The relationship between pop culture and Andy Warhol had an element that any couple would envy. The two actively inspired one another. In effect, they created icons that are each in their own way unmistakably American. Most have seen a Warhol in a book or on television (whether Campbell's soup cans, Technicolor renderings of Marilyn Monroe, self-portraits with his signature coif or even a horrifyingly large Mao visage), and even more have seen his influences in the art of others. Media do not limit the reach of his works. Even NorthPark Mall displays Warhol prints, and Kelly Taylor's room on Beverly Hills, 90210 was decorated with a quad of Warhol-inspired portraits of herself. How's that for inspiring a materially driven and media-obsessed culture?
The DMA's "Electric Chair" by Andy Warhol
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $20. Call 214-922-1826 for reservations.
Horchow Auditorium of the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood
It is therefore only appropriate that the Dallas Museum of Art host an event on Warhol that is itself multimedia. Tonight brings Icons of the 20th Century: Andy Warhol and the Factory. Experts including the museum's own Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art, Charles Wylie; the director of the Andy Warhol Museum and the exclusive agent for Andy Warhol paintings and drawings will speak on the Warhol works in the DMA's collection and many of his other works, and recount memories of Warhol using photos of the artist and his famous studio in Pittsburgh.
The event will also cover Warhol's inspirations outside of iconic pop culture. The final presentation tonight is a screening of the film that places Brigid Berlin as one of Warhol's most significant muses, Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story.