Background: Cadillac

and andy warhol


Since the early 1960s, countless exhibitions and publications have examined the many aspects
of Andy Warhol’s career, persona and psyche. Yet, despite his status as a household name, Warhol
preferred, in his words, “to remain a mystery.” Cars are among the comparatively unknown and
unexamined subjects of Warhol’s diverse, vast body of work.

 

 

the exhibit: letters

to andy warhol

the artists


Discover the six contemporary creators who were asked to examine their connection to
Andy Warhol and produce a unique work of art that reflects it.



 

BRIAN ATWOOD + JJ MARTIN |
“BOBBY’S BRILLIANT HEELS”

This installation is based on the rejection letter from the MoMA, denying Andy Warhol’s (now famous) shoe drawing from the Museum. With hindsight, we can see that even verified institutes of expertise may not always know a good thing when they see it. This letter also tells the story of Andy and Cadillac’s shared values, including optimism, boldness, self belief, and risk-taking.

This story is brought to life through an illustrated children’s book. Together with JJ Martin and illustrations by Brian Atwood, we will tell this story of rejection and redemption. Although written
for children, the elegance in the illustrations
and inspiration of the story will encourage guests
of all ages to enjoy the narrative and allude to
the irreverence so often found in Andy’s drawings
and subject matter.

 
 
DEREK BLASBERG | “POLAROIDS” GALLERY AND PHOTO BOOTH

As documented in a letter from 1964, Andy Warhol authorized the NY State Dept of Public Works to paint over his mural, 13 Most Wanted Men, on the New York State Pavilion.
A recreation of this experience consists of
a photo booth display that is periodically “erased” right in front of the viewer’s eyes.
A photo booth will take digital photos of guests, which they can immediately post to social. The images will also be projected in
a randomized order onto a life-sized thin canvas display. Visitors will wait to see
their image appear as the back end software “erases” the displayed images at predetermined intervals and replaces them with a new set.

 

 



 
 
SEAN LENNON | “LOVE AND WARHOL” AND VR DRAWING STATION

Inspired by the Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” 1969 album cover that Warhol designed, guests will become the "artist" by entering a VR drawing station to create their live art as they listen to Sean Lennon’s “Love and Warhol” track. Bystanders will watch the creations on mounted monitors, and the “artists” will have the chance to share experience on nearby tablets.

 
 
CHIARA CLEMENTE |
“SCREEN STORIES” SHORT FILM

This short film inspired by Warhol’s fan letters to Capote will revolve around the idea that “everyone starts somewhere” and will touch on the themes of persistence, determination, ambition and what it takes to get to the place of your dreams. Through intimate and revealing conversations with world-renowned individuals, viewers will gain perspective about what drove Warhol.

Directed by Chiara Clemente, the film features industry leaders who were connected to Warhol and have success stories of their own, or current cultural icons with compelling and dynamic stories.