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GRAM exhibiting 'Andy Warhol's American Icons'

November 3, 2017
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The Grand Rapids Art Museum is bringing the 20th century back.

GRAM’s annual Fall Exhibitions series features artwork from Andy Warhol’s “American Idols” and is accompanied by Christian Marclay’s “Video Quartet.”

The exhibitions opened Oct. 28. Marclay’s continues until Jan. 14 and Warhol’s closes Feb. 11.

Warhol’s showcase presents his famous drawings, paintings, photographs and films that embody some of “America’s cultural idols.”

Iconic figures including Marilyn Monroe, Sitting Bull, Muhammad Ali, Liz Taylor, and one of the most famous Grand Rapidians, Gerald R. Ford, are featured.

“It's exciting for GRAM to be organizing an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s work around a theme that occupied the artist for his entire career: what products and symbols define and represent the U.S.? Which Americans are the most iconic?” Ron Platt, GRAM’s chief curator, said. “Thirty years after his death, Warhol is still influential and seems ahead of his time. I would argue that Warhol himself is as much an American icon as any of those represented in the exhibition.”

Marclay, a Swiss-American artist, has a quartet of videos lasting 17 minutes that feature four synchronized video projections forming image-and-sound work.

“Christian Marclay has sampled, improvised and remixed sound, video and performance into multi-media works that defy categorization,” said Dana Friis-Hansen,GRAM director and CEO. “Video Quartet is an immersive installation experience that's sure to captivate film and music fans alike.”

The exhibition features more than “700 individual fragments of the film and sound from poplar movies” of people playing musical instruments or singing, as well as other soundtrack elements like shouts, screams, crashes and moments of cinematic silence.

The film includes clips of Hollywood films going as far back as the 1920s.

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