This summer, the Massillon Museum will showcase of Andy Warhol's photographic works in “SNAP! Warhol In the Photobooth with Andy Warhol & Friends.”
Fab, groovy and a real gas!
Slang phrases from the ’60s are the best words to describe opening night of SNAP! at the Massillon Museum June 22. The exhibit, which kicks off the summer season at the museum, features he works of pop culture artist Andy Warhol.
The photos on display were from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg, Pa. Many of Worhol’s works from that era are still highly popular in many art communities. Some of his most well known works are from the Soup I and Soup II collections where he includes a single can of soup in a print. According to the Henry on Pop Art blog, prints of the Campbell’s Tomato soup can sell for as much as $60,000.
Warhol went to school to learn how to create designs and ads for department stores. He questioned whether everyday items could be considered art.
But instead of creating art for advertising, he created art from advertising.
Warhol created great artworks from the simplest of items such as soup cans and their labels. His fascination with art also involved using technology including Polaroid cameras and photo booths to expand his creations.
This summer, the Massillon Museum will showcase of these works in “SNAP! Warhol In the Photobooth with Andy Warhol & Friends.”
Massillon Museum Director Alex Nicholis Coon and Director of Education Jill Malusky spearheaded the assembly of the SNAP! exhibit from an idea generated by the photo booth in the lobby of the museum.
“Warhol lived in New York City with photo booths everywhere,” said Malusky. “He had a few favorite photo booths and he would take his friends there so they could get photographed and some of those photos are presented in this exhibit. Our own photo booth inspired us to develop this display.”
Coon greeted visitors in a green mini-dress and white go-go boots, a popular style from the ’60s. She said that the Warhol display was one of six sharing opening night.
“This is the first time this Warhol exhibit has been seen because it was our idea,” Coon said. “We are extremely excited to bring an exhibit of this caliber to the community and offer it at free admission. It’s part of our mission to make art in general accessible to the community.”
The Warhol photos are black-and-white with one or two people in each photo. Most of the photos were displayed in the photo booth film strip format. There were several self-portraits of Warhol. Most of the photos are of people looking somber or serious with a few of the subjects laughing.
A pamphlet at the exhibit explains that Warhol liked to manipulate and change photographs through painting and screen printing. He would transfer photo images onto silkscreen so that he could make multiple copies onto different surfaces.
Page 2 of 2 - Those wishing to learn more about Warhol, his art and his processes are invited to attend a talk at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Massillon Museum. A curator from the Andy Warhol Museum will give more details about Warhol and his art.
Art enthusiasts and supporters filled all three floors of the museum on opening night. The other exhibits opening along with “SNAP!” were “Art Out Loud: Psychedelic Posters of the 1960s,” “Massillon and War of rthe Rebellion: The Regiments of Camp Massillon,” “Paul Brown: The Ohio State Years,” “Along the Lincoln Highway: Photographs of Andrews Boroweic” and “A Century of Service: Massillon Community Hospital School of Nursing Centennial Exhibit.”
The 1960s was a colorful time in history for clothing and hair styles as well as the music and the events that shaped the decade. Many people came to opening night dressed in psychedelic clothing, go-go boots and jewelry representing the time.
Carl Lundgren, a popular poster artist from the ’60s, was setup outside the museum. He has returned to the artwork that made him famous.
“I started doing the posters in the ’60s and then stopped for about 30 years until people started asking me to start doing them again,” Lundgren said. “I’ve moved to Detroit now and I do a lot of posters for Detroit venues including rock ’n roll and other nostalgia-type events.”
The evening also included live music on the front lawn by Pale Blue Eyes and plenty of activities for individuals and families such as taking photos together in the photo booth.
Malusky said the museum expected around 1,200 people on opening night. She also said she is hoping more than 4,000 visitors stop by to view the exhibits throughout the summer.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way E. in Massillon. For more details, call 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.