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5/28/14

Andy Warhol Comes to Cranbrook Art Museum: Warhol On Vinyl: The Record Covers, 1949-1987+ opening June 21st 2014

 
 

Warhol On Vinyl: The Record Covers, 1949-1987+

Opens at Cranbrook Art Museum

 

 

One of six new exhibitions opening June 21st 2014

 

Cranbrook Art Museum announces the opening of six new exhibitions that will debut with a weekend of celebration on June 20-22.

 

Beginning with the opening of Warhol On Vinyl: The Record Covers, 1949-1987+, the Museum will exhibit almost 100 album covers, including variations of more than 50 unique designs by Andy Warhol throughout his career. Featured in the exhibitions will be the world-premiere of five recently discovered albums from the 1950s that have never before been exhibited. See every cover Warhol designed, from the iconic Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers to the extremely rare Giant Size $1.57 Each, his first Pop Art record cover.

 

The sculptural furniture of designer/craftsman and former Cranbrook Academy of Art student Paul Evans will be on display in Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism. And the multifunctional furniture and architectural units of Ken Isaacs will be showcased in Culture Breakers: The Living Structures of Ken Isaacs.

 

Follow the history of Cranbrook in film in Cranbrook Goes to the Movies: Films and Their Objects, 1925-1975, and study the lighter side of Cranbrook's history in Ephemera: Fragments from Cranbrook's Social Life.

 

And finally, explore Modernism through the contemporary works of Amie Siegel's The Modernists and Terence Gower's Ciudad Moderna.

 

"Cranbrook is widely recognized as the 'cradle of Modernism,' a history that we have reflected in our two most recent summer exhibitions, George Nelson: Architect | Writer | Designer | Teacher and Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America," says Gregory Wittkopp, Director of Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. "This summer we are illuminating some of the lesser-known stories of mid-century Modernism, including two designers that studied or taught at Cranbrook: Paul Evans and Ken Isaacs. We will also look at Andy Warhol, who, although undeniably iconic, is not known for his designs for record covers. His story is one that can only be told here at Cranbrook. With the recent gift of this collection from Frank Edwards and Ann Williams, Cranbrook Art Museum now has the world's most comprehensive collection of Warhol's record covers, including several covers that have never been seen publicly."

 

It all kicks off with the ArtMembers' Opening Reception on June 20 from 6-10pm, featuring the music of NUCLASSICA and the Music Institute at Cranbrook. The exhibitions open to the public on June 21, and we'll continue to celebrate with the PNC Bank Family Fun Celebration on July 22. See below for details about each exhibition and dates/times to join the fun.

 

 

FEATURED Exhibition Details

 

Warhol On Vinyl: The Record Covers, 1949-1987+
June 21, 2014 – March 15, 2015

The exhibition is drawn from Cranbrook Art Museum's preeminent collection of record covers by Andy Warhol, a recent gift by Frank M. Edwards and Ann M. Williams, and premieres five recently discovered covers from the 1950s that have never before been exhibited. The album covers range from the extremely rare to the widely recognizable; together they offer a unique lens to survey the artist's career from a young graphic designer to a cultural phenomenon. At the same time, the exhibition documents the history of the mass-produced vinyl record and the zeitgeist of these eras through the inclusion of music, video, and artworks from the Museum's extensive Andy Warhol collection, including nine prints, which are a recent gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation. 

 

Listening booths in the gallery will allow viewers to play select albums, thereby producing an experience between the cover art and the music—rock, classical, opera, jazz, soul, experimental—the way Warhol intended. The exhibition also includes album covers by other musicians that have controversially appropriated Warhol's imagery and testify to his influence on subsequent generations.

 

The world-premiere presentation of Warhol on Vinyl: The Record Covers, 1949 – 1987+ was organized by Cranbrook Art Museum and curated by Curator of Contemporary Art and Design Laura Mott. The exhibition is sponsored by the Jeanne and Ralph Graham Exhibition Fund and the Clannad Foundation.

 

  

Hours and Pricing

 

Museum Hours:

June – August

Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm

 

September – May

Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm

Saturday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm

Closed: New Year's Eve & Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Day.

 

Admission :
ArtMembers and Children 12 & under, Always Free
General: $8
Seniors (65+): $6
Students with ID: $4

 For more information, visit www.cranbrook.edu.