In 1982, Tacoma almost had its very own Warhol original…and it was going to be larger than life.
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Warhol’s proposal for Tacoma, the artist’s flowers and vision for the Dome are coming to Tacoma Art Museum.
Flowers for Tacoma reveals a softer, more intimate side of the artist and captures Warhol’s fascination with the fragility and beauty of flowers through more than 100 of the icon’s lithographs, screen prints, sketches, and paintings, including his original submission for the Tacoma Dome.
Best known for his vibrant pop imagery and searing commentary on art and popular culture, Warhol’s flower imagery reveals a softer, more intimate side of the artist. These works capture Warhol’s explorations of fragility, vibrancy, femininity, sensuality, and beauty.
Flowers for Tacoma exemplifies the nature of pop art, where something commonplace—like a flower—is transformed into art. Exhibition highlights include Warhol’s audacious floral proposal for the Tacoma Dome consisting of a brightly colored flower that would have covered the Dome, as well as paintings, studio photographs, and almost a dozen screen prints from his vibrant Flower series, which is based on a photograph of hibiscus flowers by Patricia Caulfield. The exhibition traces Warhol’s ongoing interest in floral imagery from the early 1950s through 1986.
Flowers for Tacoma will further cultivate art and culture by raising awareness about Warhol’s proposal and the growing interest in realizing his vision. Advocates of the project, known as Citizens to Install Andy Warhol's Flower on Tacoma Dome, are trying to raise awareness about the significance of Warhol’s proposition and the opportunity it provides for Tacoma. Learn more about this community based group through their facebook page.
SOLD OUT as of January 25, 2013
Saturday, February 9, 10 am -1 pm
Create screen prints inspired by Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma. Afterward, stay to hear from Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, at 2 pm.
Cost: $35 ($25 for members), includes admission for one adult with or without child. Cost of admission for each additional child is $10.
Teachers can earn up four clock hours by attending both the workshop and lecture. Pre-registration is required.
Lecture: The Art and Life of Andy Warhol
Saturday, February 9, 2 pm
Join Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, to learn more about the life and work of iconic artist Andy Warhol. While you’re here, visit the exhibition Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma one more time during its closing weekend (on view through February 10).
Cost: $15 ($10 for members, $5 for students). tickets
Teachers can earn up four clock hours by attending both the lecture and the workshop. Includes museum admission.
Past Related Warhol Programs:
Opening Celebration, Saturday, November 3, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 10 am–1 pm
Celebrate the opening of Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma by creating screen prints inspired by Warhol. Cost: $35 ($25 for members)
Adorning the Dome
Saturday, November 3, 2 pm
Amy McBride, City of Tacoma Arts Administrator, discusses Warhol’s 1982 flower design submission for the Tacoma Dome and the current, renewed movement to put the design on the dome. Cost: Free with museum admission.
Hop Art Ale
Saturday, November 3, 3 pm
Join us for the unveiling of Hop Art Ale, a hand-crafted brew inspired by the Andy Warhol exhibition and specially created by the Harmon Brewery.
Curator Lecture: Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma
Wednesday, November 28, 11 am
Join curator Rock Hushka for an overview of the exhibition Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma, which explores the development of floral imagery during Warhol’s career, including his audacious vision for the Tacoma Dome, iconic flower paintings, prints, illustrations, and photographs. Free with museum admission.
Special New Year’s Eve Bash
Studio 54 at Tacoma Art Museum
Monday, December 31
Ring in 2013 in Studio 54 style at our Andy Warhol-inspired celebration.
Enter CityArts Magazine's 15 Minutes of Fame Contest for a chance to win a special package to Studio 54, including two VIP tickets to the bash, New Year's Eve lodging at Hotel Murano, dinner for two at TwoKoi sushi and a Tacoma Art Museum membership.
Interested in learning more about the context and development of floral imagery in Andy Warhol’s artwork, including his controversial proposal for the Tacoma Dome? Visiting the museum without a large group? For individuals and small groups up to 9 people, here is an opportunity to learn more about this fascinating exhibition and artist from one of Tacoma Art Museum’s knowledgeable and engaging docents.
Cost: $3, plus the cost of museum admission. tickets
Thursday, December 13, 6 pm
Saturday, December 15, 2 pm
Sunday, December 16, 2 pm
Thursday, December 20, 2 pm
Saturday, December 22, 2 pm
Sunday, December 23, 2 pm
Wednesday, December 26, 1 pm
Thursday, December 27, 1 pm
Friday, December 28, 1 pm
Thursday, January 3, 1 pm
Saturday, January 5, 2 pm
Sunday, January 6, 2 pm
Wednesday, January 9, 1 pm
Thursday, January 10, 2 pm
Saturday, January 12, 2 pm
Thursday, January 17, 2 pm
Saturday, January 19, 2 pm
Sunday, January 20, 2 pm
Thursday, January 24, 1 pm
Friday, January 25, 1 pm
Saturday, January 26, 2 pm
Saturday, February 2, 2 pm
Sunday, February 3, 2 pm
Thursday, February 7, 1 pm
Saturday, February 9, 2 pm
Download the audio guide for Andy Warhol's Flowers for Tacoma here.
The Andy Warhol Museum link.
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts link.
Citizens to Install Andy Warhol's Flower on Tacoma Dome link.