Factory Girl/Warhol Museum

One of my projects at school has been to try to put together opportunities for students to go and visit the multitude of museums in the Pittsburgh area. This quarter, for the first time, we were able to do just that. I’m hoping to continue into next quarter (which is my graduating quarter) and hopefully, the school will keep offering similar trips.

Sponsored by Student Council and the Student Success Committee, some 35-40 students gathered at school to watch Factory Girl then trek to the Warhol Museum across downtown. Licensed from Swank before it comes out on DVD (by the way Swank is a great idea), Factory Girl is the story of Edie Sedgwick’s relationship with Andy Warhol. It is a very ‘R’ film portraying what the art scene of the time was like. The film certainly deserved it’s rating, but I don’t think they showed things that were too beyond reality. You certainly get a down-to-earth story of the flaws and humanity of Warhol and Sedgwick. While I was at the museum, I noticed that they really tried particularly hard to get the actors as close to the real people they were portraying as possible and I think the filmmakers suceeded.

I didn’t want to have to walk all the way back across downtown to get my car, so I drove and parked not too far away at Allegheny Center. The museum is in a seven floor building and has various exhibits on each floor.

Warhol Museum

The evening we went was also an event aimed at high-schoolers (at least that’s what it looked like). One was environmentally themed and contained paintings like these two:

Warhol Tiger

Warhol Turtle

Other exhibits had entire walls covered with extremely large prints and paintings like these:

Warhol exhibit

Each floor had a hallway like this one and most had an exhibit just to the right, and a couple at the end of the hall.

Warhol Museum hallway

All in all, the event was a success. About 20 went to visit the museum after the film. I enjoyed spending time with fellow students and learning more about Andy Warhol and his artwork and life. I think I’m going to try to get next quarter’s trip to Phipp’s Conservatory where there will be featured glass artwork by Chihuly. Now to find a film that’s somewhat related. =)


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