Barbican to host European Premiere performance of ‘Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films’ in May

Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films

Monday 16 May 2016 / Barbican Hall / 19:30

Tickets £15 – 25 (plus booking fee)

Commissioned for The Andy Warhol Museum’s 20th anniversary in 2014, Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films comes to the Barbican on Monday 16 May 2016, in what will be the project’s European premiere performance and the only UK date, providing a revealing snapshot of Andy Warhol’s New York in the 1960s.

Warhol’s films are provocative milestones of underground cinema and Exposed is comprised of 15 of his short films that had recently been digitized and had not been publically screened since the project was world premiered in Pittsburgh in 2014. The selected films are given new live scores performed by an eclectic line-up of New York-based artists from post-Velvet Underground 70’s through to today, including: Tom Verlaine (Television), Martin Rev(Suicide), Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound) and guest music curator Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna).

The project’s chosen short films are a combination of portraits and actualities featuring superstars and luminaries such as John Giorno, Marcel Duchamp, Mario Montez, Jim Rosenquist, Billy Kluver, Marisol, Taylor Mead, Mary Woronov, Edie Sedgwick, and Andy Warhol himself.

Andy Warhol made films between 1963 and 1968, using two 16mm motion picture cameras. His first camera, a Bolex, held 100 foot rolls of film, which lasted approximately 2 ¾ minutes when shot at the standard speed of 24 frames per second. However, when Warhol projected his silent, finished films, he showed them in slow motion, or 16 frames per second, so that they lasted approximately 4 minutes. Warhol shot almost a thousand rolls of film with this camera and used them as a basic building block to create such early masterworks as SleepEatHaircut No. 1, and Blow Job, as well as the large body of work known as the Screen Tests, a collection of almost 500 four minute portraits of friends, colleagues, and visitors to his studio, The Factory.

The project was produced for The Andy Warhol Museum by staff members Ben Harrison, curator of performing arts; Geralyn Huxley, curator of film and video; and Greg Pierce, assistant curator of film and video, in consultation with Dean Wareham, guest musical curator.

Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films follows on from The Andy Warhol Museum’s first commission involving its film collection: 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Testswhich was also shown at the Barbican Theatre in July 2010.

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