the Fresno Art Museum is open again, reinventing itself in the midst of the pandemic and preparing to host a blockbuster exhibition in early 2022.
Drum roll please.
Among the works of art en route is an exhibition by Andy Warhol. He is intitulated Andy Warhol Wallets: A Life in Pop, works from the Bank of America collection and features an extensive collection on loan to the museum for free from the Bank Of America Corporate Art Collection.
âThis art show in Fresno, I think, is a really unique and rare opportunity to have this exhibit in a market the size of a suburb,â said Marisa Moore, local market manager at Bank of America. for Fresno and Visalia.
Warhol exhibition will feature his iconic pieces
The museum and the bank have been working to bring Warhol here for several years. The exhibition includes 94 works of art representing 12 portfolios and individual prints by Warhol. Among them: the iconic soup cans, as well as the magazine covers of Warhol’s Interview magazine.
Fresno Art Museum curator Sarah Vargas said she hopes valley residents are excited about the variety of art coming to Fresno. She says the exhibition is an opportunity for the youngest to get acquainted with the art of Warhol.
âSome of these portfolios focus on really important people in our history and I know a lot of people already know Andy Warhol very well. He’s a very popular, well-known artist, âsaid Vargas. âI think it will be a huge introduction for a lot of young students who come to our museum, especially because we have such a big educational program and we see so many school children.â
The exhibition runs from February 5 to June 26, 2022.
Warhol, a leader of the Pop Art movement, was an American artist, director and producer. He died in 1987 at the age of 58. The highest price paid for a work by Warhol is $ 105 million for screen printing Silver car accident (double disaster).
Pandemic accompanied by digital expansion
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the museum to close in March 2020. During the downtime, museum officials considered ways to remain accessible to the community, said Michele Pracy, general director of the museum.
âThere was a silver liner about the pandemic – we had to go digital or die,â Pracy said. âWe won’t worry so much now if someone can’t visit us in person. “
The museum began school tours in November, and although tours are now on a much smaller scale, the museum has found a way to survive and even thrive in a post-pandemic world.
âThe museum exists to serve the public and without the public it was very empty and quiet,â Vargas said. “So we’re so happy that people are coming again and appreciating the art that we hold in confidence for this community and want to share.”
Bank Of America Promotes Museum Attendance
The museum and the bank have worked together for over 30 years to bring popular and unique works of art to Fresno. As part of this partnership, Bank of America offers its Museums in the United StatesÂ® program. It allows Bank of America cardholders to visit various museums across the country for free on the first weekend of each month.
âThe arts matter and Bank of America recognizes the value museums and exhibits bring to the local economy and to creating cultural connections in the community,â said Mark Riley, president of Bank of America Fresno / Visalia. âWe are therefore very happy to be able to lend our Andy Warhol collection to the Fresno Art Museum, one of our long-time partners who will soon be able to exhibit these iconic works to the public. “
The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 North First St. (next to Radio Park, between Clinton and Yale avenues).
The current hours are Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All visitors are required to wear masks, regardless of their immunization status.
For more information on additional exhibitions coming to Fresno in 2022, visit their exhibitions page.