Throughout May, Andy Warhol will be taking over Times Square, a perfect place for an artist who mass produced art synthesizing commercial and pop culture. At 11:57 p.m., on every night of the month, Times Square Arts will show Warhol's screen tests from the 1960s on the electronic billboards. Each evening the takeover will last for 3-minutes.
There are nearly 500 of these 16mm film portraits, all silent and in slow-motion—they were rarely shown in public when still in Warhol's hands, but were frequently screened at The Factory. The ones that will show in Times Square feature: Rufus Collins, 1964; Walter Dainwood, 1964; Bob Dylan, 1966; Allen Ginsberg 1966; Donyale Luna, 1965; Nico, 1966; Lou Reed, 1966; Twist Jim Rosenquist, 1964; Edie Sedgwick, 1965; and Harry Smith, 1964.
They were all shot at Warhol's Silver Factory, which was the original Factory housed on the 5th floor at 231 East 47th Street, walking distance from Times Square.