Presented by J. J. Murphy
CAMH | THUR NOV 8 | 4:45 PM
The Cinema on the Verge series will launch on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 4:45 p.m. with a meet-up at The Andy Monument outside of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), where CAMH director Bill Arning will talk about Rob Pruitt’s sculpture of Andy Warhol, which is on temporary loan to CAMH. Viewers will then march up Montrose to the Cinema 16 Screening Room at 4411 Montrose, where J.J. Murphy will present a program of Rare Warhol beginning at 5:30 p.m.
CINEMA 16 | THUR NOV 8 | 5:30 PM | Q&A
J.J. Murphy, author of The Black Hole of the Camera: The Films of Andy Warhol (2012, University of California Press), will introduce and discuss two rarely screened 16mm films by Andy Warhol. Warhol, one of the 20th century’s major visual artists, was a prolific filmmaker who made hundreds of films, many of them — Sleep, Empire, Blow Job, The Chelsea Girls, and Blue Movie — seminal but misunderstood contributions to the history of American cinema. In his comprehensive study of Warhol’s films, Murphy’s close readings of the films illuminate Warhol’s brilliant collaborations with writers, performers, other artists and filmmakers. The book further demonstrates how Warhol’s use of the camera transformed the events being filmed and how his own unique brand of psychodrama created dramatic tension within the works.
Bufferin (1966, 33 min.)
In this multilayered portrait by Andy Warhol, Gerard Malanga reads poems and diaries in which the well-known pain reliever replaces the names of actual participants. As a result, the viewer is forced to listen carefully to clues to decipher the names and context of Malanga’s gossipy revelations about various people, including the Pop artist.
The Velvet Underground in Boston (1967, 33 min.)
The Velvet Underground in Boston, which Warhol shot during a concert at the Boston Tea Party, features a variety of filmmaking techniques — sudden in-and-out zooms, sweeping panning shots, in-camera edits that create single-frame images and bursts of light like paparazzi flashbulbs going off — that mirror the kinesthetic experience of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, with its strobe lights, whip dancers, colorful slide shows, multiscreen projections, liberal use of amphetamines and overpowering sound of The Velvet Underground.