Lectures

Warhol Women: Iconic Paintings of Leading Female Figures

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An exploration of Andy Warhol’s fascination with women and femininity from the 60’s through the 80s. He devotedly represented women regardless of age, race or fame..  In this lecture, we will view vibrant portraits of  Hollywood superstars such as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland, as well as entertainers such as Debbie Harry, Dolly Parton and Liza Minnelli. Andy was also fascinated by powerful women who wielded power on an international scale, such as  Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. This lecture will also include figures outside the limelight such as a 1974 portrait of Warhol’s then-deceased mother, Julia Warhola, At first glance, the factory-made silkscreen portraits seem impersonal and detached  Yet, upon extended viewing, they convey portraits where the woman is allowed to be who she is.  Moreover, Andy could portray women from the eye of a man without sexualizing the image.

 

This lecture focuses on the king of pop’s fascination of women from a variety of backgrounds and also explores the artist's own femininity.