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Andy Warhol: Portraits and Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today Open at McNay Art Museum on June 20
San Antonio, TX (May 21, 2019) This summer, the McNay Art Museum presents two innovative and inclusive exhibitions—Andy Warhol: Portraits and Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today—from June 20 to September 15, 2019.
Andy Warhol: Portraits features over 120 paintings, prints, photographs, films, and videos that depict the artist’s favorite genre. The exhibition presents a vibrant snapshot of New York’s art and social scene from the 1960s through the 1980s with portraits of Warhol’s inner circle; among them Joan Collins, Debbie Harry, Dennis Hopper, Mick Jagger, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol himself. Andy Warhol: Portraits invites the viewer into Warhol’s world by examining the artist’s personal life, studio process, and use of a variety of mediums.
Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today is the country’s first broad survey of contemporary artwork from across North America to explore the construction of identity through gender and outward appearance. “This exhibition is about love,” said Richard Aste, McNay Director. “It is about honoring the authentic identities of artists by adding their dignified portrayals to our walls. Art museums can bridge their communities, and Transamerica/n will help the McNay do that better.” “This exhibition is a teaching moment, reflecting the identities of a part of our global community previously underrepresented at the McNay,” said René Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs. “Everyone should be able to see themselves, their cultures, their identities, and their passions reflected in our collections and exhibitions. Educating everyone is at the core of our mission.”
Transamerica/n focuses on generational shifts from the 1970s to today through photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe and Catherine Opie, figurative sculptures by Greer Lankton and Frank Benson, and installations by Xavier Schipani and Jacolby Satterwhite.