Two new exhibitions Orly Cogan: Children of Eden and Andy Warhol: #NOFILTER will be on view at the Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire August 29 - October 12, 2019. A reception takes place on Thursday, September 7, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. additionally there will be an artist talk with Orly Cogan at 5:15 p.m. - 6 p.m. the same evening. The Museum of Art and programs are open to the public free of charge.
Orly Cogan: Children of Eden
Orly Cogan uses embroidery to transform vintage printed textiles into contemporary explorations of feminine archetypes and stereotypes. Drawing upon historic events, pop-culture, fairy tales, and personal experiences, she creates humorous and imaginative hand-stitched narratives that consider themes such as sexuality, feminism, domesticity, and power to portray the evolving role of women in society.
Cogan states, "I am drawn to the space between–dichotomies such as soft and tough, dirty and clean, fantasy and reality, especially as related to gender. My work explores common feminine archetypes and stereotypes, such as Madonna/Whore, Pin-Up Girl, Lolita, and the Femme Fatale. Searching for that odd thing, the Feminist Beauty Queen, I mix subversion with flirtation, humor with power, and intimacy with frivolity.
Ultimately, my quest is to tell a story about the role of women in our ever changing society, all the while honoring the labors of the past. In the process, I aim to provoke certain questions: What role do women want to play in society today? Who do we want to be? What kind of relationships do we want to have? Who are our role models? What are we teaching our children? I hope to ask all of this within the context of constantly shifting boundaries that define our relationships and our identities."
Additional exhibition programming Artist Talk with Orly Cogan at 5:15 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Andy Warhol: #NOFILTER
“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.” Andy Warhol
Upon his death in 1987, Andy Warhol (born 1928) left behind a vast archive of art work, hundreds of thousands of photographs, Polaroids, cassette tapes, ephemera, and a personal collection of antiques and collectables. The artist was a compulsive diarist and obsessive collector who documented his life by saving the detritus of everyday, eventually filling more than six hundred cardboard boxes with receipts, cards, flyers, postcards, napkins, tickets and letters. His proclivity to chronical his life also included recording encounters with friends and acquaintances by taping their conversations on a portable cassette recorder he jokingly referred to as his “wife,” or photographing them with a Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera, called the Big Shot, or with one of several small 35mm cameras he carried habitually.
In 2007, the Warhol Foundation launched the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program distributing more than 28,500 prints to 183 American academic art museums, including the Museum of Art. This exhibition presents a selection of Polaroids taken in the late 1970s and early 1980s as preparatory images used for his silkscreen prints, including the Athletes and Myths series, anonymous nudes, commissioned portraits, and for advertising campaigns. The gelatin silver prints in the exhibition present a more intimate look at the artist’s life including candid, even mundane, snap-shots of friends, social engagements, city scenes, and trips abroad. Silkscreen prints in the exhibition include work from the Cowboys and Indians and Ladies and Gentleman series, as well as, commissioned prints for commercial clients.
Warhol’s reuse and recycling of media images and American cultural icons redefined what art could be in an era of mass communication and technological change. His use of the camera and fascination with fame blended his artistic practice with his celebrity lifestyle, presaging the dominance of social media in the digital age.
Additional exhibition programming for Andy Warhol: #NOFILTER include: Breakfast with the Director, Tuesday, September 24, 9 a.m.–10 a.m. Join Director, Kristina Durocher for co?ee and light breakfast snacks. Learn about the museum and the current exhibitions on view. Hands-on Workshop: Icon Portraits, Wednesday, September 25, 12:10–1:30 p.m. make your own iconic portrait! Join us for a hands-on creative session and learn how and why Andy Warhol selected popular culture imagery to re?ect trends and values. All materials and images provided, bring your creativity! Museum of Art, PCAC. #NOFILTER: Wednesday, October 16, 12:10–1 p.m. Join Education Manager, Sara Zela as she discusses the work of Andy Warhol. All programs are free and open to the public.