MARLBORO COLLEGE TO HOST BRATTLEBORO MUSEUM AND ART CENTER’S LECTURE SERIES ON ANDY WARHOL
Marlboro, VT—Marlboro College is pleased to host the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center’s lecture series related to the exhibit Andy Warhol: The Jon Gould Collection. All lectures will take place at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, at 28 Vernon Street, next to the Museum. General admission is $4; free admission is extended to BMAC members and Marlboro College students, staff and faculty.
In conjunction with Brattleboro’s annual Literary Festival, Victor Bockris, author of Warhol: The Biography, will read from his book, the definitive chronicle of the man who immortalized such phrases as “I don’t believe in love,” “I want to be a machine,” “I am a deeply superficial person,” and “In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes,” on Saturday, October 2 at 3 p.m.
Neil Printz, editor of the Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné: Paintings, Sculptures and Drawings will present case histories from the catalogue. The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné is a scholarly project dedicated to cataloguing every painting, sculpture, and drawing that Warhol made. When it was published, John Waters remarked, “I stayed in bed all day and read every single word of it. It’s a ‘page-turner:’ part detective novel, part ‘how-to’ book, and from cover to cover, perfect art history.” As part of “Case Histories from the Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné,” Printz will present and discuss the evidentiary procedures of art history: “clues” discovered in the archives, the expert “testimony” of witnesses, and the material “evidence” of Warhol’s work itself on Thursday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.
What do we remember about the 1960s, or think we remember? What are the legacies of this era of great social and cultural change? Melanie Gustafson, Associate Professor of History at the University of Vermont, will address these questions and more in “Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Lasting Legacies of 1960s Cultural History” on Sunday, November 7 at 2 p.m. She will explore what historians call the long sixties, which stretched from the 1950s to the 1970s. Transistor radios and televisions, political conformity and conflict, the gap between two generations, long hot summers and cold war seasons, music, poetry, and, of course, art—they are all subjects we will consider during this presentation to better understand the world that created artists like Andy Warhol, and the creations that he made.
John Hunisak, Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Middlebury College will reveal “The Serious Side of Warhol” on Sunday, December 12 at 2 p.m. (snow date December 19). Warhol wanted to become, and be regarded as, the greatest artist of his generation, but he also constructed an Andy Suit and an invented persona that were so convincing that they still obscure the man and the artist. One of the hardest working, most intelligent, and challenging artists of the 20th century, he is still perceived by many as a charlatan, simpleton, and phony. Hunisak’s lecture will concentrate on Warhol as an artist who knowingly integrated trail-blazing newness with tradition, who understood the power of texts to enhance images, and who created a myth of self that numbers among the greatest of his creations.
Margo Thompson, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Vermont will place “Pop Art in Context,” on Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 2 p.m. (snow date January 23). Thompson will examine reasons why Warhol continues to fascinate, some 40 years after his paintings of celebrities and household products challenged everything we thought we knew about what art is. Dr. Thompson will compare Warhol with his peers Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist, and consider what set Warhol’s work apart and what makes it relevant to 21st-century audiences.
The Marlboro College Graduate Center was established in 1997 by Marlboro College to offer premiere graduate programs in technology and education at a Brattleboro branch campus. In 2000, the college purchased the Technology Center facility to augment its educational experience by fostering synergies among the tenant technology-oriented companies and the education programs, and to support regional economic development.
A private, non-profit organization founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is a non-collecting museum that produces frequently changing exhibitions of current art. BMAC presents the art of our time in a way that entertains, educates, and enlightens audiences of all ages. BMAC's galleries are open to the public from May 2004 through February 6, 2005, daily except Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Administrative offices are open year-round, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.