The Steven Spielberg of boring
Andy Warhol transformed everyday items, such as groceries and famous faces, into popular pieces of art. And he did the same with film, capturing seemingly normal activities and somehow making them special. Films such as Sleep, Eat and Blow Job showcase, well, what the title suggests. (Although you never actually see the sexual activity in the latter, just the face of the person receiving the … you know.)
Warhol’s Haircut, Screen Tests Reel 8 and The Velvet Underground & Nico, along with the PBS documentary American Masters: Andy Warhol, will be screened this Saturday during the Warhol-a-thon at the Crocker Art Museum. There also will be informal discussions with actor Martin Miniaci, Martin Anaya of the Sacramento Film Festival and UC Davis professor Blake Stimson, who will present research from his forthcoming Warhol biography.
American Pop, featuring Warhol’s Athletes Series and work by other pop artists, is on exhibit at the museum through November 2. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and until 9 p.m. on first and third Thursdays. The Warhol-a-thon is free with museum admission, which is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors 65 and older, $3 for students and free for children 6 and younger. Arrive early; seats are limited. For more information, call (916) 808-7000 or visit www.crockerartmuseum.org.