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Collage event at museum to reveal Hollywood bombshell
by Noreen Lewis Cochran
September 12, 2012 02:03 PM | 5010 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Roxane Hollosi, Ellen Kierr Stein and Weston Wilkins demonstrate the elements going into ‘The Marilyn Porject’ Thursday at MODA.
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Described by Atlanta Collage Society vice president Ellen Kierr Stein as a “purposeful, interactive and playful presentation,” the Marilyn Project will morph before viewers’ eyes.

“We’re going to assemble her,” the Sandy Springs resident said about an 8-foot square reproduction of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe portrait.

After collage artists take about 20 minutes to fit more than 800 separate canvasses, or pixels, onto a Velcro-coated board Thursday at the Museum of Design Atlanta, viewers can have their turn.

“The same evening we’re going to take the pixels back off and invite the guests there to put them back on randomly and spontaneously,” Stein said. “We’ll end up with four new pieces of abstract art.”

The 150 guests will become co-creators, a process which society member Weston Wilkins said infused the project since it began in April.

“Usually, you just work by yourself,” the Brookhaven resident said.

About 70 society members and community volunteers, ages 7 to 70, at parties, workshops and even the Boys and Girls Club of Decatur, worked on the project.

“The reason it’s been successful with non-artists is because the scale is so small,” Stein said. “A 3-inch canvas is not intimidating.”

Neither is staging the first-time — and one-time — event with the High Museum of Art, whose Art Partners volunteer arm adopted the project as its annual High Connection interactive event.

“This event has brought together great institutions and a diverse collection of people in the spirit of collaboration and art, so we can’t wait to experience the big reveal,” said the High’s annual programs officer, Tristen Anderson.

The High’s recent exhibit “Picasso to Warhol — 14 Modern Masters” featured Pablo Picasso, the father of the 100-year-old art form named after the French word for glue.

“It became recognized when people like Picasso started putting pieces on their canvasses,” society president Roxane Hollosi said.

Stein said society member and Sandy Springs resident Lance Carlson, the project’s architect, chose the Monroe image for several reasons.

“It’s recognizable, the image had local exposure and it’s composed of primary colors, so it was easy to reproduce,” she said. “It’s three colors.”

Three is the magic number for the event, which brings together a trio of nonprofits — the society and two museums — for the first time.

“We look forward to working with these organizations both on the evening of Sept. 13 and in the future,” said MODA Associate Director Laura Flusche.

If you go

What: The Marilyn Project

When: Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315

Peachtree St., Midtown

Cost: $10 guests, $5 members; includes refreshments

Information: (404) 733-4521 or

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