This alluring multimedia performance features 13 Screen Tests of some of Warhol’s closest friends and artistic collaborators including poor little rich girl Edie Sedgwick, Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper, model Nico and Velvet Underground songwriter Lou Reed.
“In a word, mesmerizing.” –The New York Times
Known for their entrancingly melodic guitar hooks and clever lyrics, Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips perform a live soundtrack that provides new context for experiencing Warhol’s films as well as a juxtaposition that reveals previously hidden qualities in these engaging portraits.
Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, which number approximately 500, were shot between 1964 and 1966 in his studio, the Factory. Subjects were filmed by Warhol with his stationary 16mm Bolex camera on silent, black and white, 100-foot rolls of film, each Screen Test lasting only as long as the roll of film.
13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, is a project jointly commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts 2008.
NYU Skirball Center season programming is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.