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Warhol Museum debuts new first-floor design inspired by the artist's own space

The Andy Warhol Museum, which pays tribute to the life and career of the world’s most famous and influential pop artist, will debut a new look and layout to its first floor area next week in the first of a series of scheduled overhauls.

“The museum didn’t have a lot of visual access between the first floor and the street, and with so many people walking around and going to sporting events, we want to draw people in,” says Patrick Moore, the museum’s deputy director.

The museum’s first floor space has been redone with silver-colored brick to evoke feelings of and pay homage to Warhol’s Manhattan studio, The Silver Factory, which Warhol and his friends lined with tin foil.

“Silver was Andy’s favorite color. The silver brick refers back to his factory and gives people context for the work they’ll see,” Moore says. “It’s meant to evoke that era, which was one of innovation for Warhol.”

In addition to new walls, the museum has nearly quadrupled the size of its book shop, installed a large seating area and opened up two window spaces. The new view of the museum lobby will feature disco balls, music piped out into the street, and a clear view of a portrait of Warhol holding his famous Marilyn Monroe acetate.

“It’s very evocative,” says Moore, adding that the new first floor is just step one in a larger plan. Over the course of the next year, the museum will move its café into the new lobby and re-hang its permanent collection in chronological order as a means of making the museum more biographical of the artist it celebrates.

Writer: Matthew Wein
Source: Patrick Moore
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