Warhol’s legacy lives on
GREENSBORO — Andy Warhol, gay pop icon to the hippie and flower child era movement, made a big spash during the 1960s and 1970s and continued well into the 1980s with his wildly outrageous artistic style. And, that has never waned. His influence is still seen today culturally, as well as artistically.
“Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids” showcases about 300 of them and 70 gelatin silver black-and-white prints which were contributed to the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Nasher Museum of Art and the Ackland Art Museum in 2008 by the Andy Warhol Foundation’s Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. The three institutions pooled their resources to create this first-time collaboration. The donations were part of a larger gift made to 180 institutions nationwide by the Foundation in recognition of its 20th anniversary.
The exhibit features some of the actors, sports heroes, models and socialites who came in and out of Warhol’s world. One noted image is of Jean-Machel Basquiat, a legendary African-American artist.
First stop on the collaboration effort was at the Nasher from Nov. 12, 2009-Feb. 21, 2010. It then moved to Weatherspoon where it will continue until Sept. 19. Last venue will be Ackland from Oct. 2-Jan.2, 2011.
Museums’ locations are: Nasher, Duke University; Weatherspoon, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and Ackland, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
A screening of “Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Warhol Superstar” will be held at the Weatherspoon on July 22 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Darling was a transexual and was one of Warhol’s superstar “cool people.” The film helps to show how he opened the doors to the LGBT community.
For more information, visit nasher.duke.edu, weatherspoon.uncg.edu or ackland.org.
GREENSBORO — On June 22, Jen Denis of Greensboro gave her left kidney to Rene Miranda of Boston, Mass., to help save her life. All this may seem routine, but it was not.
It seems that both parties had something in common. It had nothing to do with the fact that they were both female. It was, however, when it related to their sexual orientation.
The Boston Herald reported that both donor and recipient were lesbians. They each had been concerned that the other would not find this situation amenable. Both were pleasantly surprised.
Matchingdonors.com was the conduit through which this unlikely liaison transpired. Miranda had end-stage renal disease which she had been living with for eight years. The thrice-weekly dialysis was an option, but organ replacement was the best shot. She calls Denis her “earth angel.”