<em>The Velvet Underground Tarot Cards</em>. 1966. USA. Directed by Andy Warhol. Image courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum

The Films of Stuart Sherman, 1977–89

Thursday, November 10, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

Includes the following film:

  • The Velvet Underground Tarot Cards

    1966. USA. Directed by Andy Warhol. With John Cale, Nico, Susan Bottomly, Mary Woronov, Ingrid Superstar, Eric Emerson, John Wilcock, Lou Reed, Angelina “Pepper” Davis, Maureen Tucker, Sterling Morrison, and Danny Williams. Originally shot as background footage for the Velvet Underground and Nico during their Exploding Plastic Inevitable performances, this Warhol premiere kinetically documents each member of the band having their cards read at a big apartment party. The tarot reader is continually interrupted in her readings by the chaos created by the characters around her. Preserved by The Andy Warhol Museum through the Avant-Garde Master program funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the National Film Preservation Fund. 67 min.

In excited anticipation of a more comprehensive, ambitious premiere of Stuart Sherman’s films in next year’s preservation festival, this program features a smaller selection of short pieces that relate to the influential performance artist’s table-top "Spectacles" of the 1970s. In addition to his moving-image work, Sherman (1945–2001) worked in a variety of other mediums, including poetry, sculpture, and collage, and he collaborated with Charles Ludlam in the early days of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company and with Richard Foreman's Ontological-Hysteric Theater. This program includes Scotty and Stuart (1977), Skating (1978), Camera/Cage (1978), Piano Music (1979), Theater Piece (1980), Typewriting (Pertaining to Stefan Brecht) (1982), Brecht Film (1985), Mr. Ashley Proposes (Portrait of George) (1985), Berlin Tour (1988), and Black-Eyed Susan (Portrait of an Actress) (1989). Newly preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with funding from The National Film Preservation Foundation.

In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Ninth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation

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