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DEC. 2-DEC. 12
The hectic party scene in I Shot Andy Warhol (at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2), with Yo La Tengo standing in for the Velvet Underground, provides a glimpse of what it might have been like at the late artist’s New York studio, the Factory. The Chuck Workman documentary Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9) collects interviews with many of the real Factory regulars—at least those who survived—providing plenty of context for the Corcoran’s current exhibition “Andy Warhol: Social Observer.” Both of these films are available on video, though; the real superstar of this short film series is its finale, a rare screening of one of the artist’s own films. Warhol changed his medium in the mid-1960s, explaining with one of his tantalizingly shallow statements, “It’s easier to do than painting. The camera has a motor and you just turn it on and you just walk away. It tapes itself.” The camera taped “poor little rich girl” Edie Sedgwick talking to her own image on a TV screen in Outer and Inner Space (at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12); the film’s two reels are projected simultaneously on a double screen. Callie Angell, adjunct curator of the Andy Warhol Project at the Whitney Museum of American Art and consultant to the Museum of Modern Art in New York on the preservation of Warhol’s films, will be on hand to discuss the film. At the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Hammer Auditorium, 500 17th St. NW. $5; for Outer and Inner Space. (202) 639-1700. (Mark W. Sullivan)