Talks & Readings

Andy Warhol’s Soap Opera (1964)

SAT, Jul 18, 2015
7 pm

Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater

Andy Warhol’s 1964 film Soap Opera, starring Baby Jane Holzer and Sam Green, among others, intercuts actual television commercials with silent domestic scenes shot by Warhol. Rarely screened, it is a key example of the artist’s radical experimentation with and dismantling of television as both a technological medium and an affective apparatus. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the artist Alex Bag and Bruce Jenkins, professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and co-author of the forthcoming of second volume of the catalogue raisonné of Andy Warhol’s films, and moderated by Claire K. Henry, assistant curator, The Andy Warhol Film Project.

This program is produced in collaboration with the Jewish Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television. It is produced by the Whitney’s Education Department and The Andy Warhol Film Project.

Tickets are required ($8 adults, $6 students and seniors, free for members and children under 18). Due to limited capacity, visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets may be purchased online until two hours before the program begins. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the admissions desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

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