young man eating a banana, 1982

Andy Warhol
young man eating a banana, 1982
Black and White Print [silver gelatin print]
Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., 2008/2.133

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Warhol Snapshots, 1973–1986

August 29–October 25, 2009

Andy Warhol— his name is so ingrained in the popular imagination, and his art so definitive of contemporary culture and style in America, he needs no introduction. His art changed the game in so many provocative ways that it continues to this day to give rise to new understandings of the nature of art—as product, process, and performance.

Warhol always insisted that his art wasn’t deep or profound in any way—but rather “deeply superficial.” On more than one occasion he has been compared to a mirror, simply there to reflect society back to itself. This exhibition of Warhol’s photographs will direct focus to the signs of the times reflected in the mirror’s surface: the spirit of the seventies and eighties that Warhol and his art embodied. Those depicted include his friends, followers, and fellow denizens of the underground, the famous faces of his era as well as those not destined to be remembered.

UMMA is one of 183 college and university art museums that received a gift of photographs as part of the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy project, and the black-and-white photographs and Polaroids in this exhibition are the first of this collection to be publicly presented.

On Sunday, September 27 at 2 pm, Christina Chang, curator of the exhibition, will discuss the exhibition in the gallery.

Click here for a rundown of documentary films offered in conjunction with the exhibition.