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PRINT September 1994

MUSEUM PIECE

the Warhol Museum

A BRIEF BUT UNCOMFORTABLE flight from Newark to Pittsburgh last May saw me to the opening of the Andy Warhol Museum, epicenter of the international art world, at least for a weekend.

Checking in at my hotel, an existentially uneasy but otherwise presentable Ramada Inn, I was greeted with a little present intended for members of the Warhol junket, a small black bag emblazoned with a reproduction of Warhol’s Eggs, 1983, and containing a sampling of les délices pittsbourgeoises: a box of Ritz crackers, a minibottle of Heinz ketchup, a Clark Bar, a Clark Super Mario Brothers chocolate patty, a package of Sherm Edwards caramel corn with peanuts, and a bag of Nuts About Pittsburgh pistachios. I will not share in detail the unseemly ardor with which I devoured some of these offerings, telling myself the while that the supercilious New Yorker’s disdain for the culture of the provinces is not without

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