MOMA Digitizes Andy Warhol's Entire Film Collection
Partnership with MPC and The Warhol Will Make More Than 500 Films Available to Public
Published on Aug 21, 2014
MOMA is making hundreds of Andy Warhol's films available to the public with the help of a massive digitization project. The 500 titles, made by Warhol between 1963 and 1972, then withdrawn from circulation more than 40 years ago, are being converted to digital format via a partnership with The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and VFX house MPC. Nearly 1,000 rolls of original 16mm film will be digitally scanned, frame by frame, and converted into high resolution (2K) images. The process will begin in August and will take several years to complete. The films include Warhol's first film, "Sleep," made in 1963, in which he defied Hollywood-style film conventions by focusing his camera on a single object for hours on end, and "Exploding Plastic Inevitable" (EPI), a multi-sensory experience of projected images, light, and live music, first introduced in 1966 at The Dom in New York City.