Exploring TC 540: Julia Warhola

Andy Warhol’s mother Julia Warhola moved from Pittsburgh to New York City in 1952, where she lived with Warhol until 1970.  In this video, we take a look at some examples of Julia’s striking handwriting from Time Capsule 540.  In addition to these letters from Julia, TC540 contains many letters in Slovak to Julia from family and friends in Pittsburgh and Czechoslovakia.

Julia Warhola was an artist herself (visitors to the 15 Minutes Eternal exhibition in Asia will have the opportunity to see some of Julia’s drawings).  She and Warhol were quite close, and Warhol used her handwriting in many early prints.    “When you are in the Caribbean this Winter…” (Fish Under Glass) is a wonderful example from 1959 of Warhol’s use of Julia’s lettering with his art.

Elaina Vitale

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