As we work with the Board of Directors of DOPE (the Dickinson Organization of Poetry Enthusiasts) to plan and work through our rebuilding efforts, we are also working with museums around the country to continue offering special exhibits dedicated to America’s greatest poet, Emmett Lee Dickinson, and to those artists who were influenced by his life and poetry.
Currently, the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia (where Dickinson was once a student) and the Emmett Lee Dickinson Museum (above the coin-op Laundromat on Dickinson Boulevard) are co-sponsoring an exhibit dedicated to Andy Warhol, America’s leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art and a fan – if not a fanatic – of Emmett Lee Dickinson.
In October 2015 the Emmett Lee Dickinson Museum (above the coin-op Laundromat on Dickinson Boulevard) sponsored a special exhibit called “Soup Two Nuts" (HERE), and the exhibition centered on Warhol’s fascination with Dickinson. Now we have joined with the Fralin Museum of Art to co-sponsor “Andy Warhol Icons,” a display of Warhol prints from Annie Oakley and Queen Elizabeth to Marilyn Monroe and Liza Minnelli.
“This exhibition pays tribute to the concept of the icon,” said Pepper Potts, the Global Communications and Functionality Strategist for the Fralin. “Warhol plays on notions of celebrity through the use of the singular iconic image – and what image is more iconic than the classic pose of Emmett Lee Dickinson?”
Pictured at the left: Pepper Potts, Global Communications and Functionality Strategist for the Fralin Museum of Art
Potts added that the idea for the exhibit stemmed from a famous quote by Warhol: In Souped Up!, Ken Eddick’s definitive biography on Andy Warhol, Eddick reported that Warhol once said, “When I think of Emmett Lee Dickinson, I think icon, I think icon, I think icon.” As a result, the idea for “Andy Warhol Icons” was born. The exhibit at the Fralin runs through September 18, 2016.