Speaker(s): Christophe von Hohenberg
Remembering Andy Warhol: Thirty Years Ago
Celebrated photographer Christophe von Hohenberg presents a collection of historic photographs of Pop artist Andy Warhol’s 1987 Memorial service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Mr. von Hohenberg's pictures are a mixture of portraiture, street photography and paparazzi snaps. His work in this show is a photo-documentation of a time and an orbit of art and celebrity that dominated New York, creating a influence on the culture that Andy Warhol redefined with his brilliant talent and force of personality. This timecapsule of photos, letters and notes paint a vivid picture of Warhol through his friends and their commemorations.
Discussion With Christophe von Hohenberg and Sam Alfstad
In discussion with Alfstad& Contemporary Director, Sam Alfstad, Mr. Von Hohenberg will share his photographs, what it was like photographing that day of the Memorial Service, capturing history, his photographs, Warhol testimonials, his book, “The Day the Factory Died” and selected celebrities displayed in this show.
The Day the Factory Died
Von Hohenberg's "Raquel" shows the defiant movie star, her eyes hidden behind sunglasses, her two hands stuffed in the pockets of a long fur coat. Behind her, a crowd of photographers aim their cameras. The image is a study in body armor. The star creates a zone of privacy on the street with coat, sunglasses and attitude."Blondie" isn't quite so aggressive. The singer's dark jacket resembles a military school cadet's uniform — and it's buttoned right up to her neck. She smiles a faint smile, downcast eyes behind massive dark glasses. Von Hohenberg tints her image green in homage to the colorized celebrities of Warhol's silkscreen prints.In "Tom Wolfe," the New Journalism pioneer exits the cathedral with a somber, poker-faced expression. Wolfe's religious beliefs are private. But he's clearly a great believer in form. For Warhol's funeral, he left the cream suit at home and dressed in black.
Comme il faut, n'est-ce pas?
Christophe von Hohenberg
Von Hohenberg began his career in 1979 when he was discovered by American Vogue and worked for publications including Interview, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, French and German Vogue, German Rolling Stone, Fortune, and The New York Times Magazine. In 2007, his critically acclaimed book Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died was awarded the AIG Book and Photobook District News Award. He has recently...