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The Once and Future Warhol

Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Tuesdays, June 7 – June 28, 1 – 3pm


Andy Warhol. Campbell's Soup Cans (detail), 1962. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Artwork © 2022 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image © The Museum of Modern Art / SCALA / Art Resource, New York

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

This course will explore the life and art of the multifaceted Andy Warhol, a shy kid from Pittsburgh who achieved worldwide renown and became one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. We’ll track the progress of his career from commercial shoe illustrations to pioneering Pop images of movie stars and soup cans. Warhol was an innovative printmaker, filmmaker, and photographer who immersed himself in the “performance” of being an artist. For the 1965 opening of his first museum show, held at Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the paintings were removed from the walls, to protect them from the hordes of attendees; Warhol himself was what they came to see.

This course takes place at the Barnes, in the Comcast NBCUniversal Auditorium, but is also available for online enrollment. All students, whether on-site or remote, will have the opportunity to participate in class discussions. More about online classes.

This course is offered in conjunction with Warhol @ Penn Again at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

On-site capacity: 80
Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend this class; face masks are welcome but not required.


Andy Warhol. Campbell's Soup Cans, 1962.


Judith Stein

Stein is a writer and curator specializing in post-WWII American art. Her 2016 biography Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art won the Athenaeum Literary Award. As curator at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, she organized the exhibitions I Tell My Heart: The Art of Horace Pippin and The Figurative Fifties, New York School Figurative Expressionism.

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?