Kidsburgh event of the week: pop art family fun at The Andy Warhol Museum

Andy’s Toybox, 2015, installation, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, photo by Abby Warhola.

Andy’s Toybox, 2015, installation, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, photo by Abby Warhola.

The Andy Warhol Museum

August 6 & 8
Various times

Long before he became pop art royalty and had a seven-floor museum in his honor, Andy Warhol was just a kid growing up with his family in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.

With a colorful array of family-friendly events this week, The Andy Warhol Museum invites kids and their families to step inside Andy’s world and to celebrate the Pittsburgh kid who became one of the world’s most famous artists—for much longer than fifteen minutes.

On Thursday, August 6, The Warhol presents “Andy’s Birthday.” From 1:30 – 5 p.m., the North Side museum will host a birthday celebration for the artist, who would have been 87 on this day. With activities including silkscreen printing, paper crafts and button making, kids will have the chance to create their own Warhol-inspired pop art in the museum’s education studio while commemorating the artist’s big day. The birthday bash is free with museum admission. No gifts necessary!

Andy Warhol, Clockwork Panda Drummer, 1983, The Andy Warhol Museum, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Andy Warhol, Clockwork Panda Drummer, 1983, The Andy Warhol Museum, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

While you’re at The Warhol, don’t miss the newly opened exhibition, Andy’s Toybox. In 1983, Warhol was commissioned by art dealer Bruno Bischofberger to produce children’s paintings for his Zurich-based gallery. Charmed by the small-scale works that Warhol created, Andy’s Toybox displays a selection of the paintings, prints and photographs from this time period.

Parents and guardians note: You won’t find Warhol’s signature depictions of Marilyn Monroe or a red-lipped Mao Zedong here. Instead, the installation showcases a series of lively works of monkeys, parrots, circus clowns and fish, to name a few. Presented with the young art aficionado in mind, each piece is positioned at a child’s height. The exhibit recalls the original presentation at the Zurich gallery with a reinstallation of Warhol’s Toy paintings, wallpaper and his personal collection of vintage wind-up toys, which were used as inspiration for the works. Kids can play dress-up, take photographs, build, race and play with a variety of toys included in The Warhol’s hands-on toy box. This special exhibit is on view through December 6.

Plan to return to The Warhol to see musical comedy pair, Josh & Gab, on Saturday, August 8. The Pittsburgh-based act is known throughout the region for its anti-bullying shows, performed in over 200 schools and in many states. At 2 p.m. in The Warhol Theater, Josh & Gab will perform pop songs, comedy and theater dedicated to combatting bullying.

These events are presented as part of “Year of the Family” at The Warhol. For more information to plan your visit, check out The Warhol’s website.