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Between Sleep and Dreams: Warhol Under the Stars (film)

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2005
Time: noon–10:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium and Museum Courtyard
Admission: Free; no reservations required.

This daylong event celebrates Andy Warhol's cinematic work with screenings, discussion, and music. The event kicks off with a screening of Warhol's first fully completed film, the five-and-a-half-hour Sleep (1963). Sleep consists solely of the poet John Giorno captured in deep slumber on a bed in New York City, and like many of Warhol's early films it is a minimalist excercise.

The program continues with seldom-seen Screen Tests (1964–1966) and a panel discussion featuring Warhol collaborators and "Superstars" who will put the films in context.

Join us afterwards in the Museum Courtyard for a reception and outdoor screening of Sunset (1967), a meditation on Los Angeles at dusk with a soundtrack of Nico reading a poem. The evening concludes with further Screen Tests in the Courtyard, accompanied by music from genre-defying New York DJ Adam Dorn (alias Mocean Worker). Food and drink will be available.

About Andy Warhol's Films
Warhol's films, like his paintings, examined the surface quality of images. But unlike his paintings, the films dealt explicitly with the passage of time as it is experienced by both viewers and on-screen performers. Warhol once claimed that he liked to keep shooting "until the actors got bored"—although audiences often find his films riveting.

Warhol's early works were shot using a 16 mm Bolex camera, resulting in crisp, startlingly beautiful black-and-white images of the bodies, faces, places, and activities that existed in and around the world of the Factory, his New York studio.

12:00–5:30 p.m.
Sleep (Harold M. Williams Auditorium)

5:30–6:30 p.m.
Screen Tests (Harold M. Williams Auditorium)

7:00–8:00 p.m.
Panel discussion including Warhol Superstars Viva and Mary Woronov (Harold M. Williams Auditorium)

8:00–10:00 p.m.
Outdoor screening of Sunset and additional Screen Tests accompanied by music from DJ Mocean Worker (Museum Courtyard)

Andy Warhol with camera