Norton Museum Collaborates with Andy Warhol Museum in Premiere Exhibit “Baby” Jane Holzer

Palm Beach native Jane Holzer was Andy Warhol’s first and most glamorous superstar, as well as a lifelong intimate.  She offers a singular insight into understanding  Warhol as a “prescient artist, media star, and focus of the 1960s cult of personality”.  The Norton Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Museum, will present the first exhibit to focus on the relationship between the artist and his muse.  A special “Warhol and Film” panel discussion takes place on February 2nd.  The Rickie Report shares more details in this article.

 

 

 

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The Norton Museum of Art

 

Presents a Major Exhibition

 

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Andy Warhol’s First Superstar, “Baby” Jane Holzer

 

Warhol and Film panel discussion at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014

 

Art 101 mini-course, Warhol’s ‘60s:  Feb. 26, March 5, and March 12

To Jane, Love Andy Curator’s Conversation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Exhibit will be on view  Feb. 2 – May 25, 2014

 

 

 

The Norton Museum of Art, in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Museum, is presenting the first exhibition to focus on the relationship between artist Andy Warhol and his muse Jane Holzer – popularly known as “Baby Jane.” To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol’s First Superstar, will be on view Feb. 2 – May 25, 2014 and explores the Holzer’s rise as well as Warhol’s art, emphasizing the period of 1962-1965.  The exhibition will include films featuring Holzer, paintings, sculpture, and prints, as well as rarely seen material from Warhol’s own “Time Capsules.”  A Warhol and Film panel discussion is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, featuring Holzer and prominent curators familiar with Warhol’s films.

 

 

Jane Holzer - Warhol film still

Jane Holzer – Warhol film still

 

“As Andy Warhol’s first and most glamorous superstar, as well as a lifelong intimate, Jane Holzer offers singular insight into understanding  Warhol as a prescient artist, media star, and focus of the 1960s cult of personality,” said Cheryl Brutvan, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Norton. “The Norton is delighted to celebrate Jane Holzer who is a Palm Beach native and continues to have close associations with the community.”

 

 

 

The exhibition examines the rise of “Baby Jane,” a nickname given to Holzer by a Women’s Wear Daily columnist in 1962. Through fashions Holzer wore during the height of her modeling career for Vogue (among other publications), fashion layouts, and photographs of Holzer, her  early, independent identity and associations with the fashion world will be explored. The frenzied attention paid to Holzer prompted author Tom Wolfe to profile her in his 1964 essay, “The Girl of the Year.”

 

 

 

Holzer’s entry into Warhol’s circle and her role as a member and muse who contributed to the early years of his New York studio, The Factory, is seen through Warhol’s art and, especially his films which were of primary concern to him at the time.  Warhol created many of his iconic works, including the various series of paintings titled, Flowers, Jackie, and Death and Disasters during Holzer’s association with the studio from approximately 1962-1965. He also produced many films during this time with Holzer’s participation, including Kiss (1963-1964), Soap Opera (1964), Batman and Dracula (1964), and eight Screen Tests (1964-1966), among others.

 

 

 

“Holzer provides a significant counterpoint to many of the other visitors to Warhol’s studio,” Brutvan said. “She entered The Factory as an established, successful model. Warhol benefitted from her ‘it’ girl status and social connections. Holzer, in turn, benefitted from Warhol’s filmmaking, which fulfilled her early ambition to be in movies.”

 

 

 

“Andy Warhol and Baby Jane Holzer hold a special place in American pop culture,” said Norton Museum Executive Director Hope Alswang. “He was the epitome of the avant-garde and she was the epitome of style. The Norton is honored that Jane entrusted the Museum to draw back the curtain on this very public, yet intimate friendship to better understand this rich period in Warhol’s life and in American art.”

 

 

 

With updated technology by The Andy Warhol Museum, visitors will have the opportunity to create their own “Screen Test” while experiencing one of the challenges Warhol’s stars faced – sit for three minutes without blinking. Each visitor’s screen test will be posted on a custom web page where it can be shared with various social media outlets.

 

Exhibition-related programs include:

 

Warhol and Film panel discussion at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014: The panel features distinguished museum curators familiar with Warhol’s contributions to film, including Stuart Comer, Chief Curator of the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art; Claire K. Henry, Senior Curatorial Assistant, The Andy Warhol Film Project at the Whitney Museum of American Art; and Geralyn Huxley, Curator of Film and Video at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.  Jane Holzer is the panel’s special guest. The program is free with Museum admission.

 

 

Art 101 mini-course, Warhol’s ‘60s: This three-part course looks at the heyday of Warhol’s Factory, and other contemporary approaches to art that continue to resonate today; gallery discussions and power-point presentations led by Museum staff, 1 to 3 p.m. on three consecutive Wednesdays: Feb. 26, March 5, and March 12. Registration is $75 for members and $100 for non-members. Call (561) 832-5196, x 1113.

 

 

 

To Jane, Love Andy Curator’s Conversation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014: Organizing curator for the exhibition, Cheryl Brutvan, leads a discussion of the exhibition during Art After Dark.

 

 

 

Cinema of the ‘60s series, beginning 6:30 p.m. March 20, 2014: Film scholar, author, and former Palm Beach Post Books Editor Scott Eyman screens cutting-edge films by some of the most daring filmmakers working in New York during the 1960s. Each screening will be followed by a discussion. The series opens during Art After Dark with D.A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back, a documentary about Bob Dylan’s 1965 UK concert tour, and closes on April 17 with films by Warhol. This program is made possible in part through the generosity of the Gayle and Paul Gross Education Endowment Fund.

 

 

About the Norton Museum of Art

The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and internationally known for its distinguished Permanent Collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for members and children ages 12 and under. Special group rates are available. Admission is half-price for all on Thursdays. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency. For additional information, please call (561) 832-5196, or visit   www.norton.org.

 

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Art Palm Beach – Free Lectures!

ArtPalmBeach Lecture Series Features Famous Muses, Artistic Figures and Renowned Experts

In celebration of ArtPalmBeach’s 15th Anniversary the fair’s lecture program focuses on collecting, artistic processes, museum practices, art criticism, history and today’s art practices.  The fair has invited internationally acclaimed art historians, critics, collectors, museum directors, curators and artists to engage in dynamic conversations and presentations to create an informed dialogue with ArtPalmBeach attendees.  There will be time for the audience to meet the presenters personally after each session series. All lectures are free and open to the public. The schedule follows.

 

 

Behind The Lens of William John Kennedy

 

Friday, January 20th | Fair Hours: 12-7pm

“Full Circle: Before They Were Famous”  Video Presentation, 12:30 PM-1:30PM

Presented by Ultra Violet, Artist and Warhol “superstar” Video by William John Kennedy represented by KIWI Arts Group

A 40 minute video presentation shot in the early 1960s when fine art photographer William John Kennedy forged a friendship with both Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol, these images capture the two artists and their soon-to-be iconic works at the seminal point of their careers and the birth of the Pop Art Movement.

“In Between”     Lecture, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM 

By Jun Kaneko, Artist and ArtPalmBeach 2012 Visionary Award Recipient

Jun Kaneko will give a visual and informative talk about his artwork, philosophy and designs for opera.

“Glass as Art: The First Century”      Panel Discussion, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

               Moderated by Bill Warmus, former curator at the Corning Glass Museum

               Panel Participants: Mary Shaffer, Mark Peiser, Beth Lipman, and Lino Tagliapietra

This panel celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Studio Glass movement. We begin with the historic workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962, explore the first major contemporary glass exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1980, and conclude by speculating wildly about the next 50 years.

Landscapes: Ceramics in a Non-Traditional Format Fired   Lecture, 5:00 -6:00 PM                By Margie Hughto represented by Loveed Fine Art

               Margie Hughto is an internationally recognized mixed-media artist who has examined ceramics in a non-traditional contemporary format.  Peter Doroshenko, executive Director of Dallas Contemporary called Hughto, “a unique and paradoxical artist. Her works are alternatively monumental and intimate in scale, mute and garish in color, objectively descriptive and purely abstract in subject matter.”

