Whitney Museum master class covers Andy Warhol in depth

Andy Warhol's art and influence is on the syllabus for a master class at The Whitney Museum. Photo Credit: Tate / Tate Images/Warhol, Andy

Learn all you’d ever want to know about the king of pop art.

Andy Warhol's art and influence is on the syllabus for a master class at The Whitney Museum.
Andy Warhol’s art and influence is on the syllabus for a master class at The Whitney Museum. Photo Credit: Harry N. Abrams

Now you can become an expert on the king of pop art — Andy Warhol.

The Whitney Museum is offering a four-week master class on the icon, covering his work, his influence and his social life, this month.

There are three sessions:

  • Wednesdays (Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13) from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays (Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13) from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursdays (Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14) from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Warhol's use of celebrity culture is also on the agenda, like his Truman Capote portrait.
Warhol’s use of celebrity culture is also on the agenda, like his Truman Capote portrait. Photo Credit: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Taught by Josh Lubin-Levy, a fellow at the Whitney and faculty member at Wesleyan University and The New School, the course syllabus includes examining Warhol’s work across media including films, photos and multimedia performance; the connections between his work and his peers’ work; how his work is relevant to artists today; his use of commercialism and celebrity culture in his art; his friendships and partnerships with people in different industries; his political commitments and critiques.  

“Warhol has had an outsized influence on contemporary art because he was a sponge who found inspiration everywhere and created new possibilities for what an artist could do. The course will look closely at some of his iconic works as well as works that the Whitney exhibition has brought to light, giving participants a unique, behind-the-scenes opportunity to consider Warhol’s art and how relevant it remains to us today," Lubin-Levy said.

The learning series is part of The Whitney’s mammoth exhibit on the artist — “Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again." The collection is the first comprehensive survey by a U.S. museum of his work in 30 years. There are more than 350 works on display, including films, privately held erotic sketches and portraits of musicians, athletes, socialites and more.

If you go: The four-class program is $390 for non-members and $325 for members at whitney.org.

Shaye Weaver