Sunday, Feb 3, 2019 4 pm at the Whitney Museum
Arguably the most influential artist of the late 20th century, Andy Warhol inspired followers and, as Borges wrote of Kafka, created precursors. The Warhol aesthetic has the uncanny effect of influencing our understanding of certain artists who preceded him, among them the African-American film pioneer Oscar Micheaux and the mixed media innovator Orson Welles. This lecture by film critic and historian J. Hoberman describes Warhol’s radical filmmaking practice and reframes it by looking at his predecessors, Micheaux and Welles. The program is organized in collaboration with the London Review of Books, which has published significant interventions by Hoberman on all three artists.