Warhol expert goes to Holyrood

15.09.2013

FREE event part of a week-long celebration of Andrew Carnegie’s International Legacy

Eric Shiner, one of the world’s leading experts on Warhol and Director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh will be discussing the artist’s career in the Scottish Parliament.
 
Eric Shiner will be speaking on Tuesday, 15 October at 4.30pm – 6.00pm.   This is one of seven free seminars open to the public as part of a series of events forming ‘Andrew Carnegie’s International Legacy: - Shaping the Future’ taking place at Holyrood from October 2013 to January 2014.  The philanthropist made his money in Pittsburgh and the Andy Warhol Museum is just one example of his philanthropic legacy.

The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, explained:

“Given the Scottish Parliament is the home of debate in Scotland, ‘Andy Warhol: Pop, Power and Politics’ will focus on works with a political subject because of their relevance to Holyrood.  Both the Carnegie UK Trust, whose generous support has made this exhibition possible, and the Scottish Parliament are organisations that want to contribute towards political debate and thinking. 

“I had the pleasure of a private tour of the Warhol Museum with Mr Shiner when I visited Pittsburgh last year to secure the exhibition for the Scottish Parliament.  I know we will all be enlightened by Eric’s knowledge on Warhol’s fascination for depicting people and symbols of power, which will really bring this exhibition to life.” 

Angus Hogg, chair of the Carnegie UK Trust, said:

 “Encouraging debate on key issues lies at the heart of our Trust’s mission. Importantly, they are also topics which drove Andrew Carnegie on his quest to improve the wellbeing of society a century ago.

“We are very excited to welcome such an interesting and informed group of speakers. Their presence and the nature of the discussions, ensures that these challenging issues continue to be debated.”

Tickets, which are free, are available to book for the Eric Shiner seminar here.

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