“We condemn the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the city where our founder, Andy Warhol, was born and raised. We offer our sincere condolences to the friends and families of the victims of this tragedy. This act and all hateful acts of violence seek to silence and destroy communities that have a long history of being marginalized. We are reminded of the importance of diverse perspectives and why the Foundation actively works to fight inequities in our culture. In 1980, Warhol produced a series of portraits of notable Jewish thinkers and icons, entitled Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century. We are sharing these images today to honor these leaders and to voice our support for the Jewish community at large,” Joel Wachs, President of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program was launched in 2007 in celebration of the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary. This unprecedented program donated over 28,500 photographs by Andy Warhol to educational institutions across the United States. More than 180 college and university museums, galleries and art collections throughout the nation participated in the program, each receiving a curated selection of original Polaroid photographs and gelatin silver prints.