Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds

Be a part of bringing Andy to Artisphere and walk amongst the clouds.
Artisphere in Arlington, VA
Arlington, Virginia
United States
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One hundred and fifty of Andy Warhol’s mesmerizing Silver Clouds are floating towards the Washington, DC region for the first time and with your help will land at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia on September 12. This uplifting installation defies the traditional perceived constrictions of art as the Silver Clouds interact with you and each other, tumbling and bumping throughout the space. This is an installation that invites response and ignites a sense of wonder. By joining us in this campaign, you are helping connect thousands to a truly transcendent arts experience by the legendary Andy Warhol.

First exhibited in 1966 at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York, Silver Clouds has at its origin, the then groundbreaking intersection of art and technology. In 1964, artist Andy Warhol reached out to Bell Labs electrical engineer Billy Klüver:

“At the 47th Street factory, Andy Warhol asked me for a floating light bulb. My colleague at Bell Laboratories found a material called Scotchpak, which was relatively impermeable to helium and could be heat-sealed. When I brought this material to Andy, he decided to make clouds, and while we were figuring out how to heat-seal curves, he simply folded the material over and made these Silver Clouds.”
 – Billy Klüver, The Story of E.A.T. Experiments in Art and Technology, 1960–2001 [1]

Klüver founded Experiments in Art and Technology, or E.A.T. – an early forum for bringing artists and scientists together. This connection between creativity and innovation is at the core of Silver Clouds’ origins and central to Artisphere’s focus on connecting you to artists at the forefront of utilizing new technologies in their work.

Be part of bringing Andy to Artisphere and walk amongst the clouds.

Admission to Artisphere, and the exhibition, is free so we need your help in raising $10,000 which will go directly towards maintaining the exhibition and keeping the helium-filled Silver Clouds afloat. To thank you for your support, we have developed a range of perks to enhance your experience. Please consider donating and spreading the word through Indiegogo’s share tools above. In addition to monetary support, we have opportunities for you to volunteer and donate your time.

Nat Finkelstein
Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds will be on view in Artisphere's 4,000 sq. ft. Terrace Gallery from Thursday, September 12 to Sunday, October 20, 2013. To accommodate more viewers, our Friday hours will be extended to noon to 11pm. A free public opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 12 from 7:30 to 10pm. Admission to Artisphere and its galleries is free.

Reproduction, including downloading of Andy Warhol works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

[1] La Prade, Erik, “The Early Days of E.A.T.,” IEEE Multimedia, vol. 9, no. 2 (April-June 2002): pp.  4-5. Please note that the quote attributed to Klüver is from his unpublished book The Story of E.A.T. Experiments in Art and Technology 1960–2001.

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  • $25USD
    Cloud Watcher

    Receive a limited edition printed Silver Clouds metallic postcard commemorating the exhibition.

    28 out of 80 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $100USD
    Cloud Hugger

    You and your BFF can avoid the crowds by getting into the exhibition at 11:30am, a half hour before Artisphere opens to the public on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. You will receive a Cloud Hugger Pass valid for five uses. + Previous Perks

    10 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $250USD
    Cloud Works

    Receive a limited edition work by crochet-artist Stacy Cantrell, inspired by the iconic Andy Warhol banana artwork. + Previous Perks

    6 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $500USD
    Cloud Walker

    Receive an invitation for two to the exclusive VIP Opening Reception of Silver Clouds on Thursday, September 12, 2013. Includes refreshments and hor d'oeuvres. + Previous Perks

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Cloud Gazer

    Enjoy a peaceful two-hour private viewing for yourself and a group of ten during the hours we are closed to the public Monday through Friday. Lie comfortably on a mat and gaze at the Silver Clouds without being disturbed by other visitors. + Previous Perks

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
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