Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials. It is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world and the largest in North America. The collection is made up of approximately 10,000 artworks, 350 preserved films, 4,000 video tapes, and 500,000 archival objects. The museum is a global destination for scholarship and learning about Warhol’s life, art, and relevance to contemporary culture. With expanded access to the collection and immersive experiences for its 200,000 annual visitors, The Andy Warhol Museum strives to be a sustainable model for inclusivity and a platform for creative expression. In its 25th year, the museum is thrilled to partner with Daniel Arsham who has taken inspiration from Warhol’s art and legacy and produced a unique work to benefit the museum’s ongoing educational and exhibition programs.
My Fictional Archeological Series deals with everyday common objects; basketballs, sneakers, cameras, things that we associate with our present moment in time, the 21st Century. The objects are made to appear as if they have been uncovered on an archaeological site in the future, crystallized and calcified. I have had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with The Andy Warhol Museum and having been granted access to their archive have created a Future Archeological version of Andy Warhol’s iconic Brillo Box. Having the opportunity to work within the history and lineage that Andy placed on these everyday stereotypical objects and blending this with my own artistic language has been an interesting conceptual exercise.