Dionne Warwick is pretty much aware that she has an amazing Twitter account. Last year in December, she tweeted at Chance the Rapper and that went viral and it was her first viral tweet. She tweeted, “If you are very obviously a rapper why did you put it in your stage name?” (“I will be whatever you wanna call me Ms Warwick,” the young Chance demurred in response.)
Since then she had gained a lot of followers on Tweeter and also gained herself a trademark sass — “Remember: If I follow you today, I can unfollow you tomorrow if foolishness is your thing” — and bluster — “I am always tweeting while wearing a black, vintage sequin gown…as divas do.” (To the delight of fans, she even crashed an “SNL” sketch about herself last week.) Currently, she has almost 560,000 followers.
Dionne Warwick is an 80-year-old singer, she was surprised to see that the curator Peter “Souleo” reached out to her asking her to turn her social media missives into a show for the Network Arts Festival.
“I’ve heard a lot of things being done with tweets but never that,” the New Jersey native told The Post, with a bemused laugh. “I’m flattered that someone thought my tweets were something that would draw attention.”
They’ve certainly done so. “Dionne Warwick: Queen of Twitter” was such a hit at the Newark Arts Festival last month that it’s now playing at the Hahne & Co. building in Newark, the site of the old department store where Warwick used to shop for blouses as a child. Paintings, installations, collages, videos, and sculptures inspired by some of the Grammy winner’s most famous tweets are on display.
“I wanted artists who had come from a different range of mediums, [that way] there’s an entry point for everyone,” Wright said of the six people he commissioned to create works for the exhibit.
But, he added, “I also wanted artists who I could trust to get the essence of the show. It’s not just a cheeky thing, we wanted to also show the substance is not only her tweets, but in her entire legacy … [to] really use [the tweets] as an entry point to celebrating her entire career and longevity.”