Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds
Play With Art
Thu Sep 12 - Sun Oct 20
We will have special hours Thu Sep 12-Sun Oct 20 during Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds. Please click here to see our hours.
One hundred and fifty of Andy Warhol’s mesmerizing Silver Clouds are floating towards the Washington, DC region for the first time and will land at Artisphere in Arlington in September of this year. This uplifting installation defies the traditional perceived constrictions of art as the Silver Clouds interact with the viewer and each other, inviting response and igniting a sense of wonder. One of the largest installations of Silver Clouds ever done on the East Coast, the exhibition is on loan from The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and on view with permission of the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts.
First exhibited in 1966 at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York, Silver Clouds has at its origin, the then groundbreaking intersection of art and technology. In 1964, artist Andy Warhol reached out to Bell Labs electrical engineer Billy Klüver:
“At the 47th Street factory, Andy Warhol asked me for a floating light bulb. My colleague at Bell Laboratories found a material called Scotchpak, which was relatively impermeable to helium and could be heat-sealed. When I brought this material to Andy, he decided to make clouds, and while we were figuring out how to heat-seal curves, he simply folded the material over and made these Silver Clouds.” – Billy Klüver, The Story of E.A.T. Experiments in Art and Technology, 1960–2001 
Klüver founded Experiments in Art and Technology, or E.A.T. – an early forum for bringing artists and scientists together. This connection between creativity and innovation is at the core of Silver Clouds’ origins and central to Artisphere’s focus on connecting audiences to artists at the forefront of utilizing new technologies in their work.
Please note: At the public opening reception on Thu Sep 12, a photographer will be capturing the evening for Artisphere's use in outreach to the media and on social media. If you attend and do not want your photo taken or used, please let the photographer or an Artisphere staff member.
The exhibition will be complemented by a series of public programs:
DANCE EXCHANGE: PERFORMANCE
Fri Oct 11 / Three performances: 7, 8 + 9pm / Free / All ages
NIGHT OF 1,000 ANDYS DANCE PARTY:
With MarchFourth Marching Band + Javelin
Sat Oct 12 / 8pm / Ticketed / Emceed by comedian Andrew Bucket
POP ART FUN: FREE FAMILY DAY
Sun Oct 13 / Noon–4pm / Free
EXCLUSIVE: PRIVATE “LAST LOOK”
Tue Oct 15 / 6–9pm / Admission with $10 text donation
Sun Oct 20 / 2pm / Pay What You Can
Currently On View:
SERGIO ALBIAC: THREE GENERATIVE VIDEO PORTRAITS
Thu Sep 12 – Sun Oct 20 / Free
Including debut of commissioned portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama
JAKUB ALEXANDER (HEATHERED PEARLS): VAPOR FORMS (Audio, approx. 28 minutes)
Fridays Sep 13, 20, 27 + Oct 4 and 18 / 7pm–9pm / Free
Created in collaboration with Leo Almunia (Florence, IT), Dirty Beaches (Berlin, DE) and Praveen Sharma (Brooklyn, NY)
Hoped You Joined Us For:
DANCE EXCHANGE: DANCE WORKSHOP
Sun Sep 15 / 11am–1pm / Ticketed / All ages
I SHOT ANDY WARHOL
Sun Sep 15 / 2pm / Pay What You Can
PRINCE RAMA’S FAME FACTORY
Sat Sep 21 / Free Public Installation: 12-6pm; Performance: 9pm / Ticketed
Download a PDF of our Andy Warhol Programming brochure here!
Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds is made possible with the generous support of Platinum Sponsor, the Rosslyn Business Improvement District as well as Silver Sponsor, WAMU 88.5 and Sterling Sponsors, Arlington Magazine, R&R Catering and Washington City Paper.
Reproduction, including downloading of Andy Warhol works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
 La Prade, Erik, “The Early Days of E.A.T.,” IEEE Multimedia, vol. 9, no. 2 (April-June 2002): pp. 4-5. Please note that the quote attributed to Klüver is from his unpublished book The Story of E.A.T. Experiments in Art and Technology 1960–2001
Event Photo by Brandon Pass