The Factory Comes to LA: Warhol Heads West for Royal/T Thursday
Yes, we know there is yet another bar opening in Hollywood tonight—Hemmingway’s—and Weezer’s party is going down as well, but let’s step outside Tinseltown for a moment. This Thursday, Culver City’s Royal/T is hosting an event that you might want to check out if you’re in town and ready for something different. So what’s new at Royal/T? The warehouse-like, 10,000-square-foot meeting spot for art aficionados is throwing an opening-night bash September 23rd to toast their latest exhibit, The Warholian.
As you might have guessed, Royal/T’s fall show is based on artwork loosely inspired by Andy Warhol. Owner Susan Hancock will wheel out some fantastic works from her formidable private collection (including a Murakami and a Jeff Koons) in addition to displaying a few actual Warhol originals specially on loan from the collection of Alan Finklenstein—“Marilyn” and “Electric Chair” for example. The event is open to the public, and anyone who drops by can expect to sip champagne, just as Andy would have wanted.
Famed champagne house Moët & Chandon will be hosting the new “VIP room” (really just a enclosed glass area) inside Royal/T on Thursday. The “champagne room” debuts Thursday and, along with the exhibition, will stay up through the fall. Unlike the champagne room at your favorite neighborhood strip club, this version of a bubbly-only zone will not be featuring scantily clad women.
“Andy was a big fan of champagne, so we are serving up Dom Perignon and offering their new label,” said Sophia Cesaro, head of marketing at Royal/T Monday. “We’re one of the very few places in L.A. that now has a built-out champagne room and we are exclusively serving their newest [Champagne],” she added. Thursday night also marks the launch of New York-based designer Lisa Perry’s first West Coast pop-up residency inside Royal/T’s “shop” space near the front of the gallery, facing Washington Boulevard.
Shepard Fairey, David J, and others are set to DJ the event, and you can expect the festivities to last until well after midnight. Although the faux-“Factory” is open to all after 8pm, to ensure entry, aspiring Edie Sedgwicks can RSVP by emailing email@example.com with the subject line “glitter.”