At the Art Study Center, visitors can request to see any of the museum’s collection of 249,000 of works of art. Viewing the Marilyn Monroe prints as a group proves to be a unique way to interpret them, according to Mary Schneider Enriquez, Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
“He makes her face into something that we see in different ways, in different colors, and because we are able to see so many versions together. We get to see her as someone that is more than a mask and popular image” she said. “I wasn’t able to see this until they were all side by side.”
This collection is a special event at the museum’s Art Study Center, which holds open hours each Monday afternoon. Mary Lister, manager of the Art Study Center, said that she anticipates other interesting programs to come after the Warhol collection. “Sometimes we connect it to a gallery talk[...], where the curatorial colleagues will ask to have specific works up in the space that connect to their theme,” she said.
Schneider Enriquez said that she sees the programs as ways to explore connections between visual art and performance. “In many ways, Andy was a performer. He presented himself in a certain way for years and years [and] had many followers. But he also was an artist,” she said. “Having this topic is the perfect opportunity to think about Warhol’s presence in 20th century art.”
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