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Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses

Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm

Join us for a behind-the-portraits look at Andy Warhol’s
Ten Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century

$18 | $10 for Spertus members | $8 for students and Spertus alumni

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This program will take place online via ZoomLogin information and instructions will be provided to ticket holders by email 48 hours in advance

In 1980, Andy Warhol created a series that memorialized luminaries of modern Jewish culture: Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir, and Gertrude Stein.

Each work was based on an archival photograph that the artist enlarged, partially redrew, and overlaid with blocks of high-contrast color. Warhol provocatively referred to these thinkers, politicians, performers, and writers as his “Jewish geniuses.”

Join art historian Dr. Richard Meyer for a live-streamed exploration of these portraits and Warhol's interest in fame, genius, and Jewishness.

Dr. Richard Meyer curated the 2008 retrospective Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered at the Jewish Museum in New York and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and is author of the book of the same name. He is the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History at Stanford University, where he teaches about modern and contemporary American art. 

This program is part of the Solomon Goldman Lecture Series, generously endowed by the late Rose and Sidney Shure.

This online program is presented in conjunction with Spertus Institute's Ground Level Arts Lab exhibition Who Represents Us?: Andy Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century and other highlights from the Spertus collection.

Please note: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are unable to welcome visitors at this time.


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Far left: Andy Warhol at the Factory, © Peter Beard Studio. Near left, Works from Andy Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century. Spertus Institute Collection. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.