Smells Like Teen Spirit: A Warhol Art Party

Let's Dance: above, the National Gallery of Victoria's Art Party silent disco; below, installation view of the Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition. Andy Warhol artwork © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation. Photo by John Gollings.


Ah, the school disco. Do you remember it well? The wardrobe anxiety; the dance partner angst, 16 Candles was the beacon of light. I can picture it all too vividly, but I don't recall anything as chic as Andy Warhol playing muse. Next month, it becomes reality at the National Gallery of Victoria's annual Art Party on Thursday 7 April. Teen guests will have exclusive entry to the Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition after dark, along with art workshops to boot. The most fun item, however, would have to be the evening's silent disco, a sensory experience for under-18s with DJ beats piped through individual headphones. Awkward conversations, sorted. 

What's new, Pussycat: above, Andy Warhol's Cat Collage (from 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy) c. 1954. Ink, Dr. Martin's Aniline dye, and collage on Strathmore paper, from The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection. © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation; below, the artist in New York, 1964. Image courtesy of Ugo Mulas Archive. © Ugo Mulas Heirs.

A major theme of the artists' exhibition is cats, one of the favourite subjects of Warhol and Weiwei. Both artists’ fondness for their pets is well documented: Warhol lived in a New York apartment with more than twenty cats called Sam, while Weiwei, a staunch political activist, houses over thirty cats at his studio in Beijing. This major new exhibition presents over 300 works, including new commissions, immersive installations and sculpture, film and social media.

Art Party is at NGV International on Thursday 7 April, from 5.30pm to 9.30pm. Tickets are $13. For information and bookings, phone +61 3 8662 1555 or visit Cats: Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei for Kids runs until 24 April 2016.