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Andy in the Valley: Warhol Polaroids and Black-and-White Photographs from Three Collections

Andy in the Valley

September 21 - December 11, 2011
Main Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University

Presented by Muhlenberg College, Lafayette College and Lehigh University

November 17, 4:30 p.m.
Lecture: “Archival Document or Art?”
Dr. Reva Wolf, Professor of Art History, SUNY at New Paltz Reception to follow.

All programs are free and open to the public.

Howdy Doody, Dorothy Hammill, John Denver, Sylvester Stallone. From the infamous to the anonymous, to the merely famous, Andy Warhol captured them all from three feet away with the fixed focal range of the Polaroid Big Shot camera, introduced in 1972. While some of Warhol’s Polaroids were later used as studies for silk-screen portraits, many are now on public view for the first time.

Andy in the Valley: Warhol Polaroids and Black-and-White Photographs from Three Collections, is a collaborative exhibition drawing together recently acquired pieces from the collections of Muhlenberg College, Lafayette College and Lehigh University. Over 180 original photographs of people, places, and miscellaneous objects taken by Warhol between 1973 and
1986 will be on view in the Lehigh University Main Gallery at the Zoellner Arts Center.

All of the works on view were donated to the three participating institutions as part of the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, a division of the Andy Warhol Foundation, NY. Initiated in 2007 on the twentieth anniversary Warhol’s death, the Legacy Program donated about 28,000 photographs worth more than $28 million to 185 educational institutions nationwide.

InvisionThe presentation of this exhibition is part of Lehigh Valley Photography Month, beginning with ArtsQuest’s Invision: PhotoFestival, November 3-6, 2011, when over 20 local galleries and arts organizations will partner to showcase a vibrant selection of contemporary and traditional photography throughout the Lehigh Valley.

A lecture on the Warhol Photographs: “Archival Document or Art?” is presented at the Main Gallery at the Zoellner Arts Center on November 17 at 4:30 by Dr. Reva Wolf, Professor of Art History, State University of New York at New Paltz. Dr. Wolf is an award-winning author, editor, and Warhol historian who has written extensively on the artist’s photography. Her lecture will explore what photography meant to Warhol, how it fits into his artistic development, and its lasting impact on the history of contemporary art and culture.

 

 

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