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"The Experiments of ANDY WARHOL": "VINYL" from the collection of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

Date: Friday, December 14, 2007
Time: 8:30 PM
Calendar12/14/2007 5:30:00 PM12/14/2007 5:30:00 PMAmerica/Los_Angeles"The Experiments of ANDY WARHOL": "VINYL" from the collection of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh At Miami Beach Cinematheque512 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139Website:

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photo: Andy Warhol Motion Pictures book cover
© published by KW Berlin,
in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art
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The legacy of Andy Warhol has been a centerpiece of our exposure to American pop culture for decades, however, his work in the medium of film is less known and rarely available for public view. In the early 1970’s Warhol withdrew his films from authorized distribution, so the prolific five year period of his experimental work in film (1963-1967) is less famous than his silk-screens and works in other disciplines. Thanks to the safekeeping by the Museum of Modern Art in New York of the Andy Warhol Foundation donation of the original 16mm film elements, and the transfer to digital by the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, with the retention of the original sixteen frames per second running speeds of the earliest silent works, the films are making a world tour in select museums and cinematheques.

Vinyl (Andy Warhol/1965)
16mm film transferred to digital files (dvd)
Black and white, sound, 67 minutes
Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Contribution: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
With Gerard Malanga, J.D. MacDermott,
and “extras” Ondine and Edie Sedgwick
Music by Velvet Underground
The first Warhol film to be based (very loosely) on a novel, $3000 was forked over to have the rights to use Anthony Burgess’s “Clockwork Orange” as a platform, years before the Kubrick version. Vinyl is a featurette with two continuous 33 minute reels roughly based on the bad boy Alex character. With several other 1965 featurettes, it introduced and set the stardom of Edie Sedgwick, Gerard Malanga, and other budding "superstars”. It is also the most dramatic and “painterly” of the featurettes, a chiaroscuro set piece in a claustrophobic space, allowing simple gestures to be magnified.