Frist Center to feature Warhol exhibit

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Warhol Live: Music and Dance in Andy Warhol’s Work, the first exhibition to delve deeply into the roles music and dance played in the artist’s life and work, opens at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts on June 24 in the Ingram Gallery and will remain on view through Sept. 11, 2011.

The exhibition, organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, brings together more than 220 works and objects, including paintings, silkscreen prints, photographs, works on paper, installations, films, videos and album covers, as well as objects and documents from Warhol’s personal archives. Following Warhol’s career chronologically and thematically, the exhibition begins with the film music he adored and the stars he idolized in his youth and concludes with his images of celebrities enjoying the nightlife in such famous New York hotspots as Max’s Kansas City and Studio 54, the legendary nightclub that opened in 1977, where he was one of the famous regulars. 

"Warhol’s view of the world and the art he created left indelible marks on our culture,” says Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala. “His genius was to challenge the art world’s sacred cows—originality, the painter’s touch, the belief in art as psychological revelation—which he believed were irrelevant in postwar America, an era defined by materialism and the mass production of consumer goods, an obsession with celebrity and a burgeoning understanding of the impact of mass media."

For more information on this and other exhibits, visit the Frist Center website at www.fristcenter.org.