Pittsburgh Adventure pt. 3: Andy Warhol Museum

Hi!!! I hope everything’s well! I know I’m having a great time.  Anyways, I’m back with my weekly Pittsburgh adventure. Today’s is extra special.. and long, so lets get going!

Andy Warhol Museum

CMU has produced some pretty incredible alumni- John Nash, “Nash Equlibrium”; Herbert Simon, more econ; Randy Pauch, the Last Lecture; Scott Fahlman, inventor of the emoticon- just to name a few. Well, CMU isn’t just good at turning out programers and economists, it’s also got its hand in the arts with more than a couple Emmy winners and celebrated visual artists.  Andy Warhol happens to be one of them. And…. when a city happens to be home to one of the most influential art figures of the 20th century, if not in history, the best course of action is to create a big hoopla. Hence, a 7 story museum dedicated to the one and only Warhol.

While Andy’s work could be quite abstract, the museum’s design thankfully isn’t. Each floor covers a significant decade (s) of his life in chronological order:

7th Floor: Early Life (1920-50s)

This is where Andy started. Apparently, he’s always had an artistic streak and some incredible parents behind him. They also made sure he got an education, hence CMU.

FYI, his talent definitely didn’t fly under the radar, nor did he let it. Andy had a mean business streak and took full advantage of the connections. Of course, developing a revolutionary line blot technique probably helped 😉

6th Floor (1960s)

The 1960 works are probably the most iconic and diverse.

We get Jackie O and Campbell soup.

And also movies and a magazine! Call me uncultured, but turns out Interview Magazine is real!

5th Floor (1970s)

Andy picked up a camera and decided to do some portraits

4th Floor (1980s)

Andy’s last decade….. Painting came back and things got abstract.

 

Apparently, this was his most prolific time for painting. I guess things do get better with age!

Up to this point, the museum probably seems like any old boring art museum. But, can anything Andy Warhol logically be boring? Hence:

– interactive exhibits

even better…

DIY Warhol!

I got to “silkscreen” my very own cat!

That’s it for this adventure. I’m happy to say I didn’t get lost trying to find the bus stop this time. I’m really getting the hang of Pittsburg travel! I hope everyone has a great week! Until next time, Bye!

 

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