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Andy Warhol Museum Celebrates 25 Years

Abby Warhola
The Andy Warhol Museum
Andy Warhol's early pop art displayed on the sixth floor of the The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh's North Side.

Silver walls adorning the Andy Warhol Museum's event space are taking on new meaning this week as the organization celebrates 25 years in Pittsburgh’s North Side. Executive director Patrick Moore says they haven’t stopped growing since.

Credit Courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum
Courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum
Patrick Moore is the Executive Director of the Andy Warhol Museum

The nearly year-long series of events begins with the screening of Warhol's silent film "Kiss," which includes for the first time a score composed by Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon. Gordon is also contributing  original painting, drawing and sculpture work. In October, the museum plans to recreate its 1994 opening party with a gala and 24 hours of free admission. 

Also that month is an opening of "Andy Warhol: Revelation," a new exhibition that examines Warhol’s deeply rooted Catholic faith and its influence on his art. Patrons can view pieces from the museum’s regular collection, as well as some rarely exhibited films, paintings and prints, plus work by Warhol's mother, Julia. 

Moore says he hopes events like those commemorating the anniversary, its Sound Series and other attractions bring new and younger faces into the museum family, and ultimately, its financial support base. He says he’s taking cues from Warhol himself with a number of free and low-cost events. 

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90.5 WESA's Julia Zenkevich and Julia Maruca contributed to this program.

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