11/03/2008 -- A new gallery opening called Andy Warhol's Fifteen Minutes at New Mexico State University will be hosted at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery with a 5 p.m. reception Nov. 14. This collection will be featured through Dec. 23 at the gallery located at 100 Williams Hall, Solano at University Avenue in Las Cruces.
The gallery will exhibit 28 of Andy Warhol's original photographs with examples portraying both color Polaroid images and black and white silver gelatin prints. This work reflects his interest in celebrities, New York and other items of "pop" culture. Warhol used repetition in his images as a compositional strategy, said Preston Thayer, NMSU's art gallery director. The images selected for display are seen as "evidence of the way he looked at the world," Thayer said.
Warhol's use of repetition is exhibited in the silkscreened images and is a signature of his work. Multiples of Jackie Kennedy or Elvis are among his most iconic works. The photos are part of a permanent collection now owned by the university. NMSU received a $60,000 grant from the Warhol Foundation to host two past exhibits - one in 2007 and one in 2005. The Warhol Foundation also provided the university museum with some of Warhol's photographs to include in its permanent collection.
This will be the first time these particular photographs will be exhibited and Thayer's first show as gallery director at NMSU.
Andy Warhol's color photograph of Muhammed Ali and other celebrity portraits are part of the permanent collection as well. The NMSU art gallery events are free and open to the public. For more info call (575) 646-2545.