Warhol in Colorado

Victoria H. Myhren Gallery

January 21 - March 13, 2011

  • Co-curated by Gallery Director Dan Jacobs and Rupert Jenkins, president of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center
  • Warhol Happening exhibition preview and fundraiser gala: Thursday, January 20 from 6-11 pm (Information at: http://www.blacktie-colorado.com, event code "warhol")
  • Warhol Lecture and Workshop, with Professors Catherine Chauvin, Roddy MacInnes, and M.E. Warlick: Saturday, January 29 from 10 am-3 pm; Location: DU Nagel Art Studios. A DU ART! event. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ($25 students/$40 general public)
  • “Photographing Warhol” Gallery Talk with John Bonath, Valere Harris Shane, and Mark Sink: Wednesday, March 9 from 6.30-8.00 pm;  Co-sponsored by CPAC http://www.cpacphoto.org
John Bonath: Andy Warhol, Ft. Collins, CO, 1981. Digital print. Courtesy of the artist

(from the press release)

The University of Denver (DU) Victoria H. Myhren Gallery presents Warhol In Colorado, an exhibition featuring more than 100 original works by Pop Art master Andy Warhol, open to the public from January 21 to March 13, 2011. The exhibition and related programs kick off on January 20, with the Warhol Happening, a gala fundraiser benefiting Myhren Gallery exhibition programs. The Happening will take place at both the Myhren Gallery and the Cable Center, running from 6 to 11 pm.

A rollicking Warhol-style mash-up of art, film, video, food and musical entertainment, the Warhol Happening is organized by a steering committee led by Vicki Myhren, along with co-chairs Lauren Cannon Davis and Alexis Hart. The Cable Center supports the event as a Principal Sponsor, while the Denver Film Society partners with the Gallery to provide film and video program content. Ticket information, reservations and information can be found here (Blacktie-Colorado.com).

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was a media innovator. Heralded as a creator of Pop Art and trained as a commercial artist, he favored photo-based techniques. He quickly adopted Polaroid instant photography for his artwork, and late in his life experimented with computer imaging. He founded Interview magazine in 1969, and produced early cable TV programming in the 1980s. Warhol was also known as a major link between New York’s celebrity, party and art scenes.

Although thinly documented until now, Warhol’s Colorado visits brought him to the state approximately a half-dozen times in the late 70s and early 80s, and a primary theme of the DU project has been to recapture the significance of his impact on the regional art scene. Myhren Gallery director Dan Jacobs reached out to numerous art organizations, individuals and philanthropists to create a team of Warhol-inspired collaborators for the project. Institutions and individuals welcomed the concept –some joining as exhibition lenders and others contributing programs such as the Denver Film Society film series, Warhol Celebrities.

Institutions and organizations joining the collaboration include the Cable Center, the Denver Film Society, the CU Boulder Art Museum (with its coordinated exhibit, Highlights of the CU Art Museum’s Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program Gift), the University Art Museum at CSU Fort Collins, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. Individuals include local photographers John Bonath, Mark Sink and Valere Harris Shane, along with collectors Philae Dominick, Richard and Cathey Finlon, William Matthews, and many others.

Concurrent Exhibition: The CU Art Museum (University of Colorado, Boulder) presents: Highlights of the CU Art Museum’s Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program Gift
January 21, 2011 - June 25, 2011

Denver Film Society programs will include five nights of Warhol-related film: Warhol + 1. Every Tuesday in February 2011 will see a screening with Q&A at the new DFS Film Center on Colfax, while a final late-night evening of film, discussion and entertainment will take place at the Myhren Gallery. http://www.denverfilm.org
  • Tuesday, February 1: “Basquiat,” dir. Julian Schnabel
  • Tuesday, February 8: “A Walk into the Sea,” dir. Esther Robinson (in person)
  • Tuesday, February 15: “Factory Girl,” dir. George Hickenlooper
  • Tuesday, February 22: “Beautiful Darling,” dir. James Raisin (in person)
  • Tuesday, March 1: “I Shot Andy Warhol,” directed by Mary Harron (with Adam Lerner, director of MCA Denver and other guests TBD. Location: Myhren Gallery)

Victoria H. Myhren Gallery
Shwayder Art Building
University of Denver School of Art & Art History
2121 East Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80210