Although we know him best as a visual artist and filmmaker, Andy Warhol also enjoyed a rich career in publishing. This talk focuses on two of his publications, 25 Cats Named Sam and One Blue Pussy (1954) and a: a novel (1966). In 25 Cats…, Warhol and his friends collaboratively produced an illustrated text that made its way into magazines, correspondence, and department store windows, facilitating a coterie of readers who could delight in the story’s homoerotic playfulness at a moment when publicizing one’s status as gay was a risky pursuit at best. In the case of a: a novel, Mulroney draws on never-before examined editorial files in the Grove Press Records and audiotapes at the Andy Warhol Museum Archives, to tell a fascinating production story involving the labors of several young female typists, a meticulous editor, an unwitting typesetter, and the obscene reputation of a publisher.
The talk will be followed by a conversation between Mulroney, Richard Meyer, and D. Vanessa Kam.
Sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History, Cantor Arts Center, and the Stanford Libraries.
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