The retrospective offers a rare opportunity to see all of Sedgwick's extant films directed by Warhol, including rare double-projector screenings of the films Outer and Inner Space and Lupe. Curated by David Schwartz.
curated by David Schwartz
Edie Sedgwick was downtown New York's "It girl" of 1965, when she was inseparable from Andy Warhol and appeared in nearly all of his films. As Warhol said, "Edie was incredible on camera-just the way she moved. She was all energy. She didn't know what to do with it when it came to living her life, but it was wonderful to film." The Museum of the Moving Image will present the retrospective The Real Edie Sedgwick from March 31 through April 8, 2007, offering a rare opportunity to see all of Sedgwick's extant films directed by Warhol, including rare double-projector screenings of the films Outer and Inner Space and Lupe. In all of the Warhol films, the camera runs continuously, capturing Sedgwick on her own, or hanging out with such members of the Warhol crowd as Gerard Malanga, Chuck Wein, and Ondine. The films are very loosely scripted, but are basically slices of life made during the heyday of the Warhol Factory scene. Among the Warhol films to be shown are Beauty #2, Space, Afternoon, Restaurant, and Kitchen.
The sixteen-film retrospective also includes the U.S. premiere of footage of Sedgwick shot by documentary filmmaker Richard Leacock for a production of the opera Lulu, and the feature documentary Ciao! Manhattan, which was made shortly before Sedgwick died at the age of 28. Sedgwick was portrayed by Siena Miller in the recently released biopic Factory Girl. "With her radiant beauty, and her equally charismatic and oddly eccentric personality, Edie Sedgwick was a perfect subject for Warhol's unflinching camera," said David Schwartz, the Museum's Chief Curator. "There was a unique combination of presence and absence with Sedgwick, that meshed perfectly with Warhol's sensibility." Warhol himself had planned to organize an Edie Sedgwick retrospective in February 1966, but plans fell through when his relationship with Sedgwick cooled off.
Organized by David Schwartz, Chief Curator. Special thanks to Callie Angell, M. M. Serra, David Weisman, and Richard Leacock, and to Anne Morra, Charles Silver, and Mary Keene of The Museum of Modern Art.
Opening march 31, 2007
Museum of the Moving Image
35 Avenue at 36 Street - Astoria