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April 15, 2011
Vol. 52 No. 21

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Picture Perfect

Exhibit honors Warhol, students' work

Courtesy of The Crusader/Kaitlynn McCaffrey
SAY CHEESE - Observers enjoy the masterpieces featured in the Warhol and his imitators gallery.
The Lore A. Degenstein Gallery is exhibiting a collection of over 50 of Andy Warhol's Polaroids and silver prints as part of its spring exhibition, "Warhol and his Imitators."

The exhibit opened Saturday, April 9, with a reception from 7 p.m.. to 9 p.m. in the gallery and will remain open until May 6.

The exhibition started, after Susquehanna participated in The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program back in 2008. The program was a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Warhol Foundation.

Susquehanna, along with over 100 other colleges and universities, received gifts from the foundation. Susquehanna acquired over 150 original Polaroid photographs and gelatin silver prints created by Warhol himself. About one-third of the gifted designs will be on display for the "Imitators" exhibit.

As part of the gifting process, the gallery is required to highlight portions of the collection every 10 years.

What sets the "Warhol and his Imitators" exhibit apart from the exhibits produced by other participating schools is that Susquehanna is the only school to include student submissions with the Warhol originals.

Graphic design and photography students were given the opportunity to recreate some of Warhol's lesser-known creations and modernize them with the use of digital tools.

Some important imitators to look out for in the exhibit include Rebecca Jones' silkscreen print of Marie- Chantal Miller, as well as Ben Ross's Digital Print of Mrs. Estelle Feldman. Other students to look out for include Lauren Breen, Jenni Butts, Jordan High and Monique Grimord.

As part of the gallery reception, a speech and gallery walk through was given by adjunct faculty member Gordon Harkins.

Harkins, who has taught at numerous colleges in both California and Pennsylvania, talked in-depth about Andy Warhol as both a man and an artist.

"He didn't consider himself a beautiful person. In fact, he found himself quite creepy," Harkin said.

Harkin went on to say that Warhol was the perfect example of what an artist should be.
"Growing up in the 70s, Andy Warhol best describes how an artist should be. He was a receiver and reflector of ideas, rather than a generator," Harkin said.

Harkin said how Andy Warhol's art and life fell under two categorical phases, before and after his having been shot by playwright Valerie Solanas.

The reception also included the screening of "13 Most Beautiful People," a collection of Andy Warhol's screen tests.

As an added treat for those who attended the reception, the opportunity was given to have their Polaroid taken and included as part of the exhibit.

"Warhol and his Imitators" is free and open to the public. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


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