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Get Your Fifteen Minutes of Fame at the MCA

By Jen Hazen in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 3, 2009 4:45PM

2009_03_warhol.jpg From 1964-1966, Andy Warhol used a 16mm Bolex camera, a chair, and his eccentric friends of the New York art scene to create Screen Tests—nearly 500 silent, black and white film portraits. Members of the art star’s entourage were told to just sit still and try not to blink while the camera rolled.

On Saturday, March 7, head to the MCA for 13 Most Beautiful ... Songs from Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, where large-scale video projections of Factory fixtures (Edie Sedgwick, Lou Reed, Baby Jane Holzer and others) will be accompanied by a live performance of sparkling indie pop composed by Dean & Britta.

Sure, Screen Tests might sound like some Cobrasnake photo shoot, but Warhol’s subjects seem surprisingly unaffected with the lens fixed on them. And some raw, awkward moments appear to be evidence that sometimes the glaring spotlight can be pretty harsh.

The 7:30 p.m. show is already sold out, but you're in luck because a second 10 p.m. show has been added! However, if you totally miss the show, Plexifilm will be releasing a DVD this month.

MCA, 220 E Chicago, Saturday, March 7; 7:30 p.m. show is sold out, but tickets are still available for the second show at 10 p.m. tickets are $25, MCA Members $20

Photo by ikonic