Andy Warhol exhibit to open at Munson Williams Proctor Museum of Art

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - This fall, 63 original works of Andy Warhol will go into storage, but not before the residents of the Mohawk Valley get the opportunity to see them.

Munson Williams Proctor Museum of Art the last venue on a tour presenting Warhol's work.

"The exhibition is comprised of all of Warhol's most iconic subjects, from soup cans to Marilyn Monroe portraits," said Mary Murray of the museum. "And I think visitors will find some unexpected material, too. He did, for instance, portfolios of athletes. So we have a great portrait of Mohammed Ali. He did pictures from mythology of the American west. So, we have John Wayne and Geronimo. And he did darker subjects too and those are all presented."

Murray said she thinks there's a few reasons as to why Warhol's work still remains popular 25 years after his death.

"I think he had his finger on the pulse of American pop culture," she said. "He really understood that it's all about the package, whether it's a soup can, a movie star or even a politician."

She said that in Warhol's work, you see a documentation of our own personal history as a culture.

"Photographs he borrowed from print media to use in his artwork, are things that were on the Daily News," she said. "Movie stars we liked, products we were using."

You can catch the Andy Warhol exhibit at Munson Williams starting on Sunday, June 9. The exhibit runs all summer and is $10 general admission for the public and $5 for students.

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