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The "largest museum in America devoted to modern and contemporary art" opens on May 14, 2016

The new San Francisco Museum of Modern art
Photo © Henrik Kam

April 30, 2016: The newly renovated Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco is, according to yesterday's Guardian, now the largest museum of modern art - even surpassing MoMA in New York.

Lovers of plastic will be especially pleased by it being (according to Composite World) "the largest architectural use of fiber-inforced plastic (FRP) in a U.S. building project" consisting of more than 700 plastic panels and "the first time a composite system has passed the rigorous fire-regulation testing that permits its use above the fourth story on a high-rise exterior in the US."

The new museum opens on May 14, 2016 and will include numerous Warhols in addition to rooms devoted to other modern art heavyweights - including, as described by the Guardian, the "deepest" collection anywhere of the paintings of Gerhard Richter.

Prior to the opening, "The Modern Ball 2016" (sold out) will take place on May 12, 2016. The Ball's events include a dinner, auction and "Post-Modern Party."

The Guardian notes that the the catalyst for the new museum was the 100 year loan of the art collection of the founders of the Gap shops - Doris and Donald Fisher.

The biography for Warhol on the museum's website defines "Warhol's Factory" as "a term for both his studio and the associated network of actors, musicians, druggies, and hangers-on." Their collection of Warhols can be seen here. (Unfortunately their 1966 photobooth strip of Taylor Mead mugging it up for the camera will not be on display, but you can see it here.)

The Guardian article is here.

The museum's website is here.

Keith Haring Foundation sponsors DISRUPTION at The Andy Warhol Museum

Two Youth Prom supporters posing in front of one of the DISRUPTION backdrops

April 29, 2016: The Andy Warhol Museum, with assistance from its community collaborator THRIVE, will be hosting Pittsburgh’s annual LGBTQ+ Youth Prom: DISRUPTION on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 7 pm. The event is open to LGBTQ+ youth and allies ages 13–20 years old. Sponsored by The Keith Haring Foundation and American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

Details here.

Cakewalk

William S. Wilson in Cakewalk

April 25, 2016: Robert Heide, the author of the Caffe Cino play, The Bed, has posted on You Tube a sort of road trip through New York featuring lots of memories of the 60s and the people who aren't here anymore - including the infamous Hoop of Hoopmobile fame (whatever happened to his art collection?) and William S. Wilson. Includes a trip to the Feigen Gallery for a Ray Johnson exhibition in about 2001.

Cakewalk can be viewed on You Tube here.

Dandy Warhols tour Europe in May

April 24, 2016: The Dandy Warhols - who feature Warholstar Joe Dallesandro in their latest video - begin their European tour on May 5, 2016 in Amsterdam before going on to Belgium, France and finally the UK. If you are thinking of going to any of the gigs I wouldn't leave it too long. The Paris performance is already sold out and there are only "hangout" tickets left for London.

The tour dates are here.

The video starring Joe Dallesandro is here.

And while we're on the subject of Joe Dallesandro, the official shop for Joe Dallesandro merchandise is here.

More about Joe here.

Supreme Warhol/Ali t-shirts out today

April 21, 2016: Supreme T-shirts and hoodies featuring Warhol's photograph of Mohammed Ali (in conjunction with the Andy Warhol Foundation) are out today in their shops.

 

Details on the Supreme website here or on the UK Complex site here.

Happy Birthday Edie Sedgwick

April 20, 2016: Happy Birthday Edie Sedgwick. You would have been 73 years old today.

More on Edie here.

HB2

April 17, 2016: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has published an article about Eric Shiner's protest against HB2 here, and IndyWeek has published an in-depth article here.

Lydia Lunch and Bibbe Hansen at The Spotty Dog

April 16, 2016: Warhol star Bibbe Hansen will be appearing with Lydia Lunch at The Spotty Dog in New York on Sunday, April 17th at 7:00 pm. The Spotty Dog Books & Ale is located at 440 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534, tel: 518-671-6006

Details here.

Elaine Rusinko at the Butler Institute

April 16, 2016: Elaine Rusinko will be giving a talk on Andy Warhol's Rusyn roots at the Butler Institute of American Art at 1:00 pm. Professor Rusinko is an authority on Warhol's Rusyn upbringing and the history of his parents. She's the author of “We are All Warhol’s Children:” Andy and the Rusyns. I've quoted from her work in the beginning section of the "From Nowhere to Up There" oral history section of this site.

Details on her talk here.

LGBTQ Group at UNC calls for repeal of HB2

April 15, 2016: The LGBTQ Centre at the University of Northern California - Chapel Hill, has broken ranks with the university system's policy regarding the controversial HB2 bill. Eric Shiner, director of the Andy Warhol Museum, refused to appear at UNC Chapel Hill because of the views of the UNC system's president, Margaret Spellings, who supports the bill. (see story below).

