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Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips 13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests

Performing Arts

Photos by Michael Lavine

Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips
13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests

Panel Discussion at 5 PM; Book Signing at 6:15 PM

Next@Wex

This popular series introduces young indie scene music innovators in our intimate black box venues and welcomes breakout bands to larger theaters.

Thu, Nov 20, 2008 8 PM

"The deeper commitment of both artists to their songs and one another comes across with smoldering intensity...the defining tone of hushed but bracing intimacy is well established." -Pop Matters

Husband and wife team Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, formerly of indie darlings Luna and currently recording and performing as Dean & Britta, have composed new music for a special selection of Warhol's famous Screen Tests, which they will accompany live with their band. The Screen Tests' four-minute black-and-white silent film portraits from the 1960s were used, as were other Warhol films, as part of the light show for Warhol's 1966 multimedia happening, the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, which showcased the radical art rock of the Velvet Underground. Dean & Britta (who also scored the acclaimed feature film The Squid and the Whale) probe the subtle nuances of mood reflected in the Screen Tests' portraits, lyrically and musically illuminating the shadowed psyches of the candidates for Factory Superstardom who willingly submitted to Warhol's cool cinematic gaze.

At 5 PM Dean Wareham is among the featured speakers at Peel Slowly and See, a lively discussion about the connections between music and pop art. Then at 6:15 PM, he'll be signing copies of his new book, Black Postcards, at the Wexner Center Store. All are invited to a cash bar reception in the café area at the same time.

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13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, is commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts 2008.