October 2, 2021 - January 9, 2022
View the American West through Andy Warhol’s eyes. Artwork and objects reveal the famous Pop artist’s surprising affinity for western motifs.
Warhol’s West explores Pop artist Andy Warhol’s fascination with the American West. The exhibition presents a wide range of Western imagery and more by Warhol, including his last major suite Cowboys and Indians (1986). Famous faces in the series include Geronimo, Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull, and Theodore Roosevelt. These works of art reveal Warhol’s process and some of the most understudied aspects of the artist’s career.
Warhol’s West introduces the range of western imagery Warhol produced. Selected works examine how Warhol’s western work merges the artist’s portrayal of celebrities with his interest in cowboys, American Indians, and western motifs. His work in the western genre is immediately recognizable, impressive, daring, inspirational, and sometimes confrontational. This body of work furthers our understanding of how the American West infiltrates the public’s imagination through contemporary art and popular culture.
Cowboys and Indians juxtaposes images of pop culture’s mythic West with Warhol’s interpretations of 19th century history, all in his signature style. Pop art was hailed during its heyday as purely American. Warhol himself regularly told interviewers he was as American as they come. And there are few things as uniquely American as the people and cultures of the West. Determining Warhol’s intent or social commentary is difficult, if not impossible, as he insisted that the surface was all there was. But his art does seem to go deeper, with nuances and complexities to discover. What is clear is, Warhol’s ability to find subjects that hold meaning still today, a reminder that the American West and its myths have influenced and inspired people through a turbulent past into a dynamic present and shared future.
I want to die with my blue jeans on.
Converse with fellow members as you enjoy light bites and a welcome drink at our exclusive member reception for Warhol’s West. In the exhibition you will see famous faces like Geronimo, Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull, and Theodor Roosevelt and learn about Pop artist Andy Warhol’s fascination with the American West.
Hear from special guest Seth Hopkins, Executive Director of the Booth Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, and curator of Warhol’s West, as well as The James Museum’s Executive Director Laura Hine and Curator of Art Emily Kapes.
Registration required, limited spots available. Don’t forget members can see Warhol’s West before it opens to the public during our member preview day October 1st.
Dates & TIMES
Member Preview Day
Friday, October 1, 2021
In-Person Member Reception
Friday, October 15, 2021
DROP-IN ART: SCREEN PRINTING
Inspired by the exhibition? Drop by our studio for some hands-on artmaking. Learn more about the process Andy Warhol used to create his colorful Pop art prints. Make a silkscreen print of your own to take home. Open to all ages.
Patron Gold Sponsor
Patron Gold Sponsor
Judith & Barry Alpert and Family
Helen Hameroff & Frantz Christensen
Dirk & Caprice Montgomery
Willi Rudowsky & Hal Freedman
Chris T. Sullivan Foundation
Image and Exhibition Credits
Warhol’s West was organized by Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA, and the Cochran Collection, LaGrange, GA.
Andy Warhol, Cowboys and Indians: Annie Oakley, 1986 Screenprint on Lenox museum board Edition 55/250 36 × 36 inches, Collection Booth Western Art Museum © 2021 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Andy Warhol, Cowboys and Indians: Mother and Child, 1986 Screenprint on Lenox, museum board Edition 55/250 36 × 36 inches, Collection Booth Western Art Museum, LaGrange, GA, © 2021 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Andy Warhol, Cowboys and Indians: Action Picture, 1986 Screenprint on Lenox, museum board Trial proof 13/36 36 × 36 inches, Booth Western Art Museum, © 2021 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Andy Warhol, Cowboys and Indians: Northwest Coast Mask, 1986, Screenprint on Lenox museum board Edition 55/250, 36 × 36 inches, Collection Booth Western Art Museum © 2021 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York