by CHRISTINE O'TOOLE
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. This 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. With live music, film and events, this seven-story museum rocks after hours.
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.
MoMA holds his iconic Campbell soup cans and Marilyns, while the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Met show Warhol’s takes on civil rights struggles and the celebrity of Chairman Mao.
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 likely love – ‘Spoonbridge and Cherry,’ (1985-88) the sculpture by fellow Pop hero Claes Oldenburg with Coosje Van Bruggen, punctuates the city’s Sculpture Garden.
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.