Andy Warhol’s Face and The Velvet Underground in Boston: Two Premieres in Memory of Callie Angell
Introduced by Claire Henry, The Whitney Museum of American Art
Monday, October 25, 2010, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Callie Angell was adjunct curator of The Andy Warhol Film Project at The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the author of Andy Warhol Screen Tests: The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné. Remembering and honoring her as the world’s leading scholar of Andy Warhol films, and an early and dedicated champion of their preservation, MoMA presents the New York premiere of two newly restored films that haven’t been shown in more than forty years. Featuring two fixed-frame shots of Warhol’s socialite superstar Edie Sedgwick, Face (1965, USA, 66 min.) captures what the singer and poet Patti Smith described as Sedgwick’s ability to radiate “intelligence, speed, and being connected with the moment.” The Velvet Underground in Boston (1967, USA, 33 min.), which Warhol shot during a concert at the Boston Tea Party, features a variety of filmmaking techniques—sudden in-and-out zooms, sweeping panning shots, in-camera edits that create single frame images and bursts of light like paparazzi flash bulbs going off—that mirror the kinesthetic experience of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, with its strobe lights, whip dancers, colorful slide shows, multi-screen projections, liberal use of amphetamines, and overpowering sound of The Velvet Underground. Preserved through the Avant-Garde Masters program funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the National Film Preservation Foundation.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Eighth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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