Featured, Museum, Speakers|May 29, 2012 3:30 pm

Andy Warhol, Ceramic Vessels, and “Goodnight Moon” Come to the Wilson Museum this Summer

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University is opening three new exhibitions for Summer 2012 beginning May 31 and continuing through September 15.

In the Event of Andy Warhol highlights selections from the Andy Warhol Foundation’s collection of nearly 30,000 of Warhol’s Polaroids and black and white prints. The foundation commemorated its 20th anniversary by donating the collection to more than 180 educational institutions across the country. Hollins, Roanoke College, and Washington and Lee University created a three-part exhibition from the photos and prints they received; Wilson Museum director Amy Moorefiled and art collector James W. Hyams co-curated this final installation, which also features work by Warhol’s contemporaries and influences.

In conjunction with the Warhol exhibition, Hyams delivers a museum talk on Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m. Brent Stevens, director of the Hollins University Writing Center, discusses “Hovering Above the Soupcans and the Celluloid: The Postmodern Context of Andy Warhol’s Films” on Friday, July 13 at 6 p.m.  And, John G. Hanhardt, senior curator for media arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, presents “Time Frames: Andy Warhol’s Film and Video” on Thursday, September 13 at 6 p.m. Each of these events will be held in the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center’s Niederer Auditorium and admission is free.

Alice Hohenberg Federico ’67: Reunion 2012 features the ceramic artist and Hollins alumna, who draws inspiration from ancient Greek ceramic arts, traditional Japanese techniques, and modern English pottery to create sensuous sculptural vessels. Federico has been making pots for over 40 years and her work has been shown in the Vallauris Biennial, the First Mino International, and the 28th Ceramic National at the Everson Museum.

Federico lectures on “The Rhythm of the Studio: Experience and Expression” on Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m. in the Niederer Auditorium.

Goodnight Hush: Classic Children’s Book Illustrations, Part 2 focuses on both the story and art of Goodnight Moon, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books. Featuring original artwork created by Clement Hurd, and written by Hollins alumna Margaret Wise Brown, the work on view is on loan from the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota.

Goodnight Hush also includes an art workshop and tour for children ages 5 – 8 on Saturday, August 11 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Led by artist and Hollins alumna Katherine Devine, the event is free of charge, but registration is required. Contact Laura Jane Ramsburg at (540) 362-6081 for more information. For the duration of Goodnight, Hush, the Wilson Museum is encouraging families to participate in a variety of art and reading activities in the museum’s education and resource room.

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University is open Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

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