Hall Center For The Humanities


Town & Gown Forum

"Andy Warhol, Celebrity Culture & the 1980s"
Special Events

Fri., Nov. 13, 2009, 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Spencer Museum of Art, Fourth-Floor Galleries
Presented by the Hall Center for the Humanities and the Spencer
Museum of Art
This event is free and open to the public

This session of the Town and Gown Forum is inspired by the
exhibition Big Shots: Andy Warhol, Celebrity Culture, and the
1980s, on view at the Spencer Museum of Art this fall from
August 15 through December 2009.

The exhibition features a recent gift from The Andy Warhol
Foundation for the Visual Arts of rarely seen photographs
by Andy Warhol, dating from 1970 to 1987. The photographs
include celebrity portraits shot as 35 mm black-and-white
prints or as unique color Polaroids using the eccentric Big Shot
camera that Warhol made famous.

In light of Warhol's near iconic status and his views on
the topic of fame, the exhibition looks at artists and other
celebrities in New York City during this period with an
emphasis on interconnections between Warhol's Factory
(essentially his studio), performance art, the underground
music club scene, and the cult of celebrity.

The Forum on November 13 will include a brief overview
of the exhibition by Spencer Museum curator Susan Earle.
There will be 15-minute presentations by three speakers; each
presentation will be directly followed by discussion time.
Speakers will include Tami Albin, KU Libraries, who will talk
about '80s music and music videos, with a focus on Canadian
and British new wave/new romantic and punk music.
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