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“The Serious Side of Warhol” Explores the Artist’s Life

Brattleboro, VT— The mysterious legend and guise of Warhol will be discussed by Professor of Art History and Architecture at Middlebury College John Hunisak in “The Serious Side of Warhol” on December 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the Marlboro College Graduate Center in Brattleboro.

Warhol left behind the legacy of his invented artist persona that continues to obscure both man and artist. Although he was one of the hardest working and most influential artists of the twentieth century, Warhol is still considered by many to be a simpleton. However, after his death, Warhol’s secretive, luxurious residence on East 66 Street in Manhattan revealed the full extent of his creative activity, which included his diaries, several unknown series of work, documentation of his life and era, American antiques and Art Deco artifacts. These findings confirm a depth to Warhol that was often deliberately veiled during his lifetime.

Hunsiak will explore how Warhol knowingly blended tradition and newness, and utilized the power of text to enhance images. Hunsiak also will discuss what he considers one of Warhol’s greatest achievements—the creation and promotion of his own myth.

Hunsiak earned his Ph.D. and his M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and his B.A. from Williams College. He has been the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, the American Philosophical Society Grant-in-Aid and the A.C.L.S. Travel Grant.

This lecture is part of the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center’s lecture series related to the exhibit, “Andy Warhol: the Jon Gould Collection.” Marlboro College is the host of the series and all lectures will take place at the Marlboro College Graduate Center at 28 Vernon Street in Brattleboro. General admission is $4; free admission is extended to BMAC members and Marlboro College students, staff and faculty.

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 tenant technology-oriented companies and 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.

 

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