Clayton Kirking, Director, Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library, Parsons School of Design
Ted Goodman, General Editor, Avery Index, Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University
Kirking introduced Tom Sokolowski, Director, Andy Warhol Museum, who
gave a humorous but perceptive peek into the world of Andy Warhol
including his days at "The Factory,"and "Studio 54."
John Smith, Archivist, Andy Warhol Museum, then spoke briefly on the
process Warhol used in creating the time capsules. They were basically
cardboard boxes into which he placed invitations, magazines, books, personal items, newspaper clippings, etc. He would sometimes just clear
off his desk at the end of a month, sweeping it all into a box, seal it and label it with the inclusive dates.
The third speaker, Dr. Kirk Savage, University of Pittsburgh, has used
the Warhol archives in his teaching assignments to students. He discussed
problems associated with using original material but stressed that the students come away with a better understanding of Warhol and his milieu.
Then it was time to open the time capsule! Four members of the audience
were selected to help open the items in the box- they were Genie Candau,
Librarian of SF MoMA, Wolfgang Freitag, Librarian Emeritus, Harvard University, Kathryn Wayne, President of ARLIS/NA, and Puvill Libros Travel
Award winner Anita Vriend from the Van Gogh Museum Library. They were thrilled to participate.
John Smith opened the box/capsule and began to hand the white-gloved
participants objects for them to open, examine, read aloud and hold up
the audience. Among the items were exhibition invitations, magazine articles, dinner invitations and a fan. Sokowlowski and Smith informed the
audience about the connections between the objects and Warhol with a most amusing running commentary.
Our thanks go to Ray Anne Lockard, Co-Chair, Local Arrangements, for
helping to make this program possible.