I was invited to a Regarding Warhol, Sixty Artist Fifty Years exhibition viewing and reception to take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art November 8, 2012. However, due to Hurricane Sandy, it was postponed to a later date. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending what was probably the best party at the Met I have attended to date.
At this point it was being held after the exhibition had opened and news of the exhibit had spread, but even still, the Met is magical after hours. This is the third time I’ve had the privilege of attending a reception at the Met after hours and it gets better and better everytime. The Met is truly a magical and wonderful (not to mention beautiful) place.
Because it was postponed, this reception and viewing took place right when my semester ended. What better way to celebrate the end of a semester than with Warhol, great company and great food?
Although Warhol has a reputation for being commercialized and “cliche”, I enjoyed the exhibit especially the participatory art.
Above you see multicolored individually wrapped candies. Stand there and ponder a bit more and perhaps you’ll see and understand what Felix Gonzalez-Torres intended it to mean. His work confronts themes of love, loss and mourning “with glimmering beauty and the most economical of means”. With this stacks, spills and piles, by using participatory art he is inviting the viewer to share by taking. In this case the work is meant to symbolize the weight of the artist’s lover before his AIDS related death. In “taking of this allegorical body, the viewer is complicit in the lovers diminishment and eventual disappearance as the pile wastes away but once it has been depleted, we also participate in his resurrection as the candy is replenished.”
Whether or not that meant anything to you, that’s what makes art great. It’s open to interpretation depending on who is looking at it. We all bring our individual experience and perspectives to help us interpret what we see.
Participatory art is something that is emerging and will continue to grow in the art field. With the proliferation of technology, our attention spans have diminished. Asking us to participate and interact with the art is much more meaningful and impacting than just viewing it in our day and age.
Warhol took on a greater meaning for me through this exhibit and reception. In true Warhol fashion, I was able to celebrate the end of the semester surrounded by great energy and fabulous people a la The Factory.
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” -Wayne W. Dyer