Artisphere: Andy Warhol Silver Clouds

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - Sunday, October 20, 2013

Andy Warhol's mesmerizing Silver Clouds are floating toward the D.C. region for the first time and will land at Artisphere on September 12. This uplifting installation defies the traditional perceived constrictions of art as the Silver Clouds interact with you and each other. With 150 Silver Clouds in motion, this is one of the largest installations of ever done on the East Coast and is on loan from The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Admission to Artisphere and Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds is free.

First exhibited in 1966 at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York, Silver Clouds has at its origin, the then groundbreaking intersection of art and technology. In 1964, artist Andy Warhol reached out to Bell Labs electrical engineer Billy Klüver: "At the 47th Street factory, Andy Warhol asked me for a floating light bulb. My colleague at Bell Laboratories found a material called Scotchpak, which was relatively impermeable to helium and could be heat-sealed. When I brought this material to Andy, he decided to make clouds, and while we were figuring out how to heat-seal curves, he simply folded the material over and made these Silver Clouds."

Klüver founded Experiments in Art and Technology, or E.A.T., an early forum for bringing artists and scientists together. This connection between creativity and innovation is at the core of Silver Clouds' origins and central to Artisphere's focus on connecting you to artists at the forefront of utilizing new technologies in their work.

The exhibition will be complemented by a series of public programs ranging from a commissioned dance piece and interactive workshop by Dance Exchange and generative video portraits by new media artist Sergio Albiac—including a commissioned portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama—to the Night of 1000 Andys dance party with live music and a free open house with pop art inspired fun for the whole family. Visit www.artisphere.com for more details.