Beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight, NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery will recreate Andy Warhol’s famous studio The Factory, the iconic 1970s artistic watering hole that brought around creatives the likes of Bob Dylan and Madonna throughout its heyday.
The Abu Dhabi event, which is self-described as “a one-night art history time machine party”, will aim to embody the artistic spirit of 1970s New York by allowing visitors the opportunity to imagine their own Abu Dhabi version of The Factory as well as produce Warhol-inspired artwork.
“This one-night event kicks off a series in which we re-imagine historical art communities around the world, and reflect on the future of our own developing art communities here in Abu Dhabi,” explains Maya Allison, Founding Director of the Art Gallery at New York University Abu Dhabi, and Chief Curator at NYU Abu Dhabi. “The gallery’s public program aims to bring the university into dialogue with local communities with engaging events that celebrate iconic moments of creativity and cultural development.”
In addition to the opportunity to channel their inner Warhol, guests will be offered New York-style hot dogs, pizza, and popcorn, and artist and NYU Abu Dhabi instructor Johnny Farrow will be on hand spinning 1970s tunes to recreate the groovy vibe of Warhol’s far-out creative hub.