1967. 33 min.
MoMA presents the world premiere of the newly preserved Tiger Morse (Reel 14 of ****) (1967). Not screened since 1972, the 33-minute film is introduced by Bill Horrigan, a contributor to The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné Volume II (The Andy Warhol Film Project, Whitney Museum of American Art), followed by a conversation with Warhol collaborator Billy Name. “Tiger Morse is one of five reels that Warhol shot of designer, boutique owner, and mod fashion guru Joan ‘Tiger’ Morse. Morse gained notoriety for her vinyl light-up mini dresses and her embrace of all things silver. Filmed in early 1967 at the Teeny Weeny, her plastic space-age boutique, Tiger Morse (Reel 14 of ****) features an amphetamine-fueled 33-minute soliloquy on ‘screwing,’ love, speed, and mirrored disco balls. Warhol’s late camera work is also highlighted: the film contains many interruptive pans, rapid strobe cuts, and focus pulls, and is shot on jewel-like Ektachrome reversal stock. The footage was later inserted as Reel 14 into Warhol’s epic 25-hour film **** (Four Stars)” (Claire K. Henry, The Andy Warhol Film Project). Preserved with a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation by The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, as part of the museum's larger mission of promoting and safeguarding Andy Warhol's legacy. Special thanks to John Hanhardt.