The Andy Warhol Museum announces Femme Touch, opening April 24, 2019. This museum-wide exhibition is centered around the women and femmes who were intertwined with Andy Warhol’s life and career.
From transgender icons and stalwart members of the underground scene, to the artist’s mother and his radical would-be assassin, women and femmes in Warhol’s world played crucial roles in every area of his life and practice. This exhibition shines a light on their stories, whose contributions have often been overlooked in retellings of Warhol’s story. In the museum’s second floor gallery, rare Warhol color films and popular paintings will offer new narratives about the individuals depicted.
Femme Touch will also transform five floors of the museum’s permanent collection galleries to position Warhol’s work in dialogue with artifacts and artwork from the lives of these fascinating women and femmes. The exhibition also brings forth areas of the museum’s archives, an extensive holding of over half a million diverse objects, and Warhol’s films, many of which are being newly restored and digitized in an ongoing preservation initiative.
Through cross-departmental collaboration, curators, educators and archivists have come together to develop the exhibition which showcases individuals such as Candy Darling, Tally Brown, Donna Jordan, Jane Forth, Julia Warhola, Barbara Rubin, Mario Montez, Brigid Berlin and Valerie Solanas. As the museum continues to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary, this investigation into the lives and careers of the women and femmes who impacted Warhol will elicit a better understanding of the artist’s worldview and the social contexts in which he operated.
To complement the exhibition, a schedule of public programs is being organized and will be announced at a later date.
Femme Touch is organized by José Carlos Diaz, chief curator, with Nicole Dezelon, associate director of learning; Ben Harrison, curator of performing arts and special projects; Geralyn Huxley, curator of film and video; Danielle Linzer, director of learning and public engagement; and Greg Pierce, associate curator of film and video.
Femme Touch is presented by Bank of America and Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt, Founders of The Bennett Collection of Women Realists.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials and is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Warhol is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Additional information about The Warhol is available at warhol.org.
The Warhol receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and The Heinz Endowments. Further support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.
The Andy Warhol Museum
One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.4 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.