The statement by the LGBTQ Center, states "Let there be no ambiguity, we oppose HB2 and add our voice to those who are calling for its repeal. Our mission is to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive campus environment for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions... Until this legislation is deemed unconstitutional or is repealed, we want to be a resource and a support for our campus community. One of the questions we have received most frequently is around bathroom use. While we cannot offer legal advice, we want people to know that the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in 2015 that employees have a right to workplace facilities that are consistent with their gender identity. The Department of Justice has ruled that prohibiting a student from accessing the restrooms that match their gender identity is prohibited sex discrimination under Title IX."

The website for the LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill is here.

The university is one of the entities being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina and Equality over their support of HB2. The legal bill of UNC is bound to be considerable. The UNC system's president, Margaret Spellings, supports HB2 but it appears that a large number of students and faculty at the individual campuses of UNC, do not. Why should the students be paying (through their tuition) for a lawsuit fighting the ACLU? Is Ms. Spellings out of touch with the people who are ultimately paying her salary? Is it time for her to resign?

Head of Andy Warhol Museum refuses offer of "visiting critic" at UNC because of their anti-LGBT policy

April 14, 2006: Eric Shiner, the Director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, has joined the ranks of celebrities, companies and public officials who refuse to appear in or do business with the state of North Carolina because of their passage of a bill which discriminates against transgendered people and stipulates that state policy overrides local policies - which would include local policies that guarantee the rights of gay or transgendered people.

Because the president of the University of North Carolina has defended the law, Shiner has rejected an offer to serve there as the "visiting critic." In a letter to the president of the university, Margaret Spellings, Shiner writes, "Dear President Spellings, As the director of The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the largest single artist museums in the world - and more importantly a museum dedicated to a gay artist who celebrated diversity, inclusion and transgendered Superstars in his work and in his films - I write to you today to decline Professor Elin O'Hara Slavick's invitation to act as the visiting critic for your university's graduating MFA class." Professor Slavick supports Mr. Shiner's decision.

The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (aka House Bill 2) passed by North Carolina means that transgendered people will have to use the "public facilities" of their birth sex. (They don't even do this in prison where there are often wings for men living as women and vice versa.) As a result of the Act, you could very well see men who identity themselves as females, and who are dressed as females (with female cleavage produced by female hormones), sharing bathrooms with 'Joe average.' Does the university president and the legislators think that 'Joe Average' will be grateful that he will now be required to share bathroom facilities with someone in a dress?

The act attempts to cut off legal redress regarding the Act by specifying "no person may bring any civil action based upon the public policy expressed herein." Not so quick North Carolina. The South is still part of the United States and federal laws governing discrimination take precedence over state laws. A lawsuit has been filed against the "Governor, the Attorney General, and the University" in regard to legality of the bill.

The lawsuit against the bill has been filed by two transgender men, a lesbian, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina and Equality North Carolina. They are seeking to have the law deemed unconstitutional and a violation of federal laws banning sex discrimination.

Esquire magazine is keeping an online list of those who are "boycotting North Carolina for its LGBT discrimination" here. It includes: Ringo Starr, Bryan Adams, Deutsche Bank, PayPal, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Moore, xHamster, Joel McHale, General Electric, the Dow Chemical Company, Pepsi, Hyatt, Hewlett Packard, Choice Hotels International, Whole Foods, Levis Strauss & Co., Lionsgate.

In regard to Paypal, they have dropped plans to build a 3.6 m facility in North Carolina because of the law which would have created more than 400 jobs. In regard to Deutsche Bank, they are now freezing expansion plans in North Carolina. The Chief Executive of Pepsi, has hand-delivered a letter to Governor Pat McCrory asking him to repeal the law. Apple Stores has issued a statement saying they "were disappointed to see Governor McCrory sign this legislation." (Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, is gay.)

In the meantime, if you are considering applying to one of the campuses of the University of North Carolina, you might want to think again. Do you really want to give financial support to a university that discriminates against the LGBT community?

Trash

Trash German lobby card

April 12, 2016: I have added to the site an essay on Trash, a film produced (i.e. paid for) by Andy Warhol and directed by Paul Morrissey. What surprised me the most during my research was that it was 35 years before an uncensored copy of the film was available in England and that Holly Woodlawn wasn't taken on the promotional trip to Germany when it was released in that country.

The essay includes references to the New York Times interview with Holly Woodlawn, Bob Colacello's report of the trip to Germany and England (where Warhol and his entourage were received at the House of Commons) and Colacello's Village Voice review of Trash which was probably one of the reasons he was promoted to become the editor of Inter/VIEW, replacing Soren Angenoux. (Also, there's an interesting reference to a film of the group in the Alps made by Will McBride - footage I've never seen.)

The full essay begins here.

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