Arguably the most influential artist of the late 20th century, Andy Warhol inspired followers and, as Borges wrote of Kafka, created precursors. The Warhol aesthetic has the uncanny effect of influencing our understanding of certain artists who preceded him, among them the African-American film pioneer Oscar Micheaux and the mixed media innovator Orson Welles. This lecture by film critic and historian J. Hoberman describes Warhol’s radical filmmaking practice and reframes it by looking at his predecessors, Micheaux and Welles. The program is organized in collaboration with the London Review of Books, which has published significant interventions by Hoberman on all three artists.
J. Hoberman was a Village Voice film critic for over thirty years, and has contributed to The New York Times, The Nation, and Artforum, among other publications. He is the author of a dozen books on film history including Film After Film (Or, What Became of 21st Century Cinema?) and On Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures and Other Secret-Flix of Cinemaroc, has taught at The Cooper Union and Harvard University, and is currently an adjunct professor of film at Columbia University.
Tickets are required ($15 adults; $12 members, students, seniors, and visitors with a disability).
Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again is organized by Donna De Salvo, Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, with Christie Mitchell, curatorial assistant, and Mark Loiacono, curatorial research associate. At the touring venues the installation will be overseen by Gary Garrels, Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Ann Goldstein, Deputy Director, and Chair and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.
The accompanying film program is co-organized with the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, and curated by Claire K. Henry, assistant curator.
The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.
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