On View
Jan 30, 2009–May 24, 2009

Polaroids and Portraits presented a selection of the 152 photographs that Krannert Art Museum graciously received from the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program.

Exhibition sponsored in part by Fox Development Corporation; Fred and Donna Giertz; Office of the Chancellor, U of I; Office of the Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, U of I.Image credit: Andy Warhol, Martha Graham, May 1979, Polacolor Type 108 © 2008 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Established in 2007 to commemorate the Warhol Foundation’s twentieth anniversary, the Legacy Program gifted over 28,500 original photographs to 183 college and university museums and galleries across the country with the hope of enabling wider access to these more seldom seen works. This exhibition displayed both Polaroid and silver gelatin portraits of celebrities, socialites, and unknowns, all photographed with varying degrees of wit, humor, and intimacy. These photographs complicate our notion of the artist’s persona as wholly immersed in this world of glamour, and presented Warhol as not only a prolific photographer, but a man grappling with his own identity as a famous artist. 

Exhibition Programming

February 5–5:30 pm
Gallery Conversation
"Birds in Art: Audubon Prints and Mylayne Photographs" with Jo Kibbee (curator), Jeffrey Brawn (Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences), Richard Burkhardt (History), Gregory Lambeth (bird enthusiast), and Jennifer Monson (Dance)

Curator: Kathryn Koca