How Andy Warhol's Brillo Box Changed Filmmaker's Family

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 - 4:00pm
Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017 - 2:03pm

In 1969, Lisanne Skyler’s parents bought a piece of Andy Warhol’s artwork. It was an exact replica of a shipping carton for Brillo soap pads: a small, yellow box painted with the Brillo logo and a sale — 3 cents off.

Warhol’s Brillo Boxes were first dismissed by the art world, but 40 years later, it’s a different story.

Skyler is now a professor in the University of Arizona’s School of Theatre, Film and Television and a documentary filmmaker. In her newest film, she traces that Brillo Box from her parents’ small Manhattan apartment to a Christie’s auction house stage.  

I spoke with Skyler more about her new film, which just debuted on HBO, and about how this Brillo Box — 3 cents off — changed her family.

There will be a screening of the film in Tucson on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Loft Cinema followed by a conversation with Skyler and the Loft Cinema program director Jeff Yanc.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been modified to correct the name of the University of Arizona's School of Theatre, Film and Television.

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