3 Minutes of Fame! Andy Warhol’s SCREEN TESTS light up Times Square in May

By on May 8, 2015
image Andy Warhol, Screen Test: Edie Sedgwick [ST309], 1965. Film still courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

One of Manhattan’s greatest tastemakers, and great documenter of New York culture, Andy Warhol hits his biggest screens ever for the entire month of May as part of Times Square Arts’ Midnight Moments series. From May 1-31 several of Warhol’s 16mm-filmed Screen Tests will be shown publicly for the first time ever in the month-long series. Great New York personalities shot by the artist during 1964-66 and featured for this event include Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, and Harry Smith.

Video by Shade Rupe, Nightflight.com

Shown each night on the immense electronic billboards of Times Square from 11:57 pm to midnight, the Screen Tests feature that miracle period of New York’s multitextural arts scene where film, art, and the city itself collided to create a contextual fabric of the city’s vitality. The vast talent that passed through Warhol’s Factory and in front of his 16mm motion picture camera have created a well over nearly 500 silent slow-motion film portraits recorded over the three-year period from 1964 to 1966, with several celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

1_Andy_Warhol_Allen_Ginsberg_ST115_1966_AWMAndy Warhol, Screen Test: Allen Ginsberg [ST115], 1966. Film still courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

Find a spot on the red steps above the TKTS booth and enjoy some of these Warhol works from 11:57 to midnight every night in May. Films screened include:

Rufus Collins, 1964

Walter Dainwood, 1964

Bob Dylan, 1966

Allen Ginsberg, 1966

Donyale Luna, 1965

Nico, 1966

Lou Reed (Apple), 1966

Twist Jim Rosenquist, 1964

Edie Sedgwick, 1965

Harry Smith, 1964

About Shade Rupe

Shade Rupe is the author of Funeral Party 1 and 2, and Dark Stars Rising, a collection of interviews with Divine, Crispin Glover, Gaspar Noe, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Udo Kier, Tura Satana, and many more. He co-directed the live recording of Teller of Penn & Teller’s off-Broadway show Play Dead. He was a featured guest on "Bravo’s Scariest Movie Moments" alongside Stephen King, John Landis, Guillermo Del Toro, Peter Jackson, and more. He is now working on an updated edition of Dark Stars Rising to include new interviews with Norman Reedus, William Friedkin, John Boorman, and more. Visit him at shaderupe.com.