From 1963 through 1968, Andy Warhol produced nearly 650 films, including dozens of feature-length movies, in styles ranging from minimalist avant-garde to commercial “sexploitation.” Shortly afterwards, the artist withdrew his films from distribution; for the next twenty years, most critics and scholars could only reconstruct these works from reviews and other verbal accounts.
In 1982, curatorial staff from the Whitney and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) initiated a long-term project, with the artist’s permission, to preserve, research, and ultimately exhibit Warhol’s films, making his achievement available to scholars and the wider public. MoMA acquired the films and began the process of preservation; staff at the Whitney undertook the scholarship that would contextualize the films and form the groundwork for future presentations.
Major milestones in the project included exhibitions of Warhol’s films at the Whitney in 1988 and 1994 and the publication of the first volume The Films of Andy Warhol Catalog Raisonné in 2006. Claire K. Henry began working directly with the Andy Warhol Film Project at the Whitney in 2007, focusing on the preparation of the forthcoming volume two of the catalog raisonné. In this presentation, which includes screenings of film excerpts, Henry will provide an insider’s look at this unique curatorial endeavor.
Insider Series members are invited to attend one of two sessions:
Option 1: December 5, 7:00 pm
Option 2: January 16, 7:00 pm
Open to Insider Series members in the Curate Your Own Program. Become a member, or upgrade your membership by calling (212) 570-3641.
In conjunction with Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980, join us at Anthology Film Archives for a film series co-curated by J. Hoberman, Andrew Lampert, and Whitney curator Jay Sanders. Program 1 features work by Vito Acconci.
Rituals of Rented Island focuses on a number of performance artists whose shows were staged in lofts, storefronts, artist spaces, music clubs, and venues such as The Kitchen and Anthology in the 1970s. This linked screening series includes videos, films, and documentation from artists of the era and features many pieces not on view in the exhibition. In addition to the artists and works in these 13 shows, selections of recently preserved short films by performance artist Stuart Sherman will be screened at the beginning of various programs.
Special thanks to Anthology Film Archives, Andrew Lampert, J. Hoberman, Brent Philips (Fales Library & Special Collections, NYU), and Bill Seery (Mercer Media).
Please note: this event takes place at Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003. For complete listings and information please visit the Anthology Film Archives website.
Tickets are $10. Discounted $6 tickets are available for Whitney members and for Anthology Film Archives members; please present your valid membership card at the box office the day of the screening. To become a member, visit Whitney Membership online or call (212) 570-3641.