On September 29, 1989, the Foundation signed a joint-venture agreement with the Dia Center for the Arts in New York City and the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh to create The Andy Warhol Museum. In 1991 the Foundation made a grant of $2,000,000 to help pay for the renovation of the museum building, an eight-story, 73,000-square-foot converted warehouse on Pittsburgh’s North Side, which stands only a few miles from what was Warhol’s childhood home, and from Carnegie Mellon University, formerly Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he received his training in art. Designed by Richard Gluckman, with certain elements recalling Warhol’s celebrated studio on East 47th Street – the first Factory – the museum opened to the public in May 1994, and to this day remains the most comprehensive single artist museum in the world.
The Foundation’s original gift to the museum consisted of more than 3,000 works of art, then valued at over $61,000,000. It included more than eight hundred paintings, over a thousand drawings, sculptures, numerous prints, films, and video and audiotapes. In addition to artwork, the Foundation donated virtually all of Warhol’s archives to the museum for its Study Center. The archival materials include scrapbooks of press clippings related to Warhol's work and his private and public life; art supplies and materials used by Warhol; posters publicizing his exhibitions and films; over 4,000 audio tapes featuring interviews and conversations between Warhol and his friends and associates; thousands of documentary photographs; an entire run of Interview magazine, which Warhol founded in 1969; his extensive library of books and periodicals; hundreds of decorative art objects; and many personal items.
A prominent component of the archives are its 610 Time Capsules, standard-sized cardboard boxes, which, beginning in 1974, Warhol filled with material from his everyday life, sealed and sent to storage. In 2007, the Foundation made a $654,000, six-year grant to open and catalogue the contents of those capsules that still remain untouched since Warhol sealed them, and to make their photographs, newspapers, magazines, fan letters, correspondence, telephone messages, artworks, invitations, announcements and other ephemera accessible to scholars and researchers.
In 1997, the Foundation donated ownership of the rights to most of Andy Warhol's film and video work to the museum. Additionally, through the Andy Warhol Film Project, the museum receives a print of each film restored by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as do MoMA and the University of California Los Angeles Film and Television Archive (which makes them available to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art as well). The museum currently has a collection of 273 preserved Warhol films and the entire Andy Warhol Video Collection of almost 4,000 videotapes. (Copies of all television material are also owned by the Paley Center for Media, (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio) New York and Los Angeles.) This work, crucial to understanding Warhol's work in other media, is exhibited on a regular basis in the museum’s theater and galleries and is lent out for screenings and exhibitions worldwide.
While continuing to receive substantial support from the Foundation, The Andy Warhol Museum is an independent entity and operates as one of the four Carnegie Museums, with its own governance and board of directors. For more information on the museum please visit their website: www.warhol.org.