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Out Of The Box: Time Capsule Opening

Join Time Capsules Cataloguer Erin Byrne, Chief Archivist Matt Wrbican, Assistant Archivist Cindy Lisica and special guest Benjamin Liu as they take the first look inside one of Andy Warhol’s mysterious boxes! Benjamin Liu is a former personal and studio assistant for Warhol and co-authored of the book, Unseen Warhol. Warhol was an avid collector of art, Fiestaware, photographs, newspapers, dental molds and especially the minutiae of his daily life.

In 1974, he began filling the first of his 600 Time Capsules with source material, correspondence and clothing. The Time Capsules reflect more than Warhol’s personal life—they act as an insightful snapshot of the time and contain a wealth of information for researchers.

And with the recent 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Warhol museum, this Time Capsule event has an even more special meaning.

The Warhol has been recently renovated and so if you haven't been there for a year or more, you'll be surprised when you see all of the changes with the various exhibits.

Please note that this event is included with museum admission -- and as a little bonus, there is a special 50% off discount on Fridays beginning at 5 PM at the Warhol (you'll pay $10 instead of $20 regular museum admission). But if you have a Carnegie Museum membership or are a student, then it is $8. 

Because they are expecting a big crowd for the Time Capsule Opening, it is recommended that everyone purchase their tickets in advance (e.g., a few days before the event) since the Warhol theater is smaller than the entire museum. We'll also monitor the situation to see how close this event approaches a sell-out and whether there will be tickets available at the door. Thus, there may a lot more people touring the Warhol galleries from 5-10 PM than will actually be inside the theater for the special Time Capsule Opening.  Buying the ticket in advance also includes the museum admission, so there is not much risk. To order your tickets for the Time Capsule Opening/Museum admission, please visit 

To check out some brief video clips of previous Time Capsule openings, please visit

For a more social experience, the Warhol Museum is open late on Friday evenings (until 10 PM so you'll have plenty of time to tour all of the galleries) along with a cash bar in the entrance gallery and special half-price regular Museum admission. Many Friday evenings also feature special programs including music, film, performances, and more. So feel free to arrive early or stay afterwards to tour the galleries or grab something to eat in the Warhol Café.

Visitors can sit down and record their own short black & white Warhol Screen Tests (where the museum will send the video link so you can share it with family and friends) recreating The Factory where Warhol filmed many famous people.

Between 1964 and 1966, Warhol created almost five hundred Screen Tests of famous and anonymous visitors to his studio, The Factory, including Salvador Dalí, Dennis Hopper, and Edie Sedgwick. Warhol filmed his subjects using a stationary, silent Bolex camera loaded with 100-foot rolls of black and white 16mm film. Sitters were instructed to sit still for about three minutes, the length of time it took for the roll of film to run through the camera. He later projected the Screen Tests in slow motion, thereby extending their duration and imbuing them with a dreamlike stillness.

In a gallery reminiscent of Warhol’s Silver Factory studio, Museum visitors are invited to create their own screen test utilizing a computer touch screen, a moveable backdrop, a specially modified vintage camera, and twin studio lights. Upon completion, the visitor’s screen test is transformed digitally from real time to slow motion and pushed to the Internet, where it will be available on a custom webpage. The screen test can be shared on various social media channels.

Of note is that the Time Capsule event is General Admission (open seating) inside the theater. So it is recommended that you arrive early (before 6:30 PM) so that you'll get a good seat along with other Meetup members. But of course, it is also fine if you'd like to attend on your own with family/friends.

One gallery everyone should check out is the remarkable exhibit Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede which examines the interconnected lives and creative practices of Andy Warhol and Halston - two American icons who had a profound impact on the development of 20th century art and fashion. This exhibit opened May 18 (and has been intriguing visitors for the past 3 months) but will close August 24, 2014 as the Warhol Museum prepares for a new exhibit.

Parking There is also plenty of nearby parking including the Warhol's own outdoor lot. The Warhol is a relatively short walk from downtown and is conveniently located in terms of public transportation with many PAT Buses and light rail transit (trolley/T) serving the Northside. The Warhol also offers some discounts for the new Uber and Lyft transportation services. For more information, maps, and directions, please visit

To read more about the 'Out of the Box: Time Capsule' project, please visit and

You can also check the Warhol online calendar for specific weekly special programming, please visit and for Friday evenings 

For more information on the Warhol exhibits, please visit


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  • marilyn y.

    big fun

    August 16, 2014

  • Mark

    Hope to see everyone in the main Warhol lobby. Although online sales have closed, they will be selling tickets at the door. As a reminder, it is 1/2-off admission ($10) which includes the Time Capsule Opening and entire museum from 5-10 PM.

    It is recommended that you arrive as early as possible (say 6 PM) because there may be a lot of people buying at the door. And we'll have a bit more time for socializing, checking out exhibits, etc. If we haven't met before, I'll be wearing something easy to spot -- white Nautica shirt, black pants, and glasses. Please feel free to introduce yourself.

    There is a bar in the first floor main lobby; and people can also get food at the downstairs cafe.

    August 15, 2014

  • Naoko

    Great, I'll be there around 6.

    August 15, 2014

  • Naoko

    Hi Mark, is the group meeting at the lobby before the event?

    August 14, 2014

    • Mark

      Yes, Naoko ... it would be good if people could meet inside Warhol lobby at 6:00-6:30 PM for socializing/drinks and gallery tour prior to 7 PM Time Capsule Opening inside theater. But if you're already downtown, you can arrive early to the Warhol beginning at 5 PM and check out some exhibits.

      August 14, 2014

  • Mark

    Hope everyone is looking forward to Friday night's time capsule event at the Warhol.

    Buying the ticket in advance also includes the museum admission. To order your tickets for the Time Capsule Opening/Museum admission, please visit

    August 12, 2014

  • Terri

    I have a previous commitment and cannot attend. It'll be interesting to hear about what was included in the capsule.

    August 11, 2014

    • Mark

      Hi Terri ... Sorry you'll miss it, but I'll let you know when the next time capsule event will be (perhaps in the fall)

      1 · August 12, 2014

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