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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum to host Andy Warhol Polaroid exhibit beginning March 6th

 

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – A rare exhibition of Andy Warhol’s photographic portraits will be held at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center. Sessions with Andy: Warhol Photography from the University of South Carolina Upstate opens in the Kimbrough Gallery on March 6th.

Andy Warhol is best known for his Pop Art paintings of Campbell’s Soup cans and Marilyn Monroe.

Andy Warhol photo of Lauren Hutton.

Andy Warhol photo of Lauren Hutton.

While the iconic celebrity paintings began with appropriated media photographs that were silk-screened onto a canvas, the commissioned works began with a Polaroid photo-session with Warhol.

The museum exhibition contains some of these serial photographs and presents the viewer several photographs exhibiting only minor changes from one image to the next. They are hung in the gallery to imitate the repetition often seen in Warhol’s celebrity portraits.

In an attempt to make his work mechanical, Warhol had turned to the Polaroid camera and tape recorder to more objectively document American life as he saw it. The images in this exhibition are documents of his movie sets, parties, and events at the Factory (as he called his studio).

Andy Warhol polaroid.The photos for the exhibition are on loan from the University of South Carolina Upstate and the exhibition is sponsored in part by the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. “Sessions” was co-curated with Paul Collins and Dr. Tony Morris.

In conjunction with the show, the Customs House will host an exhibit of Warhol portraits by Raeanne Rubenstein.

Ms. Rubenstein will also lead a lecture on working with Warhol in April. Rubenstein made her name in New York City shooting celebrities such as John Lennon, Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Mick Jagger, The Beatles, and Andy Warhol, with whom she became friends.

She went on to work for Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, People, Time, Life, CBS and HBO; as well as publishing several books of her work.

For more information on above events contact Terri Jordan, Exhibits Curator, at 931.648.5780 or terri@customshousemuseum.org.

About the Customs House Museum

Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterLocated in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the State’s second largest general museum.

With over 35,000 square feet of the region’s best hands-on activities and special events…people of all ages agree – the Customs House Museum is well worth the stop!

The Explorer’s Gallery is packed with fun, learning and fantasy in Aunt Alice’s Attic, McGregor’s Market and kitchen, and of course – the Bubble Cave! Finally, get “all aboard” to see our fantastic model trains. Our volunteer engineers “ride the rails” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Regular museum hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Sundays. Adult admission is $7.00, Senior Citizens and College ID $5.00, Ages 6 to 18 $3.00, and under six years and Museum members are free.

The Customs House Museum is located at 200 South Second Street. For more information, call 931.648.5780 or visit their website at www.customshousemuseum.org


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