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Opening February 24th 

Poetry & Pose: Screen Tests by
Andy Warhol

Curated by Greg Pierce

Poetry and Pose: Screen Tests by Andy Warhol is an exhibition of forty-one Screen Tests shot between 1964 and 1966 showcasing sixteen beautiful individuals including Binghamton Birdie, Lucinda Childs, Roderick Clayton, John Giorno, Beverly Grant, Jane Holzer, Kenneth King, Donyale Luna, and Edie Sedgwick. The exhibition will be at Ki Smith Gallery from February 24th to March 31st, 2024, and is curated by Greg Pierce, Director of Film & Video at The Andy Warhol Museum.


Presenting every portrait from a sitter’s single session, Poetry and Pose offers a peek into Warhol’s creative process by allowing visitors to compare the different poses, exposures, lighting scenarios, and framing techniques the artist used to capture his subjects resulting in some of his favorite Screen Tests - “Girl Who Cries a Tear” - Ann Buchanan [ST33] - and “Boy That Never Blinked” - Peter Hujar [ST158] - along with others that did not quite make the cut - “Mouth Open No Good” - Jane Holzer [ST143].


The centerpiece of the exhibit will be a double screen projection of fourteen Screen Tests featuring the members of the Velvet Underground - John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Nico, Lou Reed, and Maureen Tucker. These portraits of the musicians were culled from the background reels “Velvet Underground” and “Gerard Begins” both of which were projected on or behind the band during the live multi-media events known as Andy Warhol, Up-Tight, and Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

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