SOMAS discusses why Warhol was a singular sensation

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Award-winning art history educator Janet Mandel will present “Andy Warhol: One Singular Sensation” as part of the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School fall lecture series on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Columbia High School’s Black Box Theatre, 17 Parker Ave. in Maplewood.

Few American artists are as celebrated and notorious as Andy Warhol. His iconic paintings, silk screens, photography, films and sculptures have become indelible representations of the American aesthetic, exploring the relationship between artistic expression and celebrity culture. This talk will examine Warhol’s works from his beginnings as a commercial illustrator in the 1950s, to his iconic pop masterpieces of the early 1960s, to the avant-garde films from the 1960s and ’70s, to his innovative use of ready-made abstraction in the 1980s. It will prepare attendees to enjoy the Whitney Museum of Art’s Warhol retrospective opening this November.

Attendance is charged. For more information, call 973-378-7620 or visit