Previously at the ICA - Films

Sleep (1963) 16mm film, black and white, silent, 5 hours 21 minutes at 16 frames per second. ©2013 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum.

Sleep

6 Apr 2013

This black and white six-hour marathon captures Warhol’s close friend and poet John Giorno as he sleeps. Sleep was Warhol’s first film and was shot on a 16mm Bolex Camera, bought specifically to capture his then-lover in a state of slumber. The film is reputed to have premiered at a benefit for New York’s Film-Makers’ Cooperative in 1977 to an audience of 9 people. Consisting of looped material shot in Giorno’s apartment, the film reveals the intimate detail of the poet’s vulnerable state laid bare for Warhol.

Dir. Andy Warhol, US 1963, 321 mins

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