Block Museum reopens with Andy Warhol photos

Vintage fashion photos from Andy Warhol and Edward Steichen go on display this weekend after a long delay due to a burst water pipe.

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  • Andy Warhol photos are on exhibit at the Block Museum as part of �Steichen | Warhol: Picturing Fame."

  • Edward Steichen's photo of Clara Bow is part of �Steichen | Warhol: Picturing Fame� at the Block Museum.

  • Andy Warhol photos are on exhibit at the Block Museum as part of �Steichen | Warhol: Picturing Fame."

  • Andy Warhol photos are on exhibit at the Block Museum as part of �Steichen | Warhol: Picturing Fame."

Andy Warhol photos are on exhibit at the Block Museum as part of �Steichen | Warhol: Picturing Fame."

On August 6, one of the pipes in the fire prevention system of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art burst, causing water damage to the main gallery of the Northwestern University institution. The museum was shut down for the fall semester. Now, finally, the building is back in action, and the featured exhibit, “Steichen | Warhol: Picturing Fame,” originally scheduled for the autumn, opens to the public. Running through April 6, "Fame" spotlights celebrity photographs of Andy Warhol and Edward Steichen.


Steichen, a king of deco glamour and a key Condé Nast snapper for Vanity Fair and Vogue in the 1920s and '30s, captured starlets like Greta Garbo and Clara Bow in his silvery lens. Those stunning black and white shots are countered with Warhol's intimate Polaroids of models, socialites and Carly Simon.


Another winter exhibit, "The Left Front: Radical Art in the 'Red Decade,' 1929–1940" simultaneously opens in the main gallery.



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