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A fascinating look inside the world of one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, this season’s flagship exhibition Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen traces the artist’s journey from starstruck to starmaker, interweaving the copious collections of Hollywood memorabilia that Warhol amassed over his lifetime (including 8x10s, magazines, posters, and costume pieces) with a selection of his art, including film, video and TV work as well as drawings, screen prints and photographs.

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Growing up in the 1930s, Andy Warhol was fascinated by the stars of classic Hollywood: they were mesmerizing objects of fantasy, embodying a glamour and intrigue far removed from the industrial Pittsburgh of Warhol’s childhood. In the 1960s, when the mythic Hollywood of yore was but a memory mediated by nostalgia and irony (and TV), Warhol’s films created a parallel Hollywood—and, with it, a shadow America—that radically reinterpreted the icons and narratives, tropes and genres of the former Dream Factory.

While he appropriated and manipulated images of celebrities in his artwork, Warhol began minting his own stars from the ranks of the charismatic and eccentric personalities that gravitated towards his studio headquarters, the Factory. Sitting for one of Warhol’s single-reel Screen Tests or performing in his multi-reel films, these subjects were transformed into “Superstars,” their force of presence elevating them to screen-idol status despite the deliberately threadbare production values surrounding them. At the Factory, if you believed strongly enough in your fantasies—of stardom, beauty, glamour, and celebrity—they could really come true.

In his artwork, his films, and his forays into television in the eighties, Warhol both anticipated and helped bring about the democratization—and redefinition—of celebrity that has reached new peaks in the age of reality TV and social media. (As critic Wayne Koestenbaum has said, “If we want to follow Warhol’s example, we must not only pay attention to beauty; we must attend to plainness and anti-glamour, to ignored bodies and slapdash outfits.”) Simultaneously producer and consumer, artist and fan, satirist and celebrant, Andy Warhol played a profound role in making fame part of the very air we breathe—a global dream of perpetual self-exposure and self-creation.

— Jon Davies

Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen is on now only at TIFF Bell Lightbox (Reitman Square, 350 King St West) inside the HSBC Gallery.

This exhibition has been organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and is presented in collaboration with TIFF.  Curated by Geralyn Huxley and Matt Wrbican from The Andy Warhol Museum, with Jon Davies as Managing Curator for TIFF.

The Screen Test Machine is not accessible at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Warhol’s studio the Silver Factory was the centre of his social scene and attracted a diverse crowd of artists, friends, and celebrities, many of whom posed for short film portraits between 1964 and 1966. Warhol made almost 500 of these Screen Tests in the span of two years using a stationary, silent Bolex camera loaded with a 100-foot roll of black-and-white 16mm film. The tests took about three minutes each, the time it took for the roll of film to run through the camera; Warhol later projected the reels in dreamlike slow motion, extending their duration. The Screen Tests were organized into the compilation films The Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys, The Thirteen Most Beautiful Women, and Fifty Fantastics and Fifty Personalities and shown at the Factory in different versions depending on who was in attendance. They were also used in Warhol’s 1966-67 multi-media happening, the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, accompanied by the live music of the Velvet Underground.

Create your own screen test in much the same way Andy Warhol created his.

Using a touch screen that controls a camera and two movie lights, the Screen Test Machine allows you to shoot a silent film portrait of yourself that then will be uploaded to the web for you to share.

You are the artist and the Superstar. Decide how you would like to present yourself by selecting the background and lighting that you prefer. Position yourself in front of the camera – have fun and be creative – then press record on the touch screen and hold still for three minutes. The sound of the camera will let you know you are being recorded. When it stops your portrait is complete. Your screen test will be transformed digitally to slow motion and after approximately five minutes you will receive an e-mail with instructions for viewing it.

To use the Screen Test Machine, you must show your Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen exhibition ticket. The Screen Test Machine operates on a first come, first served basis during HSBC Gallery Hours.
To enhance your experience, we will issue timed entry tickets to the exhibition. Timed-entry tickets guarantee admission, limit the number of visitors in the gallery, and minimize lineups. Timed entry begins every half-hour.

TIFF Members
FREE
Adult
$13
Student / Senior
$10.50
Child
$9
Film & Exhibition Combo
$20
Only applies to films in Nothing Special: Andy Warhol’s Star System and Liz & Marilyn: Black and White In Colour
Film & Exhibition Combo valid on adult tickets only. Prices include HST but not service fees. Pricing subject to change. TIFF prefers Visa. Service fees are $1.00 per ticket if you purchase online or by phone. TIFF Members are exempt from the service fee charges on member discounted tickets.

For the Screen Test Machine, you must show your Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen exhibition ticket. The Screen Test Machine operates on a first come, first served basis.
Book a group of 10 or more and receive a 20% off discount on Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen!

A group of 10 or more can experience the exhibition for only $10.40 each (20% off a regular adult ticket). Prices include HST but not service fees.

For booking information, please contact 416-599-TIFF or email groupsales@tiff.net. You can also reach us Toll Free at: 1-888-599-TIFF
Monday - Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday - Thursday
12pm - 9pm
Friday - Saturday
12pm - 10pm
Sunday
12pm - 6pm
December 24, 25, 28, 29, and 31 the gallery is open from 12pm - 6pm.
January 16, 17, 23, 24 the gallery is open from 11am - 10pm
  • No food or drinks
  • No photography or videotaping
  • No large items permitted in the HSBC Gallery, including strollers, backpacks and umbrellas
  • You may be required to check other items at the discretion of the Gallery staff
  • Coats must be worn and not carried in the Gallery; please consider checking your coat before entering
Explore the exhibition Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen with a guided tour. Tours are available at no extra charge with the purchase of a ticket, and run weekly at the following times:

Wednesday - Friday
6pm
Saturday
2pm & 6pm
Sunday
2pm

To join the tour, please obtain a tour ticket from the Steve and Rashmi Gupta Box Office​ at TIFF Bell Lightbox day-of (up to two hours in advance) and meet next to the tour sign in the main lobby. Tour space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Please note that there will be no tours on November 5, December 24, 25 and January 1.

TIFF Shop: Sun – Tues: 11am–7pm
Wed & Thurs: 11am–9pm
Fri & Sat: 11am–10pm

 
Warhol Painterly Tote
 
$40
 
Warhol Banana Sweatshirt
 
$80
 
Warhol Lips T-shirt
 
$35
 
Warhol Striped T-shirt
 
$35
 
Art of Andy Warhol 2016 Calendar
 
$17.99
 
Warhol Marilyn Layered Journal
 
$14
 
Campbell's Soup Dynomighty Wallet
 
$16
 
Warhol Soup Can Puzzle
 
$20
 
Quotable Notables (Warhol & Marlyn)
 
$4.50
 
Joy of Light Matchboxes
 
$6
 
Warhol Marilyn Memo Block
 
$16
 
Thought Notebook (Pop Artists)
 
$22
 
Warhol Little Giant Figure
 
$14
 
Warhol Keepsake Box
 
$15
 
Warhol Idea Journal
 
$16
 
Warhol Postcard Book
 
$12
 
Andy Warhol Polaroids
 
$99.99
 
Andy Warhol (D. Crimp)
 
$15.95
 
Phaidon Focus: Andy Warhol
 
$22.95

 

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This exhibition has been organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and is presented in collaboration with TIFF.
Curated by Geralyn Huxley and Matt Wrbican from The Andy Warhol Museum, with Jon Davies as Managing Curator for TIFF. Photo by Billy Name.
Generously supported by donors Anne-Marie Canning and Abby, Perry and Jordan Minuk.