Warhol’s 8-Hour ‘Empire’ Is Screening at James Fuentes

Elizabeth Taylor and Warhol in 1978 at Halston's. (AFP/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Taylor and Warhol in 1978 at Halston’s. (AFP/Getty Images)

Beginning tomorrow, Jan. 8, James Fuentes will be screening Andy Warhol’s storied 1964 film Empire, a single shot of the Empire State Building that begins on the evening of July 25, 1964, and ends early in the morning of July 26, clocking in at a little over eight hours. The work runs in its entirety on Jan. 9–12, 15–19 and 22–26, starting at 10 a.m.

Jonas Mekas, whom Mr. Fuentes represents, assisted with the shooting of Empire, and told The Guardian in 2012 how he got to know Warhol:

We became friends after Naomi Levine [one of Warhol's 'superstars'] invited me to his party and I realized it was the same white-haired guy who had come to sit on the floor and watch my films. I always remember that we went to see a La Monte Young performance where one note was stretched out to four or five hours. It was soon after that I helped Andy make Empire. Young was making time stretch in sound; Andy picked up the idea and repeated it visually.

When the gallery closes up for the day, a bit after 6 p.m., I’d advise heading over to La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s drone-filled Dream House over in Tribeca, to keep the repetitive vibe going, which has the added bonus of typically being pretty toasty in the winter. More of Mr. Young’s works are also on view up at MoMA in the John Cage-inspired “There Will Never Be Silence” show.