Saturday, January 19, 2008
Campbell's soup cans and Marilyn Monroe. For those who are hip to pop art and the Beat Generation, those nouns can only mean one thing: Andy Warhol. Though it's impossible to transport the gleaming silver and the aura of mystery that surrounded Warhol's Factory down to Nashville, soon Vanderbilt will add several of Warhol's pieces to its permanent collection.
As the university's Fine Arts Gallery director Joseph Mella stated, "a major thing" has happened. Although the iconic soup cans and Marilyn Monroe portrait will not make an appearance on campus, 150 of Warhol's Polaroids, photographs and prints will.
The Fine Arts Gallery is the beneficiary of the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program's campaign to make the artist's works more accessible to the public. The Legacy Program's goal is to fulfill Warhol's dream of creating a foundation intended for the "advancement of the visual arts." Vanderbilt was invited to apply for the foundation's gift then selected as a recipient, along with 183 other college and university galleries across the United States.
Learn about Andy Warhol at Vanderbilt.