Warhol works go home again to Pittsburgh

May 08, 1994|By New York Times News Service

Pittsburgh's $12 million museum dedicated to the life and work of Andy Warhol is scheduled to open May 16, in the city where the artist grew up and attended art school.

Housed in an early 20th-century, eight-story warehouse with a beaux-arts terra cotta facade, the museum, which is a part of the Carnegie Mellon University, will display more than 500 works at a time, among them "Campbell's Soup Cans," the "Disaster" series and portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.

A permanent exhibition of self-portraits and biographical information about Warhol will share one of six floors of gallery space with a theater offering screenings of his films, as well as those of contemporaries and other filmmakers influenced by his work.

Continuous screenings of the artist's early silent films, including "Kiss" and "Empire," will be shown on another floor.

Other highlights include the "Skull" series, Warhol's paintings and prints of Mao and the "Rain Machine," a multimedia work created for the Osaka World's Fair.

Visitors will be able to read back issues of Interview, the magazine Warhol started, in an Archives Study Center, which will also include many of his source materials, scripts, diaries and correspondence and 608 "time capsules," sealed boxes of ephemera.

In all, the museum collection includes about 900 paintings, 1,500 drawings and more than 400 black-and-white photographs.

The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., will be open Wednesday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission will be $5, $4 for seniors and $3 for students and children. Information: (412) 237-8338.

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