Empire. In 1964 Menil Collection founders John and Dominique de Menil commissioned Warhol to produce a film with spiritual significance; the resulting 16mm Sunset screens at 6 p.m. five days a week, featuring the sublime beauty of a California sunset and backed by Nico’s voice as she reads poetry. Stay after this Wednesday as DJ Merseyside plays tracks from the experimental album The Velvet Underground & Nico, co-produced by Warhol in 1967. 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Complementary events are planned after the screening on select dates, including September 28, October 5, October 26, November 2, November 9 and December 14. Continuing 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Through January 8. The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-525-9400 or visit menil.org. Free.
[Organizer's description:]In 1964, arts visionaries John and Dominique de Menil commissioned Andy Warhol to make a film with spiritual significance. The resulting 33-minute film features the sublime beauty of a California sunset and is backed by the voice of Nico (The Velvet Underground) as she reads poetry.
Nico was one of those luminaries whose star burned a little too brightly, leaving in her wake a body of work that included collaborations with Federico Fellini, The Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan. But it was her involvement with Andy Warhol and his studio, The Factory, that brings Nico back into the spotlight today. Warhol was a prolific filmmaker during the early ’60s, cranking out more than 600 films, including 1963’s Sleep and 1964’s