PALM SPRINGS, CA – (December 15, 2017) – Palm Springs Art Museum (PSAM) is proud to present Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, on view March 3 through May 28, 2018. Spanning the Museum’s main floor galleries, this comprehensive collection consists of more than 250 pieces, including some of the artist’s most iconic works, such as Marilyn (1967), Campbell’s Soup I and II (1968), Sunset and Mao (both 1972).
In addition to exploring Warhol’s innovative silkscreen process, the exhibition features unique dresses, early graphic ephemera, rare books, Warhol-‐designed album covers, listening stations, print-‐making workshops, lectures and conversations, artist demonstrations, and other interactive elements designed to immerse Museum visitors in the world of Warhol.
Michael Childers: Having A Ball, a collection of photographs including portraits of the enigmatic Warhol and his entourage from his New York studio, The Factory, is presented in conjunction with this exhibition. It is on view January 20 through May 28, 2018.
“Andy Warhol defied the confines of traditional art by harnessing the power of mass culture and celebrity, while exploring such themes as sex, death and politics,” says Elizabeth Armstrong, Palm Springs Art Museum JoAnne McGrath Executive Director. “The foundation of his extraordinary, multi-‐discipline career was printmaking, which he elevated to fine art. This exhibition offers a glimpse into how, over the course of four decades, Warhol’s obsession with repetition challenged aesthetic values, and established him as both a creative and conceptual provocateur.”
Warhol’s well-‐known fascination with pop culture instills the exhibition with a chronicle of the second half of the 20th century. His prints present a view of America, from 1960s icons such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Muhammad Ali, to the Birmingham civil rights protests and the commercial advertising images up through the 1980s. Viewed in its totality, the exhibition predicts society’s ever-‐growing obsession with the rich and famous, political figures, athletes, sensationalism and scandal.
“Warhol anticipated the saturation of images in everyday life, and this exhibition puts our contemporary state into context,” said Associate Curator Mara Gladstone. “That’s why his work continues to fascinate: all subjects were open and available, he did not discriminate. Celebrity, loss, death, gender, the environment – in the world he created, it all co-‐existed.”
Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation is curated by Sara Krajewski, The Robert and Mercedes Eicholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Portland Art Museum. The Palm Springs presentation is organized by Mara Gladstone, Associate Curator, Palm Springs Art Museum.
Support for the exhibition and related educational and outreach programs has been made possible by a grant from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.
Additional support is also provided by Harold B. Matzner, Marguerite & David M. Wilson, Palm Springs Art Museum Contemporary Art Council, and Renova Solar.
Additional funding is provided by Joann Gray & Sheldon Harmatz.
Exhibition Season Sponsors: Carol & Jim Egan, David Kaplan & Glenn Ostergaard, Dorothy C. Meyerman, Marion & Bob Rosenthal, and the Herman & Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation. The Desert Sun is the exhibition media sponsor.
Michael Childers: Having a Ball is organized by Palm Springs Art Museum and curated by Victoria Taormina, Curitorial Assistant, and Mara Gladstone, Associate Curator. The exhibition is funded in part by the museum’s Photography Collection Council.
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About Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum is the largest cultural institution in the Coachella Valley and includes three locations in Palm Springs and Palm Desert. The flagship building, located in downtown Palm Springs, features compelling art exhibitions, a vast permanent collection, and the Annenberg Theater, all in a 150,000 square foot, architecturally-‐significant building. Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, features exhibitions and programming that explore the rich topics of architecture and design. Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is an 8,400 square foot, Silver LEED-‐certified building named The Galen featuring rotating exhibitions and special collections. The Galen is surrounded by the four-‐acre Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden. Admission to the Palm Desert location is free, generously underwritten by Helene V. Galen.