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The Andy Warhol Museum currently has a collection of approximately 350 preserved Warhol films, including Empire, The Chelsea Girls, and several hundred short Screen Tests. It also houses the entire output of the artist’s work in video comprised of over 4,000 videotapes, including video diaries, experimental soap operas, music videos, commercial work-for-hire, and all completed episodes of the television series Fashion, Andy Warhol’s T.V. and Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes.

The film and video collection is crucial to understanding the artist Andy Warhol. From the time he obtained his first film camera in 1963 until his death in 1987, Warhol actively explored the moving image, creating epic films, personal portraits, programs for cable television, and music videos. His films and video capture the rich and raw texture of the fertile cultural milieu, in which he lived and worked.

In 1997, upon receiving ownership of the rights to Andy Warhol’s entire film and video work from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Museum was granted the opportunity and responsibility of presenting this permanent collection of Andy Warhol’s work in the most authoritative and accessible manner possible, for both general and scholarly audiences. The museum exhibits Warhol’s film and video work on a regular basis in its theater and galleries. Films are also available for viewing for research purposes at the Museum by appointment.

The Andy Warhol Museum controls the copyright to Andy Warhol’s film and video works. Anyone wishing to license excerpts for inclusion in film or video productions or images for publication should contact The Andy Warhol Museum.