The Andy Warhol exhibition is opening soon at Te Papa and if the amount of time it took me to buy tickets today is any indication, it's going to be a sell-out event. I have 10 tickets for 9 lucky people to join me!
More than anything else, Warhol was obsessed with people. His preoccupation is perhaps even more pertinent today, in an era of intense social networking, reality TV, and YouTube. His past words take on a prophetic status: ‘In the future, everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes.’
The exhibition features Warhol’s portraits of friends, celebrities, socialites, politicians, and rock stars across multiple media – paintings, MTV videos, experimental films, screen prints, drawings, and magazine covers. Among them are the flamboyant, repetitive portraits that made him most famous. As he once said: ‘Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?’
Startling self-portraits from a 40-year period show the persona of Andy Warhol developing over time, until close to his death in 1987. He immortalised himself as much others – on canvas if not elsewhere. He once mused about being ‘reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor’s finger’ and another time quipped: ‘I never think that people die. They just go to department stores.’
Te Papa has worked with the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh to present this exhibition to New Zealand audiences.
Te Papa thanks our sponsors Visa and Wellington City Council for their support of Warhol: Immortal.
A further description of the exhibition is on Scoop:
PRICE: Tickets are $11.50 each and I will email everyone my bank account details to arrange payment in advance. Payment will be due by Friday 21 June to secure your place.
MEETING UP: We will meet up in the foyer of Te Papa (by the big revolving water thingee) around 12:45-12:55pm. At 12:55pm we will go upstairs to Level 4 to enter the exhibition at 1pm. Note that this is the specific time the tickets are valid for because the exhibition takes only a certain number of people per hour. Once in, you can stay as long as you like. The intention with this Meetup is to go for a coffee and cake at the cafe on Level 4 as you finish viewing the exhibition.
DURATION: I estimate most people will take 1-1.5hrs to look around, leaving time for coffee and finishing up around 3pm. No pressure to leave the exhibition to have coffee if you aren't done yet.
COMMUNICATION: I will email attendees my mobile phone number before the event so that you can text me if running late etc. There will be no cancellation of this event as it is the only time the tickets are valid.
MANAGING RSVPs: Note I have selected the automatic waiting list option, meaning that if you are on the waitlist and a space becomes free, you will be automatically moved up to the RSVP list - ie. confirmed as attending. You can still change your RSVP of course; this approach just makes sure that you do monitor it regularly, helping to avoid places being taken up on the waitlist when no longer required, which disadvantages others.