An alternative benefit to help save arts education programs for the under-served youth of Cleveland.

Saturday, October 13, 2007, 7:00 PM
where: Idea Center at Playhouse Square
what to wear: 60's and 70's attire
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rare warhol works being auctioned: Live auction items

Pop Culture: An Homage to Warhol
The Human Fund is pleased to present Pop Culture: An Homage to Warhol on Saturday, October 13th at Idea Center at Playhouse Square at 7pm. The 2007 annual fundraiser party and exhibition pays tribute to one of the premier artists of the 20th century. The evening's festivities will include a museum quality exhibition of original Andy Warhol works on view, for one-night-only, accompanied by an exhibition catalog. The Human Fund is partnering with the Andy Warhol Museum, William Bennett Gallery of New York, and numerous private collectors to assemble a stunning exhibition of original Warhol works. The evening will include a recreation of the famous Studio 54 nightclub, Warhol wigs, an installation of Andy Warhol's famous sculpture entitled Silver Clouds, video footage of Warhol and his social milieu and Polaroid cameras capturing highlights of the evening. Guests will be invited to dress in 60's or 70's attire as they become immersed in an environment that simulates the burgeoning consumerism and volatility of Warhol's era. The evening will include a feast of gourmet food stations, savory desserts, open bar, music, dancing, a live auction and a silent auction featuring Warholesque works of the students of the Cleveland Public Schools in which proceeds will benefit Cleveland youth. VIP passes will be available for purchase to the special "Factory" exhibition that recreates Warhol's studio and to gain access to a VIP martini bar. The opening music will be a Motown performance by students from the Cleveland public schools, followed by disco dancing in Studio 54 and music and video footage by The Velvet Underground.

Proceeds from the event will support numerous arts programs directed to Cleveland youth in grades K-12 as well as college level. Since its inception in 2005, the Human fund has distributed $400,000 to arts education programming for Cleveland youth.

the exhibition

Heather Zises, an independent curator from New York and Human Fund Co-Founder and art historian, Heather Guess will co-curate the exhibition, Pop Culture: An Homage to Warhol. The exhibition will include a range of works from Andy Warhol's more iconic pieces, such as his Campbell's Soup Cans to some of his more obscure commissions. The exhibition will provide insight into Warhol's concepts and working methods as well as explore the influence he continues to have on contemporary artists today. The exhibition will include video footage and displays that not only reveals the everyday life of this legendary artist but also the social milieu of celebrities that flocked to him.

The exhibit, will feature thirteen works by Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) including several drawings, screenprints, film, a sculpture installation and other ephemera of the period. Also included in the exhibit are eleven works, which either influenced Warhol's oeuvre or were produced in collaboration with Warhol, by Robert Rauschenberg (b. 1925), Jasper Johns (b. 1930), Robert Motherwell (1915 - 1991) and Philippe Halsman (1906 – 1979).

These artists all have the common thread of working in the wake of abstract expressionism, in which banal objects are used, in true Duchampian form, allowing artists to once again question what is a work of art. One of the exhibition highlights will be the viewing of Warhol's, Empire (1964), which was most recently part of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, spring exhibition "Out of Time: A Contemporary View." In Empire, Warhol casts a single stationary, eight-hour glance on the Empire State Building. Beginning at 8:06 p.m. on the eve of July 25th 1964, and running until 2:42 a.m. the next day. Devoid of traditional narrative, Warhol's voyeuristic eye brilliantly captures the passing of time and positions this heroic building as the central protagonist. Also on view will be a rare, artist proof, screenprint of Muhammad Ali (1978), which comes from the artist's estate. Muhammad Ali was one of the many pop culture icons portrayed by Warhol. Uncharacteristic of the majority of his oeuvre, which was often fey, effeminate, or homoerotic, this work originating from his Athlete Series was by far more macho. Yet Warhol links this series to his other iconic portraits when he stated while working on the series, "the sports stars of today are the movie stars of yesterday."

pARTy 2007 Co-Chairs
Erin Slater and Heather Guess

pARTy 2007 Exhibition Curators
Heather Zises and Heather Guess

pARTy 2007 Volunteer Committee
Sonya Bentovich, Christine Bluso, Genny Boccardo-Dubey, Becca Britton, Jenn Brophy, Marni Bucchieri, Rick Bucchieri, Lenny Carlsen, Fleur Veldhoven Chase, Joey DeGrandis, Heather DeGrandis, Marika Samantha DeGrandis, Jane Glickman, Patty Kim Harbold, Maria Hill, Karen Hillenbrand, Ashley Kellems, Leslie Krysty, Dan Lallo, Katrina Lallo, Nicole Lincoln, Jaimee Mamer, Molly Markey, Jack Mueller, Regina Nadolny, Amy M. Pappas, Stacy Singerman, Erin Steinberg, Jimmy Weinland, Christina Wilson, Dylan Wood

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