Town and Gown Forum: “Andy Warhol, Celebrity Culture, and the 1980s”


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What do Andy Warhol, Boy George, and 1980s photographs have in common? What is it about celebrity culture that is distinctly visual? How have 1980s music videos affected our personal gender politics?

To find out, come to the Spencer on Friday, November 13 from 10 to 11:30 AM and hear the perspectives of a curator, an artist, a librarian, and a film professor in “Andy Warhol, Celebrity Culture, and the 1980s,” a Town & Gown Forum co-sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities and the Spencer Museum of Art. The four speakers will each give brief presentations on topics inspired by the Spencer’s exhibition Big Shots: Andy Warhol, Celebrity Culture, and the 1980s, with each talk immediately followed by a Q&A and discussion.

Spencer curator and exhibition organizer Susan Earle will begin the session with an overview of the show, and will also serve as moderator. There will be 15-minute presentations by three speakers; each presentation will be directly followed by discussion time.

Speakers and their subjects are:

· Tami Albin, Undergraduate Instruction & Outreach Librarian, on "My identity through 80s music: Why I love the Boy"—focusing on Canadian and British new wave/new romantic and punk music, plus gender issues related to Boy George, Motley Crue, Ratt, and Annie Lennox

· Cathy Preston, Associate Professor, Film & Media Studies, on "Celebrity Culture and Consumer Societies"

· Luke Jordan, artist and Lecturer, Design Department, on issues related to Warhol and photography


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