CAMH director hams it up for ‘The Andy’
Add video performance to the job duties of museum directors.
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston director Bill Arning pleads, wryly, for money to help bring Rob Pruitt’s The Andy Monument to the CAMH lawn in a video that appears on indiegogo.com, a public campaign site similar to power2give.org, which launched a local page a few weeks ago.
“We’re asking your help today because this is over and above what CAMH usually does ... and it’s $32,000 we don’t have right now,” Arning says.
The Andy Monument is a life-size sculpture of pop icon Andy Warhol “in a bright, shiny, chromelike material,” Arning explains. “This is a piece no one is going to miss.”
Pruitt, who is from New York, is “best known right now for this series of glitter paintings of pandas,” Arning says, moving his hands from a prayer position as he gestures toward an album-size painting. “But he does lots of different provocative, conceptual works — often very, very funny.”
Arning says the statue, commissioned by the Public Art Fund and on view through Sept. 4 at New York City’s Union Square, was so popular there that it stayed a year longer than planned. “People started bringing flowers, little candies and trinkets. Last time I was there, someone had given The Andy a falafel, in case he got hungry,” Arning says, sounding earnest.
The Andy Monument is headed to the CAMH in September, Arning says, and it will be on view for the better part of a year. The costs include a loan fee of $12,000 plus crating, delivery and return shipping, installation, crate storage, de-installation, care and maintenance, and insurance. “Your picture with Andy — priceless!” a note on the web page says.
Arning expects to see The Andy on a lot of Houstonians’ Facebook pages soon. He suggests that if everyone who gets a picture made with “The Andy gives a little, the statue campaign is achievable.
“Once he gets here, you’ll see that the entire city feels more like a party,” he says.