Warhol Screen Tests: ARTalk with scholar Gregory Pierce
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
The depth of Andy Warhol’s art extends beyond his infamous prints of pop culture, making over 500 screen tests and directing or producing over 150 films. The Currier Museum of Art is proud to present Gregory Pierce, curator of the Warhol Museum, for an ARTalk to complement Screen Tests, currently on exhibition through July 3. What was the impetus for Screen Tests? How are they relevant almost sixty years later? Pierce, Warhol scholar and filmmaker, will expound upon these questions while taking a deeper dive into Warhol’s creative process.
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
$20 non-member (Includes the cost of admission)
Greg Pierce, Director of Film and Video, The Andy Warhol Museum
Pierce has worked in the museum’s Film and Video Department since April 1994. He graduated from Point Park College with a BA in film production and has worked as an instructor, projectionist, assistant operations manager, and technical coordinator at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Chicago Filmmakers and the Carnegie Museum of Art. At The Warhol he curated Neke Carson: Eyeball Portraits and Beyond + Neke Paints Andy ’72 in 2008, co-curated SuperTrash with Jacques Boyreau in 2009, and I Just Want to Watch: Andy Warhol’s Film, Video, and Television with Geralyn Huxley in 2010. He designed the museum’s Screen Test Machine which has been in constant use since it was successfully launched in the summer of 2012 and his evocation in gallery form of Warhol’s multi-media event Exploding Plastic Inevitable has been seen in museums around the world since 2014. His writing on Warhol has appeared in exhibition catalogues for the Stedelijk Museum’s Other Voices, Other Rooms and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Warhol Live and most recently in the publication Andy Warhol’s The Chelsea Girls of which he is co-editor.
Pierce is the custodian of The Orgone Archive (ex-Orgone Cinema), a proudly fringe, regional motion picture archive and screening outfit based in Pittsburgh that he co-founded in 1993 along with two other film artists / advocates. The archive holds over 10,000 unique and neglected regular 8, super 8, and 16mm films. He is also the lead guitarist in his daughter’s band Merce Lemon and the drummer for the experimental pop quartet Her Suit.