Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 1, 2013

 

Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests on Exhibition at UMOCA

Artist Lecture May 10th at 7 PM

Opening Reception May 10th from 8 to 10 PM
FREE ADMISSION

Salt Lake City, UT ­– Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is pleased to present The Ready Made Persona: A Selection of Screen Tests by Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests are a seminal moment in the history of portraiture. Warhol asked hundreds of people to take five minutes to sit in front of the camera without giving any specific direction. The result reveals the essence of the person through their unselfconscious boredom, caricatured posturing or grasping attempts at their proverbial 15 minutes of fame. The subjects presented here are specific to illustrating each of those layers with cameos by Marcel Duchamp, innovator of the readymade and whose troublingly playful wit changed art forever; and Jack Smith, a filmmaker whose work honed in on the slippage between directionless states of being with the notion of playing the self. Lastly Allen Midgette, a man who toured the country and played Warhol at the artist’s discretion, until unmasked in Salt Lake City in 1968.

Zion’s Bank is a proud sponsor of the inaugural Utah Biennial: Mondo Utah.  Special thanks to Zoo, Arts and Parks, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the UMOCA Ambassador’s Circle for their support.

About the Artist
Andy Warhol is an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop Art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist. Warhol’s art encompassed many forms of media, including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music.

About UMOCA
The award-winning Utah Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits groundbreaking artwork by local, national, and international artists. Four gallery spaces provide an opportunity for the community to explore the contemporary cultural landscape through UMOCA’s exhibitions, films, events, classes, and presentations.

Founded in 1931, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art has been recognized as Best Museum in the State of Utah for 2011, 2012 and 2013 and is a four-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation.

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