Who shot Warhol?

By Madeleine Heppermann

The Lindenwood Film Series will present “I Shot Andy Warhol,” Friday, Sept. 21 at 8:30 p.m. in Young Auditorium.

Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas, the woman who did in fact shoot pop-art icon Andy Warhol in 1968, “I Shot Andy Warhol” is an introspective look at the 1960’s art world and the lives of its inhabitants.

Lili Taylor plays Solanas, a sexually abused child turned homeless prostitute and radical feminist who becomes enthralled with Andy Warhol, his parties at “The Factory” and her belief that Warhol will produce her vulgar play “Up Your Ass.”

The film also places focus on Solanas’ authorship of her “SCUM Manifesto,” the formal expression of her deep hatred towards men. It has since become classic literature for the feminist movement.

Crude, yet thought-provoking, the 1996 film directed by Mary Harron highlights the era of “sex,

drugs and rock ‘n roll,” and the controversies and debates surrounding homosexuality and feminist empowerment in the ‘60s.

Fifty years after Warhol’s iconic Campbell soup can paintings, “I Shot Andy Warhol” is a reminder of the boundaries pushed by a visionary artist and the continued impact his work has on art and pop culture.

For more information on the Lindenwood Film Series, visit www.lindenwood.edu/film.