Here’s a look at what’s in the limelight this week in local arts news.
Andy Warhol At IU
More than 150 photographs by Pop art icon Andy Warhol will be on display at the IU Art Museum in Bloomington in an exhibition called “Shot By Warhol,” which opens this weekend. In conjunction with the opening, on Friday March 4 Associate Professor of Art History at the University of California, Richard Meyer, will give a talk on Warhol’s photographic practice, and the IU Cinema will showcase some of Warhol’s short films. Later this month, the Ryder Film Series will screen the 1996 independent film I Shot Andy Warhol, and the Museum will host an event they’re calling “Factory Night,” which will feature music, snacks, and an Andy Warhol look-alike contest. The exhibition’s photographs are drawn from the recent donation to the Museum by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
- For more about the Foundation.
- Read the news release and browse the Warhol “happenings” taking place this month.
Spike Lee At Indiana University
The filmmaker Spike Lee made his first of two appearances in Bloomington this weekend at Indiana University. Lee, the featured speaker of this year’s annual ArtsWeek, the theme of which is education, emphasized the importance of having more African-American teachers. Lee also discussed the difficulties faced by African-Americans and other minority groups in the entertainment industry; regarding the Academy Awards, he pointed out that, with the exception of Javier Bardem, who was nominated for best actor in a leading role for his performance in Biutiful, there were no minorities among this year’s nominees.
- Read the article about Spike Lee’s visit by WFIU’s Annie Corrigan.
Celeste Holm Honored At Indianapolis Opera Gala
The 83rd annual Academy Awards may have been the talk of the town this week, but this year’s winners were not the only ones to be celebrated. At the Indianapolis Opera and Truly Moving Pictures Gala this weekend Celeste Holm was honored with a lifetime achievement award. The 93-year-old actress, who received the 1947 award for Best Supporting Actress in the film Gentlemen’s Agreement, thanked the committee with a performance of the song “Getting to Know You.” Kate Appel, a fund-raising professional, was also honored at the gala with the award for 2011 Indy Woman of the Arts.
- Read the brief story on nuovo.net.