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Carnegie Mellon’s POP Cabaret Puts a Spell on You at Andy Warhol Museum

Turn-on to Robotic Burlesque! Beware of The Crawling Chaos! Succumb to Magic Spells!
Hilarious and Horrifying Thrills Await You, Friday, Oct. 28

       PITTSBURGH— Students in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art “POP Cabaret” course
present “I Put A Spell on You,” a free Halloween Variety Show from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 at the
Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky Street on Pittsburgh’s Northside.
       Using the first floor theater at the Warhol as a playground and performance space, students have
been creating short solo and group performances throughout the fall semester that will be featured in
Friday’s show on Oct. 28, and at a closing Winter Holiday Show on Friday, Dec. 16. Themes and
strategies on display include: Camp, Lo-Fi Glamour, Neo-Burlesque, Expanded Cinema of the Mind,
Alien Vaudeville, Spectacles of Failure, Stand-Up Tragedy, New-Age Jesters, Cosmic Troubadours,
Psychedelic Bards, Beautiful Noise, Imploding Vinyl Escapable and Exotic Masquerade.
       Performers include Adelaide Agyemang, Harrison Apple, Julia Cahill, Murphi Cook, Kinji Cheri
Ho, Chelsea Lupkin, Julie Mallis, Ippei Mori, Stephanie Ross, Tim Sherman, Ann Stone, Mitsuko
Verdery, and Sonny Topaz as host.
       “Pop Cabaret: Performance Art at the Andy Warhol Museum,” an advanced level electronic and
time-based media course, is a first-time collaboration around a college course for the Warhol and
Carnegie Mellon. Associate Professor of Art Suzie Silver teaches the course and she draws from her
personal background in performance art for the class, encouraging students to draw from club and cabaret
       “I thought it would be a good idea to get the students off campus, and music/educational curator
Ben Harrison helped to make this possible at the Warhol,” Silver said. “Knowing they have to put on two
big public performances this semester has been a fantastic motivator to keep students engaged and
committed. The Warhol’s environment makes it feel less like a class with traditional structures and

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hierarchies, and more like a performance troupe, like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland getting all their
pals together and exclaiming ‘hey, let’s put on a show!’
        “There are multiple reasons why we are focusing on club and cabaret-type performances, but the
Pop Art focus of the Warhol and the wonderful, permissive vibe that exists there reinforces that these are
performances that can be done almost anywhere,” Silver explained.
        In this classroom/museum format, Silver and her students say audiences will experience Pop
Cabaret performances inspired by vaudeville, dance hall and burlesque, Futurists, Dada, some Fluxus and
Pop Art, and the downtown New York City performance scene of the 1980s and 1990s. Silver said the
audience should expect humor and playfulness and at the same time intelligence and poignancy in the
works that will be presented, noting that there will be “some truly post-everything experiments.”
        A typical week sees students generating and work-shopping solo and group performances. With a
strict focus on the performer and experimentation with multiple techniques, students are challenged to
create stripped-down character studies and develop multiple acts of five minutes or less. Readings, theater
games, exercises, and dancing are part of the morning routine in the museum, with every Friday afternoon
showcasing new performances.
        Silver’s own background in performance art comes from her participation in an extraordinary
community in Chicago in the late 1980s and early 1990s that centered around Randolph Street Gallery,
Name Gallery and Club Lower Links, hosting artists such as Karen Finley, Peggy Shaw/Lois Weaver,
Dominique Dibbel, Ron Athey, Vaginal Davis, Guillermo Gomez Pena, Tim Miller, Diamanda Galas, and
many more who defined a new generation of performance art that merged with daily life, pop culture,
politics, globalization, and evolving post-AIDS concerns of gender, sex and the body.


The School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University (www.cmu.edu/art) considers, in practical and
visionary terms, the role of art and the artist in society. Ranked #1 in the nation for its multimedia Master
of Fine Arts Program, the school produces artists of exceptional ability and initiative who are able to
connect meaningfully with the communities around them. All School of Art degree programs (Master of
Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts) and its Pre-College Program, incorporate a broad-
based approach to art-making, encouraging a coherent, informed understanding of personal, public,
conceptual and technical issues relevant to many forms of artistic expression.

About Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally
ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to
public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 11,000 students in the university’s seven schools and
colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on
creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A
global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has
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campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.
The university is in the midst of a $1 billion fundraising campaign, titled “Inspire Innovation: The
Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University,” which aims to build its endowment, support faculty, students
and innovative research, and enhance the physical campus with equipment and facility improvements.

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