Workers at the University of Oregon's newly expanded art museum have started hanging more than 100 works by pop icon Andy Warhol in preparation for the museum's Jan. 23 reopening reopening. The...
EUGENE, Ore. — Workers at the University of Oregon’s newly expanded art museum have started hanging more than 100 works by pop icon Andy Warhol in preparation for the museum’s Jan. 23 reopening.
The exhibit is the first to be installed in the remodeled and expanded museum, now known as the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Works in the new European gallery will go up next, and the Korean and Chinese galleries will follow.
Closed for four years, the museum now has twice the space as the original.
The Warhol screenprints are on loan from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.
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“There are wonderful things we can do in this space we could never do before,” said Lawrence Fong, the museum’s associate director, as 10 poster-sized, psychedelic-hued prints of Marilyn Monroe gazed over his shoulder.
“We didn’t have the scale. We couldn’t have done this with 8-foot ceilings.”
Many of the galleries are still awash with packing crates, as museum staff members continue the work of returning the collection to the renovated, state-of-the-art storage center in the basement. Newsprint cutouts line some of the gallery walls, marked with names such as “Rembrandt” to show where pieces will be hung.
The Warhol show includes some of the artist’s best-known works, including images of Mao Tse-tung, Mick Jagger and Jacqueline Kennedy.