From Sunday’s column. NOTE: At 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wilson Museum, co-curator James Hyams will discuss the Warhol exhibition and his pop art collection.
The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University is hosting two exhibitions that illustrate the creative processes behind the major works of two very different artists.
Both shows mark the conclusion of long-term, multipart museum projects.
“Goodnight, Hush: Classic Children’s Book Illustrations” is the second part of an exhibition celebrating the collaborations of artist Clement Hurd with children’s book author Margaret Wise Brown, a Hollins alumna. Together they created two of the world’s best-known picture books, “Goodnight Moon” and “The Runaway Bunny.”
The Wilson Museum has original studies and art that Hurd made for “Goodnight Moon” on display, along with correspondence between the artist and the author.
“Goodnight, Hush” incorporates a number of children’s activities and allows visitors to take a copy of the book around to compare the final product with the art in progress. “In many ways we’ve literally deconstructed the book,” said museum director Amy Moorefield.
“In the Event of Andy Warhol” concludes a traveling exhibition based around Polaroids taken by the pop art icon that started at Washington and Lee University in January and continued at Roanoke College’s Olin Galleries.
The Hollins phase of the exhibition adds selections from Roanoke art collector James Hyams, who has assembled a collection of works by Warhol and his predecessors and contemporaries, such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein. The show even includes a pair of Warhol’s famous — or infamous, depending on your perspective — soup cans.