With the gorgeous weather on Friday, I decided to go to the City and check out some exhibits. I was particularly interested in seeing “Becoming Jewish: Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn” at the Jewish Museum. I had recently finished paintings of all three of them and hoped this show might provide some insight into their personalities. Warhol’s iconic portraits explore his fascination with both women, “the allure of fame and the way myths are manufactured.” He created multiple versions to capture the “obsessive nature of popular fascination with both women’s faces.”
I hadn’t thought of Liz and Marilyn in terms of religion but this show gave me the idea of perhaps doing a series of famous people who converted to Judaism.
To me, a far more interesting exhibit in the museum is “Unorthodox.” At first, I mistakenly thought it would be about religion but the title has to do with art. The show “brings together 55 artists who operate outside established norms and could be characterized as mavericks, rebels, iconoclasts or misfits.” I particularly enjoyed the work of Brian De Graw, Boris Lurie and Birgit Mergerle.