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View of “Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures,” 2010. Ethel Scull, 1964. Photo: Jason Mandella.

“Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures”

View of “Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures,” 2010. Ethel Scull, 1964. Photo: Jason Mandella.

ANDY WARHOL REMARKED of his movies that they were often better talked about than seen. If your only experience of the silent films he made between 1963 and 1966 is the exhibition “Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures,” on view at the Museum of Modern Art through March 21, you very well might concur. Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA’s chief curator at large and director of MoMA PS1, the show is a revision of the 2003 MoMA exhibition “Andy Warhol: Screen Tests” organized by Mary Lea Bandy, then chief curator of the Department of Film and Media. Bandy selected 28 of the 472 short black-and-white 16-mm films that Warhol made, between 1964 and 1966, of visitors to the Silver Factory (and ultimately dubbed “Screen Tests”) and projected them digitally onto framed canvaslike surfaces or displayed them on framed video monitors hung side by side in a gallery. The point was simple: The Screen

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