Palm Springs Art Museum
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Edwards Harris Center

Warhol Experiences

A pop superstar arrives in Palm Springs.

Andy Warhol harnessed the power of celebrity, consumer goods, sex, and disaster to create his iconic Pop Art—and in doing so became a seminal media figure. This retrospective of more than 250 works explores how Warhol elevated printmaking from its previous status as a commercial format to that of fine art

Warhol’s career is traced from his earliest work as a commercial illustrator in the 1950s, to the collaborative silkscreens made in The Factory during the 1960s, and the commissioned portfolios of his final years.

A constant throughout his life was a fascination with Pop culture, as seen in his use of famous figures like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Muhammad Ali, events like the Birmingham civil rights protests, and the myriad commercial advertising images over the decades.

Like all the greatest stars, Andy Warhol rejoiced in fame above all else. His celebration continues.



March 12, 10:00am–12:00pm.
Mondays at the Museum, Annenberg Theater


Behind the Veil: Andy Warhol in Context
Lecturer: Richard Axsom, Senior Curator, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI

Richard H. Axsom, noted curator and print scholar, takes a closer look at Andy Warhol’s art. Beneath the glitter and glamour of his public persona, Warhol was a sensitive and deeply introspective artist—attuned to the political realities of his time and to the enduring themes in art history of life and mortality. Axsom also places Warhol in a broader context of modern and contemporary art during the 1960s and 1970s.

April 5, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Free to the public, Annenberg Theater

Contemporary Art Council and Photography Collection Council Presentation Andy Warhol: A Panel Discussion

Panelists: Chad Alligood, Chief Curator of American Art, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, author of Warhol’s Nature; Jose Carlos Diez, Chief Curator, The Andy Warhol Museum; Catherine Zuromskis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, author of From the Factory to the World: Photography and the Warhol Community

A stimulating and lively presentation as noted scholars reveal how Warhol harnessed the allure of media images of celebrity, consumer goods, sex, death, and disaster to create his iconic pop art. Attendees are invited to later participate in a moderated discussion with the panelists and Donald Osborne, Vice Co-Chair of Programs, CAC


Select Thursdays, 6:15 p.m.
Hibbert Orientation Center, Free
In the spirit of Warhol’s iconic quote, these compact programs are designed to give attendees their own fifteen minutes of fame.

March 8
Fifteen Minutes of Electric Sound Bath, Ang Wilson and Brian Griffith

April 19
Fifteen Minutes of Spoken Word, Poet AP Jackson

March 22
Fifteen Minutes of Meditation Mindful, Way co-founder Hugh McNeill

May 3
Fifteen Minutes of Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus



March 11–April 30, select Sundays
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Sheffer/Scheffler Arts Education Space
Create your own silkscreen prints in the Warhol style!

Anyone can come up with an iconic creation—Andy did it with a Campbell’s soup can! You can, too!

Here’s how: The Warhol Print Lab features artists Dewey Tafoya, Windmill City Screen Printing, and Marnie Navarro as they guide attendees in creating interactive displays and facilitate printmaking and silk screening workshops that focus on print culture, including posters, textiles, and zines.

March 11
Warhol Print Lab Weekend 1
Join artist Dewey Tafoya in creating on-the-spot stencil print posters inspired by Andy Warhol’s unique Pop Art; upon completion, the posters will decorate the museum’s print studio.
April 8
Warhol Print Lab Weekend 3
Windmill City Screen Printing will instruct on how to print one-color posters with artwork supplied by local Coachella Valley designers.
March 18
Warhol Print Lab Weekend 2
Free with museum admission
Windmill City Screen Printing demonstrates how to print on textiles and leads attendees through the process of creating their own unique tote bag.
April 29
Warhol Print Lab Weekend 4
Free with museum admission
Learn two screen printing techniques—stencil making and graphic printing—and create Stencil Print Mash-Ups! Attendees will create colorful one-of-a-kind stencil-print backgrounds inspired by Pop Art onto posters, which will then go through a mashup with designs created by artist Dewey Tafoya.


Support for the exhibition and related educational and outreach programs has been made possible by a grant from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.

Generous support is also provided by Harold B. Matzner, Marguerite & David M. Wilson, Palm Springs Art Museum Contemporary Art Council, and Renova Energy.

Additional funding is provided by Joann Gray & Sheldon Harmatz.

Exhibition Season Sponsors: Carol & Jim Egan, David Kaplan & Glenn Ostergaard, Dorothy C. Meyerman, Marion & Bob Rosenthal, and the Herman & Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation. The Desert Sun is the exhibition media sponsor.

Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn), (II.23), AP edition C/Z, 1967, screenprint, Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, 2001.51b © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol, Mao (II.94), edition 212/250, 1972, screenprint, Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, 2000.123e © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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