Artisphere to feature Warhol installation

WASHINGTON — Andy Warhol’s “Silver Clouds” creation is coming to the Artisphere arts center in Arlington, Va.

Artisphere announced an exhibition of 150 of Warhol’s “clouds” in a free show planned for September and October. The installation is being loaned by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

Warhol first exhibited “Silver Clouds” in 1966. It was the product of Warhol’s collaboration with electrical engineer Billy Kluver from Bell Labs, combining art and technology.

“Silver Clouds” opens Sept. 12 in Arlington, Va. Artisphere says this is the first time it’s been shown in the Washington area.

Bus boycott play to open in Montgomery

. — A stage play inspired by the events of the Montgomery Bus Boycott will have its premiere July 26 at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center.

The play was written, produced, directed and staged by faculty, staff and alumni of Alabama State University.

The play, “The Meeting at Mount Zion,” is based on the writings and notes from a meeting of the Montgomery Improvement Association, the group led by the Rev. Martin Luther King which helped lead the boycott.

Tonea Stewart, dean of ASU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, said the play honors the people and places made famous by the boycott. Characters include boycott leaders King, Ralph Abernathy, E.D. Nixon and Rosa Parks, who sparked the boycott when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus.

Versace mansion heads for auction block

— The South Beach, Fla., mansion once owned by Italian designer Gianni Versace and the place he was fatally shot is headed for the auction block.

Fisher Auction Company is handling the sale, set for Sept. 17. The 23,000 square-foot oceanfront mansion had previously been listed for $125 million.

Originally built in 1930, the 10-bedroom, 11-bathroom, gated home features a 54-foot long mosaic pool lined with 24-karat gold. It also includes numerous frescos, ornate statues, arched doorways and an open air courtyard.

In 1997, the 50-year-old Versace was killed in front of the property by a man who later committed suicide.

Associated Press