Oct. 16, 2015 

Media Only:    Taryn Bunger, (860) 838-4081


Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
 "Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls"
Programs and Events 

The following "Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls" programs are for your calendars and event listings. Please note: some programs require a separate fee; please include this information with any mentions of such programs. If you have any questions or would like to request a related publicity image, please contact Taryn Bunger, Communications & Marketing Coordinator, at (860) 838-4081 or taryn.bunger@wadsworthatheneum.org.


"Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls"

Oct. 17, 2015 - Jan. 24, 2016
Focusing on New York in the 1970s and early 80s, "Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls" will explore this vibrant and tumultuous era of change through the work of Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe, both of whom created significant bodies of work in self-portraiture, in which particular disguises, characters and ambiguous personalities are evoked. The first dual museum exhibition to feature these two visionary artists, "Guise & Dolls" will include the artists' portraits of each other, self-portraits and a selection of iconic portraits of sitters that address role-playing and gender roles-masculinity, femininity and androgyny. The exhibition will showcase approximately 75 works of art including paintings, photographs, Polaroids, prints and video.



Thursday, Oct. 29, noon
Gallery Talk: "Guise & Dolls"
Curator Patricia Hickson gives a lively introduction to the portrait subjects in "Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls." Free with museum admission, meet by the Museum Shop.

Thursday, Oct. 29, 1 p.m.

Film: "Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol"
A look at the life, work and impact of Andy Warhol, artist and pop icon. 1990; 87 min. Additional screening Sunday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m. 
Conversation: "Working with Andy Warhol"
Christopher Makos (artist and "Altered Image" series collaborator), Bob Colacello (former editor of Warhol's "Interview" magazine and author of "Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up), and Vincent Fremont (Vice President and Executive Manager of the Andy Warhol Studio and a founding director of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.) have a candid conversation about their personal and professional relationships with artist Andy Warhol. Public reception begins at 5 p.m. Free.

Thursday, Nov. 5, 5-8 p.m.
First Thursday: "Studio 54"
Guests are invited to dress in 1970's costumes for this "Studio 54" themed party featuring music by Dyn-O-Myte Disco Review. Costume contest, Warhol & Mapplethorpe exhibition tour, art activty, and more. Screening of 54 (uncut version; Rated R) at 8 p.m. $5; Free for members and Hartford residents.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
Film: "Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff + Robert Mapplethorpe"
Documentary exploring the relationships between former Wadsworth Atheneum curator Sam Wagstaff, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and musician/poet Patti Smith. 2007; 77 min. Additional screening Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. Free.

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m.
Film: "Let the Record Show"
An odyssey into the heart of New York City's lost bohemia and the collective spirit of art and activism in the '80s and '90s, when artists joined together to raise awareness about AIDS. Documentary; 2014; 89 min. Additional screening Sunday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. Free.

Friday, Dec. 18, 9 p.m.
Member Morning: "Warhol & Mapplethorpe"
Wadsworth Atheneum members are invited to enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast in the Museum Café followed by a tour of "Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls" led by curator Patricia Hickson. Museum members only. Reservations required; call (860) 838-4171.
Thursday, Jan. 14, 6 p.m.
Lecture: "Mapplethorpe's Pose, Warhol's Clothes and the Politics of Nudity"
One of Robert Mapplethorpe's most remarkable achievements was to begin to disentangle sex, gender and sexuality, even in images of the same model. This talk by art historian Jonathan D. Katz explores how Mapplethorpe was able to make nude, bare flesh do what in Warhol's art generally required costumes and wigs.

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2 p.m.
Two films: "Before Stonewall" and "Stonewall Uprising"
Consecutive screenings of two films exploring the history of the American Gay and Lesbian community and the Stonewall Riots. Additional screenings Sunday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. Free.

All tours are free with museum admission and meet at the Information Desk by the Museum Shop.    
"Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls" Tours 
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

About the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Founded in 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest public art museum in the United States. The museum's nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years, from Greek and Roman antiquities to the first museum collection of American contemporary art. The museum's five connected buildings-representing architectural styles from Gothic Revival to modern International Style-are located at 600 Main Street in Hartford, Conn. The museum celebrated its Grand Reopening on Sept. 19, 2015, marking the completion of a 5-year, $33 million renovation. Hours: Wed - Fri: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat and Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; First Thursdays: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $5 - 10; discounts for members, students and seniors. Phone: (860) 278-2670; website: http://thewadsworth.org.
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