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October 19, 2013, 05:00 AM By Susan Cohn Daily Journal

PITTSBURGH, Pa., EARTHCAM MAKES ANDY WARHOL GRAVESITE A PLACE OF (VIRTUAL) PILGRIMAGE. An EarthCam gives 24/7 streaming video access to Andy Warhol’s final resting place near his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa. Visitors from around the world honor the pop art icon, some stopping at his gravesite to leave mementos, like the Campbell's Soup cans that line the top of his headstone. This edited EarthCam image references Warhol’s silkscreen compositions.

ART POPS IN PITTSBURGH, Pa.: THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM HONORS A NATIVE SON. Andrew Warhola, born Aug. 6, 1928 in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., dropped the second “a” from his last name shortly after moving to New York in 1949 following his graduation with a degree in Pictorial Design from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). As Andy Warhol, he created an artistic juggernaut that continues to expand decades after his untimely death in 1987. The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the largest museum in the world dedicated to a single artist, provides a comprehensive look at the life of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

The Warhol, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is located in an 88,000-square-foot converted industrial warehouse. The museum’s collection, spread over seven floors, covers the entire range of Warhol’s work, including student work from the 1940s; 1950s commercial illustrations and sketchbooks; 1960s Pop paintings of consumer products (Campbell’s Soup Cans) and celebrities (Liz, Jackie, Marilyn, Elvis); portrait paintings (Mao) and abstract Oxidations from the 1970s; and works from the 1980s, including The Last Supper, Raphael I-6.99 and collaborative paintings made with younger artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francesco Clemente. Even Warhol’s stuffed Great Dane ‘Cecil’ is there, in residence on the fifth floor.

Warhol Museum Director Eric Shiner said, “The Warhol Museum is home to over 900 paintings created by Andy Warhol. Our collection includes Warhol’s Time Capsules, including over 8,000 cubic feet of material — perhaps half a million objects. The Time Capsules hold a variety of collectibles, ephemera, photographs, correspondence and even Warhol’s wigs, of which we have nine in our collection. The Warhol’s collection also includes the artist’s 350 preserved films, including Empire, The Chelsea Girls and several hundred short Screen Tests.”

MUSEUM PARTICULARS. The Andy Warhol Museum is located at 117 Sandusky St. Pittsburgh, Pa. For more information visit www.warhol.org, call (412) 237-8300 or email information@warhol.org.

OH, AND DID YOU KNOW? The 2010 film She’s Out of My League has a scene set during an evening event at The Andy Warhol Museum.

CELEBRATE WARHOL’S LIFE AND PAY YOUR RESPECTS. Andy Warhol was buried in his family’s plot in St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Bethel Park, a suburb of Pittsburgh. EarthCam has teamed with The Andy Warhol Museum to produce streaming video of the gravesite. Warhol Museum Assistant Communications Manager Emily Meyer said, “We’re excited to present The Warhol Figment Project to Warhol Museum followers and Andy Warhol fans throughout the world. Now you can visit Andy 24/7 via www.warhol.org/figment. Warhol’s gravesite, located just outside of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been a place of pilgrimage, and is now even more accessible to Warhol enthusiasts. This project allows the museum to further increase the awareness of Warhol’s influence on contemporary life and art.” The project was inspired by Warhol’s quote, “I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say ‘figment.’” Warhol Museum Director Shiner said, “EarthCam’s technology itself was inspired by Warhol through his 1980’s conversations with EarthCam CEO Brian Cury. We are now able to welcome virtual visitors from around the world to visit Warhol in his final resting place, an incredibly special place in the suburbs of Pittsburgh that has become a living shrine to the Prince of Pop. We believe that this will give Warhol the pleasure of knowing that he is still plugged in and turned on over 25 years after his death.”

WARHOL AROUND PITTSBURGH. Warhol is widely honored in his hometown. Travelers at Pittsburgh International Airport see Warhol’s fluorescent Cow Wallpaper in the terminal near a case containing photos of the artist. The Andy Warhol Bridge spans the Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh, the only bridge in the United States named for a visual artist. Painter Barbara Richardson’s The Red Pop Machine, a tromp l’oeil cold drink dispenser on the wall of an auto body shop at 300 Gist St. in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood, displays Andy Warhol’s name instead of Coca-Cola’s on one of the cans.

AND REMEMBER: There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign. — Robert Louis Stevenson.

Susan Cohn is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association, Bay Area Travel Writers, and the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association. She may be reached at susan@smdailyjournal.com.



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