“Chelsea Girls was the movie that made everyone sit up and notice what we were doing in films (and a lot of times that meant sit up, stand up, and walk out). Until then the general attitude toward what we did was that it was ‘artistic’ or ‘camp’ or ‘a put-on’ or just plain ‘boring.’ But after Chelsea Girls, words like degenerate and disturbing and homosexual and druggy and nude and real started being applied to us regularly.” —Andy Warhol
In celebration of the new publication Andy Warhol’s The Chelsea Girls and the ongoing Warhol film digitization project, The Andy Warhol Museum and The Museum of Modern Art present The Chelsea Girls Exploded, an exhibition of Warhol’s double-screen masterpiece and the films that went into the making of his epic vision of the New York underground scene, all presented in new high-quality digital film transfers. Never-before-seen films and other related material shot by the artist are shown in context with one another to illuminate the artist’s filmmaking process, which was radical and unprecedented in the summer of 1966 and still resonates today. The exhibition features in-person appearances by Warhol stars Randy Bourscheidt and Patrick Fleming; 10 premieres, including The Trip, The John, Their Town (Toby Short), and The Pope Ondine Story; and two special 16mm screenings of The Chelsea Girls.
Organized by Geralyn Huxley, Curator of Film and Video, and Greg Pierce, Associate Curator of Film and Video, The Andy Warhol Museum; and Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibition is supported by The Museum of Modern Art’s Annual Film Fund.
Special thanks to MPC NY and Technicolor PostWorks NY for their expertise and commitment to digitizing the films of Andy Warhol.