You probably didn't know that a trickster toured the country as Andy Warhol's stunt double. Allen Midgette, at the direction of Warhol, did an excellent job goofing on locals until he was unmasked in, yep, Utah. Tough way to get your 15 minutes of fame.
Now it's your turn to exercise your skepticism of art and artists at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. UMOCA is presenting "The Ready Made Persona: A Selection of Screen Tests by Andy Warhol." Andy's screen tests are considered a seminal moment in portraiture. Warhol gave hundreds of people five minutes in front of the camera to do whatever.
The project includes cameos by Marcel "Urinal" Duchamp, famous for his wit in questioning the definition of art.
The exhibit opens with a reception May 10 at 8 p.m. But go at 7 p.m. for the artist lecture.
It's part of "Mondo Utah," a celebration of the diversity of the state's cultural landscape.
UMOCA, 20 S. West Temple (a short walk from City Creek Center)
Screen Test: Marcel Duchamp (1966)
16mm film, black and white, silent, 4 minutes at 16 frames per second
Copyright credit: ©2013 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.
Still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum.