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Urban Interview

By Jordan Weeks


The ever-increasing number of participatory arts programs and activities such as  the Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Forum held last year, and  the Sun Ra tribute evening, is raising The Warhol's  temperature as "More than a Museum." The busy education department demonstrates this with its issue of Urban Interview, the annual magazine produced in print and online by inner city high school and eighth-grade students in an after-school apprentice program at the museum. This year’s Urban Interview team includes students Jaren Brown, Adam William Carnes, Andrea Jordan, Chris Kenney, Camille Manison, and Michael Mason.  The  latest issue is hot off the presses.  You can see it online and also get a copy at the museum.

Based on Andy Warhol's barometer of  socio-cultural-arts interests in his own Interview magazine, which was famous for its interviews with and profiles of up-and-coming visual artists, musicians, writers, or actors, Urban Interview allows Pittsburgh students to interview people from a wide range of professions, and  showcases the students’ own poetry and visual art. The students assemble the whole magazine, from conducting, transcribing, and writing the interviews, to editing, establishing the layout, and designing and applying graphics.  As artist apprentices, they are employed for this project by the museum.

At the Warhol they are taught how to research their interviewees, write questions, and conduct the interviews.  They are also taught basic computer literacy skills, along with digital imaging, web building, and desktop publishing.  The software is Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Pagemaker, and Dreamweaver.

The Artist Apprentices choose people they want to interview.  One is the "star" interview, usually a local celebrity such as a Pittsburgh Steeler or a well-known DJ, and the other is a community interview. This last can be someone from the student's own neighborhood or a community organization they know about and think other teens would be interested in.  Or it could be someone from a profession the student is interested in as a possible career.  The 2001 issue (Issue 6) has interviews with local gospel singer Deborah Hollis, skater Christopher Shields, local graffiti artist Cream, author Omar Tyree, a victim of multiple gang shootings, and a naval officer.

Tresa Varner, assistant curator of education at The Warhol, says computer skills are a large focus of the program, since they are now of paramount importance in the world job market. At The Warhol students have more time to become familiar with the applications of different programs than they might have in a school-based computer lab or library. Varner observes that the students “don’t necessarily have access to the latest computer technology. We’re trying to bridge that gap between people who have a home computer and people who have access to one only at a library, and who get kicked-off after fifteen minutes.” 

Urban Interview helps students learn skills society puts a high value on, and when they succeed in learning these skills, they gain increased confidence in their abilities and in their plans for the future.



Pop Goes the World

Pop CultureS events

Through September 2, 2001


By sharing the experiences and perspectives of others we begin to understand ourselves--a truth that is evident in  Popular CultureS/Michael Parekowhai/Ravinder Reddy/Yinka Shonibare.  This three-part exploration of world cultures can be experienced in the work of three contemporary artists: Maori/New Zealand artist Parekowhai, Indian artist Reddy, and Nigerian/English artist Shonibare.  Each artist explores the popular culture of his homeland.

In Warholian fashion, The Andy Warhol Museum presents a cornucopia of multi-media events related to Popular CultureS. Following the exhibition opening event on Saturday, June 9, there were featured appearances by artists Reddy and Parekowhai, and performances on the latter’s playable exhibit Ten Guitars. 

Every Saturday during the exhibition's run The Warhol presents local musicians performing on the exhibit’s playable guitars, which are crafted in the 1960’s Western pop style that inspired their creation: July 7, 14, 21, and 28, August 4, 11, 18, and 25, and September 1.

Good Fridays, The Warhol’s hopping, free-admission Friday evening series which frequently accents exhibitions with a variety of programs, is rife throughout July and August with Pop CultureS-related events. Events range from the free screenings of martial arts movies Holy Weapon and Wing Chun  (August 24) and Sauraj R. Banjatya's United We Stand (July 20), to an evening of live Mehandi Painting and Batik art (July 6).  There's also a lecture by Popular CultureS artist Yinka Shonibare (July 27), and Afro-Pop! (August 31), a music/dance/food happening in and around The Warhol celebrating Nigeria’s worldwide musical influence and Pan-African culture.  You won’t know which way is up—and you won’t care!

Financial support has been provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and The Rockefeller Foundation.  Michael Parekowhai's presentation has been made possible with assistance from Creative New Zealand.  Yinka Shonibare’s presentation has been made possible with assistance from the British Council and Joe's Basement.

The 2001 exhibition program has been supported in part by The Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, Inc.

Where in the World is Warhol?            

…in Moscow & Eastern Europe


Whether it is greeting visitors at the top of an escalator at the Musee Nationale d’Arte Moderne-Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, or helping a fourth-grade teacher in Vail, Arizona talk to her class about the importance of creative thinking and problem-solving, the work of Andy Warhol has worldwide influence. Only in recent years, however, have large audiences in countries outside of the U.S. had the chance to see many of these influential pieces up-close. Thanks to the world-touring exhibitions organized by The Andy Warhol Museum and its various organizational and sponsorship partners over the past five years, more than 2.3 million people are finally getting to see these pieces in person.

Organized in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Andy Warhol, the comprehensive retrospective exhibit of the Pop king’s work, began its international touring life in January 2000 and continues through spring, 2002.  From the end of May through the beginning of July, the exhibition is at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia, before moving on to venues in Turkey, Croatia, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic.

Other touring shows organized by The Warhol and its partners have been responsible for record-breaking attendance at museums in places such as Perth, Australia, and Marseilles, France. “We are proud to present this great American genius to the people who previously may only have had access to his art through reproduction,” asserts Warhol Museum director Thomas Sokolowski of the Andy Warhol exhibit.  Juliet Lea H. Simonds, Board chair for The Warhol, says, “The Board of The Andy Warhol Museum is  pleased to see the Museum presenting programs furthering its mission as a vital center in Pittsburgh while extending its expertise abroad.”

Chamber Music at The Warhol                                               

Over the past five years, The Andy Warhol Museum has hosted numerous performances by the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Project (PCMP), and this year’s offering promises to be even more exciting, with an expanded program that now includes four performances.  The director of PCMP, Richard Page, who is principal bass clarinetist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, invites everyone to “join us for four evenings of extraordinary music-making in a setting unlike any other in the city.”            

Tuesday, October 16  The series opens with chamber ensemble performances of Leos [LITTLE “U”-SHAPED ACCENT OVER THE “s”] Janacek’s [UPWARD-SLANTING ACCENT OVER THE SECOND “a” IN “Janacek”] Mladi, Oliver Messiaen’s influential epic Quartet for the End of Time, and Darius Milhaud’s L’ Printemps, Opus 18.

Tuesday, December 4  Performances of  Johannes Brahms’s Trio in A Major, Opus 114 , Beethoven’s Septet, Opus 20, and Bohuslav Martinu’s Adante.            

Tuesday, February 5, 2002  This is the Wind Octet Program,  with music from Mozart, Beethoven, and Went.

Tuesday, April 2, 2002   A program coinciding with the PSO’s “week of new music,” featuring soprano Mimi Lerner, and works by contemporary composer Oliver Knussen, who will makes a special in-person appearance.

At the beginning of each evening’s performance, Warhol Museum director Thomas Sokolowski will offer observations about the visual arts that, as Page notes, “may have shared time, space, or inspiration with the music.”




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