New Andy Warhol exhibit is a look into China’s past (includes video story)

A new art exhibit at Florida International University presents captivating photographs and features documentary clips that tell the story of a long-ago trip to China by artist Andy Warhol, documentarian Lee Caplin and photographer Christopher Makos.

The exhibition, “Warhol’s Journey through China,” at the Glenn Hubert Library, is presented by Caplin, for whom the Lee Caplin School of Communication, Architecture, and the Arts is named.

“When Warhol visited China [in the early ’80s], the country was still partially closed,” said Joy Lidu Yi, an art history professor at FIU. “Now Beijing is an international city.”

The trip led to Warhol’s art becoming recognized in China. Guests at the exhibit’s opening reception on the library’s first floor enjoyed complimentary snacks and drinks while gazing at and discussing the artwork.

Toward the end, guests listened to remarks by FIU president, Kenneth A. Jessell, CARTA’s dean, Brian Schriner, and Interim dean of FIU libraries, Jennifer Fu.

The exhibition opened on Aug. 10 and will run until Nov. 3. It’s free and tickets can be found online.


Paloma Pimentel is a senior at FIU majoring in Digital Journalism and Communications, with a background in sociological studies. She is passionate about writing environmental and social issues stories, and is on her path to becoming an investigative journalist.  Having traveled to 20 countries already, she seeks to know more about the world and write stories about it.