In Vermont, Warholiana Among the Maples

by Katie Zezima
New York Times
October 10, 2004

In Vermont, Warholiana Among the Maples

Brattleboro, a city of 8,200 in southern Vermont, has fashioned itself as an Andy Warhol central since a private collection, owned by his last live-in partner, Jon Gould, went on display at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center on Sept. 18.

Photo of Warhol, Brattleboro, VT (Jason R. Henske/Brattleboro Reformer via The Associated Press)

The show, on view through Feb. 5, features an abundance of private photographs, neon animal prints, still lifes and rare watercolors owned by Mr. Gould, who died in 1984. His brother, Jay, agreed to donate them to the museum. Admission to the Brattleboro Museum, 10 Vernon Street, (802) 257-0124, www.brattleboromuseum.org, is $8.

The echoes outside the museum are equally compelling in their own ways. Brattleboro merchants are lining their windows with Warhol prints, books, photos, and a slew of vases, plates and other housewares depicting his work. Residents even dusted off their long-abandoned 60's and 70's outfits at the museum's opening party. One store even has a life-size Warhol doll sitting in a can of Campbell's soup.

While Brattleboro is known as a small arts hub, the Warhol show, its biggest exhibition to date, offers plenty of fodder for conversation. Colleges and businesses are holding lectures and readings on Warhol and Pop Art, including "Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Lasting Legacies of 1960's Cultural History," by Melanie Gustafson, an associate professor of history at the University of Vermont, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. at Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon Street in Brattleboro. Admission $4.

The Brattleboro Arts Initiative is showing a number of Warhol's films on Thursday, Friday and the weekend through Feb. 5. They include "The Velvet Underground and Nico," Nov. 5 at the Latchis Theater, 50 Main Street, www.latchis.com, and "The Chelsea Girls," Dec. 3, also at the Latchis. All films, $7; (802) 254-6300.

Through Feb. 6, the Latchis Hotel, in the same building as the theater, is also home to "Christopher Makos: Portraits of Warhol," hundreds of candid photos of Warhol taken by Mr. Makos, a good friend of the artist's.

Katie Zezima


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