This weekend: A Warhol exhibit is well timed for the elections

Courtesy 2008 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York
"Vote McGovern," 1972. From the Founding Collection, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

Now open at theCurrier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H.: Andy Warhol: Pop Politics.

The exhibit showcases more than 60 of the Pop Art phenom's political works—some highlights are images of the Kennedys (including Jackie), Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II, Mao Zedong, and Richard Nixon, in Warhol's signature cartoon-y color palette.

To add some context to the artist's pop culture references, there are archival materials from Warhol's "time capsules". Turns out he was quite a packrat—by the time of his death, he had collected more than 600 boxes of papers, photos, records, and correspondence. The significant materials have been displayed in relation to the exhibit—for example, there's a letter from President-Elect Nixon for administration recommendations.

As we approach Election Day (finally), this exhibit presents a timely, relevant way to look back on how we got here. What would Warhol make of politics today? Who knows. But if you get a chance to stroll through his political works, it might be fun to imagine the possibilities.

The Currier also has European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs, and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Monet, O'Keeffe, Wyeth, and LeWitt.

Manchester is about an hour's drive north of Boston.

150 Ash Street, Manchester, N.H., 603-669-6144, ext. 108, Closed Tuesdays, adults $10, kids 18 and under free, admission is free for all ages between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturdays. Exhibition through Jan. 4, 2009.

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