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Posted by Maria on April 20th, 2016

I love the Portland Museum of Art…and I love that it’s free on Friday nights! There’s a fantastic exhibition at the museum right now called Masterworks on Paper, and it is definitely not to be missed. This show is diverse and it features the work of some very heavy hitters (Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Edouard Manet, and and Marguerite Zorach, just to name a few). My favorite, though, had to be the Andy Warhol print, “Moonwalk”. I could have stood in front of this all night. Oh, the colors! 

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For better or for worse, I am a part of the MTV generation, and because of that, it’s impossible for me to see this image of Neil Armstrong without hearing that theme song in my head. I’m not proud of that, but it happens to be true…and I know I’m not alone here. MTV was all about pop culture, and so was Andy Warhol. The two were a good fit: he even had a half-hour long talk show on MTV for a little while, called “Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes”- anyone out there remember that? There were only a handful of episodes made, but they certainly captured a moment in time.

Anyway, if you are of fan of Andy Warhol, I recommend making the trip to the Portland Museum of Art to see “Moonwalk” in person (Masterworks on Paper runs through June 5th). If you’re interested in getting a peek inside his head, you may want to put in a special order through the Curtis Memorial Library‘s inter-library loan for The Andy Warhol Diaries. Can an 800-page book be considered “light reading”?

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