Saturday, January 21st | Fair Hours: 12-7pm

Jewish Identity & Intensity in the Work of George Wardlaw  Lecture, 1:30-2:30

            By Ori Z. Soltes, Professorial Lecturer in Theology and Fine Arts at Georgetown University and former director of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C.

               George Wardlaw has never allowed his work to stay confined by categories—his painting is sculptural, his sculpture is both painterly and architectural, his early small-scale metalsmithing resonate within his later gargantuan artworks.  Wardlaw’s work reflects art history in both its universal concerns and, in a varied array of works, in the questions that art history raises for contemporary Jewish artists.  His work is a dazzling expression of diversely shaped identity and intensity.

The View from Over There, Over Here     Lecture, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM  

By Michael Kimmelman, Chief Architecture Critic and Former Chief Art Critic of the New York Times

Michael Kimmelman shares his experience studying art and architecture in Europe as an overseas correspondent for the New York Times.  This lecture will discuss art, architecture and culture, and the differences in perspective between Europe and the United States.

Ceramics as Art: Not a New Idea?    Lecture, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM

               By Ulysses Dietz, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum

Dietz has been working with both contemporary and historic decorative arts at the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey for over 30 years. This lecture will examine how ceramics have been interpreted in the past and in today’s generation.

Sunday, January 22nd | Fair Hours: 12-7pm

Life with Warhol: Then and Now    Panel Discussion, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM

                Moderated by Bruce Heander, Editor-and-Chief, The Art Economist                Panel Participants: Warhol “superstars” Ultra Violet and Jane Holzer

               In the late 1960s, Andy Warhol and his “Factory” epitomized the fusion of high society and art.  Both Ultra Violet and Baby Jane Holzer were once the “superstars” who served as muses, subject matter, and company in the New York City social circuit.  This conversation will discuss the connection each woman had with Warhol during the Factory era, and how that experience has influenced their lives today.

Collecting in 2012: Various Voices of Palm Beach  Panel Discussion, 3:00-4:00 PM

Moderated by Dr. Rodger Ward, Independent Scholar and Adjunct Curator of Collectors, The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach

Panel Participants: Sylvia Karman Cubina, Director and Chief Curator of the Bass Museum, Miami Beach; Michael Mezzatesta, Private Art Advisor, Director Emeritus of the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University and James Swope, Owner, Fine Arts Conservation Inc, West Palm Beach Collecting in Palm Beach has never been more representative of a wide range of age groups, interests, and priorities. Join Roger Ward and several active collectors for a lively discussion representing different spheres of engagement with the contemporary market.

The New Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art:

Directions in Contemporary Art    Lecture, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM

By Mark Leach, Director of SECCA

               Mark Leach will discuss the new direction the Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art has headed towards since he was named Director in 2007.  The diverse array of recent acquisitions, programming, and development has helped to transform the arts center and continue its distinguished legacy.

Monday, January 23rd | Fair Hours: 12-6pm

Full Circle: Before They Were Famous Video Presentation, 12:30 PM-1:30PM

 Presented by Ultra Violet, Artist and Warhol “superstar” Video by William John Kennedy represented by KIWI Arts Group

               A 40 minute video presentation shot in the early 1960s when fine art photographer William John Kennedy forged a friendship with both Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol, these images capture the two artists and their soon-to-be iconic works at the seminal point of their careers and the birth of the Pop Art Movement.

The ICP Legacy and New Directions in Photography   Lecture, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM

By Willis “Buzz” Hartshorn, Director of the International Center for Photography

               Hartshorn traces the legacy of the International Center of Photography and how the collection has transformed over the years.

Whitespace: The Impact of Private Collections on Community Programming

Panel  Discussion, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM   

Moderated by Elayne Mordes, Owner and Director of Whitespace: The Mordes Collection. Panel Participants: Nathalia Edenmont, Artist and John J. McGurk, Curator

               Owner and Director, Elayne Mordes leads a conversation on what’s to come for Whitespace and its future relevance within the community.  Nathalia Edenmont, mid-career artist, will speak about her exhibition at Whitespace and John J. McGurk, previous independent curator at Whitebox, will speak of his experience, goals and thoughts concerning the program.

For more information on ArtPalmBeach programming and for a full schedule of events, please visit www.artpalmbeach.com. All changes will be online.

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