Members of the Case Western Reserve University community are invited to join the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program for an upcoming lecture examining artist Andy Warhol’s life.
Carol Salus, professor emerita of art history at Kent State University, will present “The Personal Life of Andy Warhol” Friday, Jan. 12, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Landmark Centre Building, Suite 100 (25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood).
At the age of 8, Warhol contracted Chorea—also known as St. Vitus’s Dance—a rare and sometimes fatal disease of the nervous system that left him bedridden for several months. It was during these months, while Warhol was sick in bed, that his mother, herself a skillful artist, gave him his first drawing lessons. Drawing soon became Warhol’s favorite childhood pastime. He was also an avid fan of movies, and his mother bought him movie magazines. She bought him a camera at the age of nine, he took up photography as well, developing film in a makeshift darkroom he set up in their basement. From these beginnings, to the artist we know, Warhol continues to fascinate the public long after his premature death.