Andy Warhol is one of the twentieth-century’s best known pop artists — and the Ackland Art Museum is hoping to use his big name to full effect.
With parties, film showings and an elaborate gala fundraising event in the works, Warhol serves as a means to make the Ackland more of a social center, not just a gallery.
“Museums can be intimidating,” said Eva-michelle Greene, Student Friends of the Ackland president.
“It’s our job to knock down that wall.”
To celebrate “Big Shots” — one of three new exhibits on portraiture at the Ackland Art Museum — the Student Friends of the Ackland organized a party in his spirit Thursday, which served as the group’s big annual event.
“We really want to extend the show outside the walls of the museum,” Ackland Art Museum Director of Communications Emily Bowles said.
With Chapel Hill band Tripp performing in the background, party goers had a chance to view the exhibits in a more casual setting.
Student Friends of the Ackland normally hosts one large party each year at the museum.
Museum officials said they hope to use the excitement behind the Warhol collection to draw a new crowd and raise money more casually.