Andy Warhol predicted only 15 minutes of fame for everyone, but the superstar pop artist seems to have taken over the Dali Museum's events calendar for the next few months.
In honor of “Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality,” an exhibit featuring works by Warhol through April 27, the St. Petersburg museum's regular film series, curator talks and other events have all taken on a Warhol theme.
Below is a list of what's coming up for Warhol fans. All the events are free (not including admission to museum galleries), unless otherwise noted.
-Dali and Beyond Film Series: The series features a mix of Hollywood features and documentaries about Warhol, as well as experimental films by the artist himself. Screenings include “Andy Warhol: Life and Death” (Feb. 6, 6 p.m.), featuring interviews with Warhol's entourage, “Factory Girl” (Feb. 15), a 2006 biopic about Warhol's beautiful muse Edie Sedgwick, paired with Warhol's 1965 film “Camp,” and “Songs For Drella” (March 1) featuring Lou Reed and John Cale performing in memoriam of Warhol, paired with Warhol's concert rehearsal film “The Velvet Underground & Nico.” A full listing is available at thedali.org.
-Warhol Yourself: All ages (and even dogs) are welcome at the nearby Morean Arts Center, where instructors help craft a Warhol-inspired pop-art self portrait. Photos will be snapped and printed out for visitors to color and paint in the style of Warhol's famous Marilyn Monroe portrait. Pets can be made into a Warhol portrait too. The cost is $15 per portrait, Feb. 8 and March 8, from 3 to 9 p.m.
- Coffee with a Curator: A special visual presentation by a member of the curatorial team. On Feb. 5, special exhibits curator William Jeffett discusses Warhol's engagement with other artists through his painting, his approach to celebrity and his work as it pertains to human mortality. On March 5, Peter Tush presents “Warhol and Dali: Influence and Independence,” and on April 5, Hank Hine presents “Warhol and Audience Interactivity.” All talks are at 10:30 a.m.
-Warhol's nephew: James Warhola, real-life nephew of Andy Warhol, helps the audience get to know his famous uncle during this all-ages talk and reading. Warhola wrote and illustrated two children's books about his experiences with his uncle, titled “Uncle Andy's Cats,” and “Uncle Andy's,” which won a 2004 IRA Children's Book Award. Cost is $5. March 8, 11:30 a.m.
-Writing workshop: Warhol and Dali were both masters of self-promotion. For March, the museum's Persistence of Memoir writing workshop covers “the art of hype,” helping reluctant literary self-promoters learn to use social media and blogs to get noticed. The cost is $65, or $35 for museum members. March 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.