Raeanne Rubenstein: "Andy, The Factory and Me"
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11
Where: Frist Center for the Visual Arts
As I mentioned in the review of Warhol Live, The Frist has never slated a solo exhibition of Andy Warhol's work. They're more than making up for that with a slew of programs about the exhibit, including tonight's lecture by Nashvillian Raeanne Rubenstein. Jim Ridley penned a Critic's Pick on the event and Rubenstein's current exhibit in the back gallery at Tinney Contemporary.
Raeanne Rubenstein is approaching her 11th year as editor of the Nashville-based online entertainment and style monthly Dish magazine, soon to publish its 125th issue. What her East Nashville neighbors may not know is her staggering background as a celebrity photojournalist in 1970s and ’80s New York, when she covered many of the most striking figures of the era for Rolling Stone, the Village Voice and other publications. (Early photos she took of Pink Floyd’s lanky 1970s personnel, who almost banged their heads getting to her walkup flat, will be seen soon on the cover of Mojo.)
Among her frequent subjects was Andy Warhol, whom she photographed for more than a decade at his Factory studio. As a subject, Rubenstein says, he never told her what to think or shoot, even when — in one memorable photo — she asked him to pretend he was Muhammad Ali in the ring. “It’s the funniest picture ever,” Rubenstein remembers, laughing, on a flight from L.A. as the pilot issues instructions in the background. “He was trying to look so fearsome, and he looked so cute!”
Instead, he gave himself over to her as a subject without comment — a screen onto which she was free to project. “The pictures I took of Andy Warhol are 100 percent me,” Rubenstein says. Rubenstein taps into her treasure chest of photos and memories twice this week: at a lecture sponsored by the Frist Center in conjunction with its sensational Warhol retrospective, and at Tinney Contemporary, where her Warhol photographs remain on display this month. Watch also for a reminiscence in Dish.
The Frist's new website has a bunch of additional material on the exhibit, including an interview with curator Mark Scala from NPT's Arts Break. Watch it after the jump.