Sept. 12 – Oct. 20
One hundred and fifty of Andy Warhol’s mesmerizing Silver Clouds are floating towards the Washington, D.C. region for the first time and will land at Artisphere in Arlington on September 12. This uplifting installation defies the traditional perceived constrictions of art as the Silver Clouds interact with the viewer and each other, inviting response and igniting a sense of wonder.
First exhibited in 1966 at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York, Silver Clouds has at its origin the then groundbreaking intersection of art and technology. In 1964, artist Andy Warhol reached out to Bell Labs electrical engineer Billy Klüver to create a floating light bulb. What resulted from the collaboration was a Silver Cloud — a metallic material called Scotchpak folded and heat-sealed, then filled with helium. Klüver founded Experiments in Art and
Technology, or E.A.T. – an early forum for bringing artists and scientists together. This connection between creativity and innovation is at the core of Silver Clouds’ origins and central to Artisphere’s focus on connecting audiences to artists at the forefront of utilizing new technologies in their work.
Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds, curated by Artisphere’s Executive Director José A. Ortiz, will be on view in Artisphere’s 4,000-square-foot Terrace Gallery from Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 with a free opening reception held on Thursday, September 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. The exhibit is free and family friendly. One of the largest installations of Silver Clouds ever presented on the East Coast, the exhibition is on loan from The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and on view with permission of the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts.