Over the course of a prominent and prolific career, Andy Warhol both pictured religious subjects and practiced his religious faith. Yet in 20th century histories of modern American art, religion is largely excluded. Warhol was perhaps doubly excluded, as a gay man and a believing Christian, whose identity in the art world and in American society was made complicated by those identities.
This conversation between Erika Doss, professor of American studies at the University of Notre Dame, and Paula Kane, professor of religious studies at the University of Pittsburgh, considers what religion meant to Warhol, how his religious beliefs shaped and directed his art, and why religion “matters” in the history of American modernism.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Andy Warhol: Revelation.