Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years
The same day that I saw the Diana Vreeland documentary, The Eye Has To Travel, my friends and I headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (my favorite museum in the city) for their new exhibit ‘Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. I had never been to an Andy Warhol exhibit before, so I was very excited to check it out. The title, however, made me slightly unsure of what to expect: was it a little Warhol? Just artists inspired by Warhol? Who are these sixty other artists? In any case, I decided it would be worth finding out.
The exhibit is running until December, but I highly suggest getting there before you have to wait in a line to get in! It was crowded, but we didn’t have to wait in line. I think that a line will start forming as the exhibit gains popularity. When I went to the McQueen exhibit for the first time I waited maybe 20 minutes, by the second visit the line wrapped half way around the Met!
The exhibit is spectacular, and HUGE! The beginning is a little narrow and feels crowded, but soon the space opens up and as people start taking their time you feel less crammed. Regarding Warhol features countless Andy Warhol pieces, as well as pieces by artists that were greatly influenced by him, or doing similar work at the time, such as Richard Avedon and Jeff Koons.
The Warhol exhibit is gigantic, and features some of his most famous work like the Campbell Soup piece, the Elizabeth Taylor portrait, and the Marilyn Monroe portrait. I learned so much from the exhibit, I would greatly definitely recommend it. I actually ended up loving how they integrated other artists not only because I learned a lot, but also because a lot of the pieces were pulled from the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh. I can imagine a lot of people from Pittsburgh or who have visited that museum have seen a lot of this art already, and this exhibit definitely freshens it up, giving you a chance to learn about a lot of other artists, too.
Naturally you were not allowed to take photos in the actual exhibit, but my friends and I had a great time photographing Cloud City on the Met rooftop! The Met is huge, and all of us had already been through most of it, so the only other exhibit we really wanted to see was the rooftop exhibit. Cloud City is open until November, literally on the rooftop of the Met, and I can only imagine how beautiful the view of the city will be against red and yellow leaves.
I had seen photos of the rooftop Met exhibits before but had never been. My first impression was honestly how small it is. There is only one entrance, which you have to take an elevator and then two flights of stairs to get to, and it really does feel like you’re just going on the rooftop of some New York City building, out some tiny door. The Met is a vast building covering two city blocks, so of course I expected the roof exhibit to be very large. It is cool, but exceptionally small.
The actual exhibit is a structure by artists Tomas Saraceno, and it looks like giant mirrored clouds stuck on top one another. You can actually go inside the ‘cloud city’ by getting free tickets from a few floors below with a time stamped on when your turn will be. We didn’t have time to go in it, but I’m sure it’s cool!
I would suggest both the Andy Warhol exhibit and Cloud City to anyone, we really enjoyed ourselves, and it’s not every day you get to see Andy Warhol pieces and then climb up on the Met rooftop. All in all, it was a perfect New York City day.
For more information on either exhibit visit http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions