Warhol in the US: Where to see the iconic pop artist's work
Call him the inventor of the selfie – Andy Warhol embraced new mediums like video, film and Polaroid portraits, using 20th-century America as his subject. Instantly recognizable, the provocative pop art created by this LGBT icon has become the pride of museums across the U.S. Here are our top picks.
Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
A must-see, the Andy Warhol Museum is one of the largest collections of a single artist’s work in North America. Now in its 25th year, the museum in Warhol’s hometown continues to mine the archives of a notorious packrat. The strip photobooth, a favorite Warhol meme, is a popular stop. Temporary exhibits trace his impact on other artists worldwide. With live music, film, and events like Good Fridays, this seven-story museum rocks after hours.
More information: www.warhol.org
Museum of Modern Art, New York City
In New York City, Warhol’s influence is unmatched. Three of the Big Apple’s top museums exhibit his work: The Museum of Modern Art holds his iconic Campbell soup cans and Marilyns, for example, while the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art show Warhol’s takes on civil rights struggles and the celebrity of Chairman Mao.
More information: www.moma.org
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Inside the Walker you’ll find dozens of Warhol’s works, including three self-portraits of the artist in drag. Outside, you’ll find a work he’d probably love – ‘Spoonbridge and Cherry,’ (1985-88) the giant sculpture by fellow Pop hero Claes Oldenburg with Coosje Van Bruggen, punctuates the city’s Sculpture Garden with a splash of bright red. Dine in the Garden at Esker Grove.
More information: walkerart.org
Art Institute of Chicago
With 214 works in the collection, this museum portrays Warhol’s obsessions with the violence of American culture, as well as his own image in early self-portraits. A major Warhol retrospective runs through January 26, 2020. Located steps from Millennium Park and other five-star attractions, the Institute should be your first stop in the Windy City.
More information: artic.edu
Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia
Warhol the cowboy? Well, he wore the boots. This small museum an hour north of Atlanta is home to Warhol's 1986 series Cowboys and Indians, putting Custer and Geronimo alongside movie gunslinger John Wayne. The Booth also holds more than 100 items from the artist’s own collection of Western artifacts.
More information: www.boothmuseum.org
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington
Warhol’s artistic comments on the U.S.’s turbulent 1960s are found, fittingly, on the Washington Mall. The Smithsonian’s collection holds the works he created after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, including silkscreened images of Jackie Kennedy on the day of her husband’s funeral. She remained one of his favorite subjects.
More information: americanart.si.edu
The Broad, Los Angeles
The popular Broad couldn’t keep its reputation as one of the best contemporary art museums in the world without its Warhols. On Grand Avenue in downtown L.A., his work shines among post-war American artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Koons. Yayoi Kusama’s mirrored Infinity Rooms are another big draw. Stroll through the museum’s olive grove to Otium, the museum’s signature restaurant.
More information: www.thebroad.org
Institute of Arts Museum, Detroit
Despite financial woes, Detroit has stubbornly held on to its artistic treasures. The DIA goes big, with some of Warhol’s largest silkscreens, including ‘Electric Chair’ (1971). The museum offers a fantastic permanent collection in more than 100 galleries as well as screenings in the Detroit Film Theater.
More information: www.dia.org
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Tucked into an Ozark forest north of Fayetteville, this museum, funded by the founding family of Walmart, houses one of Warhol’s signature riffs on consumerism, Coca-Cola. The museum collection also includes Warhol’s photos of New York high life and the screen print ‘Hammer and Sickle.’
More information: crystalbridges.org
The High Museum of Art
Hotlanta loves High Art – and high architecture. The double draw is the premiere collection in a Pritzker Prize-winning building in Ansley Park, designed by Richard Meier with an extension by Renzo Piano. This Atlanta standout boasts an impressive 23 Warhol works, including a Marilyn series, and hosts HIGH Frequency parties on first Friday evenings each month.
More information: high.org