June 30~ Pride Month

Andy Warhol and Jed Johnson

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The celebrated designer Jed Johnson, who died tragically in 1996 in the crash of TWA Flight 800…first met artist Andy Warhol when he was hired to sweep the floors at Warhol’s famous factory. He would go on to become Warhol’s companion and lover—helping him find and decorate the East 66th Street townhouse where Johnson and the artist lived until the two split in 1976… ~curbed.com/

Jed Johnson and Archie by Andy Warhol
c.1975 / Polaroid prints / Private collection
Jed Johnson by Andy Warhol
1978-87 / Gelatin silver print / Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Jed Johnson by Andy Warhol
c.1978 / Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen / The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

November 13, 1940~ Walt Disney’s film Fantasia premieres in New York City

Fantasia Program Cover by Gyo Fujikawa

1940 / 26 pp+cvr / 12 3/4”x9 5/8” / Various collections incl. Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Movie originally released in 13 U.S. cities as road show w/assigned seating, programs, & ushers

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Previous November 13 posts:

November 13~ Artists at their Easels

Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/13~

August 29, 1966~ The Beatles’ final live concert

The Beatles, Exiting Plane  by  Jim Marshall

1966, San Francisco Airport / Silver Gelatin Photograph / Various collections

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Audio: Candlestick Park, San Francisco: The Beatles’ final concert~

Previous August 29 posts:

Self Portraits~August 29

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/29~

June 1, 1926~ Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson) is born

Marilyn Monroe I by James Rosenquist

1962 / Oil and spray enamel on canvas / 93”x72 1/4” / The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Previous June 1 posts:

Pride Month~ June 1

June 1, 1967: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/1~


April 21, 1964~ The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair opens

The Unisphere by Gilmore Clarke

1964 / Stainless steel / 140’ tall; 120’ diameter / World’s Fair Grounds, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NYC

The Rocket Thrower by Donald De Lue

1964 / Bronze / 43’ tall / World’s Fair Grounds, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NYC

Previous April 21 posts:

Spring~ April 21

Queen Elizabeth II: Born April 21, 1926

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary: Born April 21, 1926

Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/21~