Between 1963 and 1968 Andy Warhol produced approximately 60 films. The majority of them had been unavailable for public exhibition for over 20 years until the Museum of Modern Art (under guidance of the Whitney Museum) released a dozen restored titles in 1989, making the cinematic genius of Andy Warhol visible to an entire generation for whom they were the stuff of legend. This year MOMA has released another batch of Warhol titles, including Empire, Bufferin, Poor Little Rich Girl, Haircut, The Velvet Underground and Nico and Bike Boy, which we are pleased to present during the next four Sundays. Thanks to Callie Angell, Adjunct Curator, The Andy Warhol Film Project, Whitney Museum of American Art for supplying critical and historical information for the following descriptions. Presented in cooperation with the Pacific Film Archive.
HAIRCUT (No. 1) (1963); POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL (1965)
One of the most rewarding films from Warhol’s silent period, Haircut illustrates his early attempts at developing and refining a minimalist film aesthetic. Shot from a number of different angles, Haircut transforms a mundane action into a homoerotic performance. Poor Little Rich Girl is an extended portrait of Edie Sedgwick—the most glamorous, tragic, and greatest Warhol superstar. Edie’s extraordinary film presence is captured in several other Warhol films, but none of them as totally “Edie” as here.