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Art focusing on religious relics on display at Andy Warhol Museum

December 15, 2011
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

PITTSBURGH - The Word of God: Jeffrey Vallance will feature Vallance's creations of religious-inspired artwork currently running at the Andy Warhol Museum through Feb. 5.

Artist Jeffrey Vallance creates objects, installations, performance and curatorial works.

Some of his past projects have included traveling throughout Polynesia in search of the origin of the myth of Tiki; creating a Richard Nixon Museum; and traveling to the Vatican, Turin and Italy to study Christian relics.

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The Word of God: Jeffrey Vallance will feature Vallance’s creations of religious-inspired artwork currently running at the Andy Warhol Museum through Feb. 5. Featured in the exhibition are Valence’s the Vallance Bible, Jesus Exegesis; Three Beatific Visions; and the Gospel According to Jeffery. - Contributed

It is Vallance's interest in the relics and religion that brings his work to the Word of God exhibition series.

Featured in the exhibition are Valence's the Vallance Bible, Jesus Exegesis; Three Beatific Visions; and the Gospel According to Jeffery.

These series of writings are based on Vallance's personal experiences, spiritual upbringing and studies.

The exhibition also will include a selection of his reliquary objects.

Vallance has a vast historical and cultural knowledge of the tradition of relics.

Raised as a Lutheran, he was taught how such objects were inventions for "silly folk," but today believes differently.

"They are among the most beautiful and wondrous art objects created by humankind," added Vallance.

His reliquaries, like Warhol's Time Capsules, store and revere mementos of travel, superstars, products and kitsch; from the plastic animals excavated from his backyard as a child in 1958 to the Vallance family Lutheran Catechism or a tuft of green shag carpet from Elvis Presley's house in Graceland.

Located in Pittsburgh, the place of Andy Warhol's birth, The Warhol is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world.

The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. For information, go to www.warhol.org or call (412) 237-8300.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays.

The museum is closed Mondays.

Admission is free for members; $15 for adults; $9 for seniors; and $8 for children and students.

 
 

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