Tampa Museum of Art

TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART CELEBRATES WARHOL AS FILMMAKER

Posted on: July 7th, 2015

The Tampa Museum of Art is pleased to announce the debut of a special Andy Warhol Film Series in conjunction with its current exhibition In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking from the Collections of Jordan Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, scheduled July 16 through September, 20, 2015.

Andy Warhol once said of film making that it is “just easier to do than painting. The camera has a motor, and you just turn it on and walk away.” Warhol’s films were raw, deliberately unpolished, and often unedited; and he challenged the inherently manufactured nature of the medium. Although many of his films initially were panned by critics, they are now considered avant-garde classics. From 1963 to 1968, Warhol made approximately 600 films of various lengths at The Factory.

The Tampa Museum of Art will show seven films by Andy Warhol. The exhibition in galleries celebrates Andy Warhol, the printmaker, this Film Series will celebrate Andy Warhol, the filmmaker, and his unique ability to create enduring imagery and transcend boundaries across disparate media.

SCHEDULE:

Thursday, July 16, 2015 

Double Feature: My Hustler and Kiss

Dickey Family Lecture Hall

My Hustler (1965) 6:45pm

16mm, b/w, sound, 67 mins

A benchmark film for gay cinema, My Hustler concerns a comedic portrayal of an aging homosexual who rents a butch blond hustler and brings Fire Island home for the weekend, only to find him being wooed by the competition.

Intermission 8:00pm

Kiss (1963-4) 8:15pm

16mm, b/w, silent, 54 mins

In this silent, experimental film Warhol documents his Factory regulars performing the titled act in extreme close-ups. Filming over the course of several months, Warhol documented these intimate moments between kissing couples and assembled the vignettes into this larger “serial” work.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Double Feature: Mrs. Warhol and Poor Little Rich Girl

Dickey Family Lecture Hall

Mrs. Warhol  6:45pm

16mm, color, sound, 66 mins

 Warhol turns his camera on his own mother, Julia Warhola, who plays an aging movie star with a long list of former husbands. Warhol follows his delightfully odd mother as she completes her daily chores and chats away in her nearly incomprehensible Czech accent.

Intermission 8:00pm

Poor Little Rich Girl (1965) 8:15pm

16mm, b/w, sound, 66 mins

Presented as a day in the life of Factory superstar and New York socialite Edie Sedgwick, this semi-documentary follows “poor little rich girl” Sedgwick as she wakes up, orders up coffee and juice, smokes and exercises, talks on the telephone, and explains how she ran through a sizeable inheritance in just six months.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Double Feature: Vinyl and Couch

Dickey Family Lecture Hall

Vinyl (1965) 6:45pm

16mm, b/w, sound,66 min

Warhol’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange features Warhol protégé Gerard Malanga in the role of the no-good youth, Alex (here, Victor). Malanga performs his famous “whip dance” before his arrest and subsequent deprogramming, with the result here given a decidedly sado-masochistic twist.

Intermission 8:00pm

Couch (1964) 8:15pm

16mm, b/w, silent 52 mins.

In Couch, visitors to the Factory were invited to “perform” on camera, seated on Warhol’s illustrious couch. Part film, part documentary, Couch  features figures such as Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, and perennial New York figure, Taylor Mead.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

All-day screening 11:00am-5:00pm

Saunders Gallery

Empire (1964)

16mm, b/w, silent, 8 hrs 5 mins

 On the night of July 25, 1964, Warhol and a small group of artists headed up to a 41st floor office inside the Time-Life Building in Manhattan with a perfect view of what was then the world’s tallest building, the Empire State Building. From 8.06pm to 2.42am, they filmed a continuous, stationary shot of the Empire State Building as daylight passes into darkness. Although lacking a traditional plot, Warhol’ influential and important film assumes a narrative about the passage of time.

Notes for films:

Audience: Mature

Timeline for July 16*, August 20* and September 17*

6.45pm: film begins

8.00pm: intermission (approximate)

8.15pm: second film begins (admission desk closes at 8.15)

9.15pm: series ends

 

Timeline for September 20 film:

11:00am-5:00pm All-day screening

Members and university students (with ID)—free admission
Non-Members included in $5.00 admission to In Living Color:
Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking from the collections
of Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation
Galleries will close at 7pm, please visit the exhibitions
before the film screening.

Cash bar and snacks (popcorn, potato chips, and pound cake) available for purchase.

* Galleries will close at 7pm, please visit the exhibitions before the film screening.

About the Tampa Museum of Art

The Tampa Museum of Art opened its award-winning home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on classical, modern, and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection, including one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeast, with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions. It is the region’s largest museum devoted to art of our time and has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media. Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa) (the Museum’s 14,000-square-foot LED installation on its façade) has become an iconic image for Tampa. Since its founding in 1979, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge. The Museum is home to Sono Café, a Slow Food movement café overlooking the Hillsborough River, and has emerged as Tampa’s premiere venue for special events.