Viewpoints: Andy Warhol, New York Advertising and the Creative Revolution

Viewpoints: Andy Warhol, New York Advertising and the Creative Revolution

Professor Sean Nixon
Firstsite, Colchester
Saturday 7 May 1.00-1.45pm

Join us at Firstsite for a series of short lunchtime talks celebrating Andy Warhol’s exhibition at Firstsite art gallery in Colchester. Viewpoints brings together alternative perspectives on Warhol and his work, featuring writers and academics invited by Firstsite and the University of Essex.

In this opening talk of the series, Professor Sean Nixon, Head of Sociology and Director of MA Advertising, Marketing and the Media at the University of Essex, explores Andy Warhol’s relationship to the world of commercial art and advertising in New York in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Free, no booking required.
Meet at 1pm in Firstsite’s reception

Other events in the Viewpoints Series:

Saturday 21 May
The Factory vs The Garden: Artist Collectives and Collaboration
Stevphen Shukaitis, Senior Lecturer in Culture & Organisation at Essex, examines how artists collaborate, comparing Warhol’s Factory to other, more organic creative collectives.

Saturday 28 May
Screen Tests: Challenging Empathy in Warhol’s Faces
Dr James Harvey, Lecturer in Film Studies at Essex, explores how Warhol challenged and repurposed the Hollywood tradition of ‘Screen Testing’, highlighting the empathic power of the human face, so vital to the Hollywood style.

Saturday 4 June
“That’s what you think of in the City” (Frank O’Hara)
Three stories from Andy Warhol’s New York
Dr Jordan Savage, Lecturer in US Literature in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, recounts anecdotes about three poets Valerie Solanas, Patti Smith and Frank O’Hara, sharing intimate details of their lives, poetry and relationship to Warhol.

Saturday 11 June
Tinned celebrities: How Warhol made soup out of Marilyn, Mao and Minelli
Essex Alumnus Dr David Giles, Reader in Media Psychology at the University of Winchester, shares insights into Warhol’s celebrity portraits, looking at how he transformed his subjects into products, and asks how we might we best understand Warhol’s ’15 minutes of fame’ claim today.