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Andy Warhol. Empire. 1964

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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)

Empire

Date:
1964
Medium:
16mm film transferred to video (black and white, silent)
Duration:
8 hours 5 min. at 16 frames per second
Credit Line:
Original film elements preserved by The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
MoMA Number:
F69
Copyright:
© 2014 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA Highlights, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, revised 2004, originally published 1999, p. 240

Empire consists of one stationary shot of the Empire State Building taken from the forty-fourth floor of the Time-Life Building. Jonas Mekas served as cameraman. The shot was filmed from 8:06 p.m. to 2:42 a.m. on July 25-26, 1964. Empire consists of a number of one-hundred-foot rolls of film, each separated from the next by a flash of light. Each segment of film constitutes a piece of time. Warhol's clear delineation of the individual segments of film can be likened to the serial repetition of images in his silkscreen paintings, which also acknowledge their process and materials.

Warhol conceived a new relationship of the viewer to film in Empire and other early works, which are silent, explore perception, and establish a new sense of cinematic time. With their disengagement, lack of editing, and lengthy nonevents, these films were intended to be part of a larger environment. They also parody the goals of his avant-garde contemporaries who sought to convey the human psyche through film or used the medium as metaphor.

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