Think Flat Draws Biggest Crowd for an Exhibition Opening in Museum History

The Museum of Art celebrated its premier “First Friday at the MOA” with its largest exhibition opening ever this last Friday, September 7, 2012. Excitement filled the air for the museum s new exhibition, Think Flat: The Art of Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami: Selections from the Freedman Family Collection and the BYU Museum of Art.

Crowds of about 2,700 BYU students, faculty, and members of the community came together to enjoy themed refreshments, socialized in circles, and explored the galleries, while the local band , the 2:13s, performed in the museum atrium. Some patrons even dressed in 60s garb for the event.

Last year, a group of student interns started collaborating with Curator of Contemporary Art Jeff Lambson to bring something new to the Museum of Art. Among them was BYU student Seth Baldrige, who currently works as a curatorial assistant to Jeff Lambson.

Baldrige relates, “We all put a lot of work into promoting it, and it really paid off.  Everybody really enjoyed the energetic atmosphere. What I think attracted people to this event was that the art in this show is so different from what you’d normally expect from the MOA.”

The exhibition encourages patrons to “think flat, and explores Warhol s and Murakami s aim to change perceptions of hierarchies through art. Warhol s art gives the seemingly low-brow the same consideration as the high, and Murakami s work reveals the paradoxes inherent in our flat world and the delights and perils that come with it.

The museum will continue to host celebrations every first Friday of the month to encourage students and members of the community to engage with art.  Be sure to join the museum in the future for exciting evenings and further exploration of the many spectrums of art that the Brigham Young University Museum of Art exhibits.

The Think Flat: The Art of Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami: Selections from the Freedman Family Collection and the BYU Museum of Art runs from August 31, 2012 to February 18, 2013.

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