Art After Dark at Norton: Andy Warhol, Rolling Stones

The urbanization of America in the 20th century brought with it new ways of looking at art and culture, with cities as social experiments that yielded refreshing creativity but also anxiety and conflict. So when the Norton Museum invites you to examine these tumultuous times, they’ll serve ice cream.

The thread running through the Norton’s Thursday Art After Dark get-together might begin with a tour of “Industrial Sublime,” an exhibition subtitled “Modernism and the Transformation of New York’s Rivers, 1900-1940” that surveys the shift among some leading realist and modernist painters from romantic landscapes to American industrialization.

Among those transfixed by the cranes, bridges and other evidence of Machine Age prosperity were George Bellows, Robert Henri, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, Georgia O’Keeffe and John Sloan.

This Art After Dark event also offers a tour of “To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol’s First Superstar,” a collection of films, prints, paintings and sculpture created by Andy Warhol, whose work predicted the way that industry, commerce and technology would shape popular culture into the 21st century. The pieces on display are drawn from 1962-65, when Baby Jane Holzer was a primary muse.

The evening also includes a screening of the Rolling Stones’ iconic 1969 documentary “Gimme Shelter,” directed with electrifying energy by David and Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin. The film is best known for capturing the band's U.S. tour-ending free concert at Altamont and its infamous stabbing death of a man by the band’s Hell’s Angels bodyguards, a moment pop cultural historians cite as the end of the 1960s’ utopian zeitgeist.

From 6 to 8 p.m., you can soothe yourself with ice cream from Lyon + Lyon.

IF YOU GO
Art After Dark is 5-9 p.m. Thursday at the Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., in West Palm Beach. Half-price admission (every Thursday) is $6, $2.50 for students, and free for members and visitors 12 or younger. Call 561-832-5196 or go to Norton.org.

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