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Warhol's Spatial Practices
Perhaps more than any other artist, Andy Warhol is as well-known for the space in which he created his work as the work itself: the Factory. On the occasion of the exhibition Warhol, People and Things at Casa São Roque (produced in collaboration with Baruch’s Mishkin Gallery), this panel focuses on Warhol’s places – the artist’s spatial practices, their significance to his work, and their legacy in both contemporary art and real estate. While much of the scholarship on Warhol’s work considers his relationship to individuals and objects/commodities (i.e. people and things), this panel focuses on what has often been relegated to the background – the spaces and scenography embedded in his work.

The panel features two contemporary artists who are exhibited in Warhol, People and Things (co-curated by Alaina Claire Feldman and Barbara Piwowarska), and whose work engages aspects of the spatial, John Miller and Anna Ostoya. The panel is moderated by Professor Christopher Schmidt (CUNY Grad Center/LaGuardia CC), who has written about Warhol’s Time Capsules, waste, and queer archival practices. Miller’s Middle of the Day photographs are observational glances onto the spaces of daily life. Much like Warhol’s durational film Empire, Miller’s Middle of the Day photographs are as much about the spaces depicted as they are a meditation on time. Ostoya’s Memorabilia (2021/∞) series presents uncanny aesthetic parallels–Warhol’s Little Electric Chair screenprint next to a Planned Parenthood examination table, or an image of New York’s Twin Towers on 9/11 juxtaposed with the Unis Towers explosion during the siege of Sarajevo– that evoke political and symbolic valences of the built environment. This panel will explore how each of these artists engage the spatial, and where they intersect, and diverge from, Warhol’s work.

Jul 20, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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