Andy Warhol, The Empire,: Courtesy of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

9 - 15 October 2006

Black and white, silent, 8 hours 5 minutes at 16 framers per second


Andy Warhol made one of his most famous and controversial films, Empire, between 25 and 26 July, 1964.  Aiming his camera out of a window of the Time-Life Building, he recorded the Empire State Building for six hours, from the twilight of 8:00 p.m., through the darkness, and  until 2:30 a.m. Ignoring Hollywood film conventions, Warhol made a film that contained only one image and extended, rather than condensed, real time.  Not only did he use, unedited, all of the footage he shot, but, when the new work premiered the following March, he projected the film in slow motion, bringing the final running time to slightly over eight hours and creating a truly epic portrait of this iconic landmark. The multiple silk screened “Statue of Liberty”(1963) paintings prefigure the slowly mutating impressions of the Empire State Building in this film made a year later. 


Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc


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