The Warhol staff visits Kennywood

Founded in 1898 as a small trolley park near Pittsburgh, Kennywood is one of America’s oldest amusement parks, and The Warhol staff was lucky enough to have its retreat there this summer. Here’s a look at how a museum staffer sees the park.

The Warhol Store Sales Associate Erik Pitluga:

“Yesterday I found myself once again at Kennywood Park on a beautiful day. The park wasn’t too crowded, and I was able to ride nearly every ride. I’ve been visiting the park for as long as I can remember, and I try to make it there at least once each summer. This summer I was given the chance through The Warhol’s staff retreat. What set this visit apart from every other visit in my life was the smartphone riding around in my pocket with me. In the downtime between rides, I found myself taking photos and videos for the first time ever of the park that I’ve known and loved. Editing and sharing them provided me a few minutes of entertainment while I waited in line under the blistering sun.”

Swings

A video posted by Erik Pitluga (@rapturesupersale) on

 

Phantom’s Revenge

A video posted by Erik Pitluga (@rapturesupersale) on

 

It’s a bird. It’s a plane!

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Jessica Warchall

Communications Manager

  • Karl Valentine

    I love the idea of a blog spot. Like many others who visit the museum and the website, I am a collector who likes to read facts about Andy Warhol. Inside facts. For example, it would be interesting to dig down on Andy’s life, his neighborhood, his friends, and anything interesting you pull out of the time capsules. Fundamentally, collectors want to increase our knowledge of Andy and his work. As one of the most important artists of all time, one assumes there are mountains of data on Andy, much of which is hidden in storage. I’ve been to the Warhol Foundation office/warehouse in Chelsea once to retrieve a painting I had authenticated, and was dumbstruck by the massive holdings at the Foundation. Many of the works were from others, like a giant Arman sculpture spliced into a hundred pieces. But the good stuff are the paintings he did off the cuff, and perhaps never signed. I’ve seen lots of that as well. It will take a hundred years to sift through Andy’s massive time capsule (poetic license please) of art, and the meanings associated with that art. I fear Andy is losing relevance and becoming too much of a cultural reference point, as opposed to a cultural road sign. Teach us what we haven’t learned in the books and catalogs we’ve spent thousands of dollars on just to get inside this man’s head and heart. I come to this website to learn about Andy Warhol. Those who have been influenced by him are of no interest. The good thing about Andy is–he is always in style if placed in the right context. Thanks, and best to the staff!