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Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds header One St. Louis sixth grader who visited the Silver Clouds installation at MOCRA described the Clouds as "dazzling, stunning, dancing, unreal, humble, acrobatic, joyous, amazing, complete, magical pillowy." The immense response from audiences made it MOCRA's most popular exhibition ever.

November 9, 2001 - February 10, 2002
August 27 - December 14, 2002
September 10 – December 17, 2006

Related programming and events
Free public opening receptions
     Friday, November 9, 2001 
     September 10, 2006

5 - 7:30 p.m.
1 - 4 p.m.
Closing day event: Pictures in the Clouds
     Saturday, December 14, 2002
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11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Final exams Reading Day: Get Your Head
Out of the Books and Into the Clouds

     Tuesday, December 11, 2001 
     Tuesday, December 10, 2002 
     Tuesday, December 12, 2006


9 p.m. - midnight
9 p.m. - midnight
9 - 11 p.m.

"The Last Impression: Andy Warhol's Art as Belief"
a lecture by Thomas Sokolowski

Director, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh 

     Saturday, January 26, 2002   3 p.m.
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"Cloudlanders"
an evening of improvisatory dance 

     Thursday, January 31, 2002   7:30 p.m.
     Saturday, February 2, 2002   7:30 p.m.
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"In Memoriam"
a screening of a documentary tribute on the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks 

     Wednesday, September 11, 2002  11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
     shown continuously throughout the day

Day With(out) Art 2006
an annual observance on World AIDS Day, featuring the powerful images of Living Proof by Carolyn Jones 

     Friday, December 1, 2006  11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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General Exhibition Information
Hours: Tues - Sun, 11 am - 4 pm
Admission: free, with suggested donation of $5/adults, $1/students and children
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Andy Warhol, Silver Clouds (1966) at MOCRA in 2006 

Andy Warhol, Silver Clouds, 1966.
Silver mylar, helium, air. Installation at
MOCRA, 2006. Photo: Jeffrey Vaughn.
© Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual
Arts/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
MOCRA introduced St. Louis audiences to Andy Warhol's Silver Clouds in 2001 and reprised the exhibit in 2002. MOCRA presented the Clouds a third time in 2006 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Clouds' debut at New York’s Leo Castelli Gallery. Mercurial and buoyant, these pillow-shaped silver mylar balloons roamed the air currents of MOCRA's spacious nave gallery and responded to the touch of the viewer. The Clouds installation is a visual, auditory and tactile experience that appeals immediately to the child in everyone.

Andy Warhol (1928-87) is among the most notable and controversial of twentieth-century artists. He worked in many media, including painting, sculpture, filmmaking, and publishing. Though best known for his images of consumer culture icons like Campbell's soup cans and pop icons like Marilyn Monroe, Warhol's wide-ranging artistic legacy has been explored with a recent major retrospective show in Berlin, London, and Los Angeles. Some art historians have detected a sensitivity to religious imagery in Warhol's work, perhaps influenced by his lifelong ties to the Carpatho-Rusyn Byzantine Catholic Church. Dr. Jane Daggett Dillenberger has examined this aspect in her groundbreaking work, The Religious Art of Andy Warhol. It is from this vantage point that MOCRA presents the Silver Clouds.
Warhol explored new technology and media throughout his career and engaged in a number of fruitful collaborations with people in a variety of disciplines. The Silver Clouds were created with the assistance of engineer Billy Klüver (1927–2004), who worked with other notable artists such as John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg. They were later incorporated into a 1968 dance piece by choreographer Merce Cunningham titled Rainforest.
Andy Warhol, Silver Clouds (1966) at MOCRA in 2006 

Andy Warhol, Silver Clouds, 1966. Silver mylar, helium, air.
Installation at MOCRA, 2006. Photo: Jeffrey Vaughn.
© Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/
Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

More information

Explore the Silver Clouds with KETC-Ch. 9's "Living St. Louis"
  • The Andy Warhol Museum website
  • The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts website
  • coverage of Andy Warhol in The New York Times
  • footage of Silver Clouds at Leo Castelli Gallery, 1966
  • Silver Clouds webcam at The Andy Warhol Museum
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  • interview with Billy Klüver on working with artists
  • the story of Experiments in Art and Technology
  • Billy Klüver obituary in The New York Times
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  • The New York Times review of a 1988 revival of RainForest
  • Merce Cunningham Dance Company
  • the soundtrack to RainForest, by David Tudor
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  • The Religious Art of Andy Warhol by Jane Daggett Dillenberger (on Amazon.com)
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  • media coverage of Silver Clouds at MOCRA, 2006
  • media coverage of Silver Clouds at MOCRA, 2002
  • media coverage of Silver Clouds at MOCRA, 2001