Better Talked About Than Seen
The Andy Warhol Film and Discussion Program
Almost thirty years after his death, Andy Warhol’s filmic oeuvre is still not completely catalogued. Since the 1980s, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art have been working continuously and tirelessly “on the largest archival research project in the history of American avant-garde cinema.” Warhol withdrew his films from the public in 1972, but he could still be persuaded to support this project by the two museums. It must be assumed that his films were only shown rarely and often only in very private contexts during his own lifetime, and this has hardly changed to this day. As Warhol himself so fittingly said: “They’re better talked about than seen” (Flash Art, April 1987). To accompany the exhibition ANDY WARHOL EXHIBITS a glittering alternative, the program Better Talked About Than Seen focuses on Warhol’s films. A selection of films, based on approaches in recent research by experts such as Donna De Salvo, Neil Printz, Claire K. Henry, Maja Naef, Susanne Sachsse and Marc Siegel, enables both an understanding of their historical context and their discursive potential for today. In other words: we do not just want to show these films, we want to talk about them.