No Mistakes: Andy Warhol's New History of Cinema

Feb 7, 2019

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. 

Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again is on view November 12, 2018 through March 31, 2019.