Baruch College Mishkin Gallery Presents Warhol, People and Things: 1972-2022Exhibition runs until January 31, 2023
June 3, 2022
The Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) is partnering with the art center Casa São Roque in Porto, Portugal to present an extensive exhibition devoted to Andy Warhol and his influence on several generations of photographers, filmmakers, painters, musicians and multi-media artists. The exhibition takes place from May 21, 2022 – January 31, 2023.
Warhol, People and Things: 1972–2022 places Andy Warhol’s work and his contributions to the development of experimental art, media, and critical art discourse in conversation with contemporary artists, while also exposing the pioneering Pop artist to a new generation in Porto. The exhibition attempts to generate new possibilities for thinking about Warhol’s approach to image production and appropriation, commodity and icon fetishism, the social life of famous and marginalized people alike, and how the artist seamlessly moved between media throughout his career. The consequences of such thinking are further considered and contradicted through other artists’ responses.
A significant portion of the exhibition at Casa São Roque revolves around a collection of Warhol’s 38 Polaroids from 1972–1986 and 30 black and white gelatin silver prints from the 70s and 80s which were gifted to the Mishkin Gallery directly by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts through their Photographic Legacy Program to expand scholarship on his work. This is their debut in Portugal and their first time on view in Europe. The last major exhibition of Warhol’s work in Porto was the traveling exhibition Andy Warhol: A Factory at Serralves Museum in 2000, yet there is an entire generation of people in Porto who have never seen Warhol’s work locally until now.
As indicated in the title, the exhibition extends beyond Warhol and includes several new commissions. The exhibition is comprised of contemporary artworks that respond to and contradict ideas about Warhol and his collaborations. Rather than focus strictly on topics such as sequence and repetition, commercialism and ambition, queerness and fetishization of the body, and social networks, the exhibition is organized so that the viewer may fluidly approach any number of these topics in different ways through multiple artistic perspectives.
Included in the exhibition is Jonas Mekas’ cinematic portrait of Warhol in Scenes of the Life Of Andy Warhol (1982), John Miller’s Middle of the Day photographs, the travel film Welcome to Jordan (2022) by Jeff Preiss, Tony Cokes’ film essay on the complicated legacy of Michael Jackson Untitled (mj, the symptom) (2020), recent paintings by Anna Ostoya (2022), abstract Polaroids by Eileen Quinlan (2022), new commissions by Portuguese artists Sarah Graça and Pedro Magalhães, and works from the Casa São Roque collection including photographs by Augusto Alves da Silva and Robert Mapplethorpe. Ephemeral materials such as newspaper articles, magazine covers, and publications related to Warhol’s work will also be included to add to the historical social and public understanding of the work.
Public programs will include a lecture by Portuguese photography scholar Susana Lourenço Marques (Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade do Porto) and a lecture by art historian Inesa Brasiske on the relationship between Warhol and Mekas.
Warhol, People and Things: 1972–2022 is co-curated by Alaina Claire Feldman (Director and Curator, Mishkin Gallery) and Barbara Piwowarska (Artistic Director, Casa São Roque).
About Mishkin Gallery
The Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) presents exhibitions and public programs dedicated to education and advancing the understanding of modern and contemporary art, interdisciplinary cultural activity, and innovative artistic practice from around the world. Extending Baruch beyond its campus, the Mishkin Gallery promotes projects by artists and intellectuals who demonstrate how and why creative practice is a crucial force in nurturing diversity, tolerance and shaping culture. http://www.mishkingallery.baruch.cuny.edu
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About Casa São Roque
Casa São Roque – Centro de Arte (CSR) is a new contemporary art center in Porto, Portugal. It took over the former Ramos Pinto Palacete located in São Roque Park in the Campanhã district, outside the city center. The CSR will focus its program in dialogue with its site-specific context and its collection to offer education through contemporary art. The space opened with Ana Jotta’s exhibition-intervention INVENTÓRIA in 2019. Following this precedent, Barbara Piwowarska curated subsequent projects at CSR: Footnote 14: Angel of History, a collaborative exhibition devoted to Walter Benjamin and his affiliations with Porto, and recently, a solo show of Jean-Luc Moulène: Técnico Libertário. www.casasroque.art