Bringing the final weekend of our Andy Warhol exhibition to a grand finale, our May LiveFriday focused on portraits across the Museum and beyond. From gargoyles to pop-art, self-portraits to caricatures, face-swaps to selfies.
With blockbuster live performances, hands-on creative workshops, behind-the-scenes talks, and bars in the rooftop Dining Room and the Café.
We joined in with the creative communities at The Oxford Old Fire Station, danced the evening away at a Warhol Factory Party with DJs from Decadent Times in the café, and listened to expert talks with the Oxford Research Centre for Humanities (TORCH). Artist partnership brook & black revealed the community exhibition "Beyond the Balcony," with a series of responses to the portrait of Fanny Claus by Edouard Manet. The Ashmolean presented an exploration of portraiture from mummies to Manet and from sculpture to portraiture, with hands on workshops in the galleries alongside live performances and music inspired by the portraits in the museum.
Old Fire Station artists – Pianist Sholto Kynoch – DJs and bands with Decadent Times – “High as Sugar” with UnderConstruction Theatre – NOVA music – Dr Frankenstein – Disco Shed – Tom Peacock – Playground – brook & black – Oxford Research Centre for Humanities (TORCH) talks – “Framed” with The Dead Secrets – Self Portraits with Dr Weiman He & the Ashmolean’s Eastern Art Collections – Oxford Brookes Portraiture Trail – Screen Testing with Angelsharp – Pop-Art Me – Gargoyle Making – Caricatures – Old Fire Station local band hub – Face Swap – The Balcony – Art Classes – Projections – Films by Grove Street Media – Collages