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150 ANDY WARHOL PHOTOS DONATED TO HOUSATONIC
MUSEUM OF ART
BRIDGEPORT – The Housatonic Museum of Art has
announced that The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual
Arts has donated 150 Polaroid photographs taken by the noted contemporary
artist to the Housatonic Museum of Art. The gift has been made through
the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program.
The HMA is one of only 183 colleges and universities across the country
to receive original Andy Warhol photographs valued in excess of $28
million dollars in honor of the Foundation’s 20th anniversary.
Warhol Foundation President Joel Wachs said the Warhol Foundation’s
Photographic Legacy Program is designed to give the public greater
access to Warhol’s artwork and artistic processes by allowing
people from the region to view and study this important and relatively
unknown body of Warhol’s work.
The program is designed so that institutions that do not have the
means to acquire Warhol’s works can bring a significant number
of photographs into their permanent collections, while allowing those
institutions that do have Warhols in their collections to enrich the
breadth and depth of their holdings.
“We’re delighted that we were selected to receive these
photographs,” said Museum Director Robbin Zella. “They
will be a valuable addition to our permanent collection which includes
such notable Warhol works as Campbell’s Soup and Elizabeth
“The goal of this program dovetail’s perfectly with the
vision of Housatonic Museum of Art Founder Burt Chernow, who felt that
art belonged on public view, rather than secreted away in someone’s
private collection,” she added
Housatonic is the only Connecticut college currently participating
in the Photographic Legacy Program.
Jenny Moore, curator of the Photographic Legacy Program, said the
photographs can reveal much about Warhol and his photography.
“A wealth of information about Warhol’s process and his
interactions with his sitters is revealed in these images,” notes
Moore. “Through his rigorous – though almost unconscious – consistency
in shooting, the true idiosyncrasies of his subjects were revealed.”
“Often, he would shoot a person or event with both cameras,
cropping one in Polaroid color as a ‘photograph’ and snapping
the other in black and white as a ‘picture’,’’ she
said. “By presenting both kinds of images side by side, the Photographic
Legacy Program allows viewers to move back and forth between moments
of Warhol’s ‘art,’ ‘work,’ and ‘life’ – inseparable
parts of a fascinating whole.”
The Housatonic Museum of Art is located at Housatonic Community College
at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards
off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), two blocks from the Arena at