The Art Gallery at NYUAD presents The Art History Time Machine: a series in which we celebrate historical artistic communities around the world, as we envision the future of our own art communities.

The Art History Time Machine’s first outing takes us back in time to the 1970s, at to The Factory: Andy Warhol’s studio in New York was the ultimate hangout for artists, musicians, actors, and free thinkers whom Warhol called “Superstars”. The Factory encouraged artistic communities to form, which, in turn, nourished multiple art movements and artistic innovation, from music and film to visual art and literature. This is where the young Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Madonna, Basquiat, and Truman Capote all passed through — many before they were famous. What did they talk about? How did they look at the camera for Warhol’s “screen test” portraits of them? These meetings shaped futures, generated new ideas, and changed the face of American modern art, literature and music.

On Tuesday, February 2nd, travel through the Art Gallery into a re-imagined world where Warhol produced his silkscreens, lithographs, screen tests and most of his films. Visitors will have the chance to imagine their own Abu Dhabi version of this scene, to create their own “Superstar” character and have their Warhol-inspired Screen Tests taken. NYC hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, and bananas will be offered. A time-traveling sound-track will be provided by Jonny Farrow, artist and instructor at NYUAD.

Please direct any questions regarding the event to Alaa Edris at

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