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Andy Warhol's Screen Tests

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Andy Warhol, Screen Test: Edie Sedgwick (1965), 16mm film, black and white, silent, 4 minutes at 16 frames per second. © 2013 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum.

Friday, November 15, 2013 through Sunday, May 11, 2014

Spalter New Media Gallery

“Seeing 20 of the Screen Tests in a row makes you realize just how carefully crafted they really were, as visual experiences.” — Blake Gopnik, The Daily Beast “Daily Pic”

Andy Warhol’s filmmaking process was inspired not only by his fascination with people, but by his desire to capture the actual experience of life. As he noted in his book POPism: The Warhol ’60s, “What I liked was chunks of time all together, every real moment… I only wanted to find great people and let them be themselves.”

Between 1964 and 1966, Warhol created more than 350 Screen Tests, 20 of which are screened in this exhibition. Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Nico, Lou Reed, and Susan Sontag were among the hundreds of subjects, all posed and recorded on 100-foot rolls of silent, black & white film by Warhol’s stationary 16mm Bolex camera. These portraits are projected in slow motion so that each lasts about four minutes; as a sequence, they induce an almost hypnotic reverie that “help the audiences get more acquainted with themselves,” as Warhol once said.

This exhibition is organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

Press Information

“You might say he’s having his 15 minutes of fame — again.”
Providence Journal

“Although he’s best known for his iconic paintings of soup cans and celebrities, Pop artist Andy Warhol was also an avid photographer and filmmaker. Over the next few months, the RISD Museum will explore this side of Warhol’s art in two related exhibits, both of which focus on the artist’s work behind the camera.”
Providence Journal Q&A with RISD Museum director John W. Smith

Related exhibition: Andy Warhol’s Photographs, on view through June 29, 2014.