News and Events - Andy Warhol Museum

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race
Through March 18, 2007
FORUM EVENING - March 1, 5 - 10 p.m.
Art, Science, Ethics & the Pursuit of Perfection

In addition to the Sunday Perspectives series on Deadly Medicine described below, The Warhol and the University of Pittsburgh will co-present a Forum Evening on March 1 from 5 to 10 p.m. The event will feature:

Slide Talk & Discussion - 8 p.m.:
A slide talk and discussion with W.P. Andrew Lee, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Gallery Talks:
A series of 15-20 minute talks starting at 6 p.m., on various aspects of the exhibition & the intersections of art, science & ethics and the sometimes dangerous pursuit of perfection:


• The Cultural Authority of Medicine-for Good and Ill: David Barnard, Professor, Department of Medicine, Director, Institute to Enhance Palliative Care, Director, Palliative Care Education, Center for Bioethics & Health Law.
• Preventing Disease, Individualizing Medicine, Perfecting People: Eu/genic Medicine in the 21st Century: Lisa Parker, Associate Professor of Human Genetics, Graduate School of Public Health & Director, Graduate Education, Center for Bioethics & Health Law.
• Better Than Well: Mental and Physical Health and The Moving Target of Perfection: John Lyne, Professor of Communication
• Death in America: Art and Life: Terry Smith, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History & Theory
To complement the forum:
Open studio and a hands-on exploration: Explore the intersections of art and science in the studio and galleries.

Viewings of Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race:
See the exhibition and special related displays of the Museum's permanent collection.

Sign language interpretation for the forum evening funded by FISA.
LECTURE - March 3, 6 p.m.
Steve Kurtz: Second Wave Eugenics and Critical Art Practice

Steve Kurtz lectures on Saturday, March 3 at 6 p.m., “Second Wave Eugenics and Critical Art Practice”. Artist and member of art collective Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) and Associate Professor of Art at SUNY, Buffalo, Kurtz’s artwork critically examines intersections of art, technology, radical politics, and critical theory. This lecture explores the application of eugenic thought and practice in contemporary society. Kurtz will show how eugenics has been repackaged for consumer culture as well as the projects that Critical Art Ensemble has done to intervene in this situation.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, Center for Bioethics & Health Law, Department of History of Art & Architecture and The Graduate Program for Cultural Studies.

PERSPECTIVES - Sundays through March 18, 4 p.m.

The Warhol and the University of Pittsburgh will present a series of informal talks in the exhibition galleries, in which University of Pittsburgh faculty share their perspectives on Deadly Medicine and related contemporary issues.

Feb 25: Stephen B. Thomas, Director of the Center for Minority Health and the Philip Hallen Professor of Community Health and Social Justice, Graduate School of Public Health.

Mar 4: Mary Crossley, Professor of Law & Dean School of Law

Mar 11: Seymour Drescher, University Professor of History and Sociology

Mar 18: Kate Seelman, Professor and Associate Dean of Disability Programs, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

The Art, Science & Ethics program series, co-presented with the University of Pittsburgh, was developed in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh’s Schools of the Health Sciences and Center for Bioethics & Health Law. Special thanks to David Barnard, Maggie McDonald & Lisa Parker.


Buggin': Taps for Justice
Through July 1, 2007
An examination of the history of wiretapping in American politics during Andy Warhol's life. Warhol painted portraits of Justice Louis Brandeis, who in 1928 was the first Supreme Court justice to write an opinion opposing wire tapping (Olmsted v. United States). His opinion was, however, instrumental in determining another legal case in 1967 (known as Katz), which overturned the Olmsted decision. Warhol also made a portrait of Richard Nixon, shortly before his presidency was ended due to the Watergate scandal, much of which hinged on Nixon's personal recording of his conversations and phone calls - some of which are included in the show. Now, as our nation once again debates the legality of wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping, this exhibition examines some of the milestones of legal precedence, and the public discourse surrounding them.


6 BILLION PERPS HELD HOSTAGE! Artists Address Global Warming
March 11 - June 17, 2007
This exhibition showcases a diverse collection of art works, including textiles, videos, paintings, drawings, inflatables, photography and music, all directing attention to the topic of global warming. These works serve to raise awareness of our current state of affairs, including U.S. policy, natural disasters, the destructive power of corporations, and the harmful effects of carbon production in the food industry as well as initiate public dialog about the issue. The exhibition is a collection of works by Andy Warhol and contemporary artists, including The Yes Men, Preemptive Media, Jay Critchley, The Institute For Figuring, Hugo Kobayashi, Trevor Paglen, Marjetica Potrc, Cai Guo-Qiang, Greg Kwiatek, Bobby Pickett and Horseback Salad, Steffi Domike-Suzy Meyer-Ann Rosenthal, and Bob Bingham.

Exhibition Related Programs

6 Billion Perps Held Hostage!
Artists Address Global Warming opening
Saturday, March 10, 6 – 9pm
The Andy Warhol Museum
Tickets: $15. Call 412-237-8300

6 p.m. - Artist lecture with Margaret Wertheim, co-founder of The Institute For Figuring
7 - 9 p.m. - Reception with DJ Schrapnel
7:30 p.m. - Artist Jay Critchley performs his song “Martucket Eyel”
Cash bar and lite bites.

Weekend Factory
Margaret Wertheim will lead a hyperbolic crochet workshop.
Sunday, March 11, 11am–3pm
The Andy Warhol Museum
Participation is limited to 15 people
Crochet hooks and yarn provided.
Tickets: $10. Call 412-237-8358 for reservations.

Related Speaker: Thomas Homer-Dixon, climate change researcher
presents "Global Warming in Polar Regions: Is the Canary Signing?"
Monday, March 26 7:30pm
Presented by Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland
Call 412-622-3131 for more information.



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