What To Do In Chicago: Andy Warhol in Iran

by Northlight Theatre


In the culturally quieter time as December shows are wrapping up—see the “Closing” section below for a few last-chance tickets—I’m spotlighting some promising music and dance performances punctuating the whole winter quarter. (Last week’s column cued you for winter theater.) If your New Year’s resolution involves resolving your cultural calendar farther in advance, this is your column.



Andy Warhol

Pop artist Andy Warhol achieved a forever kind of fame, ironically, in part for saying that in the future everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. Everyone else, evidently. Chicago audiences and museumgoers will see repeated images of Warhol in 2023, colored differently but all plumbing the essence of an artist who claimed all he was was right on the surface.

  • A play with two characters, one of whom is Warhol, sees the artist encountering a would-be revolutionary in Iran, where Warhol has traveled to take Polaroids of the shah’s wife: “Andy Warhol in Iran.” Northlight Theatre at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. Jan. 19-Feb. 19.
  • A play with two characters, one of whom is Warhol, watches the artist as a young man befriending a bar owner in his native Pittsburgh: “Andy Warhol’s Tomato.” Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at the McAninch Arts Center. Feb. 2-March 5.
  • In a full-museum takeover like the Cleve Carney Museum’s 2021 Frida Kahlo show, Warhol gets a blowout exhibition of paintings, prints, photos and biography. Cleve Carney Museum of Art at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. June 3-Sept. 10.


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