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January 14: Taylor Mead’s Ass & Lonesome Cowboys

To accompany our current exhibition, on Saturday January 14th at 7 PM the gallery will screen two films made by Andy Warhol in 1964 and 1968: Taylor Mead’s Ass and Lonesome Cowboys, both starring Taylor Mead.

Taylor Mead’s Ass was created in response to one critic’s scathing review of Warhol’s Tarzan and Jane Regained… Sort of, which also starred Mead.  The critic’s official reckoning was that no one wanted to see two hours of Taylor Mead’s ass (he wears a loincloth for the entirety of the film).  Consequently, Warhol’s film consists of two hours straight of Mead’s derriere.  The gallery will show an excerpt from the film.

Lonesome Cowboys is a parody of the standard Hollywood Western, loosely based on the story of Romeo and Juliet and starring Mead alongside Warhol stars Viva, Eric Emerson and Joe Dallesandro.  The film was shot in Old Tucson, Arizona and at the Rancho Linda Vista dude ranch near the location of John Wayne’s famous film sets.  The FBI watched the shoot from a distance; they were trying to arrest Warhol and his crew on obscenity charges.

The screening begins at 7 PM, and will be followed by a conversation between Taylor Mead and William McManus, who currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and is completing a dissertation on the paintings and films of Andy Warhol.