Cinema lovers and Warhol fans gathered at TIFF Bell Lightbox this past Thursday for the annual BOOMBOX fundraiser. The cinematic fête was tied to the recent launch of Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen: TIFF’s largest exhibition to date.
We did our best to play the role of Factory Girl as we went up and down the escalator, exploring the installations and live performance art. There was body paint, body glitter, naked bodies, and a hidden room where we could make Drake art. Young Lions Music Club, Kardinal Offishall, Jacob Niedzwiecki, Kaitlyn Reghr: The Boombox committee enlisted some of Toronto’s boldest talent to really make this party P-O-P!
Instagram celebrities were blown up and projected on the white walls, referencing both Warhol’s obsession with fame and our current Instafame culture. In between cocktails, and ‘star’ sightings, we had fifteen second conversations on how the concept of fame has transformed since the 1960s. What would Warhol think of the Karli Kloss and the Kardashians? Who would his Edie Sedgewick be today?
Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen runs until January 24th, 2016. Beyond an impressive collection of artifacts and photos, TIFF will also be running two film programmes in conjunction with the exhibition: Liz & Marilyn: Black and White in Colour and Nothing Special: Andy Warhol’s Star System.