The Nitty Gritty
- Event is Saturday, March 31, 2012 8:00pm
- This price is for two people
- Refunds up to 48 hours after ticket purchase
Creating art from fleeting Hollywood fame: it was pretty much Andy Warhol's thing. And indie darlings Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips (formerly of the band Luna) have long been considered kindred spirits of Mr. Warhol, mostly because, like 89.9% of indie bands out there, they share the influences and inspiration of Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground. So when the music duo was commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum to provide a musical score to a selection of the Pop icon's black-and-white screen tests, they took these moving portraits to another level with an original soundtrack of songs and covers. Here at the High, this collaborative experience comes to life ever so perfectly alongside their current Picasso to Warhol exhibit, Saturday, March 31st in Symphony Hall.
To create the score, Dean & Britta went through 500 screen tests in Warhol's collection. They settled on creating individual musical accompaniment for 13 of them: Lou Reed, Nico, Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper, Paul America, Susan Bottomly, Ann Buchanan, Freddy Herko, Jane Holzer, Billy Name, Richard Rheem, Ingrid Superstar, and Mary Woronov. These famous faces appear as slow motion black-and-white portraits as the songs tell a story with the expressions and life stories of each character on screen. It's an intimate glimpse into the famed, ill-fortuned mid-60s Hollywood set; raw footage that seems as if it was never intended for public consumption. Which, of course, makes it all the more intriguing.
As Lou Reed said of the project upon witnessing Dean & Britta's performance (and his own images) in this music-meets-art collaboration: “This Warhol was a smart guy, for doing this.”
Decades later, in a modern-day context, Warhol's work is fascinating. And just as telling and timely.
Save your ticket stub for a special opportunity to visit the Museum and view the Picasso to Warhol exhibition following this event. DJ tunes will rock, cocktails will be available for purchase, and Modern art will abound.(photos 1 & 3 by Jonathan Hillyer)