"Only in the Screen Tests does Andy Warhol on film achieve the ethereal beauty of his best paintings." -Guardian
"Lovely, languid music" -Pitchfork
"Warhol," wrote cultural critic Louis Menand, "made movies that eliminated (along with the acting and the drama) the cinematic. He found that people who could sit through them experienced them as cinema." And so it is with the artist's legendary Screen Tests-silent, single-camera, four-minute film portraits of various Factory studio stars, friends, socialites, and hangers-on shot in the narcotized and delirious mid-sixties. In a groundbreaking project, the Warhol Museum recently went into its archives to revisit their collection of nearly 500 Screen Tests. Dean Wareham, of the influential bands Galaxie 500 and Luna, was invited to select from this cache and create music for each short film. The result is "13 Most Beautiful . . . ," an evening of songs set to Andy Warhol's hypnotic black-and-white films featuring Wareham's current critically acclaimed band, Dean & Britta. Preconcert talk with Paola Morsiani, the museum's curator of contemporary art, at 6:30. $30, $26; CMA members $29, $25
These programs made possible in part by the Ernest L. and Louise M. Gartner Fund, the P. J. McMyler Musical Endowment Fund, and the Anton and Rose Zverina Music Fund. Additional support has been provided by the Musart Society. Media sponsor is WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN ideastream.