It is without question that our world today is one of change, and one that begs us to speak up. Taking note of this and helping us right along is local museum The McNay. Moving full steam ahead and pulling us in The McNay has opened its doors today to present their latest installment, Andy Warhol: Portraits, presented concurrently with Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance.
Andy Warhol: Portraits features over 120 paintings, prints, photographs, and films that depict the artist’s favorite genre: the portrait. This exhibition presents a snapshot of New York’s art and social scene from the 1960s through the 1980s. As if the snapshots of yesterdays most fabulous times weren’t enough included are garments by Halston, Yves Saint Laurent, Pucci, Mary McFadden, and more. It is a perfect illustration of the highly fashionable circle surrounding Warhol during this infamous period.
Along with the Warhol exhibit is Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance. This installment is a celebration of the authentic, beautiful, and vulnerable voices of contemporary, North American artists. With over 50 featured artist presented the exhibit reflects on generational shifts from the 1970s to today while speaking to family, community, self-discovery, and ultimately identity. Some of the artists identify as LGBTQ+, and some do not.
In preparation for the opening of these exhibitions The McNay held informational sessions for their staff. As stated in The Rivard Report, during a session one audience member asked why “straight” people should go see these exhibitions.
“We’re a teaching institution,” said McNay Executive Director Rich Aste, “I often go to exhibitions where I don’t see myself reflected immediately, whether it’s my culture, my political views, my social views, my own background, and I walk out of those exhibitions feeling like a changed person.” “The museum’s vision is to experience transformation through art, he said, “and if we’re doing our job correctly, you should leave the McNay on every occasion a different person from how you arrived.”
If that’s not reason enough to go see this exhibit and embark on further art experiences we don’t know what is. Find this exhibit and more at The McNay Art Museum from June 20th through September 15th, 2019.