Andy Warhol is not just a pop art icon—he is a foundational part of New York City culture. In celebration of the Warhol Museum's 20th anniversary, here are three special ways to celebrate the eccentric artist. Just like the modern art virtuoso, there's a little something for everyone, from film buffs to photographers.
- View fifteen never-before-seen films by the artist at "Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films" at BAM on November 6–8, while listening to live music by Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna), Tom Verlaine (Television), Martin Rev (Suicide), Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), and Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound). These films weren't given their due attention during Warhol's life and were often ignored as features until now. Some of the digitally remastered films include Taylor and Me, Superboy, and Paraphernalia and were shot between 1963-66 with Warhol's quintessential 16 mm camera. Each of the musicians featured in Exposed are meant to represent a post 1970s musical sound—they perform scores alongside the movies. Aside from the amazing musical lineup, people like artist Marcel Duchamp, author Taylor Mead, performer Mario Montez and Warhol himself can be seen on the big screen.
- If you feel like you were born in the wrong decade and are jonesing to get a look inside Warhol's famous Factory, check out Billy Name, The Silver Age at Milk Gallery starting November 12. From 1964–68, Name took on the role of archivist, photographing the behind-the-scenes action at the warehouse, including its film sessions and wild parties. Name was a life long friend and former lover of Warhol's, which helped him get close to all the activity. For the first six months of 1964, Name lived in a closet in the Factory and was responsible for “silverizing” it. He covered every square inch of the space with silver tin foil and spray paint, helping give the Factory it's magical feel. Many of the photographs featured in this exhibit were taken during the filming of Warhol movies such as Girls in Prison, Vinyl and the Life of Juanita Castro. In the exhibit you'll see Warhol starlets like Edie Sedgwick and celebrities like Salavdor Dali and Tennessee Williams, plus projected screen tests of some of Warhol's more infamous actors.
- If you haven't gotten your fill of Warhol yet, check out ANDY WARHOL: At Face Value opening November 16th at POP International Galleries, in conjunction with Revolver Gallery. You'll see iconic Warhol images like Marilyn, Muhammad Ali and the Campbell Soup Cans, along with more than 50 other pieces from the Revolver Gallery's collection (which has one of the largest inventories of Warhol's work around). The exhibit will be open for public viewing on November 11th.
—Written by Anni Irish