Films

"Vote McGovern": Warhol and Politics

Jan 16, 2018, 2 pm
Jan 26, 2018, 7 pm

Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater

The 1960s opened with the first ever televised presidential debate, between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. The event was disastrous for Nixon’s immediate presidential aspirations, and Kennedy—tan, youthful looking, and seemingly ready for prime time—came out the clear winner. In a decade marked by media proliferation in both print and television, and saturated coverage of often violent political events (the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy and civil rights leader assassinations). Warhol publicly disavowed any interest in politics, yet turned to political events as subjects for his work. The Kennedy assassination, in particular, remained a primary preoccupation. The Jackie portraits mark the beginning of this obsession, which Warhol carried though the film Since (1966), literally re-performing the assassination as depicted in the Zapruder film and presented by LIFE magazine in 1964 and 1966, and later in the Flash portfolio (1968). As is the case throughout his lifetime, Warhol was prescient in his capacity to zero in on events as they were happening, reflecting on them even before their historic implications were fully understood.

Films
The Life of Juanita Castro, 1965
16mm, black-and-white, sound; 66 min. at 24 fps

Since (excerpt), 1966
16mm, color, sound; 67 min. at 24 fps

Total running time: 133 minutes

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
2 pm 

Saturday, January 26, 2019
7 pm

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