Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts facilitates the creation, presentation, and understanding of contemporary art through an international residency program, exhibitions, and educational programs. Located in an historic warehouse district in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, its studios, exhibition and rehearsal spaces, sculpture and ceramics facility, dark room, computer stations and new state-of-the-art recording studios are open to residents 24/7. Eleven artists are selected from applicants around the world to come to Bemis in three residency periods a year which last from 2-3 months.
Philip Johnson commissioned Warhol to make a large-scale work for the exterior for his pavilion for the New York World’s Fair, along with other artists. Warhol’s provocative response, a multiple portrait of ‘Most Wanted Men’ was installed a few days before the opening but was deems too inflammatory and contrary to the upbeat image of the World’s Fair and the work was taken down.