Warhol's Legacy in Contemporary Art:

Warhol's Legacy in Contemporary Art:

In this class you will explore the question that has intrigued audiences over the last 40 years: Why Warhol? With the guidance of the education department from The Andy Warhol Museum, you will explore contemporary art, music, film and many other fields where Warhol’s legacy is evident. As you move through each section of this course, you will have access to exclusive articles, videos, and interviews by renowned contemporary artists and curators, whose practice has been directly influenced by Warhol’s work. By the end of this course, not only will you have developed an understanding of Warhol’s contributions to art and culture, but also have refined your interpretative and critical thinking skills.
Program Breakdown
Week 1: How was Warhol a game-changer in contemporary art?

This week we will look at different artworks by Andy Warhol and establish direct connections to the contemporary art scene today. In this session, New York based artists will talk about their first memories of Warhol’s work and his ongoing influence in the art world.

Week 2: Warhol’s Legacy in Film and Video

We will discuss Warhol’s contributions to film and video and his active exploration of the moving image from his epic films to his personal film portraits he called “Screen Tests.” We will compare and contrast the formal qualities (light, movement, focus, etc.) that differ in each screen test as well as analyze the contemporary collaboration 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests performed by Luna veterans Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips who were commissioned by the Warhol Museum to provide a soundtrack for the film.

Week 3: The Art of Business / The Business of Art (Warhol as Entrepreneur)

Using excerpts from the Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) we will analyze how Warhol’s entrepreneurial mind pushed the envelope regarding the business of art and studio practice beginning with his early career as a successful commercial artist and illustrator during the 1950’s.

Week 4: The King of Pop’s Influence on Popular Culture

This week we will collectively identify the main characteristics of the “Warholian” era. Are there aspects of Warhol’s legacy evident in popular culture today? From music and fashion to journalism and television, what do we consider “Warholian” today?

Week 5: Warhol’s Pop Politics and Philosophies

This week we will look at some of Warhol’s contributions to gender studies and queer activism. Also, we will explore his approach to popular media and support of a younger generation of artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Week 6: Curating a Warholian World / Curating Life

In this final week we will focus on interpreting and collecting current references from art and popular culture that exemplify our time in the “Post Warholian” era. In this session you will curate and contextualize your own version of Warhol’s legacy in contemporary culture, while mastering your interpretative skills.

Pre-Class Preparation
About The Organization
The Andy Warhol Museum was founded in 1994 as the international center for preserving and disseminating the artist’s work through an active program of exhibitions and scholarship. The Museum’s purpose, as outlined in their mission statement, is to act as “a vital forum in which diverse audiences of artists, scholars, and the general public are galvanized through creative interaction with the art and life of Andy Warhol. The Warhol is ever-changing and constantly re-defining itself in relation to contemporary life using the unique collections and dynamic, interactive programming as tools.” Through the lens of Andy Warhol's art, life and practice and the vision, media and creative processes of contemporary artists, The Education Department at The Warhol provides diverse audiences with interpretive frameworks to engage with art and contemporary society and educates in the core areas of creative thinking and making, critical thinking, socio-cultural awareness and historical and cultural contexts.
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Course Fee

Maximum Class Size

30 students
Key Dates

Enroll By: 12/30
Start Date: 1/20
End Date: 3/02
Enrollment Closed
Teaching Artist

Felipe Castelblanco is a multidisciplinary artist working at the intersection of interactivity, installation and New Media art. He is also an Artist/Educator at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh since 2010. Felipe holds an MFA in Media Arts from Carnegie Mellon University and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012. He has led workshops and classes in the U.S. and South America exploring Warhol’s work, life and legacy. Felipe’s artwork has been shown internationally, including at the FAD festival in Belo Horizonte Brazil, FIVAC festival in Camaguey Cuba, Valenzuela Klenner Gallery in Bogotá Colombia, SPACES gallery in Cleveland, OH, as well as in storefronts and on street corners across Pittsburgh. His work can be seen at: felipecastelblanco.com