The Andy Warhol Museum just finished a beautiful renovation of their first floor that is more welcoming to visitors to just hang out. There is two new windows, all new furniture, 20 new monitors that displays footage including visitor’s screen tests, an actual reproduction of the couch from Warhol’s Silver Factory, a new enlargement of William John Kennedy’s Homage to Warhol’s Marilyn and increased retail space for The Warhol Store.
I saw some of the construction happening when I visited for a photo shoot and the results are pretty stunning. I think it’s great that they are paying homage to the original Silver Factory. Warhol director Eric Shiner states, “We have always wanted to make The Warhol more welcoming for our visitors and community members. Through the generous support of several local foundations we have finally been able to rethink the museum’s first floor as a social hub in line with Andy Warhol’s famous Silver Factory. The Factory was a space where high and low, rich and poor, black and white, gay and straight came together as one.”
Copyright Jon Naar, Alex Naar 1973, 2012
Original Silver Factory
This was designed by Desmone & Associates and built by the F.J. Busse Co. of Crafton.