Outer and Inner Space
(Andy Warhol, US 1966, 33 min., 2 × 16mm)
(Andy Warhol, US 1966, 36 min., 2 × 16mm)
Warhol. Edie Sedgwick, Warhol’s favorite superstar, appears in more than ten of his films; Outer and Inner Space and Lupe are two of the most conceptually complex. Both consist of two reels shown together side-by-side. Projected thus, Outer and Inner Space becomes a quadruple portrait of Sedgwick, since each reel shows her seated next to her own video image, to whose sound she sometimes reacts. Shot in luscious color, Lupe is supposedly a biopic about Lupe Valez based on Kenneth Anger’s story about her suicide in Hollywood Babylon. Billy Name gives Edie a haircut, and she does her nails, while in the adjacent reel she moves about a luxurious apartment in the Dakota, the famous New York City apartment building. Watch for the unexpected ending!
Prints courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.
Introduction by Douglas Crimp, Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History, University of Rochester.