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Met Museum Presents
Warhol Today
: A Series of Talks, Tours and Performances Featuring Patti Smith, Dean & Britta, Kalup Linzy, and Others, Framing the Exhibition Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years at
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, September—December 2012

Met Museum Presents, the Metropolitan Museum’s newly renamed event series, announces Warhol Today, a series of concerts, talks, and tours extending the Met’s exhibition Regarding Warhol:  Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, which is on view September 18—December 31, 2012.  Warhol Today offers concerts by Patti Smith and Dean & Britta;  cabaret performances by Kalup Linzy; a talk with Andy Cohen, Vincent Fremont, and Deborah Kass; and private gallery tours with choreographer Miguel Gutierrez and curators Marla Prather and Ian Alteveer that offer unique perspectives on, as well as different ways to experience, this historic exhibition on the life and work of one of America’s most iconic artists.

For decades, critics have noted Andy Warhol’s dominating influence in contemporary art, but as of yet no exhibition has explored its full nature or extent not only in the visual realm but also in performance, media, and pop culture. Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years is the first major exhibition to do so through approximately 45 works by Warhol alongside 100 works by some 60 other artists. This innovative exhibition—which juxtaposes prime examples of Warhol’s paintings, sculpture, and films with those by other artists—is extended through Warhol Today to include performance and conversation.

The exhibition is made possible by Morgan Stanley.

Additional support is provided by the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund and The Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Foundation.  The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Tickets to the events of Warhol Today are available at www.metmuseum.org/tickets or by calling 212-570-3949.

Warhol Cabaret in the Petrie Court Café:  Kalup Linzy’s “Introducing Kaye”
Friday & Saturday, September 14 & 15, 2012, at 6:30  and 8:00 p.m. in the Petrie Court Café
During the opening weekend of the exhibition, the Met’s Petrie Court Café will be transformed into “Warhol Cabaret,” featuring Kalup Linzy. Linzy, whose video work appears in the Regarding Warhol exhibition, will perform original songs, as well as covers, against a video backdrop, introducing his new, emerging persona: The Artist Kaye. Linzy’s sharp-witted, mercurial stage presence channels the creative sizzle and edginess of Warhol’s multimodal portraiture.
In a multidisciplinary practice that includes videos, performances, and music, Kalup Linzy creates satirical narratives inspired by television soap operas, telenovelas, and Hollywood melodramas. Bringing an irreverent approach to stereotypes of race, gender, and sexuality, Linzy performs, most often in drag, in a series of memorable recurring roles. The artist serves as writer, director, cinematographer, editor, and actor—and, in a distinctive strategy, also voices and overdubs the dialogue of multiple characters. At once comic, raunchy, and poignant, Linzy's unique narrative videos fuse dramatic intensity with melodramatic irony. Kalup Linzy biography
Free with Museum admission

Patti Smith on Andy Warhol
Friday, September 28, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Rock legend and Met Museum favorite Patti Smith pays tribute to Andy Warhol, her fellow traveler on the cutting edge of the New York art and music scene in the 1970s.  www.pattismith.net 
This event is sold out; for standing-room availability, call 212-570-3949.

“Andy Warhol and Reality TV” with Andy Cohen, Vincent Fremont, and Deborah Kass
Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Andy Warhol once said, “I’m really jealous of everybody who’s got their own show on television.  I want a show of my own.”  Warhol eventually starred in several series, culminating in Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes, which Warhol conceived for MTV in the 1980s.  A quarter of a century later, Warhol’s idea that “Cable TV is the ultimate America” has come true—reality television and the celebrities it has created have become dominant forces in popular culture.  TV host (Watch What Happens Live), producer (Real Housewives, Top Chef), and author Andy Cohen; filmmaker and close Warhol associate Vincent Fremont; and artist Deborah Kass (creator of The Warhol Project, an homage to Warhol’s portraiture) discuss this unexplored aspect of Warhol’s legacy.
Tickets:  $25

“13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests” Featuring Dean & Britta
Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips (former members of the band Luna) comprise the duo Dean & Britta. They have composed a score for a selection of Andy Warhol’s 16-millimeter “Screen Test” films from the 1960s, which they perform live.  These four-minute, silent black-and-white films, “with their stark light and shadow, are, in a word, mesmerizing,” wrote Stephen Holden in the New York Times. 
“13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests” is a project jointly commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts 2008.  www.deanandbritta.com 
Tickets:  $50

Private Gallery Tour with Miguel Gutierrez and Ian Alteveer
Thursday, November 29, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.
The work of choreographer and dancer Miguel Gutierrez, like Andy Warhol’s, “tackle(s) subject matter simultaneously personal and political, cerebral and emotional” (Los Angeles Times). Gutierrez will offer his personal reflections on the Regarding Warhol exhibition on a tour he will lead with Ian Alteveer, Assistant Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Miguel Gutierrez creates solo and group pieces with a variety of artists under the name Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People. The New York premiere of Gutierrez’s And lose the name of action is part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival 2012. www.miguelgutierrez.org
Cocktails with Mr. Gutierrez and Mr. Alteveer follow the tour.
Tickets: $200

Private Gallery Tour with Marla Prather, Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art
Monday, December 3, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.
Marla Prather, Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, leads a tour of the exhibition Regarding Warhol, which she co-curated.  Luncheon with Ms. Prather follows the tour.
Tickets:  $350

* For tickets, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets or call 212-570-3949. 
* Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-4:30 and Sunday noon-5:00.
* Tickets include admission to the Museum on day of performance.
* 30 & Under Rush:  $15 tickets for ticket buyers 30 years and younger, with proof of age, the day of the event (subject to availability). For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets, call 212-570-3949, or visit the box office.
* Bring the Kids!:  $1 tickets for children (ages 7-16) when accompanied by an adult with a full-price ticket (subject to availability).  For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets, call 212-570-3949 or visi
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