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Warhol Museum director to depart

Thomas Sokolowski will resign at the end of this year as director of the Andy Warhol Museum.

Monday’s announcement came in a statement from the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. His last day will be Dec. 31.

“Sometimes you feel you’re at a point when you have time and you have a few shekels in your bank account and you can breathe and see what (else) you want to do,” Sokolowski said.

The Chicago native said he had no other job lined up at the moment.

Sokolowski, who became the museum’s director in 1996, championed exhibits that often ran against the grain of conservative Western Pennsylvania sensibilities. One exhibit in 2004 “Inconvenient Evidence: Iraqi Prison Photographs From Abu Ghraib,” featured photos of Iraqi prisoners of war being abused by American Troops. The photos angered some local veterans groups.

“Sometimes when you’re on their side of the issue they think you’re a great pit bull, and when you’re on the other side of the issue they think you’re a pit bull that has to be put down.”


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