Originally shot as background footage for The Velvet Underground and Nico during their Exploding Plastic Inevitable performances, this Warhol premiere kinetically documents each member of the band having their cards read at a big apartment party. The tarot reader is continually interrupted in her readings by the chaos created by the characters around her.
The Velvet Underground Tarot Cards (1966) 16mm film, b/w, sound, 65 minutes.
Directed by Andy Warhol. Starring John Cale, Nico, Susan Bottomly, Mary Woronov, Ingrid Superstar, Eric Emerson, John Wilcock, Lou Reed, Angelina “Pepper” Davis, Maureen Tucker, Sterling Morrison, and Danny Williams.
This film has been preserved through the Avant-Garde Masters program funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the National Film Preservation Fund.
Screened in conjunction with the exhibition Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project