150 ANDY WARHOL PHOTOGRAPHS GIVEN TO GODWIN-TERNBACH MUSEUM
FLUSHING, NY, May 21, 2008 – The Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College announced the receipt of 150 original Polaroid snapshots and gelatin silver prints by celebrated Pop artist Andy Warhol, a gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. To honor the 20th anniversary of the Foundation, its Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program has donated more than 28,000 original Warhol works—valued in excess of $28 million—to college and university art museums across the United States. Godwin-Ternbach is one of 183 institutions to share in this unprecedented gift.
|Diane Von Furstenberg, 1984 |
The gift to Queens College includes photos of celebrities and socialites such as Diane von Furstenberg, Wayne Gretzky, Georgia O’Keeffe, Halston, Lana Turner, Tatum O’Neal, and Pia Zadora. The photographs are currently being catalogued and framed and will be on exhibit in the near future.
“We are immensely grateful to The Warhol Foundation for increasing the breadth and depth of our collection and enabling the presentation of these works to our community,” says Amy Winter, Godwin-Ternbach Director. “This gift greatly enhances our already sizable collection of Warhol works, and allows us to further our mission.” Winter believes that the Museum’s 2006 exhibition POPSTARS was the catalyst for this donation. The show, which featured the work of major American and British Pop artists, highlighted the works of Warhol with a film series and a lecture by Winter on “Andy Warhol: Life, Death and Disaster.”
|Juan Hamilton and Georgia O'Keeffe |
Polacolor Type 108
The Godwin-Ternbach collection is notable for its inclusion of two full portfolios of Warhol’s prints: the “Campbell’s Soup” and “Electric Chair” series. “They illustrate two profoundly different sides of the artist,” observes Winter. “Brightly colored and light-hearted, the Campbell’s Soup prints are among the most famous of Warhol’s oeuvre, reflecting the world of consumerism, media and stardom that exploded in the affluent post-WW II era, celebrated and genially examined by Warhol and his colleagues.
“The dark, sometimes prophetic, side of Warhol present in his ‘Disaster’ series is less well-known but equally important,” Winter continues. “These new photographs add another dimension to our understanding and interpretation of this important artist.”
“A wealth of information about Warhol’s process and his interactions with his sitters is revealed in these images,” notes Jenny Moore, curator of the Photographic Legacy Program, who selected the works for donation. “Through his rigorous – though almost unconscious – consistency in shooting, the true idiosyncrasies of his subjects were revealed. Often, he would shoot a person or event with both cameras, cropping one in Polaroid color as a ‘photograph’ and snapping the other in black and white as a ‘picture.’ By presenting both kinds of images side by side, the Photographic Legacy Program allows viewers to move back and forth between moments of Warhol’s ‘art,’ ‘work,’ and ‘life’ – inseparable parts of a fascinating whole.”
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College is the only comprehensive collection of art and artifacts in the borough of Queens, housing over 3,500 objects that date from ancient to modern times. The mission of the GTM has grown over time from a teaching museum for the benefit of art and art history students to embracing all disciplines and an increasingly diverse and engaged community. All exhibitions are free, as are their related lectures, symposia, gallery talks, workshops, films, concerts, and tours.