Andy Warhol: 12 Screen Tests

May 30 – September 13, 2015

Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol filmed hundreds of visitors to his studio, the Factory, using a stationary Bolex camera. The visitors—who included famous actors, writers, artists, musicians, and personalities, as well as unknowns—were instructed to sit still for the entire length of a hundred-foot roll of 16mm film, a duration of nearly three minutes, resulting in a "living portrait" on film.

Although these short films are called "screen tests," referencing the Hollywood practice of auditioning actors by filming them, none of Warhol's Screen Tests appear to have been used as auditions for his feature-length films. Instead, Warhol treated the Screen Tests as an end product in themselves. He sequenced them and projected them in slow motion, as they are shown here.

Andy Warhol
Screen Tests, 1964–66
16mm film transferred to digital files (DVD)
Black and white, silent, 4 minutes each at 16 frames per second
Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Screen Test: Ann Buchanan [ST33], 1964
Screen Test: Dennis Hopper [ST154], 1964
Screen Test: Brooke Hayward [ST132], 1964
Screen Test: Freddy Herko [ST137], 1964
Screen Test: Jane Holzer [ST142], 1964
Screen Test: Billy Linich [ST194], 1964
Screen Test: Edie Sedgwick [ST309], 1965
Screen Test: Marcel Duchamp [ST80], 1966
Screen Test: Susan Sontag [ST323], 1964
Screen Test: Bob Dylan [ST83], 1966
Screen Test: Nico [ST238], 1966
Screen Test: Lou Reed [ST269], 1966

Andy Warhol: 12 Screen Tests is organized by the Frye Art Museum. The exhibition is funded by the Frye Foundation with the generous support of Frye Art Museum members and donors. Seasonal support is provided by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and ArtsFund.

Andy Warhol, Screen Test: Bob Dylan [ST83], 1966. 16mm film, black-and-white, silent, 4.6 minutes at 16 frames per second. © 2015 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.
Nat Finkelstein. Kellie Screen Test, The Factory NYC, 1966. Courtesy of the Estate of Nat Finkelstein. © 2015 Estate of Nat Finkelstein, All Rights Reserved.