Douglas Crimp's Talk

Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 5:30pm

Douglas Crimp

Andy Warhol Films the Most Beautiful Man in the World


Once hailed as “the most beautiful man in the world,” dancer, poet, and artist Paul Swan was in his eighties when Andy Warhol filmed him performing his “aesthetic” dances, first created in the teens and twenties. Warhol keeps the camera running as the elderly dancer changes his skimpy costumes on-screen or spends long periods behind a curtain looking for the right slippers. The two-reel color film reflects Warhol’s life-long interest in dance and an atypical fascination with aging beauty.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Department of History of Art and the Cinema Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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