The originals of Warhol, Pollock and Lichtenstein displayed at the Washington Pavilion

SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) – Visitors to the Washington Pavilion’s Visual Arts Center can now view works by well-known artists such as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein , Thomas Moran, and more.

The Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion currently houses more than 70 original works by more than 50 of the nation’s most celebrated artists. The new exhibition Guild Hall: An Adventure in the Arts open Tuesday, October 4 and features well-known paintings, watercolours, sculptures, sketches, drawings and photographs.

“It’s a rare chance for art lovers and the general public to see original and famous works by famous artists without ever having to leave South Dakota,” said Cody Henrichs, curator at the Visual Arts Center. “It is an honor for the Visual Arts Center to host the works of these icons of American art, to offer these incomparable pieces to our community, and to celebrate the artists’ stories.”

About the traveling exhibition

This is the Visual Arts Centre’s first major traveling exhibition in five years. The exhibit begins after entering through an archway depicting one of Andy Warhol’s famous portrayals of Marilyn Monroe. The first section of the exhibition features postmodern and contemporary artists from the 1970s to the present, such as David Salle and Ross Bleckner. As you wander through the gallery, you’ll come back to the mid-century pop art of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein and the abstract works of artists such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. The final section of the exhibit includes famous pastoral landscapes created by Thomas Moran, depictions of American Impressionism by Childe Hassam, and more.

The works are on loan from the permanent collection of the Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York. Founded in 1931, Guild Hall sits on the east end of Long Island, a unique area that has attracted many people of diverse talents such as artists, writers, musicians, actors and directors over the years. Guild Hall is the cultural center at the center of culture and has developed an impressive permanent collection which now consists of over 1,900 pieces. A selection of these works have been curated in a traveling exhibition organized by Guild Hall in association with Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles, California.

The artists represented in this collection have often known each other and have developed professional, creative and personal relationships. The exhibit includes pieces by artists who were friends, spouses, competitors, father and son, lovers and twin brothers who all influenced the artists who followed them. The exhibition also includes portraits and photographs of some of the artists to help tell their stories and illuminate their lives.

Opening at the Washington Pavilion

The Washington Pavilion will celebrate the grand opening of this exhibit on Friday, October 7, 2022, beginning at 5 p.m. 8 p.m. The Visual Arts Center will be a stop on the Downtown Sioux Falls Arts and Wine Walk, and admission to the Visual Arts Center and Kirby Science Discovery Center is free during this time. The evening will also include entertainers, cash bar, live band and free cake! Sip wine and support local artists.

The Guild Hall: An Adventure in the Arts The exhibition is made possible in part by sponsors of the Gilchrist Foundation, First Bank & Trust, Xcel Energy Foundation and the South Dakota Arts Council. Everist Gallery is sponsored by Citi.

Learn more about the Washington Pavilion

The exhibition is free for members and included with any admission to the museum. The Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit