Warhol at the Walker

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What do Wolfgang Puck appetizers, a screen print of the electric chair, and some good chardonnay have in common? Yeah, you’re right–pretty much nothing. Yet, this past Saturday at the “Andy Warhol Stars, Deaths, and Disasters 1962-1964” opening gala, the three took on a life of their own, coming together in a synthesis of pretentious Twin Cities hipsters, intrusive paparazzi, and, of course, towering prints of Jackie-O and Marilyn Monroe. While the exhibit of the King of Pop’s work (no, not Michael, you fool) was surprisingly smaller than initially expected, the Wolfgang Puck catering company out did themselves with a refreshing array of Hors d’Oeuvres, ranging from spicy tabouli to an elaborate array of delectable desserts. The crowd was typical of “Minnesota nice” culture, encompassing everyone from soccer moms dressed in silk to college students rocking ’80s couture. Warhol, an artist who came into his own during the 1950s and ’60s, appropriated images from popular culture, creating many paintings that remain icons of 20th-century art, such as the Campbell’s Soup Cans, Disasters and Marilyn Monroe screen prints. In addition to painting, Warhol made several 16mm films, which have become underground classics such as “Chelsea Girls,” “Empire” and “The Kiss,” which is currently being featured at the Walker Art Center theater in tandem with the exhibit itself.

The exhibit–though missed if you blink your eye–is worth spending an afternoon checking out with friends or family, if you so please. Having opened this past Sunday, the exhibit will be running until Feb. 26.