We're not in Pittsburgh anymore. We're in St. Charles, but we're looking east toward Manhattan's nocturnal expanse of lights and shooting stars -- toward Andy Warhol's adopted turf, to be exact. Warhol dubbed his NYC studio "The Factory," but in this case the artist studio was as much a cultural beacon as it was a quotidian workspace. A host of underground sensations achieved their fifteen minutes of fame via Warhol's Factory, including a band called the Velvet Underground, who seem to have voided the fifteen-minute-only edict. You can experience the lower-Manhattan gestalt -- minus the absurd cost of living and the silly all-black-all-the-time clothing orthodoxy -- on the banks of the Missouri River as you view photographer Stephen Shore's priceless images of Andy Warhol and his all-star coterie in the photography exhibition The Velvet Years, 1965-1967: Warhol's Factory. The show opens with a free public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 21, at the Foundry Art Centre (520 North Main Center, St. Charles; 636-255-0270 or www.foundryartcentre.org). The Velvet Years remains on display through Friday, December 14, and the Foundry is open every day except Monday.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 21. Continues through Dec. 14, 2012