College of DuPage Announces Next Major Exhibition, Summer 2023 – Shaw Local

Late 20th century American pop artist Andy Warhol predicted that everyone would have 15 minutes of fame. But Warhol’s own popularity seems to know no bounds, and the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn will soon be doing its part to shine a light on his works.

On Saturday, the college’s McAninch Arts Center hosted a party to officially announce that its Cleve Carney Museum of Art will host a major immersive Warhol exhibit in the summer of 2023.

It follows the college’s hit summer 2021 exhibit, “Frida Kahlo: Timeless,” and promises to be even bigger.

The Warhol exhibit will occupy 10,000 square feet inside and outside the McAninch Arts Center, according to museum curator Justin Witte. The exhibition will also highlight another institution’s collection, as will original works by Kahlo that were loaned by the Mexican Museum of Olmedo.

Bank of America was a corporate sponsor of the Kahlo exhibit, and now it will share its corporate-owned exhibit “Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop.” The 94 works, including a screen print of Marilyn Monroe and a painting of a Campbell’s soup can, are from the Bank of America collection and will be displayed in the galleries of the Cleve Carney Museum.

Rita Cook, president of Bank of America Chicago, said the company’s “Art in our Communities” program lends its artwork free of charge to select nonprofits.

“We’re taking our corporate art collection and making it free and accessible to communities,” Cook said. “And we left the economic benefits to them to reinvest in arts and culture, which have been hit hard during the pandemic.”

Witte also said that the Cleve Carney Museum had about 165 of his own works by Warhol (given as gifts by donors). These will make up the bulk of other exhibits planned throughout the McAninch Arts Center.

Like the Kahlo 2021 exhibition, the Warhol exhibition will offer a family space with a video made to measure in collaboration with a children’s book author. The McAninch outdoor patio will also be transformed with artistic flourishes to give the impression of New York’s Central Park.

“It’s going to be an inclusive experience,” Witte said. “No matter your level of knowledge, we will be welcome and we are here to share the story.”

McAninch Arts Center executive director Diana Martinez said there will be many educational connections with students and faculty to match Warhol’s interdisciplinary output, which included graphic design, film, photography and theater.

Martinez said the early announcement of the expo was intended to build sponsorship and inspire cross-promotion with area businesses and restaurants. That way, they can start planning pop art-inspired products or menus, just like with the Kahlo 2021 exhibit.

The Warhol exhibition runs from June 3, 2023 to September 10, 2023. Tickets go on sale August 6.

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