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Andy Warhol Photos Featured in Housatonic Museum Exhibit

In the company of … features Warhol photos and work by Jeremy Kost, Rashaad Newsome, and Billy Sullivan.

Bridgeport, CT--In the company of … opens on September 9 through Oct. 15 at the Burt Chernow Gallery at Housatonic Community College. The exhibit will feature videos, photographs, paintings and drawings by contemporary artists Jeremy Kost, Rashaad Newsome and Billy Sullivan who have been inspired by Warhol’s early career that included the living theater of his studio, “The Factory,” as well as his later career that relied on portraits of collectors, celebrities and socialites.
The exhibition is curated by Terri C. Smith. The opening reception is September 9 from 5-7 p.m. at the Burt Chernow Gallery.  It is free and open to the public. A related performance by Trisha Baga titled Madonna y el Niño takes place on October 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chernow Gallery.
The Housatonic Museum of Art recently received a gift of 158 Warhol Polaroids and black-and-white photographs from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts through the Warhol Photographic Legacy Project. More than seventy of these photos will be included in this exhibit.
 In the company of … pairs Warhol's Polaroids, black-and-white photos, screen tests including footage of musician Lou Reed and artist Marcel Duchamp, and an episode of Andy Warhol’s TV (featuring an interview with John Waters and Divine) with works by artists working today.  Billy Sullivan, a Warhol contemporary, will exhibit his ink drawing, paintings and photos in a salon-style installation.  Sullivan  portrays artists, models, collectors, curators, and others who move in his social circle – including a 1971 photograph of Andy Warhol holding a camera.
Rashaad Newsome’s video Shade Compositions (Screen Test 2) documents African American women acting out “sassy vocalizations.”
Jeremy Kost is aligned with Warhol through his use of the Polaroid and affinity for photographing celebrities and underground personalities. Kost will exhibit Polaroids from nightclubs and large color prints of celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Beyonce and Madonna.  
The exhibit will feature a performance by Trisha Baga on October 14 at 4:00 pm in the Burt Chernow gallery. Baga will perform Madonna y El Niño. Madonna and Warhol  crossed paths and their social circles overlapped.  Baga’s multi-media performance includes manipulated videos of Madonna in concert, projected computer screens, and Baga’s live interaction with the media.
The Housatonic Museum of Art at Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 5pm and Thursday evenings until 7pm. Saturdays from 9am until 3pm and Sunday Noon until 4pm.