THE ANDY WARHOL SCREEN TESTS

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Photo by the Author. Andy Warhol Museum, April 2019
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Andy Warhol Museum, April 2019. iPhoto by the author.

THE ED NEWMAN SCREEN TEST

The Andy Warhol Museum features all the channels by which Warhol expressed himself. One of these was the famous Screen Tests. In a small room on the third of fourth floor the museum has set up the equipment enabling patrons to take three minute Screen Tests themselves. Same camera, same setup, and naturally I was all in.

THE BOB DYLAN SCREEN TEST

Between 1964 and 1966 Warhol and his assistant, Gerard Malanga, used a 16mm Bolex camera to make 472 short films of people, both famous and obscure, who came to visit his “Factory” on East 47th Street in New York. The idea of calling them “Screen Tests” was something of a joke, according to Malanga. “None of these screen tests amounted to giving those people the opportunity to go on in the underground film world,” Malanga said in a 2009 interview. “It was kind of a parody of Hollywood.”
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