FLUSHING, NY, July 3, 2014 – The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has given the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College seven color silkscreen prints by the celebrated pop artist. This follows the 2008 donation of 150 original Warhol Polaroid snapshots and gelatin silver prints, timed to honor the 20th anniversary of the Foundation. Through its Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, more than 28,000 original Warhol works have been given to college and university art museums across the United States.
The new gift to Queens College includes two prints of Warhol’s signature image of Flowers (one in black and white and one in color); portraits of the iconic American figures Muhammad Ali and Sitting Bull; “portraits” of two famous monuments, the Brooklyn Bridge and Cologne Cathedral; and Ladies and Gentlemen, one image from a series of portraits of New York City transvestites that Warhol created in 1975. These prints were made following Warhol’s usual formula: a Polaroid portrait of the sitter or image was silkscreened onto paper or canvas and then embellished with synthetic polymer paint in a bright array of nearly psychedelic colors.
“We are truly 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, which includes the Campbell’s Soup and Electric Chair suites of photo-silkscreen prints.”
According to Winter, a Warhol exhibition, in the planning stages since the first donation, will be on display from September 11 through November 1 at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum. Titled “Andy Warhol’s Photo-Aesthetic and Beyond,” the exhibition will display selected color Polaroid and black and white photographs alongside the prints. The show, which will include the new silkscreen prints as well as loans from other collections, will examine how Warhol countered photography’s realism and emphasized the impact of popular culture.
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum, a part of Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, presents contemporary and historical exhibitions and programs that provide significant educational opportunities and dynamic aesthetic experiences to residents of the borough of Queens and neighboring Manhattan and Long Island. As the only collection of art and artifacts in the borough, housing over 5,000 objects that date from ancient to modern times, the museum introduces many individuals to art and artifacts they might not otherwise encounter. The breadth of these holdings, and the rich resources of the college, allow presentations that enlighten audiences about art and culture—their own traditions and histories and the American scene. Lectures, symposia, gallery talks, workshops, films, concerts, and tours as well as digital displays, catalogues and an active website, complement and interpret the art on view, particularly to serve the needs and interests of local communities. All exhibitions and programs are free.