CONTEMPORARY CURRENTS: The Warhol Effect

MAY 21 - JUNE 15, 2019

This exhibition of contemporary photographers seeks to provide a sense of how photography and image making continue to progress in the post-Warhol era. Though there is not a direct correlation between the work of these artists and that of Andy Warhol, it can be assumed that many of these investigations, techniques, subject matter, and especially the reception of this work would not be as well received and lauded had Warhol not been as experimental or pioneering in his own efforts.

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Warhol coupled high art with popular culture through a serious, concerted effort; and was quite successful in bridging these realms not just through his choice of imagery but also his most notable medium, the screen print. It was this limbo, this intermediate state where Warhol found the most success. His prints were and were not art at the same time. The art world had seen this with Duchamp’s ready-made sculptures and with the academic success of naïve or outsider artists; Warhol took this mantle and managed to spread his fifteen minutes of fame into an empire.

The influence of the infamous Andy Warhol reverberates throughout the world even now, more than 30 years after his death. Known mostly for his iconic screen prints of popular culture darlings such as Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, and Mickey Mouse, Warhol was much more than just these products of his studio. Among his other notable feats Warhol helped to dissect the figure/ground relationship in film, helped to critique the fetish economy of high art, and was able to locate a visual signifier for such a transformative time in American history: transitioning from the culture wars of the 1960’s to the consumerism of the 1980’s it was Warhol who simultaneously tore down the ivory tower of post-modern artwork by utilizing pop culture imagery, and reinforced the mechanisms of bourgeoisie control over art production by utilizing pop culture imagery.

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The work in this gallery is composed mostly from the collection of the Southeast Museum of Photography, with the exception of Alajandro Almaraz’s Places I’ve Never Been series. The Andy Warhol prints were a donation from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the other works were donations either from the exhibiting photographer or from collectors of their work. Between these philanthropic foundations, these charitable individuals, the administration of Daytona State College and its Board of Trustees, and the support of the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Southeast Museum of Photography is able to acquire, preserve, exhibit, and educate our public using real examples from contemporary photography. It is with great appreciation and humble gratitude that we express our thanks for their efforts. Their contributions allow us to continue to operate as one of only 11 museums in the country with a strict photography focus, and allow for you, our visitor, to engage photography of this level without the purchase of a ticket. Thank you for supporting small museums.

 
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In honor of this exhibition the Southeast Museum of Photography is accepting canned goods and nonperishable food items from guests who wish to donate to the Daytona State College Falcon Fuel - Food Pantry.

In association with the Daytona State College Center For Women and Men. Click the button below to see suggested foods to donate.