The Andy Warhol Museum has launched an app for your iPhone, iPad and Android devices of their collection including awesome behind the scenes info regarding some of Warhol’s best pieces.
I love that more museums and art institutions are getting into new current ways of spreading information about the work and artists that will really encourage a younger generation to participate in a way that is natural and comfortable for them.
Here’s the thing about this one, it costs $2.99. I understand that they cost quite a bit to make and donors don’t grow on trees but let’s be frank, say 10,000 people buy it, is that $29,999 really worth it when maybe 20,000 people might have downloaded it for free and you would have gotten the word out about your museum a little broader?
I’ll be honest, I’m not going to get it because I’m cheap and I would rather spend that $3 on a fancy coffee drink or a coconut water* or…something. I know I’m spoiled because so many apps do come for free or for $0.99, but I still can’t rationalize** this much for an app. I am just curious to know the rational behind this, because I can’t imagine that the app is more about spreading the word of art and Warhol and the museum’s mission than it is about making an extra buck.
Maybe I’m just cheap?
*I’m totally going to the gym today, so I really need to be hydrated, you know?
The Andy Warhol Museum just announced newly-discovered experiments created by Andy Warhol on an Amiga computer in 1985. Warhol’s saved files, trapped on Amiga floppy disks held by The Warhol’s archives collection, were extracted by members of the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Computer Club and its Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry in a complex recovery process. The Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) initiated and then documented this process for its The Invisible Photograph series. Read more.
Director Eric Shiner praised Jay Z: “Andy would have loved Jay Z for his defining role in contemporary popular culture, and it was fantastic to see this icon of fame standing amidst our own iconic Warhol works.”
We want to say congrats to our friend, Caldwell Linker, on her upcoming exhibit this summer at the Warhol in Pittsburgh! Caldwell has been photographing LGBTQ life in Pittsburgh for years, including our favorite drag queens. The exhibit will be from June 15-September 15, 2013.