is currently codirector of the Visual and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester. Included in the summer-long series are such classics as Sleep (1963), a five-hour-long film depicting poet and Factory regular John Giorno sleeping; Couch (1964), which includes among its cast Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac; Henry Geldzahler (1964), a 99-minute portrait of the art historian and curator; Salvador Dalí (1966); Mrs. Warhol (1966), for which Warhol filmed his mother in her basement apartment; and Sunset (1967), a film commissioned by Dominique and John de Menil and narrated by the Velvet Underground’s Nico. Eighteen film programs will take place on weekends from mid-May though Labor Day, 2005. The screenings are free with museum admission.
On Saturday, July 30th, Douglas Crimp will lecture on Warhol’s films in conjunction with the exhibition and film program. The lecture will take place at 1 pm and is free with museum admission. Reservations are suggested; please call Dia:Beacon at 845 440 0100, extension 44.
“In and Out of Place: Louise Lawler and Andy Warhol”
Exhibited in conjunction with “Dia’s Andy,” Louise Lawler presents a body of work created in response to Warhol. The selection comprises photographs Lawler has shot over the past twenty-five years in diverse sites, all of which include works made by Warhol. A second component, an audio work Birdcalls (1972/1981), can be intermittently heard in Dia’s west garden.
“Dia’s Andy,” a magazine inspired in part by the design of Interview includes texts by and interviews with Warhol, facsimiles of early reviews of Warhol’s works and exhibitions, texts focusing on the work included in the exhibition, and a new essay by art historian Liz Kotz on Warhol’s A: A Novel. “Dia’s Andy” is available at the Dia:Beacon bookshop and online at www.diabooks.org.
Related Gallery Talks
Two of Dia’s upcoming Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon will focus on Warhol’s work. On Saturday, April 30, Steven Evans, Dia’s Assistant Director for Beacon, will talk about Warhol within the gallery housing Shadows, and on Saturday, May 14, curator Lynne Cooke will discuss the exhibition “Dia’s Andy.” Both talks take place at 1 pm and are free with museum admission. Reservations are suggested; please call Dia:Beacon at 845 440 0100, extension 44.
Andy Warhol was born in 1928 in Pittsburgh to immigrant parents from Czechoslovakia. In 1949 he moved to New York City, after studying pictorial design at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Technology. Relinquishing a successful and acclaimed career as a commercial illustrator in New York in the 1950s, he began exhibiting paintings with silkscreened Pop imagery in 1962. In 1963 he began to produce films, and, later, other projects such as Interview magazine. Retrospectives of Warhol’s have been organized by the Pasadena Art Museum (1970), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1989), and the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2002). Warhol died in 1987.
Dia’s previous presentations of Warhol’s work include “Andy Warhol: Disaster Paintings, 1963” at 77 Wooster Street (1986); “Andy Warhol: Hand-Painted Images, 1960–62” at 77 Wooster Street (1987); “Andy Warhol: Skulls” at 77 Wooster Street (1987–88); “Andy Warhol: A Memorial” and “Andy Warhol: Oxidation Paintings” at the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, in respectively 1987 and 1992; “Andy Warhol: The Last Supper Paintings” at 548 West 22nd Street (1994–95); a screening of the film Empire in its entirety in Chelsea on September 16, 1994; and the presentation of Shadows at Dia in Chelsea 1998–99. In 1988 Dia held a symposium titled “The Work of Andy Warhol,” as part of the Discussions in Contemporary Culture series.
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. It is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and additional information about the museum is available at www.warhol.org.
Lawler was born in Bronxville, New York in 1947. Since studying at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, she has exhibited internationally, including a major exhibition organized by the Museum for Gugenwartskunst, Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland in 2004. Her work is currently on view in the 2005 Hamburg Photography Triennale at the Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany. Lawler lives and works in New York City, where she shows regularly at Metro Pictures.
Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries
Dia:Beacon, Dia Art Foundation’s museum in the Hudson Valley, presents a distinguished collection of contemporary art from the 1960s to the present. Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York, the museum occupies a former Nabisco box-printing facility, which was renovated by Dia with artist Robert Irwin and architect OpenOffice.
Dia:Beacon’s expansive galleries comprise 240,000 square feet of exhibition space illuminated by natural light. The museum houses works by a focused group of some of the most significant artists of the last half century, including Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain, Walter De Maria, Dan Flavin, Michael Heizer, Robert Irwin, Donald Judd, On Kawara, Imi Knoebel, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Bruce Nauman, Blinky Palermo, Gerhard Richter, Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Andy Warhol, and Lawrence Weiner.
Programming at the museum includes a series of year-long temporary exhibitions as well as public programs designed to complement the collection and exhibitions, including monthly Gallery Talks, music performances by St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Readings in Contemporary Literature, Community Free Days for neighboring counties and an education program that serves area students at all education levels.
Dia Art Foundation
Dia Art Foundation was founded in 1974. A nonprofit institution, Dia plays a vital role among visual arts organizations nationally and internationally by initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving art projects, and by serving as a locus for interdisciplinary art and criticism. Dia presents its permanent collection at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, in Beacon, New York; exhibitions and public programming at Dia:Chelsea, in New York City (currently closed for renovations); and long-term, site-specific projects in the western United States, in New York City, and on Long Island.
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