ShareThis Page

Renovations at Andy Warhol Museum on North Side have Factory appeal

| Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
Andy Warhol Museum
The renovated first floor of the Andy Warhol Museum includes new furniture to create a lounge atmosphere and 20 monitors displaying information about the museum, a Screen Test interactive project in the museum and a feed from Warhol’s gravesite.
Andy Warhol Museum
The retail store at the Andy Warhol Museum on the North Side has been expanded to three times its previous size.

Eric Shiner, director of the Andy Warhol Museum, says renovations at the North Side venue were inspired by the artist's famous New York City studio.

The museum has renovated its first floor with the intention of creating a social hub not necessarily connected with a visit to the museum. It has windows that open up the area; audio-visual equipment showing museum experiences; new furniture to create a lounge atmosphere; and an iPad bar designed for visitors to browse the web and find out more about the museum.

Shiner credits Warhol's Silver Factory as guiding the redesign of the first floor.

“The Factory was a place where high and low, rich and poor, black and white, gay and straight came together,” he says. “We hope to replicate this model, welcoming all to come in, sit down and share ideas without having to pay museum admission.”

Emily Meyer, assistant communication manager of the museum, says the project cost about $800.000.

The lounge-like room is designed for events and rentals, from cocktail get-togethers to formal dinners. It also is designed with acoustic and lighting features in mind, creating the possibility of cabaret-like entertainment.

The Warhol Store also was expanded to three times its previous size.

The work was designed by Desmone & Associates Architects of Lawrenceville and built by the F.J. Busse Co. of Crafton.

The project as funded by the Eden Hall Foundation, the Heinz Endowment and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, along with an anonymous donor.

In the new social space, 20 monitors show display footage such as shots from a Screen Test interactive project in the museum, a feed from Warhol's gravesite, as well as information about upcoming programs and events.

The area also has a floor-to-ceiling enlargement of William John Kennedy “Homage to Warhol's Marilyn,” a look at a famous Marilyn Monroe artwork, and an image of Warhol at the Silver Factory.

Bob Karlovits is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 412-320-7852.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.