Our “Warhol Intervention” sketches outline potential projects around the city that would reconnect Andy Warhol, the artist, to the city where he grew up. Drawn in direct consultation and collaboration with then Warhol Museum Director, Tom Sokolowski, our goal was to spread Andy’s influence outside the cold walls of his museum into the community.
PROJECT 1: Louis Menard wrote that Warhol’s work was subversive because it killed the idea of judging art on its aesthetic merit. Like art, buildings have meaning. For the Andy Warhol Museum building to truly connect to Warhol’s art, its meaning – responsible, solemn, and respectful of history – needs to be called into question. A new balcony sprouts from the roof of the existing museum, linking Andy’s physical identity to Pittsburgh industrial forms, connecting the existing mute museum building to both the artist and the City.
PROJECT 2: This sketch – which combines themes of change, hope, and pain – illustrates our first ideas for a proposed Pittsburgh time capsule. The initial themes remain in the final design in which sheets containing Pittsburghers’ challenges are wrapped around the floating exposed posts of a canvas clad pyramid mounted to an Allegheny River barge.
How are these pages obtained? Tom Sokolowski proposed renting out the back page of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and inviting people to describe all the bad stuff they’ve faced in the preceding year they would want to see disappear. Folks would submit these sheets to the Warhol. Following a ceremony in which bands would play and speeches would be made, the barge would be set adrift from the shore and set on fire. As the capsule burned on the river, Pittsburghers’ problems would vanish into the sky.
PROJECT 3: This 2007 desk proposal clarifies the Warhol Museum ground floor plan by linking the coat closet space and the lobby to the gallery space. We hope Andy would have appreciated the ribbon-shaped, patinated pink steel desk.
PROJECT 4: Here is our design for a museum exhibit: The tilting cabinet, since built, contains a virtual Warhol timeline.