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Opening reception coming up for 'Warhol: Icon & Influence' in Michigan City

An opening reception for "Warhol: Icon & Influence at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City takes place on July 6.

Visitors to the Lubeznik Center for the Arts' "Warhol: Icon & Influence" exhibit can see Andy Warhol's famed soup cans, pop art take on the moon walk, and collection of Polaroids of the New York City art scene in the 1970s.

You'll soon get a chance to admire the work of one of 20th century America's most accomplished artists over cocktails and light bites.

The Lubeznik Center for the Arts will host its opening reception at 101 W. 2nd St. in Michigan City for "Warhol: Icon & Influence" from 5  to 8 p.m. July 6. The free First Friday event will give people the chance to chat with artists influenced by Warhol whose work is displayed as part of the exhibit.

Artists Chris Cosnowski, Robyn Day, CJ Hungerman, Yvette Mayorga and Dominic Sansone will meet with the public to talk about Warhol's major impact on the contemporary art world and how he helped shape their own work. Their work, which includes an installation that takes up an entire gallery, is on display on the second floor.

"The exhibit is thrilling," LCA Executive Director Janet Bloch said. "The planning has taken nearly two years. It came together with the generosity and collaborative efforts of Wendy and Drew Levenfeld, Gregg Hertzlieb, Director of Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University, our sponsors and the excellent staff at Lubeznik Center for the Arts. My goal is to break all attendance records at LCA this summer and to bring new focus to the role we play as a regional leader in the arts."

The Lubeznik Art Center has been heavily promoting the exhibit with ads on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, the South Shore Line and the city's Discover Michigan City campaign.

The exhibit showcases 50 original works by the prolific Pittsburgh native who hung around with the Velvet Underground, cultivated a legendary arts scene at The Factory and was featured in Hollywood movies like "Basquiat" and "I Shot Andy Warhol." The pieces are on loan from Drew and Wendy Levenfeld and the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University.

Sponsored by NIPSCO, "Warhol: Icon & Influence" runs through Oct. 13.

The Lubeznik, which is located between Michigan City's Uptown Arts District and the Lake Michigan lakefront, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

For more information, visit lubeznikcenter.org or call 219-874-4900.


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