Underground Nights: When Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable Met The Y
Curated by Cheryl Harper
In the Gershman Gallery: December 1 – January 4
Free and open to the public: Monday-Saturday, 9 AM-5 PM, and Sunday, 9 AM-2 PM (Gallery closed December 25, 2016 through January 1, 2017)
In the 1960s, the Arts Council of the Gershman Y played an important role in bringing the avant-garde cultural scene to Philadelphia – introducing the works of Pop Art artists including Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and Roy Lichtenstein to Philadelphia audiences before they became household names, presenting the poetry of E.E. Cummings and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, hosting a Happening by Allan Kaprow, and featuring such illustrious performing groups as the Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham dance companies.
December 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of a two-evening appearance at the Gershman Y by Andy Warhol, the Velvet Underground, and superstar Nico. The Arts Council of the then YM&WHA (today’s Gershman Y) brought two psychedelic evenings of music and underground films, described as a “mixed-media discotheque,” to the alternately fascinated and flabbergasted city of Philadelphia on December 10 and 11, 1966.
In celebration of that seminal event in art and music history, curator Cheryl Harper has created an exhibition centered around recently found and rarely seen photos of Warhol and the Velvet Underground at the Y, as captured by the late Philadelphia photographer, Sam Moskovitz. Harper has pulled together an impressive slate of ephemera, film clips, and rare artifacts from a variety of institutional and private collections, including The Andy Warhol Museum, to capture the magic of the Velvet Underground’s Philadelphia premiere at the behest Warhol, who was their manager at the time as well as co-producer of the band’s debut album.
Our partners in printing, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, are ready to print your own limited-edition versions of these way-cool Moskovitz images. Call us at 215-446-3026 for more information about pricing.
Thanks to our Generous Exhibition Sponsors:
Honorable Anne Lazarus and Mitchell Klevan
Barbara and Mickey Black
Jacob Cohen and Sarah Waxman
Rosa and Albert Esquenazi
Bart Weiner and Nadine Liez-Weiner