Songs for Unseen Warhol Films

6.18.2014

By Christopher Harrity

Early Warhol films — never publicly shown and newly restored — are accompanied by new music from a range of performers.

John Giorno, Marcel Duchamp, Allen Ginsberg, Mario Montez, Marisol, Taylor Mead, Jack Smith, Mary Woronov, Edie Sedgwick, and Andy Warhol himself make a comeback on the big screen in rarely seen early Warhol films. Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films is part of a celebration of The Warhol’s 20th anniversary and combines 15 never publicly seen Warhol films with live performances by songwriters that represent a musical trajectory from the 1970s until today. Five composers—Tom Verlaine, Martin Rev, Dean Wareham, Eleanor Friedberger, and Bradford Cox—were selected to write and perform the music. 

The premiere will take place in Pittsburgh at the Carnegie Music Hall (Oakland) on October 17. It will open on the West Coast at UCLA on October 24, followed by an East Coast debut at The Brooklyn Academy of Music on November 6 through November 8. The Andy Warhol Museum, in partnership with BAM, and UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, are presenting this world premiere.

For more information on each of the performances: The Andy Warhol MuseumCenter for the Art of Performance at UCLAThe Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Next Wave Festival

Check out images from some of the films included below:

Andy Warhol, Bob Indiana Etc., 1963, ©2014 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum.

Andy Warhol, Screen Test: Marcel Duchamp and Benedetta Barzini [ST 81], 1966, ©2014 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum.

Andy Warhol, Jack’s Cigarette (excerpt from Batman Dracula), 1964, ©2014 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum.

Andy Warhol, Mario Montez and Boy, 1965, ©2014 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum.

Andy Warhol, Paraphernalia, 1966, ©2014 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum.

Andy Warhol, Superboy (excerpt), 1966, ©2014 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum.

Andy WarholMe and Taylor, 1963, ©2014 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum.

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