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The Warhol Film Archive

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The Museum of Modern Art announces the transfer of the Warhol Film Archive from the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Warhol Film Archive, established by the Whitney Museum of American Art, will be added to the MoMA Archives to serve as an ongoing resource for scholars. Established by the Whitney as the record of many years of research into the films created by Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), the Warhol Film Archive is a collection of books, files, and media assembled in the course of producing The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné. Volume 1 of the catalogue raisonné was published by the Whitney in 2006, and the transfer of the Warhol Film Archive to MoMA coincides with the Whitney’s publication of Volume 2 on October 26, 2021. MoMA will continue this important work and research of the Catalogue Raisonné.

“MoMA has long partnered with the Whitney to study, preserve, and present Warhol’s film works,” said Rajendra Roy, the Museum’s Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film. “With the transition of the Warhol Film Archive from the Whitney, we are pleased to further expand MoMA’s extensive Warhol holdings and longstanding commitment to preserving and exhibiting Warhol’s art and film offerings.” Currently on view in MoMA’s fourth-floor David Geffen Galleries are three exemplary Warhol works from the Museum’s collection: gallery 411 is a screening room featuring Warhol’s eight-hour-and-five-minute-long landmark film Empire (1964); in nearby galleries are two iconic works on canvas made by Warhol in 1962: his series of 32 Soup Cans and his luminous Gold Marilyn Monroe.

Image above: Empire, 1964. Andy Warhol. USA. 16mm, b&w, © 2021 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, a museum of the Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.

 

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Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black and by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston.

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Empire, 1964. Andy Warhol. USA. 16mm, b&w, © 2021 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, a museum of the Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.