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Andy Warhol's Empire returns to its iconic New York setting for anniversary celebration
Andy Warhol, Empire, 1964, ©The Andy Warhol Museum.
NEW YORK, NY.- The 50th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s groundbreaking film Empire is being marked by a month-long special exhibition at the very building that is the namesake and sole image of the epic work.

Throughout July, Empire is being continuously shown in the Fifth Avenue lobby of New York City’s Empire State Building. The exhibition also features images of Warhol’s art and details of his life and filmmaking.

Additionally, on the evening of Friday, July 25, the Empire State Building will be illuminated with thousands of white lights sparkling in honor of the film’s anniversary. It was on that date in 1964 when Warhol trained his camera on the Empire State Building for six and a half hours, declaring, “The Empire State Building is a star!”

From the dusk of 8 p.m. into the darkness of 2:30 a.m., Warhol captured the changing lights of the towering structure and the sky above. When Warhol premiered the film, unedited, the following March, he projected it in slow motion, bringing its length to over eight hours.

“Andy Warhol is arguably the most famous American artist of the 20th century and Empire was his most famous film,” said Geralyn Huxley, Curator of Film and Video at The Andy Warhol Museum and project leader for the Empire State Building exhibition. “It is fitting that he and his work be honored by the most famous of American buildings.”

The exhibition is being displayed in four windows of building’s famed Art Deco lobby from July 1 – July 31, 2014. Admission to the lobby is free.

Empire is a classic example of Warhol’s early work in film, which began in 1963. He ignored Hollywood conventions by making a film that contained a single image for an extended period of time. Warhol said, “I never liked the idea of picking out certain scenes and pieces of time and putting them together, because… it’s not like life… What I liked was chunks of time all together, every real moment.”

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